Chi Gong, which combines meditative and physically active elements, is the basic exercise system within Chinese medicine. Chi Gong exercises are designed to help you preserve, strengthen and balance the flow of your Chi. Its dynamic exercises and meditations have Yin (being) and Yang (doing) aspects.
Yin Chi Gong exercises are expressed through relaxed stretching, visualization, and breathing. The advantage of internal exercise includes healing development of core strength and soft power, fluid and integrated movements, improved balance and alignment, minimal risk of injury, mental and emotional development and prolonged mood-altering effects. It can also be practiced at any age.
Yang Chi Gong exercises are expressed in a more aerobic or dynamic way and prioritises aerobic fitness, muscular strength, speed and agility.
Both are particularly effective for supporting the immune system.
Chinese medicine uses Chi Gong exercises to maintain health, prevent illness, and extend longevity because it is a powerful tool for maintaining and restoring harmony to the organ systems, essential substances and channels. Chi Gong is also used for non-medical purposes such as for fighting and for pursuing enlightenment.
Chi Gong’s physical and spiritual routines move Chi through the Twelve Primary Channels and the Eight Extra Channels, balancing it, smoothing its flow, and strengthening it.
Anyone of any age or physical condition can do Chi Gong. You don’t have to be able to run a marathon or bench press weights to pursue healthfulness and enjoy the benefits. When you design your Chi Gong exercise practice, you (or your teacher) will pick what suits your individual constitution.