Are you feeling drained and tired? Are your batteries running low? Did your youthful vigour slip away one night while you were sleeping fitfully? If so, then you’ll be pleased to know that you CAN recharge your flagging energy by doing simple qigong exercises. And forget about physical exertion and hard work. These are the sort of exercises that won’t add to your weariness.
It’s widely accepted that the right form of physical exercise builds muscle power. It also makes you fitter, healthier, and more flexible; which helps you live longer, but what if you add in the benefit of energy work?
Qigong exercises, or energy work, get you moving and breathing better. They power up your energy body, increase your vitality, and decrease your stress.
Not so long ago, this form of self healing was only available to the privileged few. Now anyone can learn the ancient art of qigong (pronounced chee-goong), to improve their health, and to boost their power and strength, with far less work and effort than cardiovascular and muscle-building.
If this is the first time you’ve heard of qigong, then it might sound a bit strange at first, but I expect that, by the end of this article, these energy building exercises will make perfect sense to you.
Qi Gong Exercises For Self Healing
Qigong, (also written as qi gong, qi kung and chi kung), is a wonderful addition to your self-healing toolkit. The beginner exercises can be done by pretty well anyone. The movements are low impact, slow and gentle, and can be modified for sitting or lying down if necessary.
You can even gain benefit from imagining the techniques if you’re unable to perform them physically. That’s one of the benefits of energy work. You can move energy with your mind.
If long exercise routines are out of the question due to illness or time constraints, then you’ll appreciate the latest qigong dvd course that has ten-minute sessions. I certainly did!
Traditionally, students would expect to practice for years before feeling their chi, which is a level of dedication beyond the average person in today’s fast-paced world.
Now, with modern western-friendly training, you can start to feel your chi within days or weeks. This is a great motivator for continuing the energy healing work.
Since there are thousands of different styles available, it can be hard to know where to start, which is the reason for having qigong program reviews.
The teacher, and the style that will appeal most to you, is something that you’ll have to find out for yourself through personal experience, but these awesome qigong videos (dvds) that I’ve reviewed for you, offer a great start.
Even if you’ve tried qi gong exercises before, these programs might be just what you’re looking for.
These are some of the ways that qi gong may be classified. Some routines may contain elements from ALL of these categories.
Based On Its Movement Quality
Qi kung can be described as…
- Soft, which includes gentle flexing exercises that can be done by the elderly or infirm as well as healthy individuals
- Static, which includes meditation, mental focus, visualisation and holding postures
- Hard, which includes martial arts, e.g kung fu, and requires more work, muscular strength and fitness
- Athletic, which includes more physically challenging routines requiring great flexibility, balance and strength
Based On Its Prime Focus
Qi kung can be described as…
- Martial, which is more about the movements than cultivating the energy. Tai Chi is an example of Martial Qigong
- Medical and Healing, which is more focused on building and restoring your chi for your own health, and to heal others. Medical Qigong is practiced in some clinics and hospitals in China, and is a more scholarly pursuit
- Spiritual. This is meditative qi gong, where the ultimate goal is to become one with the Universe; the All-That-Is (whatever name you give it)
The Three Training Levels
Qi kung exercises are practiced with …
- Attention to the form, speed and shape of the movements. This is the easiest level to start with as it is the same as learning any new motor skill. It’s like learning to dance or play a sport. With sufficient repetition, the basic structure of the exercises becomes automatic. You can, of course, continue to refine them.
- Attention to details of breathing, mental concentration and focus, and alignment of energy points. This is where the real energy work begins. It’s easier to develop these skills, once the physical exercises become automatic.
- Attention to the flow of your chi, in and around your body. This includes feeling, and visualising or imagining the energy. Now, you are doing what some would say was the true energy work of qigong.
Is Qigong The Same As Tai Chi?
Not exactly but you may notice some similarity with the movements of Tai Chi (or Taiji), because this much younger, “soft martial art” was developed from qi gong. However, there is a difference in focus and intent.
Tai Chi is like shadow boxing…there is a sense of having an invisible opponent, whose moves you block. Taiji places more emphasis on motion than stillness.
Qigong is all about you and your energy body. There is no opponent, and stillness is as important as motion, in many parts of qigong practice.
How To Learn Qigong
It comes down to a choice between attending live classes, reading a book about it, or doing a home-study qigong dvd course.
Learning Qigong Exercises From A Book
Even though there are some wonderful books available, this is, from my perspective, the hardest and the least rewarding way of learning the specialised movements, and I’m not sure how well it would work. However, that is just my personal opinion and if this is how you learn best, then go for it!
Amazon.com has some interesting books on qigong, so you may want to start there.
Learning Qigong Exercises From A Live Class
Here are some things to consider…
- A live class gets you out of the house and socialising
- Your teacher can answer your questions in person, and on the day
- You’ll have to fit in with available classes regarding timing, location, style of qi gong exercises, cost, and the class duration
- You may need to purchase and wear special clothing
- Travelling to and from your class is more work and will take extra time and money
- You are unlikely to get a refund for missed classes, or if you decide to stop your training
Learning Qigong Exercises From A DVD
Here are some things to consider…
- Pre-recorded qigong training on DVDs is an easy introduction to chi gong. You read some course information material; follow the instructions on dvd, and practice the movements with a clear view of your instructor(s), on your TV or computer. Why make it hard work, when it can be so easy?
- You can wear whatever you like
- YOU decide the timing, location and duration of your qi gong exercises
- You can do this inside your home, or outside, once you’ve learned the routine
- The cost is a single investment, and is refundable for a limited period of time (for two of the recommended programs)
- You can choose whether to learn qigong peacefully on your own – there’s no-one to criticise you – or with your friends and family
- You can ‘cancel’ a planned ‘class’ without financial loss
- You save on travelling time and costs
- There are many different qi gong styles taught on dvd to choose from
- It’s a cost-efficient way for you to find the style that suits you best
- Some qigong dvd courses offer email access, and forums for you to get answers to your questions
- You can always try a live class later!
Choosing the Right Qigong DVD course For You
Okay, so assuming that you want to try learning qigong exercises at home for whatever reason, how do you know which qigong videos (dvds) will be best for you out of the hundreds that are available?
You could follow a friend’s recommendation, or buy the one sold at your local shopping centre, which may be perfect for you. Or, you could buy a bunch of dvds and try them out one at a time. You could also spend hours and hours wading through information and customer reviews online, until you find one that sounds good to you… all of which is a lot of work!
Or if you like, go and check out my qigong dvd comparison and reviews. At the very least it will give you an idea of what energy building exercises will work best for you, so you can make your choice. I’ve personally used all three of the products that I recommend.
Now that you’ve finished this introduction to qi gong exercises, and know how you can learn this form of energy work, you may have some questions, which will hopefully be answered in my other qigong articles.
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