Chi Kung: the Chinese practice you need to discover
Chi Kung is a Chinese practice of Taoism origin that is increasingly being spread in the West. It is summarized in movements initially similar to those of yoga, though it is broader and farfetched with influences directly from nature, animals, mountain forms, astral movements, among others.
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Chi Kung: what does it mean?
In essence the term Chi Kung came from the Chinese ideograms: 气功 (in pinyin: “qigong”). The qi (气) being the vital energy Qi of the human being and the gong (功) our physical and personal work. That is, Qi Gong focuses on our own ability to develop body and mind according to our vital energy.
This ancient Chinese art has mirrored much – and above all – in the movements of animals. One of the main ones is the Grou, that looks like a heron and is considered sacred both in China and Japan. Some Qi Gong movements use the movements of this bird, such as lifting the head and opening the legs, so that we can harmonize our whole body in a vertical direction.
The other animal is the turtle. One of the best-known and most successful Qi Gong exercises is that of tortoise breathing. When it was discovered that these animals live almost 200 years, the Taoists began to study them and came to the conclusion that their breathing was different, with long inspiration and pause, sometimes even at short breaks.
Benefits of practicing Chi Kung
Qi Gong is perfect especially for those who have a heavy workload. It helps with:
- Stress – greatly reducing the negative energies that build up during the day.
- Sleep – gives a much calmer night’s sleep and prompts our minds to work better in the morning.
- Energetic field – our energetic field gets much lighter and we begin to feel our body looser and softer.
- Emotional field – our emotions become clearer and clearer to ourselves, that is, we end up getting to know each other more in self-reflexive exercises.
- Pain – any kind of pain begins to be reduced after the onset of Qi Gong practice. Migraines and spine pain are the first to disappear.
The Three Secrets of Chi Kung
- Jing: it is the primeval matter or source from which a human being is formed.
- Chi: Chi is the first energy that fills the universe and gives life and movement to all that is present in our astral plane.
- Sheng: It is our own spiritual energy and in which the Qi Gong exercises focus on, trying to balance that energy within ourselves.
Qi Gong is a preventive activity, and as prevention there is a lower demand in search of treatments or medical consultations, besides those of routine.
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