Shaolin Chi Kung

What is Chi Kung?
Thursday, 23 September 2010 09:08

chi-kung-practicing-2Chi kung (qigong) is a traditional Chinese method for health, vitality, and personal development. Its benefits are real and effective - however, for good benefits the art must be genuine and of a reasonably high level.

For many, the term "chi kung" means gentle physical exercise. Actually, in modern China it is not uncommon to see practitioners in parks and squares performing coordinated chi kung-movements in groups.

However, traditional, genuine chi kung is very different to slow, relaxed gymnastics, although for the uninitiated it may appear similar. Translated from Chinese, "chi kung" literally means "energy work": A true chi kung practitioner is consciously and purposefully cultivating biological energy ("chi" or qi) for health, vitality, self-cultivation and various other benefits.

Nowadays, the majority of chi kung has sadly been reduced to dance or external movements, and genuine internal training is very hard to find.


Last Updated on Friday, 16 December 2011 15:43
What does Chi Kung offer?
Thursday, 23 September 2010 09:10

There are many wonderful benefits derived from practicing chi kung, which may be generalized into the following five categories:

  1. Curing illness and promoting health
  2. Enhancing vitality and developing internal force
  3. Promoting youthfulness and longevity
  4. Expanding the mind and the intellect
  5. Spiritual cultivation

chi-kung-practicing-6Even though the benefits of practice are defined by aims and objectives, all genuine chi kung promotes good health. According to Chinese medical philosophy, a healthy person is not only free from illness, but is also energetic, peaceful, happy, and enjoys life!

The benefits also depend on the type of chi kung practiced. There are literally hundreds of traditional styles and schools of chi kung, many of which are focused on specific aims such as enhancing health or longevity. The chi kung styles of the highest level are holistic as well as effective - practicing a single exercise at a high-level may bring benefits in all of the above five categories simultaneously.

The traditional style of chi kung taught in Shaolin Wahnam Institute is called Shaolin Chi Kung, or Shaolin Cosmos Chi Kung. Originally practiced in the Shaolin temples of Dynastic China, it is an internal art of the highest level. This claim is not based on personal opinion, but on multitudes of real-life examples of its benefits which are potent, holistic and possible to achieve relatively fast.

Practicing chi kung can cure as well as prevent all kinds of illness. This fact has been proven by countless practitioners from antiquity to modern days, who have successfully used chi kung to treat maladies considered incurable even today, such as diabetes, high blood pressure or even cancer. Many illnesses common in our modern society - for instance stress, bone-, joint and muscle disorder as well as emotional problems - can be very effectively remedied with genuine, high-level chi kung.


Last Updated on Friday, 16 December 2011 15:44
How to practice Chi Kung?
Thursday, 23 September 2010 09:14

chi-kung-practicing-group-9In principle, anyone can practice Shaolin Chi Kung. Athleticism is absolutely not required - a person can start practicing regardless of age or physicality. The only basic requirements are having an open mind and the sincere willingness to practice daily for good results.

In itself, chi kung has nothing to do with religion or beliefs; its practice is directed towards practical benefits. Shaolin Chi Kung can be practiced irrespective of religious orientation (or the lack of one). Although knowledge of Chinese medicine may be helpful in understanding the theory of chi kung, in practice it is not in any way necessary: Chi Kung is an experiental art, not an academic one.

It is possible to practice chi kung from a good book. However, for the best methods and the best results chi kung must be learned directly from a master or a competent instructor.


Last Updated on Friday, 16 December 2011 15:44