Qi Gong and Tai Chi Chaun
What is Qi Gong?
Qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention.
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 second word, Gong, pronounced gung, means accomplishment, or skill that is cultivated through steady practice. Together, Qigong (Chi Kung) means cultivating energy, it is a system practiced for health maintenance, healing and increasing vitality.
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Qi Gong is an integration of physical postures, breathing techniques, and focused intentions.
Qi Gong practices can be classified as martial, medical, or spiritual. All styles have three things in common: they all involve a posture, (whether moving or stationary), 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. Practices vary from the soft internal styles such as Tai Chi; to the external, vigorous styles such as Kung Fu. However, the slow gentle movements of most Qigong forms can be easily adapted, even for the physically challenged and can be practiced by all age groups.
Like any other system of health care, Qi Gong is not a panacea, but it is certainly a highly effective health care practice. Many health care professionals recommend Qi Gong as an important form of alternative complementary medicine.
Most other forms of exercise do not involve the meridian system used in acupuncture nor do they emphasize the importance of adding mindful intent and breathing techniques to physical movements. When these dimensions are added, the benefits of exercise increase exponentially.
The gentle, rhythmic movements of Qigong reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality, and enhance the immune system. It has also been found to improve cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic and digestive functions.
Those who maintain a consistent practice of Qigong find that it helps one regain a youthful vitality, maintain health even into old age and helps speed recovery from illness. Western scientific research confirms that Qigong reduces hypertension and the incidence of falling in the aged population.
As moving meditation, qigong practice typically coordinates slow stylized movement, deep diaphragmatic breathing, and calm mental focus, with visualization of guiding qi through the body. While implementation details vary, generally qigong forms can be characterized as a mix of four types of practice: dynamic, static, meditative, and activities requiring external aids.
involves fluid movement, usually carefully choreographed, coordinated with breath and awareness. Examples include the slow stylized movements of T'ai chi ch'uan, Baguazhang, and Xing yi. Other examples include graceful movement that mimics the motion of animals in Five Animals (Wu Qin Xi qigong), White Crane, and Wild Goose (Dayan) Qigong. As a form of gentle exercise, qigong is composed of movements that are typically repeated, strengthening and stretching the body, increasing fluid movement (blood, synovial, and lymph), enhancing balance and proprioception, and improving the awareness of how the body moves through space.
involves holding postures for sustained periods of time. In some cases this bears resemblance to the practice of Yoga and its continuation in the Buddhist tradition. For example Yiquan, a Chinese martial art derived from xingyiquan, emphasizes static stance training. In another example, the healing form Eight Pieces of Brocade (Baduanjin qigong) is based on a series of static postures.
utilizes breath awareness, visualization, mantra, chanting, sound, and focus on philosophical concepts such as qi circulation, aesthetics, or moral values. In traditional Chinese medicine and Daoist practice, the meditative focus is commonly on cultivating qi in dantian energy centers and balancing qi flow in meridian and other pathways. In various Buddhist traditions, the aim is to still the mind, either through outward focus, for example on a place, or through inward focus on the breath, a mantra, a koan, emptiness, or the idea of the eternal. In the Confucius scholar tradition, meditation is focused on humanity and virtue, with the aim of self-enlightenment.
Use of external agents
Many systems of qigong practice include the use of external agents such as ingestion of herbs, massage, physical manipulation, or interaction with other living organisms. For example, specialized food and drinks are used in some medical and Daoist forms, whereas massage and body manipulation are sometimes used in martial arts forms. In some medical systems a qigong master uses non-contact treatment, purportedly guiding qi through his or her own body into the body of another person.
Qi Gong Energy Flow by hour of the day
Colors are representative of, and invoke a variety of feelings and emotions. In our every day life, we may not pay much attention the significance of passing by a sunny yellow home, or the vivid red of our shirt, but it is important to note the subtle subconscious and energetic effect that color plays on our psyche.
This energy is classified into either Yin, which are cooler colors associated with the elements of metals and water, or Yang -- warmer colors associated with Fire and Wood. Each color also has specific energetic properties that it is associated with. Its important to take note of these influences as the color will create an atmosphere you may not even be aware of.
Blue (Yin) - calming blue invokes peace, healing and relaxation. Blue creates both trust and a sense of exploration and adventure. It is important to note that navy blue reflects intellect and wisdom.
Brown (Yang) - An Earthy color, Brown represents being grounded and hard working. (this applies to rich browns, beiges and tan shades are different)
Green (Yin) - harmony, balance, healing and health; physical, emotional and spiritual.
Gold (Yang) - God consciousness.
Mauve (Yang) - Mauve promotes World Consciousness by mixing Earthy brown and powerful red.
Orange (Yang) - Concentration, organization, and creativity, Orange also promotes motivation.
Pink (Yin) - love in its many forms. Richer hues bring a more passionate feeling, while softer pinks invoke a gentle love.
Purple (Yin) - Spirituality and spiritual awareness and is excellent for emotional healing. In Feng Shui, Purple invokes royalty.
Red (Yang) - A color of confidence, red is also the color of luck, money, joy, and protection. It attracts recognition and respect; and is symbolic of good fortune.
Silver (Yin) - trustworthy and the romantic.
White (Yang) - Purity. Poise, grace and confidence. White combined with Gold generates a sense of Godlike influence, and paired with Silver enhances trustworthiness and leadership.
Yellow (Yang) - Cheery yellow invites warmth, communication, vitality, friendliness, and motion.
You can use this color guide on its own, or for enhanced Feng Shui, consider using it with a Bagua map, to enhance the effectiveness of the color placement by placing it in a location that is designated for the same purpose the color is designated.
*We Practice a multi theory approach to our Qigong practice.
*Each of our Introductory levels are the foundation for all of our other practices.
*Each introductory level is 45 minutes in length and is part of the complete foundation.
*We will Always recommend that you start at the beginning and work your way through.
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