Qi Gong is a 4000 year-old ancient Chinese discipline that has its roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It is a discipline that involves the mind, breath, and movement to create a calm, natural balance of energy that can be used in work, recreation or self-defense. Qi means energy and gong means work or practice in our case. So, to find balance and increase energy in body and mind, one needs to have a diligent practice. Unlike yoga, Qi Gong is done in slow movements while standing up. It is ideal for people of all ages.
There many many and many styles of Qi Gong. To be diverse and inclusive, we also practice and teach a variety of styles, a combination of traditional and modern Qi Gong, some of which I crafted from my personal practice and experience.
In general, there are two categories of Qi Gong:
1) Energy activation and release – just as the name says, to activate and wake up our energy and to release stuck or stagnant Qi in the body and mind
2) Movement with breath – this can be as simple as the Shaolin 8 Brocades or as detailed as the complete 108 form of Yang Tai Chi. This can be very meditative and mindful.
One can spend her entire life practicing and learning Qi Gong for a deeper spiritual practice. On the other hand, one does not need to know anything about it and can experience a change in energy level as quickly as after a 10-minute energy activation and release. To show you the magic of a 10-15 minute practice, please follow along this short video of me practicing in Mount Tremblant in -10C. The most important thing is that you enjoy the practice and smile a lot.
Interested in learning more about the practice of Qi Gong? Join saigon om at our upcoming Qi Gong Immersion 1 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
Thank you for visiting saigon om. May your practice flourish with joy and happiness.