Qigong forms are one of the most effective ways to reduce stress, boost energy, and relax the body. Qi gong combines breathwork with stretching, mobility exercises, and mindfulness to lead and guide the Qi (Chi or vital energy through the body.)
Qigong (also spelled Chi Kung or Chi Gong) is a type of moving mediation similar to Tai Chi, except with much shorter and simpler forms. Many of the Qigong forms are done standing up or sitting down, which makes them the perfect compliment to Yoga, Pilates, Kung Fu and other martial arts.
When Qigong is effectively combined with mindfulness and mediation, it is a type of Neigong, or deep internal work which harmonizes the body, mind, energy, and Spirit.
The 8 most important Qigong sets are
1. Body Opening Neigong
2. Meridian Opening Neigong
3. Body Shaking Neigong
4. Energy Replenishing Qigong
5. Energy Refining and Projecting
6. Eight Pieces of Silk Brocade Qigong
7. Five Animal Frolics Qigong (Medical Qigong)
8. Post Standing Neigong
All 8 of them are available on our Moving with the Tao: Qigong Exercises for Health and Harmony DVD Video.
The Five Animal Frolics (Wu Qin Xi Qigong) form of medical Qigong was invented by Hua Tuo, one of the fathers of Chinese Medicine during the Han Dyanasty. It features the Tiger, Deer, Monkey, Bear, and Crane animals which were later incorporated in to Chinese Kung Fu. Eight Pieces of Brocade (Ba Duan Jin) is attributed to the Taoist Immortal Lu Dong Bing and is the most commonly practiced Qigong in the world. Post Standing (Zhan Zhuang) is considered one of the most important foundation exercises in Tai Ji (Tai Chi), Xing Yi (Hsing-I), Ba Gua (Pa Kua) and Yi Quan (I Chuan).
The Body Opening, Meridian Opening, and Shaking Sets are Nei Gong (Taoist Yoga) designed to enhance your overall health and well-being. The Energy Replenishing and Refining sets are meditation in movement. These practices will help energy healers, yogis, martial artists and meditation practitioners.
Featuring sublime Gu Zheng music from The Rising Moon by Ms. Bing Xia and the masterful photography of Mr. Jin Gong.