One way is to describe qigong is as having two parts, movement and meditation.
Qigong is movement with awareness. We are not just aware of the external pattern we make in space, but we are also aware of what is happening internally. The Wild Goose meditations train us to become aware of internal movement of energy and the wild goose movements become progressively more advanced in training us to emit qi and bring back qi.
In learning how to release and return qi we create a movement of qi which as it becomes stronger rids the body of blockages, creating and maintaining health.
Qigong is not like a pill that can be taken and symptoms seemingly disappear, it takes time and dedication, though it does have an immediate effect on the 'feel good' factor!
But why is it classed as Medical? Because, if it is practised correctly then it facilitates healing, and because it promotes whole body healing, many symptoms will clear as practice continues. The term medical implies 'scientifically proven' and for many years scientific studies and research carried out by scientists working alongside qigong masters have proven that the practice of qigong and emission and storage of qi make measurable changes to the bio physical properties of matter.
Science has discovered that movement in the universe is three dimensional and spiralitic in nature, such as the way planets, moons and stars move, and on a micro level, the same three dimensional spiralitic movement is seen in the DNA double helix. Interestingly, the ancient practice of Wild Goose Qigong also repeats this three dimensional movement, which is one of the characteristics which defines the Wild Goose Qigong as different from most other movements. It is not justhe limbs and the torso that follow these universal patterns, but also the way the joints move. Unlike most dance disciplines the practise of qigong takes the awareness inside the body, eventually developing an acute awareness of body mechanics and movement of qi.
Qigong Institute for research into medical qigong http://http://www.qigonginstitute.org/main_page/main_page.php
Journal of Chinese Medicine - http://www.jcm.co.uk/fe=f0cdf011b948f0af847381749668fbaf
What will you learn to do?
Qigong (chee-gung) consists of whole body movements (form) designed to open the energy channels and along with natural and trained breathing, bring a sense of well-being. In sitting meditation we become increasingly aware of energy moving in our limbs and body. The meditations which can include movements and mudras encourage our awareness and sensitivity to energy.
The whole body movements bring the body into balance. Over 3000 years old, qigong is now scientifically proven to improve health and boost the immune system.
Wild Goose Qigong, starts with 2 sets of 64 movements. On completion of the movements we have rotated or moved every joint in the body and extended each muscle with ease and grace. Daily practise (at first up to 10 minutes a day) brings an increase in co-ordination and flexibility. Qigong can be seen as meditation in movement,balanced with still meditations where we experience movement in stillness.
It is possible for everyone to practice qigong and meditation, we work with our own physical abilities, slowly and gently allowing opening of the joints, the extension and softening of musles and the freer flow of energy (qi).
Beginners welcome at all times.
Qigong is a strand of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
For more on meditation http://sevenstarswildgooseqigong.webs.com/meditation.htm