Qi means breath and energy, and Gong means skill or exercise. Therefore Qigong (Chi Kung) can loosely be translated as breathing or energy exercise. Qigong has often been referred to as “Chinese Yoga”.
There are many many forms of Qigong, some designed for health and healing, some for enhancing power in martial arts and even other styles of Qigong for peace and/or enlightenment. Some styles of Qigong are practiced while sitting, other styles are practiced while standing and other Qigong Styles are practiced while moving or walking.
The Qigong taught at the Tai Chi Association is an ancient Qigong developed to enhance health, vitality, soft flexible powerful muscles, strong resilient bones, healthy organ function as well as internal power for Martial Arts. The Styles of Qigong taught by The Tai Chi Association are Taiji Qigong and Medical Wu Xing Qigong for health, healing and internal power.
Qigong benefits the body in many ways, from increasing metabolism, helping to slow premature aging, developing a lasting strong mind/body connection, healing the deepest parts of the body including all of the internal organs as well as the bone marrow (helping to prevent or reverse bone disorders) and many more benefits. Qigong is well known for increasing vitality and power in an individual making their bodies stronger and impervious to many injuries as well as healing many common ailments.
Qi Gong helps to increase relaxation, awareness, and sensitivity in the practioner, and all the qualities needed to become a successful boxer, or simply an extremely healthy individual.
The pure men of old slept without dreams, and waked without anxiety. They ate without discrimination, breathing deep breaths. The pure man draws breaths from the great depths of his heels;
-Zhuangzi chapter 6