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 gentle, rhythmic movements of Qigong reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality, and enhance the immune system. Qigong practice involve a moving or stationary posture, breathing techniques, and mental focus. Some practices increase the Qi; others circulate it, use it to cleanse and heal the body, store it, or emit Qi to help heal others.
Qigong is practiced for meditation and self-cultivation as part of various philosophical and spiritual traditions. As meditation, qigong is a means to still the mind and enter a state of consciousness that brings serenity, clarity, and bliss. Many practitioners find qigong, with its gentle focused movement, to be more accessible than seated meditation.
As a moving meditation, qigong practice typically coordinates slow organic movement, deep diaphragmatic breathing, and calm mental focus, with visualization of guiding qi through the body.
Qigong practice helps people ground themselves into the “now” to increase the present moment awareness. Qigong is practice for self-healing, meditation, and cultivation of life energy.