Qigong is based on similar principles to other Oriental health systems, in that it emphasizes the need for harmony between Yin and Yang and the free flow of Qi in the meridians. Qi is believed to be the energy of the universe, and everything is made of Qi. Qi can be divided into two types – Yin and Yang. These represent two polar opposites or states of being and they are in a constant state of change. The body and mind needs a balance between the Yin and Yang aspects and an imbalance of either can lead to illness. Similarly, an imbalance between a person’s Qi and the Qi of the environment they are in can also create disharmony.
Qigong is a series of exercises – some are considered ‘soft’, ‘hard’ and ‘static’. ‘Soft’ involves gentle movements, ‘Hard’ uses stronger movements that require more muscular activity and ‘Static’ are meditative types of exercises. All of these forms are completed with an emphasis on the breath and mind focus. Qigong’s ultimate aim (like yoga) is spiritual enlightenment, by mastering your own body and mind.
Qigong is suitable for all age groups and is particularly suited for ill people who wish to maintain fitness.