We offer instruction in several styles of Traditional Qi Gong.
What is Qi Gong?
Qi Gong translates as energy exercises. These exercises are practiced to build up the body and the health. Qi Gong has a very long history and because of this there are numerous styles.
The goal of most Qi Gong is to integrate the body/posture, breath, and mind. Qi Gong can be practiced standing, sitting, lying, and walking and includes both static and dynamic moving exercises.
Different styles of Qi Gong focus on different things but generally the theory is that practice will invigorate and unblock the flow of the body’s energy. This helps the body to get the nourishment that it needs to repair itself and to stay healthy. Continual practice of Qi Gong will also increase the level of energy or Qi in the practitioner’s body.
The Theory of Yang Sheng
The term Yang Sheng has been used since ancient times to describe many different Qi Gong practices that have been used to nourish one’s vitality, cultivate longevity, and help to cure and prevent disease.
Yang means to nourish.
Sheng means life.
Generally the term Yang Sheng can be used to describe any Qi Gong or exercise that can be used to keep yourself healthy. The idea of nourishing your life is a deeper concept than just exercising though. Like many ancient Chinese traditions it encompasses the idea of unity and harmony. This harmony is brought about by an increase in awareness of both to your internal workings and the environment.
Ancient cultivators spent hours in meditation daily and wrote cryptic texts in the hope that unworthy readers would not be able to discover their secrets. Because of this and the fact that many teachers today would like to keep these arts shrouded in mystery or do not know them very well, many modern people think that Qi Gong is esoteric, very complicated, or time consuming. This is not the case.