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Qigong is an ancient Chinese method of self-care and self-cultivation. It includes physical postures and movements, breathing techniques and mental focus. Qi means life force or vital energy that flows through your body. Gong means effort or work used to cultivate qi. Qigong is the cultivation of vital energy to harmonize your body, mind, and spirit.

Qigong is an essential pillar of Chinese martial arts and Chinese medicine. Qigong reduces stress, builds stamina, increases vitality, optimizes the body's immune system, and helps prevent disease. Regular practice improves cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic and digestive functions.

Anyone can learn and practice Qigong. No experience or equipment is needed. There are thousands of Qigong styles that can be categorized as: medical, martial, and meditative.

In China, doctors use qigong to treat and prevent illness. Warriors practice Qigong to strengthen their bodies. Daoist priests and Buddhist monks used it as a form of spiritual practice to attain longevity or spiritual enlightenment. Confucian scholars say it builds moral character.

Although styles differ in focus, all are used to achieve unity of mind, body and spirit. Sharing common principles and theories, each has influenced the other. Most involve some form of physical movement, body postures, mental focus, visualization, sounds and breathing techniques.

Qigong techniques can be classified as: (1) dynamic or active and (2) tranquil or quiescent. Dynamic qigong involves movement; the body moves, but the mind is still. In quiescent qigong the body is still, but energy moves internally and the mind is attentive. Essentially, the former is exercise and the latter is meditation.

Taijigong - the Art of Internal Power

Taijigong is the Jow Ga Shaolin Institute's unique Qigong program. Taiji is a cosmological term for the "Supreme Ultimate" state of infinite potential. Taiji gives birth to Yin and Yang, the two primary forces in the Universe that must be in balance for good health and longevity.

Taijigong, therefore, is a way to balance Yin and Yang so that you can reach your infinite potential. It includes the practice of both dynamic and quiescent forms of Qigong to achieve unity of body, mind and spirit.

Taijigong helps you reach your infinite potential and includes the following and more.

  • Eight Pieces of Brocade: unique exercises that activate Qi, strengthen internal organs, enhance flexibility, and improve physiological functioning.

  • Taiji Essential Movements: basic movements from Tai Chi Chuan designed to improve structural integrity, core strength, and body alignment.

  • Zhan Zhuang: standing meditation to help you relax so Qi can flow smoothly throughout your body and increase your internal power.

  • Microcosmic Orbit (Small Universe): seated meditation to quiet the mind and circulate Qi through the body's major energy centers.

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