Types of Qigong Practices

Qigong practices vary in nature. While some are soft and internal, others are more vigorous and external. Every style of Qigong, however, incorporates postures (moving or stationary), breathing exercises, and mental focus. Likewise, they aim to increase, circulate, store, utilize or emit Qi.

Who Uses Qigong?

Everyone from children to seniors can use Qigong to enrich their lives:

  • Children learn to direct and channel their energy and develop concentration
  • Adults reduce stress and create balance and harmony in their lives
  • Caregivers enhance their ability to help others
  • Pregnant women use Qigong to ease childbirth
  • Seniors improve their balance and quality of life

Qigong Benefits

Qigong’s gentle, rhythmic movements have proven physical, mental, and spiritual benefits, such as:

  • Reducing stress
  • Reducing hypertension
  • Increasing vitality
  • Boosting the immune system
  • Building stamina and flexibility
  • Improving cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory and lymphatic systems
  • Aiding digestion
  • Speeding recovery from illness
  • Reducing pain
  • Deeper, more restorative sleep
  • Maintaining health
  • Calming the mind
  • Mental clarity
  • Nourishes creativity and intuition
  • Reestablishing connection between the body, mind, and soul
  • Creating a balanced lifestyle
  • Bringing greater stability, joy, and harmony
  • Experiencing interconnectedness with the universe

Qigong Classes and Teachers

When you begin to practice qigong, it’s best to seek a qualified teacher and class nearby and to choose the form of qigong that best suits your personal preferences, your physical condition, and your unique individual circumstances.