Qigong (Chi Kung)
Qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and meditation. Qigong is a mind-body exercise, much like yoga, but there is also a form of qigong that focuses on healing others.
The word Qigong (Chi Kung) is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is pronounced chee and is usually translated to mean the life force, breath, spirit or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe.
The second word, Gong, pronounced gung, means accomplishment, or skill that is cultivated through steady practice. Together, Qigong (Chi Kung) means vital energy cultivation. It is a system practiced for health maintenance, healing and increasing vitality.
Qigong practices can be classified as martial, medical, or spiritual. They all involve a posture, (whether moving or stationary), breathing techniques, and mental focus. Some practices increase the Qi; others circulate it, use it to cleanse and heal the body, store it, or emit Qi to help heal others.
Qigong creates an awareness of and influences dimensions of our being that are not part of traditional exercise programs. Most exercises do not involve the meridian system used in acupuncture nor do they emphasize the importance of adding mind intent and breathing techniques to physical movements. When these dimensions are added, the benefits of exercise increase exponentially.
The gentle, rhythmic movements of Qigong reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality, and enhance the immune system. It has also been found to improve cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic and digestive functions.
Those who maintain a consistent practice of Qigong find that it helps one regain a youthful vitality, maintain health even into old age and helps speed recovery from illness. Western scientific research confirms that Qigong reduces hypertension and the incidence of falling in the aged population. One of the more important long-term effects is that Qigong reestablishes the body/mind/soul connection.
People do Qigong to maintain health, heal their bodies, calm their minds, and reconnect with their spirit.
The Lohan 18 Immortals
1 Welcoming the Immortals
2 Warlord Lifts Cauldron
3 Plant Flowers Left and Right
4 Ancient Tree Spreads Roots
5 Golden Dragon Stretches Claws
6 Demon Explores the Sea
7 Temple Guardian Displays Staff
8 Iron Ox Plows the Field
9 Old Monk Enters Enlightenment
10 Green Dragon Swings His Tail
11 Mount the Horse Left & Right
12 Sparrow Sips Water
13 Tiger Charges the Man
14 Chen Tuan is Very Sleepy
15 Father and Son Show Respect
16 Carp Jumps and Flips
17 General Zang Offers Coat
18 Hang the Jug on the Golden Hook
The Full Lohan 18 Immortals: 21 minutes.
1 - Welcome the Immortals
2 - Warlord Lifts Cauldron
3 - Plant Flowers Left & Right
4 - Ancient Tree Spreads Roots
5 - Golden Dragon Stretches Claws
6 - Demon Explores Sea
7 - Temple Guardian Displays Staff
8 - Iron Ox Plows Field
9 - Old Monk Enters Enlightenment
10 - Green Dragon Swings Tail
11 - Mount Horse Left & Right
12 - Sparrow Sips Water
13 - Tiger Charges Man
14 - Chen Tuan is Very Sleepy
15 - Father & Son Show Respect
16 - Carp Flips & Jumps
17 - General Zang Offers Coat
18 - Hang Jug on Golden Hook