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The chinese term Qigong [tschi gung] describes Chinese exercises using movement and consciousness to train body, and energy. Due to the great number of different aspects to focus on the scope of different Qigong systems is enormous. Today there are between 3500 and 4000 different estimated practices, depending what is counted as part of Qigong, which derive from different styles.
Traditionally, the exercises are methods to support or maintain health and/ or support optimization or preparation in the area of martial arts and/ or serve spiritual or therapeutic practice and/ or the general field of life care.
Standing exercises, moving exercises and even exercises with uttering noises are part of Qigong. They mostly are to improve the connection between body, mind and energy and for this use conscious breathing which accompanies, intensifies or guides the movement.
In the following you’ll find a short overview of the most important aspects and possibilities of Qigong. Depending on the set of exercise, one or more areas will be effected. A set of exercises refers to a sequence of movements which mostly serve a specific purpose. In this point, Qigong differs from the internal martial arts of China in which many different aspects are trained simultaneously in every posture of the exercise.
Some of the areas you can use Qigong on for improvement:
This list is not complete but contains the most central areas, in order to give you a good picture of how variously Qigong exercises have been developed and still are. Nevertheless, it doesn’t cover all areas. It does for example provide no real tool to work on psychological or high level energetic blockages in a way to permanently dissolve them in their core. However, selected Qigong practices are of great use in specific tasks and exercises.
Qigong exercises are a good opportunity to improve the relation to your own body, to improve your balance and to keep your body healthy.
Example of two Qigong exercises and their effect: