Qi Gong

Qi Gong is an ancient and very effective Chinese exercising system that can be used to train vital energy (Qi) methodically.

Starting with the deep relaxation of both body and mind, Qi Gong teaches us how to improve our awareness of our vital energy by the deliberate use of postures, breathing and imaginative power, and how to support and control our energy by doing special exercises that were refined over centuries. Qi Gong practice harmonizes body and mind, strengthens vitality, stimulates the immune system and self-healing power, and improves the ability to concentrate.

Qi Gong exercises also play a significant role in internal martial arts (Tai Chi, Bagua, Xing Yi).
When we practice Qi Gong, we deepen our understanding of the meditative, healing and combat aspects of these art forms.

Zhan Zhuang Gong ("standing pole")

Zhan Zhuang Gong is a basic exercise in placid Qi Gong and often described as “standing like a tree” or “standing pole”.

It is an exercise in Daoist health systems and internal martial arts and – unlike those in “dynamic” Qi Gong – should be performed without, or with minimal external movement. The posture feels strange at first but when it is practiced regularly, it deepens relaxation, steadies the position, eases tensions and stiffness, stabilizes physical structures and improves the ability to concentrate.

Yi Qi Gong

Yi Qi Gong (placid Qi Gong) by Master Zhi Chang Li can be trained by anyone, regardless of age, previous training or religion. Exercises can be practiced in any physical position or situation. The focus here is not on external but on internal movement of Qi – by imaginative power.

Master Zhi Chang Li was born in 1942 and has practiced Qi Gong, Kung Fu and Tai Chi since he was a child. He was the scholar of many Qi Gong and Buddhist masters. In Beijing’s Andingmen Hospital he worked as acupuncturist and Qi Gong healer for many years. He has lived in Germany since 1988 and teaches Qi Gong.

Re Shen Fa

Ra Shen Fa ("the body warming approach") is an approach that trains the whole body. These exercises stimulate and stabilize the Dantien energy center in the abdomen. They have a positive effect on muscles, tendons and bones as well as on the circulation of Qi which according to Traditional Chinese Medicine is essential in the process of maintaining or recovering good health.

Fang Song Gong

"Fang" means to accept, "Song" is relaxation and Fang Song Gong is a preparatory exercise to a breathing technique that is done before Nei Yang Gong, for example. Its aim is to relax body and mind and deepen breathing. With relaxation, however, we do not mean limpness but the release of unnecessary tensions by directing our attention inward.

Dao Yin (or Dao Yin Shu, "lead and direct")

Lead and direct, stretch and expand energy: Dao Yin is an ancient name for Qi Gong and refers to a group of exercises that are done to increase energy. They originate in the wealth of Daoist knowledge and people used to call their practice Gongfu (intensive work). Westerners later mistook the name for Chinese martial arts in general.

Dao Yin consists of a series of vitalizing exercises that develop flexibility, strength, resilience and suppleness. These meditative gymnastic exercises combine physical movement with the deliberate movement of Qi.

Since they are based on holistic principles they bring about physical, mental and spiritual balance.

Li Shou ("swinging arms")

Li Shou is one of the oldest and most popular group of exercises in Dao Yin. There are many different forms of Li Shou. Basically, we swing our arms very loosely and take care not to go higher than the navel in front and the buttocks at the back. In martial arts, Li Shou is often used as a warming-up exercise.