This is from Wikipedia:
"Qigong (or ch'i kung) refers to a wide variety of traditional cultivation practices that involve methods of accumulating, circulating, and working with Qi or energy within the body. The qi in qigong means breath or air in Chinese, and, by extension, life force, dynamic energy or even cosmic breath. Gong means work applied to a discipline or the resultant level of skill, so qigong is thus breath work or energy work."
There is actually no definite equivalent term in English for "qi", for the simple reason that it is not in the English vocabulary. The existence and power of this qi can even be demonstrated. During my younger days while practising Aikido, we did a simple demonstration by letting an opponent bend our arms. With proper qi concentration, the arm would stay rigid and not yield to the force to bend.
The popular Tai Chi is one form of Qigong. There are many forms of Qigong ranging from a very stationary type to the very graceful dance form. Take a walk around any recreation park early in the morning and you will be awed by the varieties of Qigong being practised. If you are in Penang, the Botanical Gardens in the morning is the place to go.
I have practised a number of Qigong variations, including Tai Chi; from the very taxing stationary form to the exhilarating dance-type Qigong. All in, I have done 6 types of Qigong.
Now I incorporate parts of the different Qigong movements to suit my personal preference.
Here, I would like to share with you good people a very simple and easy Qigong technique. It is quite well-known amongst the Chinese-educated community. It is very popular because it is so simple and easy to practise. It is called the "Three-One-Two Meridian Technique".
Take your time to watch the short YouTube presentation. It is in Mandarin, but not a problem for you can watch the demonstration in detail. The "Three" is about the 3 pressure points. (Remember to do both sides.) The "One" is the abdominal breathing technique; and the "Two" is the 2-step leg exercise.
This is my routine:
While sitting in the toilet, I do the "Three Acupoints".
Twice after the showers (morning and afternoon), I practise the "Two-step leg exercise".
Before sleeping, I do the "One" abdominal breathing exercise.
Enjoy the YouTube videos.
Two-step leg exercise
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