What is Qi Gong?
Qi gong is an ancient practice which is over 5,000 years old pre-dates both tai chi as well as TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine). In fact, the concepts in qi gong provide one of the foundational concepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Qi Gong is pronounced “chi kung”. Qi translates to “Energy or Life Force” while Gong translates to “Work or Training”. The word “qi gong” is used to refer to energy related training or practice that originates from China. It is a broad term which covers many forms of exercise or movement meditation practices that involves Qi. Qi gong is an umbrella term just as the word “kung fu” is an umbrella term used in the west to refer to all martial arts that originates from China.
A qi gong form is a series of coordinated and flowing movements which requires a person to focus on body posture, movements, breathing and mental thoughts. Qi gong activates the naturally occurring physiological as well as psychological mechanisms of self-repair and health recovery. So far, there are over 75 forms identified in the ancient pictogram literature. These ancient qi gong forms provide the origins to the thousands of qi gong forms practiced today.