Qi Gong is a type of Chinese medical exercise that can be described as “moving meditation.” It is designed to improve strength and flexibility as well as to cultivate qi, the vital energy of life.
The type of qi gong that we practice together was taught to Mary by Master Zheng Hong Chen, who used qi gong to heal himself after accidentally stepping off a bridge while making a film in China. His spine was broken in seven places, his shoulder was severely injured, and he had a pre-existing heart condition. To see him, one would never have guessed these injuries.
The qi gong we do is in four parts:
- Standing Meditation: “The Three Relaxes” at the top of the full article on Preparation and Collection. Read The Three Relaxes.
- Qi Preparation and Collection. Read directions.
- The Eight Pieces of Brocade. From Stephen Chang’s book, The Internal Exercises read The Eight Directions.
- The Ten Steps, also called Bio-netic Qi Gong (Shing Shun Juong). Read The Ten Steps.
All are welcome to join us. The exercises can be modified according to your physical limitations and are helpful even if you are unable to do the exercises and imagine yourself doing them instead. Classes are Thursday mornings at 10:00 AM and cost $10 per session. For more details call 773-955-9643.