Qigong, roughly translatable as “life energy work” (or Neigong “internal work” as it is also commonly called) is a category of meditative exercise that has been practiced, in some form, for millennia. It has evolved in several distinct, yet intersecting, traditions within Chinese culture. In medicine, it is used to treat disease and promote vitality in patients and practitioners alike. In martial arts, qi is cultivated through exercises that improve and refine body mechanics to maximize performance and develop devastating power. In Daoism, qigong is central to alchemical practices that seek to cultivate harmony with the vital energies of the world in pursuit of longevity and even, some say, immortality.
In this course, we will introduce the student to:
- key concepts of the theory of qi,
- foundational practices of meridian opening and standing meditation,
- the Five Elements movement series, and
- methods of self massage to activate and regulate the energy system and promote health.
Qigong is a vast practice and it would take many lifetimes to grasp the scope of its application. We hope this introduction will serve as a worthy primer and that each participant will be motivated to further study in this rich and deep tradition.