Qigong Ancient Wisdom & Modern Science

Qigong is a low impact exercise practice based on Chinese medicine for healing mind, body and spirit. "Qi" meaning vital energy force and "gong" meaning skill learned by practice. Thus QiGong is the practice or skill of building energetic vitality. It is one of the most powerful and effective self-healing methods in the world today and practiced by hundreds of millions of people around the world. Qigong is the mother of Tai Chi as these movements were based on Qigong.

Qigong is both ancient wisdom and modern science. Recorded history dates back 4,000 years to Taoist priests of high mountain monasteries of China known to live very long, healthy lives. Architectural finds have shown robed monks depicted on vessels in meditative practices and qigong stances back to 7000 years ago. The monks practiced a form of meditative exercises known as Daoyin. Today, China has qigong clinics as an important part of the medical system.

Qigong could have been a lost art. China began to adopt western ways after evaluating the effectiveness of western medicine during the Qing Dynasty from 1644-1912. However when the People's Republic of China was created in 1945 there was a focus to bring back traditional Chinese culture which included healing and exercise practices and the leadership turned their back on the religious connections to the practices (denouncing confucianism, taoism and buddhism) favoring a socialist agenda. This was also spurred by their new government as well as pressure from the west's judgement that religion had no place in healing.

In the 1950s, Liu Guizhen (1920–83), a doctor by training, used his family’s method of body cultivation to cure himself of various aliments. He successfully promoted his method to his patients and eventually published a book, Qi Gong liaofa shiyan. This began the modern movement in Qigong with many others following suit. As western culture became more open to understanding Chinese culture there was increasing interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine including QiGong. Try our QiGong classes at East!

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