Qigong is an ancient practice dating back thousands of years, described by the Chinese as “energy work” and is the art of aligning breath, movement, and awareness for exercise, healing, and meditation, through cultivating and restoring QI (Chi) "life force or life energy".
The practice of Qigong enhances our ability to perceive the energy that is around us, and making it available. This increased energy promotes health, vitality, emotional balance, mental clarity, intuition, creativity, tranquility and spiritual awareness.
Through deep breathing and slow repetition of fluid movements, we can develop an awareness of the center of gravity know as " The lower Dantian" or "Hara" the body's powerhouse of energy.
After cultivating energy in the lower "Dantian", Qigong exercises help promote the circulation of energy through the meridian lines and energy centers (also known as Chakras) within the body. When this life force flows freely, the body becomes full of vitality and free from pain and illness.
Qigong is now practiced throughout the world by more than 200 million people, as a method to help develop human potential, allow access to higher realms of awareness, and awaken one's "nature".
Some of the benefits of Qigong practice include:
Pronounced and also spelled Daoism in Chinese refers to a philosophy that emphasizes living in harmony with the “Tao”, the source and essence of everything that exists. The Chinese word Tao is usually translated as "way", "path" or "principle" in life, says Taoism, is one that works in harmony with reality, the essence of the natural universe.
The keystone work of literature in Taoist philosophy is the Tao Te Ching, a concise book containing teachings attributed to Lao Tzu, or "the Old Teacher", in ancient China. The Tao Te Ching is, after the Bible, the book most often translated into English.
The concept of yin yang, is used to describe how polar opposites or seemingly contrary forces are interconnected and interdependent in the natural world, and how they give rise to each other in turn. Opposites thus only exist in relation to each other. The concept lies at the origins of many branches of classical Chinese science, Taoism and philosophy, as well as being a primary guideline of traditional Chinese medicine a central principle of different forms of Chinese martial arts and exercise, such as Baguazhang, Taijiquan (Tai chi), and Gigong and of I Ching divination. Many natural dualities—e.g. dark and light, female and male, low and high, cold and hot, water and fire, air and earth— are thought of as manifestations of yin and yang (respectively).
Yin yang are not opposing forces (dualities), but complementary opposites, unseen (hidden, feminine) and seen (manifest, masculine), that interact within a greater whole, as part of a dynamic system. Everything has both yin and yang aspects as light cannot exist without darkness and vice-versa, but either of these aspects may manifest more strongly in particular objects, and may ebb or flow over time.
According to Chinese medicine, a meridian is a path through which the life-energy known as "Qi" flows. There are about 400 acupuncture points and 20 meridians connecting most of the points, however by the 2nd Century CE, 649 acupuncture points were recognized in China. These 20 meridians include the "twelve regular channels" or "twelve regular meridians", with each meridian corresponding to each organ; nourishing it and extending to an extremity.
There are also "Eight Extraordinary Channels" or meridians, two of which have their own sets of points, and the remaining ones connecting points on other channels. Meridians are divided into Yin and Yang groups.