There are many people who practice, train and teach in the ancient Chinese martial art of Qigong (pronounced Chee Gong) and very few could be considered a Qigong master. Most cities will have a place available where people can go and take lessons on Qigong, however finding someone who is a master of Qigong is much more difficult.
What is Qigong?
Qigong is an ancient Chinese martial art that has been practiced for thousands of years and has over 2000 different forms. There are many varying levels of Qigong, and it has many similarities to Tai Chi because Tai Chi was spawned by Qigong exercises. Qigong is designed to promote energy healing within the body of those who practice it through a combination of:
- deep breathing techniques
- slow and deliberate movements
The goal with Qigong is to attain Qi, which is the body’s energy flow. By leering how to control your Qi through the practice of chi Kung and Qigong you will be able to promote self healing, improve your overall fitness level, and your mental health as well.
How to Safely Begin Qigong
The basic first steps of Qigong involve a deep breathing technique call Yogic breathing that involves breathing deeply into the diaphragm. This is a very basic form of Qigong exercise, but as you get comfortable you can increase the challenge by choosing different exercises. Once you’re ready to move beyond the basics, you will need to locate a Qigong teacher who has a great deal of experience.
What a Qigong Master Can Offer
Qigong masters have years of experience in the many different exercises that make up the practice of Qigong. There are many exercises that should only be performed by a Qigong master on in the company of a Qigong master just to ensure your health and safety. One such exercise is called stopped breathing.
Stopped breathing is an exercise that is just what you think it is. You stop breathing for prolonged time periods. The idea behind the stopped breathing technique is that you will have intensified Qi (pronounced Chee) for a short period of time.
A Qigong master studies for many years, and because there are not as many masters as there are students, you may have difficulty finding one in your city. You can however locate someone who has Qigong training, who for your purposes will most likely be able to help you achieve your goals locally. As always do your research. Qigong while it is not a fast paced exercise is still an exercise program that should be taken seriously, and therefore make sure the Qigong teacher you choose is qualified.