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Qi Gong

Qi gong (literally 'energy work') is a diverse body of exercises that condition the body, mind, and spirit. There is 'soft' qi gong which is more meditative and used for healing and cultivating longevity; and 'hard' qi gong, which is more physically intense and is a powerful way to condition the vitality of the body and spirit, also promoting health and longevity. Qi gong can be understood as Chinese yoga. It incorporates postures, breathing techniques, simple movements, and meditation.

Qi Gong, Tai Chi, and Kung Fu

These are a family of exercise arts that include training for martial and healing purposes. In reality, all three arts are overlapping and one cannot practice one without practicing the others. But conventionally speaking, we refer to different branches of the tree.

The reality is that all three arts are one art of cultivating the various levels of our existence simultaneously. We can focus on the type of healing and conditioning that we need as individuals in order to live a long healthy life. The ancient Chinese medical arts are not separate from the martial arts- they have always been branches of the same tree, and in my experience we gain the most from each one by practicing both. As a child one should play, as a young person one should practice kung fu, as one gets older they may shift towards more tai chi, and in old age qi gong. Kung fu is conditioning to prevent debilitation. Tai chi is a great for rehabilitation. They all (when used appropriately) reduce stress, improve body function and fitness, and help calm the mind.

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