Qigong is the art of developing internal energy particularly for health and vitality, mind expansion and spiritual cultivation. Qigong uses body movements, rhythmic breathing, visualizations and healing sounds.
Qigong is a combination of two ideas:
“Qi” or Chi (pronounced chee), means air, the breath of life, or vital energy that flows through all things in the universe. In other cultures around the world it is Prana, Aether, Life Force Energy, etc.
“Gong” or Kung (pronounced gung, as in lung) means the skill of working with, or cultivating, self-discipline, learned skill and achievement.
*(also spelled chi kung, chi gong and chi gung)
Romanized Chinese “qigong” sounds like [ch’i kung] or chee in the English spelling system,
and not like [ki gong]. or key.
The word “Qigong” literally means “breathing exercises,” “to work the vital force,” “energy mastering exercises,” “mastery of the posture, breath and intention” etc.
Older terms; Xingqi “Aiding the flow of chi / moving chi”. Yang Sheng “Nourishing the forces of life”. Dao Yin “leading and guiding the chi / Harmonizing the body, breath and mind through moving the limbs and torso. Chi Kung was coined in 1915, 1929 as a martial ref. and in 1936 as a medical ref.
Yellow Emperor (Huang Di) (2696-2598 B.C.) practiced Qigong and other Taoist arts including Herbalism, and Meditation. Authored the 12 Scrolls of Internal Medicine.
Zhou Dynasty (1028-221 B.C.) the I Ching arrived publicly and before that, there was no separation between the study of medicine and divination. Three Treasures Schools Heaven, Earth and Man. Han Dynasty (206-B.C.-220 A.D.) In 1972 the Dao Yin Tu postures from King Ma tomb discovered. Modern-day Qigong is well documented and scientifically validated, and studied in universities around the world. Qigong is a natural self-health care system, it empowers individuals to feel there best and prevent stress, anxiety and negative emotions. Qigong is the power of self-knowledge!
3 Styles of Qigong
Medical – Purging – Tonify – Regulate
Martial – Obvious – Hidden – Mysterious
Spiritual – Gathering – Housing – Utilizing
3 Rules of all Qigong
Posture – Breath – Intention