If you are a person who loves to find inner peace through meditation and daily gratitude exercises like me, you may have tried some Tibet practises like Tai Chi and yoga, but have you tried Tibetan qigong?
I learned about qigong when my friend told me that her doctor had recommended it as a stress management approach.
Since I was also under pressure when starting my business, I decided to join her at the local qigong studio twice a week.
Now I have practised qigong for two years and plan to do it for life!
What is Tibetan qigong?
Tibetan Qigong is an internal process that encompasses internal movements.
It involves studying and cultivating vital life force through various techniques like postures, breathing techniques, guided imagery and meditations.
The practice originated from Buddhism traditions, but you don’t have to be a Buddhism student to benefit from it.
Qi means “life force”, which is the energy that flows in us and powers the body and the spirit.
On the other hand, gong means “work”, which is the commitment the one puts in any practice that requires their time, patience and repetition to perfect.
Therefore Tibetan qigong in full means using the body and mind to make qi work.
The practice primarily involves stationary movements that are repeated several times— three, six, or nine.
Practising these moves regularly stimulates bone, muscle, respiration, heart and other functions, as shown in the qigong theory.
Benefits of Tibetan qigong
Practising Tibetan qigong can clear energetic blockages, strengthen your immune system, improve metabolism, eliminate negative qi, expel toxins and improve the absorption of nutrients.
One feels inner peace and compassion after the practice as it diminishes all disturbing emotions common in our daily lives.
Other benefits of Tibetan qigong include enhanced creativity, concentration and intellectual power, plus you can activate hidden supernormal abilities.
Thanks to its simple movements, Tibetan qigong is easy to learn and suitable for people of different fitness and health statuses.
The movements are always gentle but have rapid results. For example, you effectively can do some forms while sited or lying down.
What is the difference between Tibetan qigong and tai chi?
While tai chi is a series of movements that work in your whole body in a flowing sequence, Tibetan qigong is a movement you do for a particular situation.
For example, you can perform a specific qigong move to open up your lungs, but tai chi is all-inclusive.
Qigong is like a weightlifter who tries to build their bicep through a biceps curl.
They will repeatedly do the curls while concentrating on the bicep.
Similarly, Tibetan qigong focuses on a specific issue of your body, mind or spirit.
That’s Tibetan QiGoing
Since Tibetan qigong is for everyone and easy to learn, you can also start practising it to enjoy the benefits explained above.
You don’t have to be in great shape or flexible to start, plus you can do it from anywhere as there is no equipment required.