Qi Gong (Pronounced chee gung) is a practice that originated in China and has been rapidly gaining popularity in the West. It is essentially a moving meditation. The “Qi” in Qi Gong is the same as the “Chi” in Tai Chi. That Qi is the foundation of Chinese Medicine.
Illness is seen as a breakdown in or an inhibition of the natural functioning of Qi. Within the human being Qi is like the life force or energy which governs all aspects of our being. Everything is Qi and Qi is everything i.e. the air we breathe, the ground we walk on, the universe around us. Humans are a very concentrated form of Qi, air on the other hand is more ethereal and less condensed.
Through Qi Gong we start to become aware of the relationship between our consciousness (the self) and the Qi that gives us physical form and animates us. Through precise conscious movement we move Qi through channels in our body (often referred to as acupuncture meridians or Jing Luo) and encourage a more free and fluid flow of this energy through our body.
Energy follows intent Our intent is key in this. The very first postural alignment in Qi Gong is designed to open a connection to spirit by “raising our spirit”. This informs all subsequent actions. Therefore rather than willing energy to move we intend it to move through a harmonious relationship with our spiritual self. Don’t worry if you don’t get it straight away, through conscious practice it will happen naturally in time.
You can learn how to:
• Tune up your Qi
• Function your Qi
• Move your Qi
• Build up your energy system
Qi Gong will be of benefit to those recovering from serious illness such as surgery, physical injury, chemotherapy, etc… or those seeking renewed vitality and health. Qi gong is suitable for all ages.
Some video examples of Qi Gung with Sam Lee below:
Seated Qi Gung: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9-lz_Z1YCM
Qi healing session: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AK9hWor4Lb8
The eight brocades: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QxCD2g7M_8