Zhineng Qigong

Qigong is the oldest form of Chinese medicine and indeed the basis upon which Chinese medicine first developed. It entails learning to guide Qi (the vital energy which differentiates life from death) through a series of movements, postures and focused mind activities. The long history of qigong has led to a wide variety of forms, some mental, others more physical; the various forms of health qigong, under which Zhineng Qigong is generally classified, focus equally on the body and mind.

Zhineng Qigong was developed in the early 1980s by Professor Pang Ming at a time when the Chinese government encouraged the spread of Qigong in an effort to reduce medical costs and maintain good health amongst the Chinese population. Its exercises are relatively easy to learn and very effective and his methods spread rapidly throughout China. Today it is the world's most widely practised qigong, with upwards of 20 million practitioners globally.

Zhineng Qigong is a form of moving meditation that lays equal emphasis on the body and the mind and that involves both dynamic and static gong, i.e. both movement sequences and standing postures. It consists of an integrated series of methods and exercises that together work on the whole body and organs as well as the mind. Professor Pang was able to integrate these select aspects from ancient Chinese civilisations, as well as from the explorations of modern science, medicine and philosophy.

Practitioners learn and practice a series of movements that make up a particular “form” or exercise. The daily practice of these movements increases vital energy and unblocks the energy channels of the body to bring about a free flow of Qi. Improved health is the outcome, since most illness is associated with insufficient Qi and/or blockages in its flow.

Zhineng Qigong is a complete integrated system, developed to liberate human energy in all dimensions. It provides an effective path to take charge of one's physical health and empower healthy living. Zhineng Qigong finds its roots in 7000 year old traditions - integrating them into a whole with Dr Pang’s understanding of physiology, psychology and medicine.

Numerous studies in China and internationally have demonstrated that the practice of Qigong improves lung capacity, improves the transportation of oxygen to the cells and their utilization of it, improves the functioning of the circulatory system, makes cardiac muscles more efficient, increases digestive juices, adjusts internal secretions and regulates the glands, increases bone density, slows aging and increases longevity.

While the first and most obvious benefits of Zhineng Qigong are an improvement in physical health and a sense of well-being, its practice also has a powerful effect on the mental faculties. Many of its practitioners are not only cured of their illnesses and attain a much better level of physical health but also develop their mental faculties and can use them to benefit both themselves and others.