INTRODUCTION TO QI GONG

Qi Gong = Qi - vital life energy + Gong - cultivation/exercise


Qi Gong (pronounced “chee-gong”) is an ancient system deeply rooted in the principles of Chinese medicine. Based on subtle exercises for the healthy cultivation, storage, and utilization of our fundamental life energy, known as qi, Qi Gong practice integrates movement, breath regulation and visualization to stimulate the flow of qi within the body/mind complex . It is easy to learn, and Qi Gong promotes optimum physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual health. Practitioners often notice that Qi Gong

·Speeds healing
·Offset reactions to drugs
·Promotes detoxification
·Strengthens the immune system
·Improves emotional equilibrium and confidence
·Increases vital energy
·Induces relaxation
·Increases lung capacity and blood circulation
·Enhances creativity and clearer thinking

There are thousands of different forms of Qi Gong, and most incorporate movement as well as visualization. In some, the focus is solely internal without physical movement, while others utilize sound to activate the qi.

We can loosely divide these forms into two categories, hard and soft. The hard Qi Gongs are what we know as the martial arts (kung fu, tai kwon do etc.) In these Qi Gong forms the qi is mainly utilized defensively to ground oneself and to repel an opponent.
 
The soft Qi Gongs, were created long ago as every village’s own medical system. Individual forms were handed down orally within families as closely guarded information and knowledge. The qi in these soft forms is used as a grounding force as well, but also as a gentle broom to clear away blockages within the body/mind system.
Visualization/thought moves qi .Qi moves the blood.

The Chinese looked to the natural world around them for clues to improve health. In the animal, plant and mineral kingdoms forms emerged which suggested desirable qualities they could embrace for themselves: the longevity of the turtle, the smooth grace and gentleness of the crane or the power of the mythical dragon. From this inspiration, they created movements and behaviors borrowed from that world. The movements we use today are largely patterned after animals, even though there are exceptions (i.e. “Jade Body Qi Gong”). These inspirations eventually combined with the ancient foundational knowledge of Chinese medicine, the meridian system and the five element system to become the Qi Gong taught today.

Many subtle factors affect the practice of Qi Gong. In order to address one’s own particular manifestation of dis-ease, it becomes important to consider not only the type of Qi Gong to practice but where (in what climate) and when (what time of day).

Even though the literal translation of qi gong is “vital life energy exercise” in practice it becomes a state of being in which humans ultimately become a conduit between heaven and earth. The Chinese symbol for man represents that very sentiment. To be a conduit implies that one acts as a vessel, a vessel through which energy can travel freely without obstructions or blockages. That applies to all aspects, the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. When energy is flowing clearly through one’s mind/body system, that energy is freely exchanged throughout the entire universe. The practice of Qi Gong in intended reduce blockages and to foster this clear and clean flow of energy. 

A blockage in physical form might be felt as pain or numbness. On an emotional level, blockages appear as irritability, extreme emotional ups and downs, or depression, On a mental or spiritual level examples of blockages are confusion, lack of clarity in thinking and decision making, disconnection and the sense of being separate.

As in the BodyTalk System, Qi Gong is ultimately designed to clear away or strip down any layer that clouds life energy itself. The BodyTalkSystem harmonizes communication so energy can flow freely. In Qi Gong we stimulate and strengthen the flow of qi( vital life energy) so everything works harmonious together. 
In my eyes Qi gong works hand in hand and supports the bodytalk practitioner because it builds the wei qi , increases one’s vitality by strengthening the microcosmic orbit ( a strong circulatory energy flow within the body) and it enables one to access the creative, intuitive mind ( alpha state) i.e. it enables one to connect with the information at large.
In Bodytalk we practice within a client-practitioner relationship. Although Qi Gong can be utilized in that way, primarily it is an individual practice. Nonetheless, both systems have ultimately one goal: to just “be”, without agendas and ideas of what should or should not happen. We seek to experience the simple state of existence operating within the flow of the universe. 

So… when you start practicing Qi Gong, the essence of the experience is not so much in the exercises, it is in the letting go, letting the state of beeingness be. Relax and have fun with it.

 

Turtle Longevity Qi Gong

This particular form of Qi Gong is easy to learn, meditative and most of all fun. As the name implies it bring forth stamina and with that longevity. It utilizes movement & visualization . It’s inspiration comes from the turtle so the experience is of becoming one embracing it’s qualities of endurance, strength and play as well as it’s slow meditative qualities.

Turtle longevity Qi Gong is great for relaxation, lowering blood pressure and building up one’s vital energies.

Turtle Longevity Qi Gong is taught in combination with the Liver cleanse in an 8 hour class.

 

Jade Body Qi Gong

Jade Body Qi Gong was brought to the west by Master Lieu Dong an acclaimed Qi Gong master from china residing and teaching now in Paris, France.

This Form focuses on moving Qi through the spine drawing on the turtle (Cervical spine), the Crane ( thoracic spine) and the dragon (lumbar spine). The entire form is performed within the natural breathing rythem of expantion (breathing in) – stillness (hold)- contraction (breathing out).

This form also incorporates a preparation that is very powerful in the process of accessing and opening the heart energy.

Jade Body Qi Gong is taught as a two day class. (16 hours)

 

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