The word Chi Kung (Qigong) is made
up of two Chinese words. Chi is pronounced chee and is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe.
The second word, Kung, pronounced gung, means accomplishment, or skill that is cultivated through steady practice.Together, Chi Kung means cultivating energy, it is a
system practiced for health maintenance, healing and increasing vitality.
Chi kung is an integration of physical postures, breathing techniques, and focused intentions. Chi Kung creates an awareness of and influences the function of our being that is not part of traditional exercise programs. Most exercises involve the meridian system used in acupuncture, emphasizing the importance of adding mind intent, feeling , vibration and breathing techniques to physical movements. When these dimensions are added, the benefits of exercise increase exponentially.
The gentle, rhythmic movements of Chi Kung reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality, and enhance the immune system. It has also been found to improve cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic and digestive functions. Those who maintain a consistent practice of Chi Kung find that it helps one regain a youthful vitality, maintain health even into old age and helps speed recovery from illness. One of the more important long-term effects is that Chi kung helps establishes the body/mind/soul connection.
People do Chi kung to maintain health, heal their bodies, calm their minds, and reconnect with their spirit.