|Qigong (Chi gong)
Chi Gong is a set of meditative exercises developed over 2,000 years ago by Taoist monks
in China. By combining simple body movements, breathing and mental imagery you can direct
the flow of your body's energy to prevent disease, build strength and to advance
Qigong practice makes one sensitive to the internal operations of one's body, and it helps
to reveal the body's place within nature's oneness. This permits one to build up
resistance to imbalances and blockages affecting our qi, which aids the integration of
one's yin and yang internal factors within the universal order -- of which we are a part.
We may understand qi as the force that integrates the relationship between body (matter,
structure) and mind (process, function).
In the philosophy of qigong, a primary aim is to maintain or restore balance and harmony
within the energy body and therefore, manifest changes in the physical body. Through
qigong, one can build up qi and move it to where a disturbance or blockage occurs.
Practitioners gain more than improved health. They learn another way of looking at and
experiencing the dynamic unity of life, one far removed from the disenchanted and
alienated thought-paterns common in Western civilization.