Qigong is an ancient system of exercise, originally developed in China over 2,000 years ago. Qi = energy, gong = cultivation. Also known as Dao Yin (guiding and stretching) or Yangsheng gong (nourishing life) the earliest recorded records of these varied practices are the Daoyin Tu drawings found at Mawangduui in Hunan Province. Dating back to 168BCE these coloured drawings show a series of exercises and postures.
The practice of qigong involves three key aspects:
The exercises help to optimize natural healing energies in the body (qi) by regulating the qi flow through the meridians of the body.
- Increased energy
- Improved immunity
- Better balance
- Feeling of well-being
The practitioner combines (in general) soft, natural breathing with movement and focus or intention of the mind (yi).
There are believed to be over 3,500 systems of qigong, all of which are either Buddhist or Taoist in origin.
In Chiron Tai Chi & Qigong we work with a number of qigong systems including:
- Taiji Qigong
- Dayan Qigong