Qi Gong is a system of coordinated body-posture and movement, breathing and meditation used for the purposes of health, spirituality and martial arts training. With roots in Chinese medicine, philosophy and martial arts, qi gong is traditionally viewed by the Chinese and throughout Asia as a practice to cultivate and balance qi, translated as “life energy”.
Qi gong practice typically involves moving meditation, coordinating slow-flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing, and a calm meditative state of mind. People practice qi gong throughout China and worldwide for recreation, exercise, relaxation, preventive meditation, self-healing, alternative medicine, meditation, self-cultivation and training for martial arts.
8 Piece Brocade: 8 movements that are done six times. The movements are taken from Martial Arts, Dance and exercise routines. Designed to create energy (chi) and unblock energy channels in the body. This routine gives a full body workout (legs, back, shoulders, arms, mid-section and neck)
Five Animals Folly or Play: The five animals in the exercises are the tiger, deer, bear, monkey and crane. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine theory of Wu Xing (Five Elements), each animal has two exercises corresponding to the yin and yang internal organs. Regular practice of this Qi Gong is said to improve functioning of: the Liver/Gall Bladder (Wood Element – tiger), Kidneys/Bladder (Water Element – deer), Spleen/Stomach (Earth Element – bear), Heart/Small Intestine (Fire Element – monkey) and Lung/Large Intestine (Metal Element – crane) respectively.