What is Qigong?
Chi Kung (pronounced chee gung) is a traditional Chinese energy medicine practice combining breathing, movement, and meditation. In Chi Kung, the term "qi" (or "chi" ) means "vital energy of the body" and "gong" means the skill and achievement cultivated through regular and disciplined practice. It is part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), which works with the Chi as a key feature of human psychology, physiology, and biology for healing and improving health conditions. Chi Kung has been practiced with documented results in China for thousands of years and has many different styles and types.
In ancient times, one of the terms used to denote what we, today, call Chi Kung was "Tu Na," which means "breathing". The famous philosopher Zhuang Zi, " in his book Nan Hua Jing (3rd century BC.), explained that "the immortal's breathing reaches down to their heels and the normal person's breathing to the throat." To this day, one of the commonly accepted definitions of Chi Kung is breathing exercise.
Chi-Kung has a long history in China as a type of traditional e-xercise for maintaining health and fitness. The Chi-Kung exercises known as the "Six Healing Sounds" are an excellent traditional Chi-Kung practice, involving the formation of sounds and their vibrations in order to cleanse, re-energize, balance and harmonize the internal organs, thereby creating optimum health.
Meditation is also an important part of Chi Kung practice. Da Mo, the first Buddhist Patriarch Bodhidharma, came from India to preach Buddhism in China during the Liang dynasty (502-557 A.D.). He is considered the ancestor of the Chinese Chan Zong sect of Buddhism. Later, the Chan Zong sect of Buddhism and its training was brought to Japan and became Zen meditation in Japan. Meditation is an important practice in Chi-Kung training because it is a necessary process for training the mind to direct and regulate the energy flow in the body. Once the energy is activated it must be coordinated with the activities of the mind, so that mind and body can benefit from the synchronization and mutual influence. The mind, when trained by meditation, is able to perceive the subtle levels at which the Chi functions, both at the level of the mind and at the level of the body. As an example, in recent times, Yan Xin Chi-Kung is known as a meditation-based form of Chi-Kung practice.
Chi-Kung has also been known as "Dao Yin," which means "guiding and directing the Chi flow" by means of specific movements and breathing. For example, the "Five Animal Frolics", the "Eight Pieces of Brocade", are all well-known forms of Dao Yin styles of Chi-Kung practice.
However, recently many forms of Chi-Kung offered in the public and in the scientific Chi-Kung research setting are designed for the purpose of maintaining general health, but not including specific connections between practice and specific health conditions. The various styles of Chi-Kung differ in form, body movement, breathing, and meditation, but are not authentic Chi-energy centered internal cultivation practice. In addition, the training courses of many Chi-Gong programs tend to focus on intellectual knowledge from textbook and traditional techniques/methods and lack the systematic internal Chi-energy activation, cultivation, development, refinement and management.
In my experience having lived in a Taoist Monastery, my training consisted of cultivating Chi every morning and night. Grandmaster Wolf.J.Attiig (head Abbott of the TAO WU SHIN Monastery) directed me in the understanding of the flow of Chi.
My services provide the practitioner with a clear understanding on all matters pertaining to the flow of energy. The training consists of 5 standing movements and 1 sitting :
- PULLING THE EARTH.
- RISING WITH THE STANDING
- ROUNDING WITH THE MOON
- YIN & YANG MOVEMENT
- HUGGING THE TREE
- MICRO-COSMIC ORBITING
All practices will take 1hr to complete.
Loose clothing is recommended.
Price : $100 + gst