Internal Qigong

Yoga is the most popular Eastern relaxation technique. But you might have also heard of something called Qigong. It is considered to be an internal marital art which helps the individual to sense the Qi movements in one’s own body. Advanced practitioners move their body at will, and it is considered to be a quiet meditative approach with profound physical, mental, and spiritual side effects.

It is gentle enough to be used in people with osteoarthritis, and some even say that it can reduce pain, strengthening leg muscles, strengthening posture, and improving balance, flexibility, and mobility teaching you to relax and focus.

Some of the moves are as basic as standing meditation. All you have to do is stand with certain technique. Most recommend that you stand with shoulder width apart, head and neck stacked on top of your spine, abdomen contracted, pelvis tipped up, knees slightly bent, etc.

Improving the Qi

To measure and improve the Qi, internal Qigong directs you to mix the Qi ball, taffy pull, left hand right, compress it again, mix the qi again, spin the qi ball, and then taffy pull, right hand high, and compress it back into the Qi ball. You should do this in a relaxed way, even a leisurely way.

Other techniques include the Eight Internal Iron Palm, the Eight Brocades, the Sun Salutation, Eight Pieces of Silk, Taoist Five, etc., all of which are based on the same basic principles. Breathe through the nose for the best results, the tongue should touch the top of the mouth, and the body should be relaxed with no physical exertion or at least little. You should never fully exert yourself, working out at only about 70% of your capacity.

Obviously, this isn’t necessarily for extreme fat burning, and it is meant to be used for the most part supplementally with other workouts. But used correctly, this form of Eastern practice can be used for both medicinal and healthy workout practices.

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