Qigong Exercises

Qigong is a holistic system of coordinated body posture and movement, breathing, and meditation used for health, spirituality, and martial arts training. With roots in Chinese medicine, philosophy, and martial arts, qigong is traditionally viewed as a practice to cultivate and balance qi (chi), translated as "life energy".

Qigong practice typically involves moving meditation, coordinating slow flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing, and calm meditative state of mind. Qigong is now practiced throughout China and worldwide for recreation, exercise and relaxation, preventive medicine and self-healing, alternative medicine, meditation and self-cultivation, and training for martial arts.

Wild Goose

Wild Goose is a Qi Gong form very popular amongst our participants. It is, as the name suggests, based on the movements and life style of the Goose.  There are 3 Parts to the form all together.  The movements for part One are shown below, along with a video of instructor Stephen Brown demonstrating this section of the form.

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12 Step Daoyin Health Preservation Exercises

As taught by the Chinese Health Qigong Association.

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Five Animals Qigong

Developed in 145 – 208, Five Animals (Wu Qin Xi) uses the imitation of animals within the Qi Gong practice. The 5 animals are; tiger, deer, bear, monkey and bird. Imitation of the characteristics both spiritual in atitude and physical in movement of each of the animals produces mental  balance and physical ease, aiding in respiration, digestion, circulation and flexibility of the joints as well as spine health, leg strength, leveled emotions, clarity, fatigue, nervousness and anxiety. As taught by the Chinese Health Qigong Association.

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Eight Pieces of Brocade

The Baduanjin qigong is one of the most common forms of Chinese qigong used as exercise. Variously translated as Eight Pieces of Brocade, Eight-Section Brocade, Eight Silken Movements or Eight Silk Weaving, the name of the form generally refers to how the eight individual movements of the form characterize and impart a silken quality (like that of a piece of brocade) to the body and its energy. The Baduanjin is primarily designated as a form of medical qigong, meant to improve health. This is in contrast to religious or martial forms of qigong. However, this categorization does not preclude the form's use by martial artists as a supplementary exercise, and this practice is frequent. — Wikipedia

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