QìGong is a discipline designed to help us acquire and cultivate health and vitality, to improve our physical and intellectual abilities, and at the same time to know our own nature, to have more wisdom, openness to life, enthusiasm, intuition, and creative energy.
“Qi”, which is the first part of the qigong word, is a difficult word to translate, according to Peter Wayne, a professor at Harvard Medical School and director of research at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Harvard. “Qi” is a concept in traditional Chinese culture that roughly means vital energy, information, breath or spirit. “Gong” means cultivation or mastery. Therefore, Qigong is sometimes translated as “cultivating vital energy” or “mastering vital energy.”
There are many forms of qigong practiced around the world, the most widespread school of qigong in the world today is Zhìneng Qìgong, with over 20 million practitioners.
Zhìneng QìGong combines the essence of techniques from various qigong schools (Confucian, Buddhist, Taoist, medical qigong, martial arts) with modern science and medicine.
In 1997 and 1998, the General Administration of National Sports of China declared Zhìneng Qìgong to be the most effective type of qigong in terms of improving health. Its creator, Dr. Pang Ming, a doctor of Chinese medicine and a great master (there are only a few great masters of qigong in the world), has dedicated his entire life to studying in-depth traditional qigong, martial arts, traditional Chinese medicine, modern science, philosophy and Western medicine, to offer through this open system a new and complete vision and understanding of the universe and the human being.
Zhìneng Qìgong is an open system, which emphasizes the connection between man and nature, between the internal qi of man and the external universal qi. Through practice, actively using attention, consciousness, the practitioner can strengthen his own body essence (jing), energy (qi), and spirit (Shen), considered in the Chinese tradition the three treasures of man. At the same time, it is a system accessible to modern man. Zhìnéng Qìgōng aims to increase vitality, explore and develop special abilities, intelligence and wisdom, increase the quality of life, but also inner knowledge and spiritual evolution.
The benefits of practicing QIgong:
- a basic principle is that “what you are focusing on, that’s where your energy goes “
- follows the main methods of traditional qigong of opening and attracting energy through energy centers or “gates”
- supports the harmonious flow of energy and blood
- improves body functions
- is a therapeutic technique and at the same time unleashes wisdom and abilities
- reduces stress
- increase the energy level of the body
The benefits of practicing Qigong in Harvard Medical School magazine