Qigong is the art of deliberately managing your bodies vital energy or Qi. It is vital energy that keeps the millions of systems in your body working correctly.
When this vital energy is not able to flow harmoniously through the energy streams of your body (called meridians) as a result of blockages – illness develops. The severity of the illness is linked to the severity of the blockage/s. If a blockage is severe enough to stop the flow of vital energy completely. Death quickly follows.
The practice of Qigong first removes these blockages. Once a Qigong practitioner has harmonious energy flow they will have good health. Then Qigong practice increases the strength of the flow of energy which results in the practitioner being healthy and full of vitality. The next step in Qigong is to develop an abundance of energy flow. When this happens a Qigong practitioner is healthy, full of vitality and improves longevity.
In short the practice of Qigong can lead to a happier, healthier and longer life. How long this process takes is dependent on correct, daily practice. Qigong is not some 30 day miracle cure. It is an Art of a skill that is developed through discipline and commitment.
If you’ve never heard of Qigong before think of it as the Chinese version of Yoga. Qigong is generally a composite of gentle external movements, co-ordinated with the breathing, practiced in a meditative state of mind. I say generally because with a history of 5000+ years there are many different varieties of Qigong.
Qigong requires virtually zero athleticism and is quicker to learn than Tai Chi and less strenuous than Yoga. It requires no expensive equipment and can be practiced nearly every where. It is the worlds best kept stay young, health and energy secret.
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Qigong is the art of Harnessing QI, which directly affects the blood flow and is an exercise that makes your blood pulse. This pulsing occurs by moving Qi using specific breathing techniques along with postures and slow graceful movements. Qigong also encompasses using healing foods, herbs, acupressure, yogic stretches, all of which energize the body, increase vitality & accelerate metabolism.
Qigong is circulation; term “blood flow” is synonymous to “moving Qi”. Many studies confirm practicing Qigong reduces drug withdraw in Heroin addicts by 50 percent. Several Qigong instructors we’ve certified are teaching with huge success at Florida drug rehab clinics. Studies also reveal that Qigong boosts the immune system and is beneficial for those fighting cancer. Dr. Oz was quoted by saying that if you want to live to be 100 to do Qigong. These techniques originated over 3000 years ago by mountain wonderers, people who were activated by Qi. Most Acupuncturists are strong believers in Qigong and some actually prescribe exercises to their patients in between treatments.
Qigong is different from Yoga primarily because it requires slower more gracious movements to harness your electromagnetic field. Some Qigong exercises build muscle or speed, but most are a pulsation of Qi through the body. Qigong is the “sensation of energy” and is highly tangible. A few advanced systems of yoga, like Kriya Yoga, have striking similarities to Qigong. However, compared to most systems of Yoga, Qigong has a much greater emphasis on precise breathing techniques. Qigong deals with smaller movements of the abdomen to circulate Qi and more precise movements of the hands, rooting into the earth and opening up pathways of energy. Yoga works with energy, but to a lesser degree and although we practice and love Yoga, Qigong does what Yoga cannot. We train many thousands of yoga teachers and they are always blown away by the tangibility of Qi experienced.
Within 10 minutes of Qi Breathing many feel electricity in their hands. “The Buzz” as we call it in the Qigong Family, is a reaction caused by increased levels of oxygen and ions, which I believe accelerates the vibration of our mitochondria. Many describe the inner buzzing or vibrational feeling as a natural high and it has the obvious effect of stimulating endorphins. Many people describe “Perma-Grin” where the gratitude is so overwhelming and the joy so potent that they can’t stop smiling for a short time. One Qigong student taking Xanax bars from his doctor several times a day to stay functional reported after the Breath Empowerment that he was more relaxed then anytime in his life. This man later used his God-given Breath and willpower to ween himself off the Xanax and back into his natural state.
Qigong is best in the Morning as a Practice to Extend Life and Beauty. For days when time is short I recommend cleansing your body with oxygen and energy FIRST THING IN THE MORNING. My practice is to wake up, brush my teeth and hair, drink some hot tea outside and do the 9-Breath Method five times absorbing/retaining large amounts of oxygen in my bloodstream. Gentle power breathing awakens the cellular VIBRATION and stimulates metabolism. As I wake up slowly for 10 minutes each morning my senses become heightened and I watch the birds in my garden. This is a quick and powerful method, which we spend hours thoroughly teaching at the Qi Revolution conference.
Qigong uses Readily Available Foods as Medicine. A big part of what we teach at our events is how to use “Specific Foods to REVERSE Specific Diseases”.
Many foods like kiwi, which have hidden properties for asthmatics, can genuinely be claimed to have helped hundreds of our Qigong students reverse chronic asthma. Of course it is not one food that led to this outcome. These people stopped eating a short list of nasty qi stealing foods and replaced them with healthier options all while practicing Qigong. The truth is that food is key and our program entitled, “Conquering Any Disease” has food based protocols documented to work with hundreds of cancer success stories backing the effectiveness of natural food to reverse illness and maximize vitality.
he Old Testament Leviticus 17:11, “For the life of the flesh is in the Blood.”
During Qigong practice we feel a powerful pulsation of blood in our body. Often it takes people by surprise how warm they feel after making just a few hand movements. Qigong moves a lot of blood and generates a lot of energy without lots of movement or stress.
Often people ask “What is a Qi blockage?” It is simply a small area where the blood cannot go, or an area where disease can occur. For example, some people may have a knot in their stomach or bad digestion. Qigong usually improves this condition. Blood can work itself through closed off capillaries when a person is relaxed and increasing Qi in that area. Wherever Qi goes, blood follows. Normal healthy people use about 60% of the circulatory system. When our Qi increases this percentage is also goes up. Blood flow to the brain and organs is improved, therefore our health is greatly benefited. The electrical aspect of Qigong also plays a role.
So how is this any different than jogging? In Qigong the body is totally relaxed, yet the blood is mobilized to flow powerfully. Because there is no stress response or cortisol release, which contracts blood vessels, the blood can enter areas that may have been blocked off for years. Microcirculation to the forehead is increased and digestion is greatly improved. Imagine the same blood circulation you get from jogging… while standing still completely relaxed. No other exercise offers this level of circulation to organs & endocrine glands. Stiff shoulders beware… Qi and Blood coming through.
Health Benefits and Effects of Qigong
Qigong has powerful health-promoting effects: (1) Improves the motion of blood, warms the blood and enhances whole body circulation. (2) Stimulates appetite, sexual function, assimilation of nutrients and digestion/elimination (3) Accelerates metabolism, weight loss, decreases need for sleep (4) Bolsters the Immune System by reducing cortisol, a known inhibitor of cytokine production (5) Develops , reflexes, and prevents Osteoporosis in clinical studies (6) Opens arteries allowing greater brain-based microcirculation to prevent Alzheimer’s disease (7) Enhances mental acuity, focus & concentration. The Qi draws focus and trains the mind. (8) Helps us to calm down, relax and become more peaceful. (9) Harnesses the power of True Source, remarkably improves results of hands on healing, such as Reiki, and helps spiritual growth.
Healthcare Practitioners REALLY need Qigong
Healthcare practitioners can prevent themselves from getting drained by seeing lots of sick patients. This is a fact for many therapists and nurses that I encounter. Each year we train hundreds of registered nurses and nearly all of them complain that they constantly feel drained. Often massage therapists take on the aches and pains of their clients. While this may sound superstitious I assure you the phenomena is real. Often doctors who specialize in a certain aspect of medicine are exposed to a certain “Energy Information Signal” so frequently that they end up with the same problems they are surrounded by. What is a healer supposed to do? By using Qigong one can easily cleanse their energies. Dianne Dougherty is a nurse that we trained who says she is no longer affected by other people’s energy after learning Qigong. Now she has energy to finish her shifts. She is dedicated to a daily practice.
Qigong in the Media
Oprah Winfrey’s beloved Dr. Oz said on her internationally viewed show, “If you want to live to 100… do Qigong.” He also said, “Qigong is the best longevity exercise”. After this November 1st, 2007 show I feel it is a short time before Qigong is embraced by the American mainstream audience. There are thousands of scientific studies that show Qigong has helped people to reverse cancer, diabetes and heart disease. If you want to read these scientific studies visit QigongInstitute.org where you can find the largest database of scientific papers on Qigong’s effects.
Why practicing in Groups is the KEY
Healing occurs in Qigong when one raises their energy high enough to push through the blockages of the nervous and circulatory system. Whatever Qi touches will be rejuvenated by it, however people are often blocked and thus need stronger energy to clear the pipes so Qi reach the problem areas. Some schools teach that people need the help of a powerful master to send strong energy for that initial boost. After personally training with 7 high level Qigong masters I do not believe this to be true. The most effective way to begin the healing process is to enter a large group energy field. They knew it China when they repeatedly gathered 30,000 at a time and people were getting up out of wheel chairs. I saw a retired nurse enter my seminar wheeling a walker. On the 4th day she was walking laps around the massive ballroom without her walker. In all honesty, the Qigong is very powerful, but it is the group energy that turns it into overdrive. Every person has a biological magnetic field. When a group of even 3 people practice together the results are at least double. A larger field is created than any of us could generate on our own in the beg Qigong events. Being in this high amplitude energy is the single fastest way to jumpstart ones internal energy. This is the understatement of the century.
Have you ever wondered why some people use the word Qigong, whilst others use Chi Kung?
Have you ever seen words like: Qui gong, Chi Gung and Chi Kong and wondered if they’re all talking about the same subject?
If you have, this post was written just for you.
And if you haven’t, well, you’ll still learn something of interest =)
Now then, back when I wrote my first book: Shaolin Chi Kung in 2008, you’ll notice that I favoured the Wade-Giles ‘Chi Kung‘ version instead of the Romanized: ‘Qigong‘.
But today I use Qigong pretty much all the time.
Well, to be blunt far more people search for Qigong online than they do for Chi Kung. And as I’m a professional Qigong teacher, i.e. I make my living from teaching Qigong then it makes sense for me to set up my ‘stall’ in front of the most traffic.
Sure, I could write Qigong/Chi Kung all the time, but that’d grow old real quick.
So are Qigong and Chi Kung the same?
Qigong is a recent term used for the Chinese energy arts. In the dim and distant past it would have been called Nei Gong.
Now hold on tight grasshopper, because what follows makes my head spin and I’ve been exposed to it for many years.
Let’s go, I promise to do my best to make this as simple and as clear as possible…
You see Nei Gong is only half of the story.
The other half is Wei Gong.
Wei Gong and Nei Gong are the two groups that the legion of Kung Fu force training arts are usually divided into. Where:
I’m sure you can see that the type of Qigong I teach fits into the Internal Force Training, Nei Gong group.
Now if you factor in the different dialects, e.g. Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese Chinese (the dialect most used by Chinese in the West) and allow for human error you can quickly see why there are so many different ways of referring to the Chinese energy arts.
Whatever spelling you prefer to use when writing about your Qigong practice:
Qigong, Chi Kung, Nei Gong, Qui Gong, Chi Gong, Chi Kong or something else – it’s not something worth getting your knickers in a twist over.
What you want to be concerned about is whether what you practice brings you the results you want.
If it doesn’t, chances are you’re practicing Qigong form only. Like I said yesterday, there’s nothing evil about Qigong form, it’s just mostly a waste of your precious time, energy and money.