is a form of exercise that originally developed in China
It energizes the internal organs by combining disciplined breathing techniques with subtle but focused movement. Qi Gong does not employ as much movement as Taiji and is not as physically strenuous as Yoga, but will move and enhance your “qi” or “prana.”
What Is “Qi”?
“Qi” or “prana” are Chinese and Indian terms for internal energy. Internal energy is an abstract concept which means “that which animates you” or “that which gives you buoyancy” or “life force.” Qi has not been quantified according to Western scientific standards, but our medical community does not deny the positive benefits people who practice Qi Gong enjoy.
Benefits of Qigong
Some of these benefits include a deepening of the breath which leads to increased oxygen utilization and greater lung capacity. More mental concentration and focus and a feeling of greater psychological and emotional well-being. An increase in energy levels, greater flexibility and an improved range of functional movement.
Qi Gong can help people lower high blood pressure. It can assist recovery from a traumatic event like an accident or a battle with cancer. It gives seniors more energy and vitality. It is an alternative therapy for people with chronic problems like headaches, sinus problems, allergies or asthma.
For healthy people, it helps keep the connective tissue vibrant, strong and healthy. It helps correct muscle imbalances to improve movement efficiency. It increases oxygen utilization. It stimulates the internal organs, working on keeping you well from the inside out, as opposed to the outside in and it is a good complement to more physically demanding forms of exercise.