Qi Gong is a two part Chinese word. Qi, which is pronounced as “chee” is defined as energy. This is a living energy, in other words, the energy associated with living beings. The second word gong simply means development or developing, in other words, the development of mastery over something through practice. The words put together mean the development and mastery of energy, many use the term cultivation of energy. Qi Gong is a physical practice of body movements, breathing, and concentration. Qi Gong has similarities to Tai Chi, and Kung Fu in terms of physical movements and breathing.
Qi Gong is used for stress reduction, increasing stamina, improving the immune system. It is known to help people reintroduce feelings of youthfulness back into their lives. In other words, qi gong is used to maintain a healthy lifestyle by increasing the body mind connection.
Many medical professionals suggest the use of qi gong as an alternative natural healing to use in addition to current medical practice. In fact, studies has shown that qi gong is beneficial for reduction of high blood pressure, cancer, and several other serious diseases. Eastern studies have proven the existence of qi, as well as modern quantum physics. Western studies have shown that qi gong healers possess a higher level of qi energy as compared to most other people. In China, a qi gong master may work with doctors to help heal some of the conditions mentioned above.
This writer has practiced qi gong on and off for about a year and one-half now and has noticed some positive results. One of the most beneficial results I noticed was increased flexibility. I also have developed breathing, relaxation, and concentration skills. I typically practice four to five times per week for about 20 minutes per session.
The best way to begin qi gong is to find a qi gong master. If there is no one available to teach you then I suggest YouTube, which has an abundance of videos. I would also suggest purchasing qi gong DVDs and following them.
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