Qigong is pronounced ‘Chi Gung’. It is a practice of health maintenance that has been used for thousands of years in China. The aim of Qigong practice is to restore and retain the three treasures of the human body – San Yuan Qi (Essence, Energy and Spirit).
Nowadays, Qigong is promoted to public health care systems by the American Qigong Institute and in many European countries as well. The physical movements and the postures of Qigong are not difficult to learn, but its philosophy is still mysterious to many people. However, the philosophy is the trigger that determines whether you will have success in growing your Qi (vital energy) which is the essential material for improving your health.
Qigong appears slightly mysterious because of the way the abstract ideas were presented in the ancient Chinese language. It could not easily be interpreted from Chinese into the English language.
Most Westerners have an understanding of the concept of Yin and Yang. Simply, Yin Yang refers to the way that different characteristics can exist alongside one another. There are 5 characteristics, broadly identified as – Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water.
These concepts are the foundation of the Traditional Chinese Medicine. In this view our body is like a small solar system, but is affected by the natural solar system. The Ba Gua is like a compass identifying the position of the five elements, which generate the symptoms of damp, hot, wind and cool. According to the time these symptoms arrive to our planet, we understand them as spring, summer, autumn and winter. We also understand they arrive to our planet in order. The order of the seasons arrival implicates the order of the five elements. You may find easier to understand these by looking at the diagrams in the workshops.
All the components of the human body as a whole are living in a way with the principle of Yin Yang. The central function of the human body is operated by the five main organs – Liver, Heart, Spleen, Lung and Kidney. The characters of the five organs are classified as Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water based on the characters of the organs. The name of the organ is given to the organ and its refereed meridian, not just the organ itself.
These meridians are the paths that Qi runs along. If they are unimpeded, the Qi run smoothly and we stay in good health status. However, if they are blocked, the Qi will be weaker and weaker. If we then get sick we need to practice Qigong to grow the Qi again. The blockages will be removed while the Qi is growing. This actually is the process of healing sicknesses.
We utilize the Ba Gua system to identify the time relating to the five elements in the human body, so that we can monitor and adjust our body meridians according to the time of the day. How to adjust the meridians? The order and the relationships of the five elements are some of the triggers in practicing Qigong.
By applying the systems of Yin Yang and Ba Gua to the human body, we are able to adjust our body’s functions. Qigong is adopted as a healing method in TCM because the design of the movements and postures follow the principle of the five elements and the Yin Yang balance in the body. This helps the functions of the body to operate in a way that aligns with nature. You will learn the triggers in Qigong practice from the workshops.
When practicing Qigong, combining these principles will help you to grow Qi quickly. The Qigong teachings in this class have been practiced by Chinese for thousands of years, and are currently approved by the Chinese Qigong Association as health Qigong and being suitable for all age groups for health purposes.
Queenie has actively practiced this Qigong since 2002. With her further studies on the philosophy of Qigong and training received on the body meridians, Queenie combines her experience in Qigong practice, cultural knowledge both in China and the Western countries to convey her knowledge of Qigong.