Nov 14, 2006

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"Gi" is a universal energy force which practitioners aim to maximise in themselves, promoting health and peace. Concepts in Gi-gong show similarities with other disciplines such as Yoga and Tai-C'hi. Principle among these is the cyclic nature of primary energy forces in the universe, with the Gi entering through the palms and the "Dan-jeon-ho", below the navel.----Gi Gong or Qi Gong is the study and development of the body's natural energy to improve mental and physical health, through the practice of specific breathing techniques. The practice of these breathing techniques develops the body internally. This is done by practicing special breathing forms that open up all the acupuncture meridians, allowing energy to flow to all parts of the body healing every organ in its path. By increasing the level of Qi (nature's energy) in the body not only can you correct many physical problems and be less prone to disease but can also increase your longevity. Once the level of Qi is cultivated to a certain point then the natural healing abilities of the body can start to take their effect. Learning to maintain high levels of Qi in the body can also reduce the level of physical damage the body would incur when injured. Mentally one can develop increased self awareness, mental calmness and release stress----Qigong practice is recorded in hieroglyphics 7000 years ago, and in Chinese books 3000 years ago. This philosophic, meditative, and postural discipline evolved through the efforts and exploration of many practitioners and masters. In ancient times life could be difficult -----In ancient China, people came to believe that through certain body movements and mental concentration combined with various breathing techniques, they could balance and enhance physical, metabolic and mental functions. These movements were worked out over time by exploring the natural range of motion through the joints, as well as drawing on motions in imitation of various animals. This research was passed down and refined according to teacher-disciple relationships of lineage or apprenticeship. This accumulated body of traditional knowledge is known as Chinese traditional qigong-----The word Qigong (pronounced chi kung) is a combination of two ideas: “Qi” means air, breath of life, or vital energy of the body, and “gong” means the skill of working with, or cultivating, self-discipline and achievement. The art of Qigong consists primarily of meditation, relaxation, physical movement, mind-body integration, and breathing exercises. Practitioners of Qigong develop an awareness of qi sensations (energy) in their body and use their mind to guide the Qi. When the practitioners achieve a sufficient skill level (master), they can direct or emit external Qi for the purpose of healing others-----In Chinese the word "Qigong" has two characters, Qi (Chi) and Gong. "Qi or chi" means life energy and "Gong" means daily effort. In short, Qigong is a practice to use chi for different purposes including self-healing. Everyone is born with chi and everyone has the potential to use chi for many purposes. It is the same way as swimming, we are born with the potential to swim but only when we acquire the skill to swim then we can enjoy different water activities such as scuba diving, water polo, free style, butterfly swimming, etc. ----Qigong and Tai Chi-----Qi Gong Information----Chinese Qigong has been practiced with a recorded history of over 2,000 years. But it wasn't until 1953, when Liu Gui-zheng published a paper entitled "Practice On Qigong Therapy", that the term Qigong (Chi Kung) was adopted as the popular name for this type of exercise system.----The word Qigong (Chi Kung) is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is pronounced chee and is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe.
The second word, Gong, pronounced gung, means accomplishment, or skill that is cultivated through steady practice. Together, Qigong (Chi Kung) means cultivating energy, it is a system practiced for health maintenance, healing and increasing vitality--Qigong, the Ancient Art for Health ----Qigong ----Tai Chi and Qigong Links---walking qigong-----Walking Qigong is a gentle exercise that calms the mind while improving general health----Books containing the phrase Walking Qigong-----Lying Down and Walking Qigong---

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