When we look at the meaning of Qi Gong it translates to Qi -meaning life force, and Gong - to work or gather. Together it is a form of movement and mind using intention and mindfulness to guide qi, to make qi work.
The goal of Qi Gong isn’t an addition process; it is more a subtraction process. The more we can get out of our own way, the more we can let the universal flow of energy move through us.
The healing benefits of Qi Gong practice are composed of three important parts.
Body – On the physical level, Qi Gong employs soft flowing bodyweight movements designed to stimulate the acupuncture meridians and the associated organs. The movements are designed to move blood and oxygen throughout the body facilitating the release of tension and friction in the muscles, joints, and connective tissue that leads to physical degeneration.
Breath – Qi Gong combines these movements with long, slow, deep, and even diaphragmatic breaths. The breathing concept is called “beating and drumming the Qi”. The combination of the specific physical movements and the controlled breathing pattern serve as crutches to connect the mind to the present moment, training mental focus.
Mind – All movements and exercises have a specific visualization or mental intention that adds another layer of focus to the practice. This turns the entire workout into a moving meditation. The movements may be soft and gentle, but the healing effects of qi gong practice can actually be quite powerful.
These are just a few examples of how Qi Gong can benefit your everyday life.
Qi Gong is more than a set of exercises, it is an attitude that works to restructure one's perspective on life, leading to balance and harmony with the world around us. ~Francesco Garri Garripoli,