Qigong is a catch all term for a wide variety of different practices, too broad to encapsulate fully here. My intention is to write a series of short, digestable articles that function as an introduction.
Simply put, Qigong is about cultivating ones' energy (chi) through a variety of different means. These include exercises utilising movement and breathing though to sitting meditation. Common to all these is the idea that we can develop a more subtle, in-depth understanding of both oneself and the world around us. In a practical, everyday sense, this means that over time, practicing Qigong increases the body's potential, general health and promotes a relaxed state of mind.
What we think of as Qigong today has its roots in China over 4000 years ago and thoughout its history has developed many branches and offshoots, strands that have interacted and merged with other developing systems and philosophies. Taoism, buddism, chinese medicine and the martial arts are all intertwined with Qigong.
In future blogs I will elaborate on what to expect when going to a class (my own in particular) and the benefits of practicing.