What is Qigong?
The meaning of Qigong is usually given in the following way:
Qi – “life energy” – Qi is the animating power that moves through all things
Gong – is usually translated as “work” or “benefits from practice”
The word “work” doesn’t always carry the right connotation so it’s best if we view this as meaning “skill in”. This “skill” involves us developing the correct practice (right posture and alignment) and establishing the proper movements.
So, in Qigong we are developing a practice where our movements support life and nourish it, rather than deplete or compromise it.
These movements are always combined with the breath and posture (whether moving or stationary) and the gentle rhythmic movements stimulate, circulate and increase the flow of Qi in the body. This movement and cultivation of Qi means that Qigong can reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality, and enhance the immune system. It has also been found to improve cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic and digestive functions.
A further advantage of these slow gentle movements means that most Qigong forms can be easily adapted for any physical challenge and can be practised by all age groups.