Chi Kung is an ancient art, one of the important base for chinese medicine and martial art. Chi means “energy” and kung means “cultivation” or “work”. Thus Chi Kung can be translated as “cultivation of energy”, “cultivation of life vitality”. It is a discipline, which helps practitioners to free up their energy resources and rediscover the way of not loozing them all the way, so the “battery” stay charged.
They are quite many styles of Chi Kung. The one, that I practice is Zhan Zhuang Chi Kung, known as an art of standing still. Zhan Zhuang in a free translation means “standing like tree” – feet and legs like the roots: heavy, grounded, juicy. The upper body light, movable, airlike. Arms flexible like the branches and your fingers like leafs. In the begining it may sound like a nice poem only, but with the time of practice the body becomes more and more relaxed and powerful at the same time. Yin and Yang becomes a living philosophy.
It takes a few weeks or months to get greater resoults, but actually recognizable benefits can be felt after the first class. So, no time wasted! Look for an authorized Chi Kung instructor in your town and GIVE A SHOT! And don’t worry if Chi Kung is absolutely new to you. One time it was absolutely new to all the teachers.
You can also try on your own with this ebook: Zhan Zhuang Chi Kung – PDF
This book will help you master the basic Zhan Zhuang system of Chi
Kung internal energy exercise.
Written by Izabella, Chi Kung teacher in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
If you are looking for a good chikung course in London, I suggest Mei Quan Academy.
They teach in different locations, with a rich method.