Chi Kung [Qi Gong], roughly translates into English as 'working with chi' or 'breath work'. Chi means "breath" in Mandirin which, by extension, refers to the vital energy that keeps us alive by breathing. Chi Kung can thus be understood as the art of managing the breath in order to achieve and sustain good health.Chi Kung
The Wikipedia describes Chi Kung in the following terms: 'In ancient China, people came to believe that through certain body movements and mental concentration combined with various breathing techniques, they could balance and enhance physical, metabolic and mental functions. These movements were worked out over time by exploring the natural range of motion through the joints, as well as drawing on motions in imitation of various animals. This research was passed down and refined according to teacher-disciple relationships of lineage or apprenticeship. This accumulated body of traditional knowledge is known as Chinese traditional Qigong.'
There are written references to Chi Kung exercises dating back to the Shang Dynasty 3300 years ago. Today millions of people in China and around the world regularly practice Chi Kung as a health maintenance exercise. Medical Qigong treatment has been officially recognised as a standard medical technique in Chinese hospitals since 1989 and it has been included in the curriculum of major universities in China. Since 1996, after years of debate, the Chinese government officially regulates the practice of qigong which has also been listed as part of their National Health Plan.
In addition to excellent health benefits, at an advanced level, Chi Kung has a martial aspect. Chi Kung is also inextricably liked with Meditation. The necessary concentration /meditational attitude is required to attain maximum health benefits.
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