What is Qigong?

Qigong is actually two words in Mandarin Chinese. Qi (pronounced 'chee') refers to the body's intrinsic energy, which circulates in the body all throughout it's 12 primary meridians, collaterals, and extraordinary channels. If the fuel in an automobile's gas tank is analogous to our blood and bodily fluids, Qi can be likened to the combustion that continuously keeps the fuel circulating in the engine. Gong refers work, practice, or training. Quite literally, qigong means 'energy work'. It is a practice spanning thousands of styles that allows the practitioner to take in energy from the cosmos to build it and circulate it with their own energy, which becomes stronger and flows more smoothly over time, contributing to vibrant health, clarity, calm, joy, and spiritual expansion.

There are two more widely known types of qigong, namely, still or standing qigong, and moving qigong, which incorporates footwork into qigong patterns. The qigong practiced in Shaolin Wahnam is standing. It incorporates dynamic patterns while standing upright and relaxed to generate a qi flow which may cause the practitioner to sway or move about. Those who have previous experience with qigong are often quite astonished when practicing Cosmos Qigong at the direct feeling of qi they have right away when beginning this training.

 

Cosmos Qigong

Cosmos Qigong traces it's lineage back to Bodhidarma, who brought Buddhism to China from India. Arriving at the Southern Shaolin monastery and finding the monks there too weak to meditate for long periods of time, he taught them exercises known as the 18 Lohan hands, which would evolve into Shaolin Kungfu, Sinew Metamorphosis, and Bone Marrow Cleansing. These, as well as other exercises form the core of Cosmos Qigong in Shaolin Wahnam. These patterns are used to induce a qi flow which taps into the body's own innate ability to heal itself, leading to physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Over the years, students in Shaolin Wahnam have reported overcoming many different physical ailments, including:

  • Chronic Fatigue

  • Anxiety/Depression

  • Back and Neck Pain

  • Joint Pain

  • Headaches

  • Tinnitus

  • Digestive Issues Including IBS, Crohn's Disease, and Food Allergies

  • Endometriosis

  • Infertility

  • Hay Fever and Seasonal Allergies

  • Diabetes

  • Insomnia

Cosmos Qigong practitioners in Shaolin Wahnam regularly express having more energy, a better response to stress, joie de vivre, and feeling more mentally and spiritually grounded. At it's basic level, Cosmos qigong can help reclaim physical health. At more advanced levels it aids practitioners to be mentally healthy, and finally to attain spiritual expansion, irrespective of race or religion. Ready to try it out for yourself? Click here to read about our classes and be notified when registration opens.

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