Internal or Silent Qigong

About QiGong

Qigong is a unique Chinese exercise system, the “Ancient Art of Energy Renewal and Life Extension”. Through individual effort, practitioners build up their health and prevent illness by combining discipline of mind, body and the body’s “Qi” (vital force). Qigong is a combination of meditation, movement, and breathing exercises, with profound physical, mental and spiritual side effects.

The different categories including “Moving, Hard or External and Silent, Soft or Internal”

Western practitioners have divided and categorized qigong into various segments. Within China, qigong is generally practiced in two major categories, “still” and “moving”.

The term “Soft or Internal qigong” usually refers to exercises which enhance spiritual, mental, and physical health with meditation and gentle exercises. “Hard or External qigong” refers to exercises done in martial arts to strengthen and protect the body from vicious blows. Some divide qigong into “Medical”, “Martial”, or “Spiritual” categories depending on the purpose of the practice.

The History

Chinese Qigong has been practiced with a recorded history of over 2,000 years but it wasn’t until 1953, when Liu Gui-zheng published a paper entitled “Practice On Qigong Therapy”, that the term Qigong  (Chi Kung) was adopted as the popular name for this type of exercise system.

The meaning of QiGong

Qigong (Chi Kung) comes from the Chinese words “Qi” meaning “Energy” plus “Gong”, meaning “work” or “practice”. It is a term that describes a Chinese Exercise system that focuses on cultivating and attracting “Qi” or “lifeforce” energies. Pronounced like “Chee Gung”.

Internal, (also known as Soft, Still or Silent) Qigong

The practice of breath; “internal” qigong, which stresses meditation and relaxation also can teach you to relax and focus, and is a way to harmonize the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. In addition, it helps to develop concentration and coordination. “Still or Internal” qigong lays emphasis on quiet, motionless meditation, generally employing methods of internal concentration and regulation of breathing. It is usually practiced in outwardly motionless postures such as the lying, sitting or standing positions, and since it emphasizes exercise of the internal aspect of the body,

It draws on many elements and includes “regulating the body” through posture, “regulating the mind” through quiet, relaxation and concentration of one’s mental activity,” regulating the breath”, self-massage and movement of the limbs.  It is an internal martial art in which one learns to sense the Qi moving in ones own body.

Wu Chi or Emptiness is the most fundamental Qigong posture. Many Qigong movements begin and end with Wu Chi.

The Standard Rules

These rules or guidelines are generally observed unless specified overwise.

  • Breath through the nose.
  • Tongue touching the roof of the mouth (palate).
  • Calm the mind.
  • Hollowing the chest and rounding the back.
  • Sense the body, breath and Qi.
  • Listen to the silence, see, taste, touch and smell the silence.
  • Body relaxed, no physical tension.

Beneficial Results of Practise

When practicing sitting or lying qigong it has been shown that the body’s consumption of oxygen decreases by about thirty percent, the level of the metabolic rate also dropping by about twenty percent, This condition of lowered metabolism is an aid to reducing the patient’s physical consumption of energy, allowing the gradual accumulation of energy, fostering the body’s strength, and providing the basis for the body to combat and defeat illness.

Qigong’s main therapeutic properties lie in its regulation of the activity of the cerebral cortex, the central nervous system and the cardio-vascular system, its effect in correcting abnormal reactions of the organism, massaging effect on the organs of the abdominal cavity, and its effect as a means of self-control over the physical functions of one’s body.

The rate of respiration decreases while the duration of each breath increases. Such an increase in the period of inhalation and exhalation will enlarge the scope of the diaphragm’s activity, causing a greater flow in the volume of air, increasing the practitioner’s lung capacity.

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