What is Chi Kung (Qigong)
Chi Kung, sometimes written Qi Gong, is an invaluable component of traditional Chinese medicine. Its origins are taken from the ancient times and dating back over 2000 years. Today, in modern times, over 60 million Chinese practice Chi Kung every day.
Although many schools of Chi Kung have developed, each adopting different methods of training and exercise patterns, they all agree on the basic importance of regulating and calming the mind and deeping the respiration.
The important features and the aims of Chi Kung are relaxation, quietness, naturalness, unity of breath and mind, gradual developement and practicing to the individual's state of health. Chi Kung has been shown to improve digestion, respiration, cardio-vascular and nervous systems. It improves sleep quality, relieves fatigue, strengthens the practitioner physically and mentally.
The exercise of Chi Kung increases the flow of Chi Energy through the Accupunture Meridians. Although Chi Kung is an effective method of health care, it is not enough to practice on its own. We must strike a proper balance between work, rest and healthy eating habits.
Qigong in Temples
Qigong has been molded by the spiritual and philosophical systems in China as much as by medicine.
The ancient Taoist tradition draws upon the wisdom of Lao Tze and Chuang Tze. These ancient masters revealed that the refinement in Qigong practice is not just through the breath and movement, but also in the process of surrendering to the natural flow of spontaneous universal forces.
The Confucian system used Qigong as a part of the overall method for serving society. When individuals are self-reliant and healthy, they can easily contribute to the society, support the elders and provide the strength to build and sustain the culture's structure.
All of these systems help to create, within the person, a sense of purpose and a freedom from stress. This access to relaxation, it is believed in Qigong, accelerates and enhances the flow of the Qi.