Qi Gong

Qi Gong is a favourite of mine for several reasons. It is an ancient practice to enhance longevity and rejuvenate mind body and spirit, using special physical and breathing techniques. It is also seen as part of Traditional Chinese medicine.

It helps the practitioner achieve a deep state of relaxation, strengthens their bodies and increases their Qi (energy), helping them to become or remain healthy. It also opens the person up to become more wise and aware. There are in fact at least 10,000 different types of Qi Gong (energy training/practice) registered by the Chinese Qi Gong governing body – and at least 200 million people practicing these methods in China alone… everything from Drunken to Dragon Sword to Dayan (Wild Goose; see  http://www.qimagazine.com ) to Hau Gong (see http://www.dao-hua-qigong.com/qg.html ) forms.

Originally, people saw the parallels between humans and the natural world, and by copying the nature of both animals – like birds, deer, tigers and bears – and natural forms like clouds, trees, mountains and the sun – they sought to catch the essence, in fact, the energy of each, thus helping the participant to liberate themselves through those various movements, positions, breathing techniques and visualisations, to connect to a greater nature… a greater energy… eventually leading to the following of Tao (the Way; see Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tao ) by those who mastered such forms and flows. Such masters then had followers, or students, who practiced those forms and understandings until they reached a level of mastery that meant they would leave and find their own way… or stay to serve the master.

In its original forms, there are two type of Qi Gong – the formal forms mentioned above, and the ‘formless styles’, which are also part of recognised lineages, with masters.

They mainly come from China and were developed by a series of energy masters who practiced religiously day in day out to reach and go beyond most normal levels of health and abilities… such as to heal other people and use their abilities to advice and protect the Emperors.

The most powerful forms are however all formless and ‘spontaneous’ – that is they involve no particular form, but are allowed to unfold without any obvious effort from the practitioner. The highest level is the pre-natal form. What makes the pre-natal type different from all the rest is it involves no movement at all, and looks somehow like nothing is happening at all! That’s because the practitioner sits and allows either words or silence to occur, as an expression of the universal energy (Qi, or Chi) that is channelling through them.

All in all, Qi Gong has become a system that is used by many people across the world, mainly for health reasons. Sting is said to practice Qi Gong, along with some other celebrities.


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  1. I remember seeing a friend transform after taking a course of this animal Chi Gong in Indonesia. It was wonderful to watch her and her boyfriend slowly and smoothly change themselves into Tigers and Dragons and take on the character and strengths of each. I saw her become more centered and confident as the weeks passed. Her boyfriend encouraged her as he could see first hand how she was much less stressed emotionally and physically. I thought what a graceful and fun way to work out too.

  2. Thank you for the comment! It is a graceful and fun way to work out.

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