QiGong Guide to Wellness and History on a 5000 Year Old Mind Body Science
Qi – Energy
Gong – Work
As group fitness instructor, other than the usual how do you get protein being a vegan, another question that comes up frequently is, What is QiGong? Here is QiGong Guide to an Ancient Mind Body Practice.
Essentially the term energy means human works, physical, and mental. By and large QiGong and it’s many systems of physical, mental exercises were created to develop vitality or Jing.
Let’s say you choose to go back into time in a time machine, and you get injured. I would say good luck finding a hospital, there are non a couple hundred years back.
QiGong Guide to educate and set the records straight
A word of caution, Real QiGong is relatively new to the States, there are few authentic practitioners and teachers within the US.
“I have practiced QiGong since Sophomore year 2002 in high school, went to China in 2004 to learn the real deal. Since I started practice, I have been studying, teaching and practicing QiGong & Yoga since my return from China. My Pro-tip is to stay far away as possible from McDojos 😉
First off, From what I have seen on youtube, and many dojos with masters claiming to be practicing QiGong fails in comparison to the meditative practices from what I learned on my journey to China. Likewise, to be frank, throwing energy around is as much a load of crap as flailing your arms around to heal your spline, then adjusting your finger position to heal your liver and or kidneys. By and large you need to ignore these videos on the internet as they are ridiculous.
By the same token, healing, strength, focus all come from physical or mental exercises, alongside a balanced and healthy diet. QiGong is the mother of martial arts, it evolved alongside Yoga in the regions of Tibet and Nepal. Over the course of history it was used for war, and healing. Moreover, Yoga and QiGong evolved together and possess similar exercises. QiGong has all the of same movements found in KungFu as well as Yoga. Additionally, Yoga also has many similar movements to those found in KungFu. All together, the best way to describe the relationship would be to say that they are brothers from a family that both has it’s shit together and feuds on a daily basis. After all the word for crisis and opportunity are one in the same in Chinese.
Since QiGong is new, I am going to be using Yoga as a comparison, and possibly Tai Chi
Also, Yoga has a sister practice for holistic healing called Ayurveda, and the sister practice for QiGong is Traditional Chinese Medicine. Practices are similar to Yoga, and shares the same beliefs when it comes to the Sutras.
To sum up, My QiGong Guide will show you that practice is separated into these categories, Internal & External.
Internal QiGong –
Again the practices of Still Meditation found in QiGong called- NeiDan Gong are similar to those found in Yoga. Usually, this style of meditation can be performed Sitting, Laying Down, or Standing up
Internal Practice of QiGong Benefits include. Check this Breathwork Meditation QiGong Guide out
- Better Sleep Patterns
Slow Moving Meditation – WaiDanGong – Soft Style QiGong – Slow, Graceful meditative movements aligning breath with movement, stretches, and light exercise.
In like manner of Tai Chi, QiGong flows repetitively in sequences meant to heal and deliver strength. TaiChi is now 600 years old, but it caught on in the western world before QiGong. On the same note, Check this WuChi QiGong Guide Meditation out
These exercises are meant to develop
- Neuromuscular Efficiency
- Coordination, Stability, Balance
Softstyle QiGong – WaiDanGong is the world’s answer to Obesity, and Chronic Pain. It is a gentle low impact exercise perfect for people with these needs.
Uniquely, QiGong has many applications, this healing flow is another example of how to use WaiDanGong Soft Style
- Corrective Exercise, Physical Therapy
- Sufferers of chronic pain from Arthritis (Osteoporosis, Rheumatism)
- Sciatic Nerve Pain
- Slipped Discs
- Other Muscular Injury
QiGong also has Breathwork Exercises – This can be done with NeiDan Gong or WaiDanGong depending on the practitioner’s skill. This is the equivalent to Pranayama in Yoga
Visual Guided Meditation – Also found in Yoga Dhyana and is called Yoga Nidra
Again, meditation has astounding benefits for our mind, body connection, including
- Calmness, Focus, in the most chaotic situations
- Increasing Willpower
- Stimulates the relaxation response which is critical for long term health care. This response is critical for our bodies to maintain homeostasis and must be stimulated at least once each day.
Our Minds and Bodies make the temple for our Spirit. Meditation is the broom that sweeps the temple, the sponge that cleans the dishes, and the paint on the walls. In order to have order, we must have control of the Mind.
Furthermore, without willpower it is much more difficult to self govern and make healthy choices. Meditation allows you to maintain a strong foundation for your temple. In essence, without a strong foundation the smallest storm that life brings can be disastrous. Meditation is great, however philosophy alone is never enough, you must exercise your body to be healthy.
Health and wellness does not come in an overnight miracle pill, diet fad, or new surgery. This style of thinking only bandages the deeply rooted problems in today’s society. All things considered, health and wellness is a practice that requires daily steps towards progress. Perfection is only found in human thought, and nowhere else in the universe.
QiGong Guide to Intense Training – WaiDanGong – Hardstyle QiGong – High intensity interval training develops
- Cardiovascular, and Cardiopulmonary system
- Neuromuscular Efficiency
- Dynamic Flexibility
- Full Body Strength, Rigidity, Power, Explosiveness
- Speed, and Agility,
- Coordination, Balance, Stability
External QiGong is our Temples foundation, framework and blocks. With the right engineering, we can lay blocks tall enough to build a skyscraper. Performance high intensity training comes from these ancient techniques that Shaolin QiGong practitioners used to practice.
Health and wellness does not come in an overnight miracle pill, diet fad, or new surgery. This style of thinking only bandages the deeply rooted problems in today’s society.
True health and wellness is a practice that takes daily steps towards progress. Perfection is only found in human thought, and nowhere else in the universe.
Everywhere else in the universe, everything is fine the way it is, if it wasn’t, the rules of physics would be off, gravity would fall up, the sun would produce coldness, and shine darkness. Sounds kooky right? That is what the universe thinks about perfection.
This QiGong Circuit Shows the Benefits of Hardstyle Training