Qi Gong has had a long and illustrious history in Chinese philosophy and health practices. It is an amalgam of Daoist, Buddhist, and Confucian practices and draws much from The Book of Changes (Yi Jing) and the The Medical Canon of the Yellow Emperor.
Qi Gong, meaning “energy techniques,” has developed into a canon of practices or schools including:
- Qi for Martial Arts,
- Qi for Self-Healing,
- Qi for Healing others,
- Qi for Intelligence,
- Qi for Longevity,
- Qi for Spiritual Advancement.
Qi Gong exercises or practices are grouped into three categories: Qi Guiding, Movement-based, and Meditation-based. All three are designed to use specific breathing, intent, and movement to tap into our Qi for better health and longevity. There are literary hundreds of practices and forms that have developed over the last several thousand years.
In this section, Grandmaster Hong introduces additional groups of Qi Gong exercises for people with more limited range of movement. That is not to say that they are not as powerful, because Meditation-based Qi Gong practices activate the internal movement of Qi and can be quite potent.