I first encountered qi gong by watching the morning show Sunrise Earth on the Science Channel. A group of people lined up along a river and started going through these very slow and deliberate motions, waking up their bodies and rejuvenating themselves in the early morning sunlight before going about their day.

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Qi gong is another ancient Chinese meditative technique that uses slow body movements and controlled breathing to stimulate something they call “qi”, which kind of translates into energy. Oddly enough, it’s not as far fetched as it seems, since quantum physics states that all mass is actually made up of energy, and that energy can be affected in both positive and negative ways. There are a few people who believe that by tapping into their “qi” that they can attain the power to move objects and the like; that obviously hasn’t been proven or documented, but that doesn’t negate it as a legitimate form of motivation.

The principles of movement in qi gong are based on some rather simple visions. For instance, some of the names of movements are “rolling the ball”, “flying wild goose”, and “wave hands in clouds.” One adds to this the concept of “three intentful corrections”, those being body posture, breathing, and a mental state of awareness. Movements are slow to make one concentrate on all aspects of the art, while breathing is deep because the idea is to bring in as much oxygen as possible, which helps facilitate balance and feed the muscles.

Qi gong is not considered a martial art, and though it’s often compared to tai chi, it’s a very different process. There are over 10,000 different styles of qi gong, with its purpose only being to make ones mind and body become one and to focus on the healing properties of the art, whereas tai chi has some very specific movements and can be used as a defense technique if needed. It’s even recognized as a medical treatment in some Asian countries.

Qi gong can be a very good way to exercise and learn how to meditate and relax. As long as you don’t go to the extremes of believing that you will be able to learn to teleport and to telekinesis, it’s a viable option to explore.

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