Qi is a word that refers to the energy that flows through our bodies and connects us with the world around us. It is the intrinsic substance or the “vital force” behind all things in the universe. Gong refers to the power to produce an effect, an attainment of, or accomplishment that is achieved with steady practice. Loosely, Qigong (sometimes called chi kung) can be translated as the study and cultivation of Qi.
Today, Qigong usually refers to the art and science of using breath, posture and movement to strengthen the body’s Qi and to help it circulate more freely. This leads to improved health, transformation of consciousness, and greater power for martial arts.
Through the cultivation and regulation of our bodies, our thinking, and our breathing, we can improve our resistance to disease, adaptability to the external environment, and immunity to pathogenic influences. With a strong immune system, diseases are prevented, creating a state of superior health, vitality, and youthfulness for the practitioner.
At the U.S. Wushu Center, most of our Qigong classes are attended by adults who are seeking to reduce their levels of stress, prevent or recover from illness, increase their vitality, and enhance their overall health.