Many of us are vaguely aware of the great benefits of chi kung meditation to our health and longevity but don’t really understand how it works. Here is an overview:
- Chi circulates around our bodies, in a daily cycle, mainly but not entirely through pathways called meridians and vessels.
- Chi is stored in energy centres / reservoirs called tan tiens.
- The two main sources of chi are the Earth (yin chi) and the sky (yang chi).
- When the chi in our bodies is circulating freely, and is balanced between yin and yang, we will enjoy good health.
- Opening the meridians through stretching exercises and guiding chi through them facilitates strong, smooth circulation of the chi.
- Drawing in fresh chi from the earth and sky keeps our chi plentiful and allows us to balance yin and yang.
- Expelling stale or excess chi keeps our chi fresh and prevents it becoming excessively strong.
By its nature, chi kung (also known as qi gong or ki gung) is simple and easy yet amazingly effective. Anyone can practice it successfully, regardless of age or fitness. The essential requirements are a properly trained instructor and good, fresh air.
The basic chi kung system that we teach is Tong Ling (clearing and circulating) Chi Kung. The system can be learned in one month – less with intensive private tuition – but takes time to practice. However, benefits can be felt immediately.
“Regular practice of Chi Kung has lowered my blood pressure, increased my flexibility and given me a great boost in confidence.” – Marilyn
A brief note on pronunciation.
The words chi (energy) and kung (sustained work) are pronounced differently in different Chinese dialects. Most writers follow their teacher’s pronunciation hence you may see the term chi kung written as qi gung, qi gong, ki gung or ki gong!