気 Qi – energy / life force
功 Gong – cultivation
Firstly, what is Qi?
Qi (pronounced “chee”) is vital life energy. It is what makes our organs function and gives us life. For us to be healthy, Qi needs to move freely through our body. Factors such as negative emotions, injuries, poor diet and inattentive lifestyle can cause qi to become blocked or depleted and can result in pain, fatigue, and many other health problems.
What is Qigong?
Qigong (pronounced “chee-gung”) is the discipline—practiced in China for approximately 2,000 years—of accumulating and moving Qi in the body. Qigong often takes the form of gentle meditative exercises that are performed while standing. Tai Chi is a type of Qigong.
In China, Qigong forms were developed and often kept within institutions or families for generations. The forms taught through Welcoming Balance Qigong belong to the Liu Family.
What is a Qigong Lifestyle?
It is important to note that while qigong forms can be helpful and even transformative, it is through our foundational choices in diet and lifestyle that we either accumulate—or spend—much of our qi. Maximum benefit can be achieved through performing regular qigong forms while following habits of sleeping, eating and daily life that are thought by traditional Chinese medicine to promote good health.
What Can I Expect?
The results of daily qigong practice vary from person to person. Results are often subtle yet profound and are noticed over time.
While a Qigong Master may look unassuming by Western strength and fitness standards, often his or her general health, vitality, agility, mental acuity, and potential for longevity are outstanding.
To see a sample of Qigong movements that you can expect to learn through Welcoming Balance, please click the video.