What is qigong?
Qigong (pronounced chee-gong and also known as quigong, chi gong, chi gung, qui gong) is a series of ancient Chinese exercises which use breathing and imagination or visualization to improve all areas of human health, physical, mental and spiritual. It has been practiced in China for over five thousand years.
Qigong video is the best and fastest way to learn this process as you can follow along with the instructor.
These days it is widely accepted that Chinese medicine has a lot to offer that our traditional western medicine does not. Many doctors and clinics in the west are now recommending qigong to their patients. Not as an alternative to western medicine, but more as a complementary companion to our drugs and surgery.
Western medicine aims to cure sickness and its symptoms whereas Chinese medicine is more about prevention of disease and enabling us to heal ourselves.
The Chinese believe all sickness is caused by blockages in the chi (or qui) energy in the human body. Qigong not only brings more energy into the body, it also balances the energies. If the energy remains blocked or out of balance for a long period of time, this can lead to disease in the body.
Qigong allows the body to heal itself by putting the body’s yin and yang energy into balance. It can also heal us when we are sick. It is gentle and relaxing and very easy to practice. Even ten minutes a day is beneficial and you will find yourself feeling calm and energized.
Qigong video exercise
Qigong is a lot easier to learn than tai chi and is a more gentle form of exercise. It comprises breathing, body posture and visualization. It can be performed standing, sitting or lying down making it very suitable for sick, disabled or elderly people.
How can qigong help me to sleep better?
There are several ways qigong can help us sleep soundly and more deeply. It is an excellent “stress reducer”. I have personally found it to be equal or even superior to yoga in this way. And because it can be so simple to practice (and I’m rather lazy!) Its quite easy to find a few minutes a day to do one or two of the exercises.
Stress reduction is an instantaneous result of practicing qigong but there are other benefits. If you have trouble sleeping due to chronic pain or discomfort, even back pain, qigong can help here too. Qigong may be practiced standing, sitting, lying down, walking or even sitting in front of a computer!
Do you suffer with narcolepsy? Troubled with restless legs syndrome? Are you depressed? These are all areas that qigong can help. It will balance the body’s energy and gently help the self healing of virtually any complaint.
Sounds to good to be true!
The human body is actually designed to heal itself. Trouble is it gets stuffed full of junk food, cigarette smoke and exhaust fumes. It is subject to stresses from job, neighbors or relatives. It gets plunked on the couch and not moved for hours! No wonder it gets sick!
One medical doctor says “Qigong is as important as antibiotics and immunizations”.
There are many ways to learn qigong, but not all are created equal. You can go to classes, some of these are very good but expensive. Plus you have to get yourself there and back. You can learn qigong from a book, but basically you are just learning what’s known as “qigong form”. The healing energy dosn’t translate well from the pages of a book. A qigong video allows you to follow the moves more easily, allowing you to immerse yourself in the teachings.
I have used Qigong for years. All I do is 15 minutes most days to feel the benefits and am reaping the rewards of better sleep and less stress. It really works.
What causes energy blockages?
Blockages can be caused by many things, not all of them under our control. Emotional stress, bad diet, changes in the weather, pollution and injury are some causes. Our modern lifestyle, fast foods and insufficient time to relax all contribute to energy blockages.
So what else can qigong do?
Well you name it, qigong can fix it! I’ll list just some:
- Headaches and migraine
- Stress and Anxiety
- Weight problems
- Immune disorders
- Digestive upsets
- Reinforces the immune system
- Hearing and Sight
- Gallstones and kidney stones
- Post Traumatic Stress disorder
- Thyroid and glandular dysfunction
- Circulation problems
- Panic attacks
In my opinion, it’s much better value than health insurance. Why insure against disease when you can access better health with a qigong video?