Basically there are 2 types of qi gong exercises.
1st: Internal qigong exercises: Health maintainance exercises
2nd: External qigong exercises: To break bricks etc.
What most people don’t know is, that its is not necesary to do internal qigong to be able to do external qigong. External qigong exercises are when you systematically harden your bones and learn the right technique to break something.
Of course concentration is necessary too, because if you don’t concentrate and hit slightly wrong, you can injure yourself badly.
Internal qigong exercises on the other side are meditative exercise forms similar to yoga. In many chinese martial arts shows (like the shaolin shows) meditation exercises are demonstrated before external qigong acts. These internal exercises are more for the show effect. They are not necessary.
Of course meditation exercises are done by all qigong practicioners because concentration is important, but nobody can focus his energy to break something with these exercises (that’s only an ancient Chinese thought).
By integrating simple qigong stances whenever you have a spare moment (as little as 5 to 10 minutes), you will notice a discernible improvement in your health, strength and energy, in addition to feeling more positive and calm. Use qigong to strengthen your mind and body, to prevent and even cure illness, and as a result, enjoy a fruitful, long and healthy life.
Don’t just take my word for it, try this exercise at the next office meeting. Click play on the video below.
a) Sit upright with your feet shoulder width apart on the ground.
b) Rest your arms on the chair handles (if there are any) or place your hands on the table, fingers spread, palms downward – keep arms away from body.
You will soon find this exercise increases your mental alertness and prevents mental fatigue. Just try it and see the difference.
By the way, did you know that Chinese Emperors in the past used to sit in thrones in this particular position to make them more alert to their surroundings and their subjects?
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Some things to remember when practicing qigong exercises:
- Practice proper breathing techniques first. Then incorporate exercises for maximum benefit.
- Avoid overeating just before exercise. Also, avoid exercising immediately after a meal. A full stomach interferes with chi circulation.
- Avoid drinking cold fluids during or immediately after practice for the same reason.
- Avoid taking a shower immediately after practice for the same reason.
- To realize full benefits of qigong exercise, you should practice regularly for a minimum of ten minutes each day. Try to practice the same time each day to establish a habit.
- The best time for the circulation of chi is between five and seven o’clock in the morning and between eleven and one o’clock at night.
- Do not rush the lessons. Listen to your body: do only as much as your body feels comfortable. If you experience too much fatigue or physical pain due to weak muscles, stop and rest. Like all physical exercise, you should not overdo. It takes time to make improvements.
- Most importantly, remember to go slow: one new exercise per week is enough for you to benefit and progress quickly. Be aware, if you overdo and progress too quickly, there are potential side effects that can be dangerous to your health.
- While practicing qigong exercises doesn’t mandate the use of any outside exercise equipment or aids, you may find it helpful to research the basic techniques involved by studying one of the guidebooks written by expert qigong practitioners
- Qigong exercises are low impact and low stress, but if you experience acute back pain, dizziness or nausea when you do them, seek immediate medical attention.
- Before you start any alternative medical technique, be aware that many have not been scientifically evaluated. Often, only limited information is available about their safety and effectiveness. Each state and each discipline has its own rules about how alternative medicine practitioners can be professionally licensed. If you decide to visit one, choose one licensed by a recognized national organization. Consult your primary health care provider about your decision first. Keep your doctor informed about the alternative medical technique you undertake.