Qi = Life Force + Gong = Work, Effort or Cultivation
Qigong = The Active Cultivation of Your Life Force
Qigong is about working with the WHOLE BEING in a slow, consistent process of internal development within the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels.
WHAT IS QIGONG? (Pronounced Chee-Gong)
As one of the deepest roots of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Qigong practices are classified as medical, health, athletic, martial or spiritual. All styles are based on the same foundational Qigong Principles and have three things in common: they all involve strong posture, (whether moving or stationary), coordinated breathing techniques, and mental focus or intention. Some practices cultivate our Qi reserves; others circulate Qi to cleanse and heal one's body while other practices train Medical Qigong Practitioners to work with, and emit Qi to help heal others. Practices vary from soft internal styles such as Tai Chi; to external, vigorous styles such as Kung Fu. However, the slow gentle movements of most Qigong forms can be easily adapted for all age groups and levels of ability.
Posture, alignment and structural integrity. Without these elements, ANY physical effort will be sub par. The slow, repetitive nature of Qigong training allows for deep internal awareness and integration of powerful kinetic chains throughout the body.
Physical training can only go so far without a clear, focused mind to carry it forward. Qigong training helps develop deep mental acuity, patience, and precise physical awareness.
In our fast paced, emotionally charged world, we rarely give ourselves time to feel anything. The slow, gentle nature of Qigong training creates space for our hearts to settle into tranquility. From there, we can learn much about ourselves.
Deep, quality Qigong training has the unique ability to guide the integration of our physical, mental and emotional selves into a powerful, healthy, focused human, ready for daily life.
QIGONG TRAINING PATHS
Qigong is term used to describe a broad category of training models. While each can stand on its own, there is a progression to the training which allows the practitioner to evolve in their strength, structural integrity, functional range of motion and personal awareness.
Qigong for Health comprises of exercises that are performed to promote general health. While this is a worthy aim, and such exercises can be very effective, this practice can not be considered Medical Qigong because it does not take into account the individual's specific conditions under the care of a trained Medical Qigong Therapist.
QIGONG FOR PRO ATHLETES
Top professional athletes consistently push their bodies and minds beyond average human potential. This relentless approach to training, when unchecked, can lead to repetitive motion injuries, chronic pain and shortened careers. The addition of a deep Qigong practice encourages increased circulatory system response leading to rapid system recovery a much stronger mental game.
QIGONG FOR MARTIAL ARTIST
If you can not do it slowly, do not expect to do it fast. Martial artists push their minds and bodies to their limits in order to prepare for combat. But anyone who has been in a fight knows that when you lose your focus and/or your temper, you will lose the fight. Qigong provides a powerful tool set for core integration allowing strikes to become more powerful with less effort. Aerobic endurance and mental focus? Powerful added benefits.
Spiritual Qigong makes use of moving and/or quiescent meditation to bring about greater self-awareness, tranquility, and harmony. Spiritual Qigong evolved from Taoism and Buddhism but does not require a particular religious affiliation to benefit from the training. The goal is to become more intimately familiar with your true nature and encourages expression of that nature into your daily life.
TAI CHI or QIGONG?
Tai Chi and Qigong are often confused. Because Qigong is an older, deeper, stand alone training system, it is often considered the heart of Tai Chi. Meaning that Tai Chi practitioners can not truly be effective in their training goals without incorporating the Qigong Principles into their Tai Chi practice.
WORKBOOK AND DVD
The training modalities described above have one thing in common; the Qigong Principles™ upon which they stand. When properly applied, these Principles build physical, mental and emotional integrity in the practitioner. All SimplyAware training programs embody the Qigong Principles™ to promote the evolution of the students we serve. Our Training Mindfully with Qigong Principles™ Workbook and DVD help guide the student on a personal journey of cultivation.