THE LIFE FORCE
Qi gong is the mother of internal martial arts and has four different levels. The “chi” that is created by the practice is the life energy that unties the body, mind and spirit from turmoil. In the broadest sense, chi means energy. It is the fundamental component of the universe and manifests itself within the bounds of the earth, mist, wind and air which contain much chi and so do human beings. It is the vital force that keeps us alive . Chi pulsates through the body the same way as blood does. It is possible to store chi and conserve it. One can concentrate at a particular spot in the body to heal injury or pain or release it forcefully with devastating effects against an opponent. If the “chi” is strong, balanced, focused and flowing freely throughout, then the body will be in good health. If “chi” is blocked, bad health will result. Qi gong promotes a holistic approach through relaxation and exercise whilst in a standing position.
These postures are fundamental in developing correct posture. As the student learns to relax and is comfortable with the postures, they become aware that their breathing is naturally deeper and the body is generating more energy. The postures and arm movements cultivates vital energy into the major organs being heart, liver, spleen, kidneys and lungs by producing further blood flow. Qi gong strengthens these organs by exercising the muscles and joints and promoting extra energy into the body. This feeling of well being reduces stress, anxiety and fear. It is especially effective for those suffering depression and mental illness.
Daily practice is advised to maintain good health and well being. The longer you can remain in any one posture, the more benefit you will receive to your body and organs.
This form can also be practiced in a sitting position if the student has limited strength or mobility.