A Different Form of Mind-Body Exercise

Qigong is also known as chi gung or chi kung—but whichever way you say it (or spell it), the overarching concept of this ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine practice remains the same: to bolster energy flow and strengthen body and mind. The set of Chinese self-healing exercises—stemming from qi (energy) and gong (the achievement that comes from practice)—combines easy, slow movement, rhythmic breathing, and visualization to obtain total wellbeing and self-awareness.

Types of qi gong

Know Before You Go

This body practice moves at a slower speed, using fluid, flowing movements while you focus on deep, regulated breathing, mental imagery, and meditation. But don’t let its pace fool you, as the exercises can be extremely stimulating to both body and mind.