What is Qigong?
Qi Gong (also called ‘Qigong’ or ‘Chi Kung’ and pronounced ‘Chee-Gung’) is an ancient Chinese meditative health discipline based on Traditional Chinese Medicine principles.
In basic terms, it is a slow and precise form of moving meditation that involves controlled breathing, stretching and strengthening exercises.
The aim of Qi Gong is to stimulate and balance the flow of Qi throughout the body. It is devoted to developing an understanding, awareness and control of one’s ‘Three Treasures’ – the Body/Essence (Jing), Energy (Qi) and Spirit (Shen).
Qi Gong has been used extensively in China as part of traditional Chinese medicine, and is included in the curriculum of Chinese Universities. Throughout the world Qi Gong is now recognized as a form of complementary and alternative medicine, with positive effects on diverse ailments.
Because Qi Gong is the practice of integrating body, mind and spirit, it is known as ‘internal training’, and is best practiced under the guidance of a highly experienced Instructor or Master.
What are the benefits?
Deeply calms the mind and improves mental clarity and concentration
Highly effective method of stress management
Facilitates deeper, more restorative sleep
Boosts immunity and energy levels which can help your body regain strength after illness.
Improved flexibility, circulation (of Blood and Qi or ‘life energy’), and metabolism, leading to more internal warmth. Great for people with cold hands and feet!
Clear skin through the elimination of toxins and more efficient metabolism
Correct and moderate qigong practice usually creates an optimistic and cheerful disposition.
Greater physical control. Aspects of the body that were out of balance begin to normalise. For example, heart rate, breathing rate, blood pressure, hormone levels, and states of chronic inflammation or depletion.
Beneficial for the joints of the body for Arthritis sufferers.
Improved intuition and creativity. An awakened ability to think with the gut and feel with the mind.
Qi Gong is a ‘life skill’, a moving meditation that can be practised anywhere to combat tension and emotional distress.
Qi Gong can be considered an alternative to Yoga, accessible to people of all ages. You will experience an enjoyable way to build flexibility and strength, enabling you to progress at your own rate.
Fantastic self care practice for body workers in modalities such a Massage, Physiotherapy, Chiropractic, Shiatsu, Reiki, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Kinesiology.
What is Zi Ran Qi Gong?
The Qi Gong style taught at Zest East West is Ziran Qi Gong. This style has been passed down through the Zi Ran Men martial arts system, refined by Masters of our lineage over many generations. Our Master, Master Liu Deming is a Qi Gong devotee and brings traditional Shaolin Qi Gong sets as well as many new elements to the current system being taught under his guidance at Zest East West.
Ziran Qi Gong is a progressive set of exercises that retains all the original concepts and benefits associated with traditional Qi Gong, while following a style of practice that uses terms and expressions that modern people can associate with and understand.“The main aim of Ziran Qi Gong is to obtain an understanding of one’s mind and body and the link between the two.”