What is Qigong
Chinese Qigong (aka Chi Kung) is any system of energy or life force (Qi) cultivation. Qi (or Chi) means air, breath of life, vital essence, or life force. Gong (or Kung) means work, self-discipline, achievement or study which takes a lot of time and effort. Qigong arts combine physical moving exercises, breath, conditioning, isometrics, and meditations, most commonly practiced to improve one's health or longevity, increase power for martial arts, apply it for healing others or to achieve enlightenment. The practices are divided into internal (Nei Gong) and external (Wai Gong) practices and come from two major Qigong traditions: the Daoist (Taoist) and Buddhist disciplines. There are more than 3,000 varieties of Qigong and many styles of martial arts include their own Qigong practices, such as the soft form of a related set of disciplines that includes Taiji (Tai Chi Quan) and the hard forms of Kung Fu.
Some of the most commonly practiced Qigong exercises include the Eight Pieces of (Silk) Brocade (Ba Duan Jin), Muscle/Tendon Changing Qigong (Yi Jin Jing), the Six Healing Sounds (Liu Zi Jue), and the Daiost Five Yin/Yang Tonification/Regulation exercises. It is also common to see Qigong practitioners do the Microcosmic Orbit meditation.