The Ultimate Guide of Qigong For Beginners
If you are new to qigong, you must have many questions. As this is the ultimate guide for qigong beginners, we won’t cover all of them in this one guide. Let this be your first guide to answer those frequently asked questions. You should read this guide before checking qigong basics, qigong advance or qigong history.
Because qigong originated in China thousands of years ago, in order to learn it better, it is best to learn some basic Chinese words first. Therefore, we will refer to some popular Qigong terms in Chinese characters and pinyin.
How to pronounce "qigong"
This is a common question for all non-Chinese qigong beginners. Qigong is actually two words in Chinese, which are qi (氣 or 气 or 炁 in Chinese), and gong (功 in Chinese). That’s why sometimes we write Qi Gong. Qigong and Qi Gong are exactly the same things.
Qigong is the pinyin (pronunciation in Mandarin) version of 气功. Chi Kung is the Cantonese Chinese pronounciation. The video demos both.
What is qigong
Qigong literally means the way to practice qi. Before you learn the way to practice qi, you need to understand what qi (chi) and qigong is and why you need to practice qi.
What is qi? It’s a big question. The qi we refer to is Hun Yuan Qi (Onenergy). It is the primitive qi so it has the most power i.e. Hun Yuan Ling Tong mantra.
No matter how different people explain qi, everyone agrees that qi is something that cannot be measured or detected by man-made machines. Only people who have experienced qi know its existence.
However, even if you haven’t truly experienced qi, qi is always there working on its way. Through qigong, you can possibly work qi to your benefit. How efficient though depending on how much you can connect and experience qi.
Is qigong a religion
Qigong is not a religion, nor is it a belief. It is the way to practice qi. It is more of a science rather than a religion. Science studies cause and effect. You will get certain results if you apply certain scientific rules and formulas. Same as qigong.
No matter what religion you have or you are an atheist, qigong works the same way. However, qigong can help with spiritual growth and awakening. It might help you better understand your god and religion.
Where did qigong originate
Qigong originated in ancient times in China around five thousand years ago, according to the records of ancient books such as “Lv’s Spring and Autumn Period” 《吕氏春秋》.
Through qigong, the ancients understood the unity of humans and nature, the relativeness of motion and motionless, the depletion and growth of yin and yang, the for and against between the five elements. Ancient Chinese wisdom of Tao 道, Yin Yang 阴阳, Five Elements 五行, Ba Gua 八卦, and Chinese medical system 中医 are all different applications of qigong.
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for example, has complete knowledge of different natural plants that have different natural healing effects. Traditional Chinese acupuncture knows how different energy points (acupoint) stimulation can trigger different qi movements in the human body.
You wonder how ancient Chinese people were able to gather that knowledge without any modern technology. Because they are the universal truth. It is always there no matter whether you have realized. Those who practice and experience qi can download the universe knowledge directly.
What does qigong do
Qigong is a way to understand the universe including galaxies, planets, nature, and humans. Therefore, it can do whatever you can imagine and beyond.
However, 99.9% of people get to know qigong for its healing effects. Therefore, it’s common for beginners to ask what it can do for them.
For human bodies and mind, qigong can help to get better health. Unfortunately, people think when they have issues, they shall start qigong. However, it’s best to start now to strengthen your system to prevent any health issues.
Of course, qigong can help cure self-made or self-helped diseases, whether physical body or mental health issues. It can also help with your wealth and relationships, which were rarely talked about.
Who is qigong for
Qigong is for everyone, regardless of age, gender, race, and belief.
Currently, you probably get some temporary relief by taking pills or treatment. When you have depleted your way and realized that none of them can solve your problem for good, you will think about qi and qigong.
Qigong is profound life science. When you decide to follow the universe’s laws to live a better life, and you realize that your way does not work, you are ready for qigong.
Is qigong safe
Qigong is a safe and simple practice. For beginners, you will start with some basic movements, which we call preparatory qigong movements.
When you are familiar with the basic movements, we will add some mind movements to the practice.
In advanced practice, minimum body or mind movements are involved. However, you can experience qi more in that level of practice.
Is qigong difficult to do
Learning the movements is not difficult. Qigong movements don’t involve too much twisting or stretching. However, as a qigong beginner, since you rarely move some body parts, you may find it a bit tiring when practicing certain body parts.
Just like learning anything new, you need to practice regularly to train your body and mind. If you don’t do it enough, you can hardly change the old pattern of how your body and mind work; therefore, you will see limited results. If you follow our teaching and do it consistently, the change will happen fairly quickly. So the key is to be persistent.
What is the difference between qigong and fitness
Fitness workouts focus on movements. During a workout, you will likely sweat, your heartbeats increase, and your breathing fastens. It can help burn fat and build muscles for the sake of physical appearance.
Qigong focuses on building a harmonious state between body, mind, and qi. It aims to balance your Yin Yang and enhance your immune, digestive, cardiovascular, and reproductive functions as a whole.
The fitness workout is based on energy consumption. Therefore it depletes your life energy and can bring stress and damage your overall system.
Qigong is based on energy (qi) preservation and cultivation. Therefore it nourishes your life energy. If you desire a fit body, for example, you will achieve that goal in a healthy way through proper qigong practice.
Can I practice both qigong and yoga
If you have this question, we assume that you are not new to yoga. This question might be a little advanced for a qigong beginners guide. If you are new to both, don’t be bothered by those terms in the answers below. You will learn them later.
The short answer is, you can practice both. Similar to qigong, yoga is just another tool to enhance your body, mind, and spirit. Both have dynamic forms (body and mind movements) and static forms (meditation). Both aware and practice feminine and masculine qualities, known as yin and yang in qi gong terminology.
However, their focus is somewhat different. Qigong is based on the qi movement. Therefore it talks about meridian channels, energy points, qi field, etc. Yoga talks about Chakras, kundalini, prana, etc.
If you practice both, it won’t do harm to you. Sometimes (depending on what yoga forms) they can even complement each other. However, we suggest you focus on one when you are at a learning stage.
Whom to learn from
This is a great question. As a qigong beginner, if you pick the right qigong teacher, your learning experience and progress will be totally different.
As you know, a complete schooling system includes elementary schools, middle/high schools, and post-secondary schools. The curriculums are quite different for different levels. However, all teachers, whether they teach in elementary schools or universities, have bachelor’s or higher degrees in education.
Similarly, whether you have just started or are at the advanced level, you want to follow those who have achieved that profoundness in both qigong knowledge and qi experience.
How do you tell whether the qigong teacher has reached that level? Don’t just listen to what they teach because anyone who has learned some qigong can talk about qigong. Instead, listen to their stories: why they started qigong, what master they followed, what they had experienced qi, and how qigong has changed their life.
Another thing you shall check is their personal life. Do they have a successful career, a great financial situation, and a happy and healthy relationship (marriage and children)? If any of those are missing, you know that they are not at the optimum state of their life. How can you be better if your teacher is not at their best?
After all, qigong has a lot to do with Chinese history and culture. A teacher who uses the Chinese language and lives the Chinese culture will have a stronger foundation in qigong teaching.
An enlightened qigong master is not easy to find. If you encounter one, you will find supreme clarity and profoundness in their teaching.
How to start qigong
How to start should not be your concern. A great qigong master can build a lifelong system that can guide you from the beginning and progressively advance to an intermediate and advanced level.
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