WHAT IS QIGONG?
THE TERM QIGONG IS A COMBINATION OF TWO TERMS – CHI (QI), AND GONG.
Chi is the vital force in the Universe and is used to describe all types of energy. Gong represents power obtained by a steady practice. Qigong represents the study of Chi. Qigong is a way to train the nervous system, the mind and the internal organs all in the same time having as the result an increased level of fitness and power. The aim of Qigong exercise is to stimulate the flow of internal energy called ‘Chi’ through channels (called meridians) and build internal strength. Qigong uses breathing techniques, practices and disciplines of Chinese Buddhism, Taoism and Martial Arts. These breathing techniques control the internal movement of Chi while the body will be motionless.There are many schools of Qigong depending on spiritual development such as Buddhist and Taoist, purpose such as health, therapy, martial arts so on. From Martial Arts perspective there are techniques known as ‘ Iron palm’, ‘Iron Shirt’ and ‘Metal Bell Cover’.
WHY STUDY QIGONG? WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS CLASS?
Qigong is the art and the science of using breath, posture and movement in order to cleanse and circulate the Qi in the body. The benefits are seen in improving health, awareness transformation and increased power of martial artists practitioners (medical and vitality Qigong). In China, for medical purpose, there two main branches of Qigong: static breathing (including meditation) and moving exercises. In spiritual levels, the exercises help the student to experience other dimensions and to develop telepathic powers. If you practice constantly, you will be able to understand everything what happens to you internally (organs and muscle), be able to feel the changes inside and develop self-control. The best time to practice Qigong is early in the morning, before breakfast. Chinese people like to train in the presence of trees because they get their strength from the nature (earth, water, sun, air) and have a positive field of energy. If you practice during the day, you must allow 30 minutes after meals before starting to practice. The clothing must be comfortable and make sure to remove jewelry which might obstruct the blood flow. The first exercise to warm up is your knees by doing slow rotations for 30 times each side. The next part to warm up is your shoulders by doing 60 full circles. The two largest and most important joints are the knees and the shoulders.
By using the body and mind with breathing techniques we increase our resistance to diseases, adapt to the environment and improve our immune system (medical Qigong). Having a strong immune system we create a state of vitality and youthfulness (vitality Qigong).
Having a strong body will help you in competitions and actual combat (Warrior Qigong). Qi is much more difficult to develop but will last all your life and beyond and increase with practice.
WHAT WILL I LEARN?
We teach you dynamic, static, a combination of dynamic & static and hard Qi Gong. The forms included in the dynamic section are Ba Duan Jin, Jin Jing and Xi Sui Jing, forms practiced in the Shaolin Temple. You learn to combine your body moves, mind and breath in order to achieve a peaceful mind. We teach meditation : standing and sitting postures; the practice of mind and a high speed breath. The dynamic and static combination of Qi Gong uses Qi and blood to help you jump very high. We teach you the requirements for practicing Qi Gong: breathing, controlling your mind and coordinate your body. We teach you Hard Qigong : iron palm , arm, body (practice with herbs), break a brick with your palm and wooden sticks on your body. Additionally we teach you Intellectual (intelligence, creativity, memory, decision-making and prosperity) and Spiritual Qi Gong (spiritual cultivation).
If tired or faint don’t close your eyes. Relax in the practice position. Do not move quickly when you finish the exercise, walk slowly. Precautions for women: during menstruation reduce the practice time because can increase your blood circulation. Thoughts and feelings have an effect on your respiratory and circulatory system. Natural breathing is centered on the Tan Tien inside the abdomen. This type of breathing refocuses your energy in the original center of your body through which you were nourished before birth.
Helps the vital systems to cope with the impact of stressful, polluted and daily environment. If your internal organs function properly, your health will benefit tremendously. You can become more productive when relaxed under pressure. Chinese Traditional Medicine approach is to pay the doctor to keep you healthy and cease the payments if you become ill until healthy again. In Chinese medical tradition, illness is connected to the patterns of energy flow. Pain is a signal of blockage or stagnation in the energy flow. Qigong exercises are designed to enhance the flow of Chi and regulate the internal balance.