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      What is Qi Gong?

      Qi Gong is an exercise system from China that combines gentle movement and stillness, with relaxed regular breathing. The Chinese symbol 'Qi' (pronounced Chee) literally means air or breath although it relates to your life force. In traditional Chinese medicine the flow of energy Qi along channels or meridians in the body is viewed as central to a person's health and well being, with illness being attributed to restricted or blocked Qi flow within the body. Gong is the term used for any study or training which requires a lot of energy, time, work or self-discipline

      The movements come with beautifully descriptive titles such as 'mixing heaven and earth' and 'drawing a bow to shoot the eagle'. There are many different styles of Qi Gong but the movements themselves are usually easy to learn. The challenge comes from coordinating these with the correct way of breathing. When this is achieved, the body's natural vitality (Chi) is circulated far more efficiently than would normally be the case. With daily practice, therefore, chi kung can strengthen the overall state of health and increase resistance to illness


qi gong helps build the body's natural vitality


      The eight exercises of the golden brocaid

      The exercises of the Golden Brocaid or Ba Duan Jin (Eight Bolts of Silk), are thought to have been developed by an army officer to maintain the internal strength of his troops around 800 years ago..

      Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine theory, the eight movements were created to focus on strengthening the bones and muscles, regulating respiration and Qi circulation while utilizing Qi Gong control of the mind. Each of the 8 movements is related to different internal organs such as the liver, stomach, spleen and heart. They are flexible in duration and may be practiced in whole or part to focus on the prevention and treatment of specific medical problems.

      Benefits include: Increasing muscular strength and developing pectoral muscles to make the figure graceful; Prevention and treatment of kyphosis and scoliosis; Prevention and treatment of some common chronic diseases such as cervical spondylopathy, pain in the lower back and legs, and stomach ache; With persistent practice the exercises can also tone the brain, improve general health and prolong life.

      The eight exercises of the Golden Treasure Brocade are simple and easy to learn, and may be varied in intensity to suit the individual. They are best practiced in the morning or evening in fresh air, for between thirty minutes and an hour



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