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What is Qigong ? (also spelled as Chi Gong)
Qigong (pronounced as Chee Gung) is also known as Chinese Yoga, or as Neigong (Internal Exercises), which is more like a Chinese version of Pilates.
A definition of Qigong is: an internal meditation method using moving and standing exercises practiced to promote the movement of vital energy throughout the body. Qigong increases internal cleansing and healing and has been known to help cure many ailments and improve one's health tremendously.
Qigong is a practice that often uses slow graceful movements and controlled breathing techniques to promote the circulation of energy within the human body, and enhance a practitioner's overall health. Qigong's gentle movements, meditation, and breathing techniques cleanse and strengthen the immune system and Life Energy (Qi). The ideas and movements originated thousands of years ago in China. There are also many forms of Qigong that are done with little or no movement at all, in standing, sitting and supine positions; likewise, not all forms of Qigong use breath control techniques. There are more than 10,000 styles of qigong and 200 million people practicing these methods. Another name for Qigong is also Neigong, which means Internal Exercises.
Why practice Qigong?
There are three main reasons why people practice Qigong:
Benefits of Qigong:
Qigong Program material:
Advanced concepts are explained in everyday language, augmented with practice exercises, and demonstrated through practical applications that can apply to both Qigong health enhancement but also to self defense. This is the ONLY Qigong program available that teaches also the hidden protection aspects of Qigong movements and postures.
Important material is taught from the original root styles that the internal martial arts were developed from and lays the proper foundation for a deeper understanding of the internal styles of Tai Ji Quan, Xinyi Quan / Xing Yi Quan, and Ba Gua Zhang. The material is very efficient and effective for learning practical self-defense and furthering one's current knowledge and training in the various internal martial arts. Without this true learning of the most ancient methods and body mechanics, one can attempt to practice internal martial arts for many decades but will never be able to generate any internal energy for healing and self defense.
Most importantly, instruction will be given in HOW to feel the movements by using the deeper muscles, correct body mechanics, correct body alignment, and correct rooting. Information is also given on WHY movements are done so. Over 30 years of research and experience has been done to develop the course materials for this program!
Introduction - basics
Foundational sitting, standing, stretching, conditioning, and strengthening movements that prepare one for the later lessons.
Level One - Opening the Mind-Body Awareness
The focus is on opening both your body and mind. On the physical side, works on flexibility, range of motion, and easy movements to open and lengthen all parts of your body. Movements also stimulate all the major energy systems in your body. To open your mind, we'll teach you an effective stress-relief and relaxation technique, plus a simple Qi energy awareness practice.
A. Active Qigong -
To open the body, we use primarily movements in the limbs to open up the spine, hips and legs, and arms and shoulders.
As an introduction to Qigong, some simple and easy to learn standing and moving movements are taught in a series of eight postures. Aids in aligning, stretching, conditioning, balancing, and strengthening the body. This exercise is very ancient and is both Taoist and Buddhist influenced.
B. Passive Qigong - seated or standing activates hands and feet points.
Various Qigong methods are taught, some simple and easy to learn standing and moving movements. Aids in connecting the mind with the body. These exercises are very ancient and are both Taoist and Buddhist influenced.
1. Falling Water Qigong – To open the mind, focuses on draining stagnant Qi from the hands and feet.
C. Qi Emission - focuses on generating and feeling Qi in the palms.
1. Following Qigong – sensitivity & awareness training. Single arm and double arm methods.
2. Interactive Qigong – generate greater Qi feeling & awareness:
Level Two - Coordinate Body, Mind & Breath
The focus is on physical coordination that will teach you how to use your body in an integrated fashion and on coordinating movement, breathing, and mental concentration to increase the benefits you get from Qigong.
Active & Passive Qigong
1. Constant Bear Qigong – This exercise works the waist, hips, and legs using a combination of turning and weight shifting.
2. Reverse Bear Qigong – This exercise adds in ‘silk reeling' (staying connected as weight transfers from one side to other).
3. Embrace the Pearl Qigong – Standing exercise done without movement in order to focus concentration with breathing. Accumulates and restores energy in body.
4. Lifting Water Qigong - tool for learning relaxed arm movement using deeper muscles without tension.
5. Spiraling Qigong - increases mobility, flexibility, and coordination of arms and torso, while relieving muscular tension.
Level 3: Rooting and Energetics
Rooting is the single most basic concept in all of neigong and internal martial arts. Rooting involves keeping both a physical and an energetic connection to the ground for stability, balance, and centering. Also, focus on ‘Tai Ji Energetics', giving you the experiences of working with Qi both inside and outside of the body.
1. Isolated Spine Stretch - develops awareness of the upper body structures, primarily the spine.
2. Waterpump Qigong - develops awareness of the lower body structures, the hips and legs.
3. Three Circle Qigong – standing neigong for rooting and and actively circulating Qi throughout the body.
4. Universal Post Qigong – neigong for physically and energetically developing rooting in legs and feet, while being single weighted in Cat Stance.
5. Circling Hands Qigong – various advanced exercises for rooting the lower body while in Bow Stance and spiraling the upper body circulating Qi (Cloud Hands, Wave Hands Like Clouds, Flower Hidden in Mirror, etc.).
Level 4: Four Energies Neigong and Centering Elements Qigong - integrates the whole mind-body with flowing standing and walking movements. Centering Qigong connects to the energy fields of the Five Elements and energizes and harmonizes these areas for physical, mental, and spiritual health.
Level Five - Preparation Exercises:
1. Shaolin Preparation Qigong -
Rub hands – stimulate ‘laogong' (human gate) energy points in palm centers.
2. Shaolin Qigong - set of breathing exercises with moving arms
3. Important Internal Exercises -
Opening/closing the kua – Taiji Swings 1-3
To build a strong foundation, three Shaolin Qigong moving methods are taught that are part of the Shaolin Rou Gong system:
Level Six - Shaolin Rou Gong 少林 柔功 (Soft or Supple Exercises) System
1. Shaolin Liu He Gong 少林 六合功 (6 Harmony Exercises)
Composed of 6 sets of special walking qigong movements that unite breathing methods, acupuncture points and meridians, body mechanics, and self defense movements. The 6 Harmony movements are considered the primary foundation to all long fist applications, and the main starting point for the internal version of Shaolin martial arts. Each of the 6 exercises covers different vessels and meridians of the body (such as the Lungs, Spleen, Liver, Triple Burners, Heart, and Kidneys). The main function of the 6 Harmony is to:
2. Shaolin Chan Yuan Gong 少林 禪圓功 (Zen Circular Exercises)
Composed of a series of 8-10 demanding internal movements and postures. These movements are made to:
1. Avoid (evade) Sun, Hide (conceal) Clouds -- Bi Ri Zhe Yun (6x)
3. Shaolin Luohan 13 Gong 少林 罗汉十三功 (Arhat 13 Exercises)
Composed of a series of 13 complex movements and postures. The movements:
After learning and MASTERING all 3 Rou Gong sets, the student will be able to have the CORRECT body mechanics and internal energy development and movement necessary to truly understand and perform the most ancient and traditional methods of the Shaolin system and support a strong foundation for mastering the other internal arts of Tai Ji Quan, Xing Yi, and Ba Gua Zhang.
Level Seven - Shaolin Yi Jin Jing 少林 易筋經 (Muscle & Tendon Changing Classic) :
Special Shaolin neigong set that is similar to elements of Indian Yoga and Taoist Daoyin exercises.
Level Eight - Dragon & Tiger Qigong
Special set for medicinal healing.
Level Nine - To be announced.
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