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You can drive off to the gym and build up your muscles to impress both men and women. Weather permitting, you can also go jogging, biking or swimming. Such activities help prolong your life.

Or you can go for qigong. This ancient Chinese exercise regimen is based on the Taoist concept of qi or the life force which permeates the universe. It does not require any equipment; can be performed indoors or outdoors; relieves stress; calms your mind; and helps you achieve vitality and overall health by managing your qi.

A word about ‘qi’ and qigong

Elizabeth Reninger, a practitioner of the Taoist techniques of qigong, acupuncture, and tuina massage, has written an excellent artcle. ‘Qi (Chi): The Taoist Principle of Life Force‘. Excerpts:

“Central to Taoist worldview and practice is qi (chi). Literally, the word qi means “breath,” ‘air” or “gas, but figuratively, qi is life-force—that which animates the forms of the world. It is the vibratory nature of phenomena—the flow and tremoring that is happening continuously at molecular, atomic and sub-atomic levels.”

“The fundamental insight of qigong and Chinese Medicine (acupuncture and herbal medicine) is that balanced and free-flowing qi results in health; while stagnant or imbalanced qi leads to disease. This is true not only at the level of the human body, but also in terms of natural landscapes—mountains, rivers, forests—and man-made structures—houses, office buildings, and parks.”

The beauty and wonder of qigong

Qigong entails graceful bodily movements harmonised, not only with one’s breathing, but also with one’s mental processes. The following three videos are courtesy of the Qigong Meditation Youtube channel of Thich Man Tue (Br Insight). They should give the reader some idea of the beauty of qigong and its many health benefits.

5-minute Breathing Exercise — Qigong For Beginners

5 Minute Qigong/Activate Hands and Legs

Shaolin Qigong 15 Minute Daily Routine

DISCLAIMER: This article is published for educational purposes only. It is meant to introduce the reader to the world of qigong. If you have any medical condition, do seek the advice of a doctor before starting any qigong regimen.

~ Barista Uno

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