What Is Qi Gong?

Foundational Energy Arts Training

spine qi gongThe terms qi gong and nei gong are often used interchangeably; however, qi gong is a blanket term that generally means “energy exercise”; whereas nei gong refers to 16 specific internal techniques that demand much more from the body-mind-energy matrix (see the list of 16 nei gong).

Because nei gong can be challening for new students, I recommend first learning a purely qi gong system, such as Dragon and Tiger Medical Qi Gong, to build and develop your foundational skills. In the process, you’ll systematically learn how to feel and cultivate qi, boost energy levels, and shed tension in body and mind. You see, the first goal of qi gong is to relax and let go. From a relaxed state, you can grow your capacity and maintain it for prolonged periods.

Many students might be surprised to find that foundational medical qi gong training more than serves their health and healing needs. However, if you’re looking for more in-depth mind-body-energy training, then eventually you’ll want to deepen your studies in nei gong.

What Is Nei Gong?

All theory and practical training is based on nei gong, the science of energy flows, which dictates that there are 16 components responsible for generating internal power for health, healing, martial arts and meditation. Each multi-layered energy exercise represents cosmic potential for eliciting positive transformations in body, mind and qi-energy. Accordingly, nei gong is taught through Tao arts in progressive stages over time.

Traditionally, nei gong energy exercises are practised both individually (as slow-motion, gentle and repetitive movement sequences), and as a part of more complex:

  • Qi gong sets (such as Energy Gates, Heaven and Earth and Gods Qi Gong)
  • Tai chi forms
  • Bagua Circle Walking and palm changes
  • Taoist yoga
  • Sitting meditation practices

Today, however, many schools in both the East and West have adopted training methods that do not include deep, internal nei gong energy exercises in effort to spread qi gong and tai chi to the masses. These compromises downgrade potency and effectiveness.

Pure Energy Arts for a Healthy Mind & Body

All of the energy exercises in my programme originated in China and have been passed down by devoted lineage masters in their pure form for up to 4,000 years. My staunch commitment is to quality and in-depth instruction to ensure my students get the most out of their training by teaching the internal (nei gong) content that imbues formwork with qi power–that which is ultimately responsible for generating health and other life-serving benefits.


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