Qigong (also written as Chi Kung) is a life energy exercise that strengthens internal organs, breath, cardiovascular system, immunity, bones and joints. It reduces insomnia, tiredness and pains and improves peace of mind, strength, energy and endurance.

“Qi” means air, breath, energy and “Gong” means skill, result, service, work. Qigong is one of the four practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine and in 1989 the Western Medicine hospitals in China recognised Qigong as a standard medical technique for the treatment of diseases and it is included in the national health plan of China in 1996. In our Qigong classes and camps in Cyprus and Istanbul we mostly practice the following exercises:

Standing Tree (Zhan Zhuang) Qigong

Standing Like a Tree (Zhan Zhuang) is the most effective exercise to recharge and activate the energy centres of the body. Usually it is done while standing but in case of illness of disability it can be done while sitting or lying down too. During these postures metabolism increase, breathing deepens, mind relaxes and body strengthens. Standing Like a Tree Qigong (Zhan Zhuang Qigong) system includes various movements too.

Eight Brocades (Baduanjin)

The exercises which stretch and open the energy channels of our body are called Dao Yin. Eight Brocades (Baduanjin) is a very popular Dao Yin exercise that consists of eight movements which are repeated eight times each. The oldest scripture that mentions Baduanjin is from 1150 CE. Another book which dates to 1300 CE, pictures all of the eight movements. It is believed to be developed by the legendary General Yue Fei to help to preserve the health of his soldiers.

Baduanjin is practised to promote health and longevity. According to the Traditional Chinese medicine, these movements open the energy channels (meridians) of the body, strengthen the internal organs and help preserving the health. Research has shown that Eight Brocades improves flexibility, reduces body mass index and prevents middle aged women from bone loss.

Central Channel Qigong

Qigong considers the human as a bridge between heaven and earth. The highway on this bridge is the central channel, the first meridian formed in the body, running through the spine and feeding the other energy channels.

Central Channel Qigong improves the health, opens the energy blockages, reduces headache and neck & back pain, aligns the spine and balances the energy by opening and easing the energy flow on the central channel and the two guarding channels with simple movements.

Research on the health benefits of Qigong

  1. Improve many functions of the body, improve health and reverse aging. Complement Western medicine for the therapy of hypertension and cancer..
  2. Relieve depression, improve self-efficacy and personal well being among elderly persons with chronic physical illness and depression.
  3. Improving physical functions; reducing blood pressure, risk of falls, depression and anxiety.
  4. Anti-depressive Effect of Qigong
  5. Improving quality of life, mood and fatigue parameters, and reducing inflammation in Cancer Patients.
  6. Increasing the numbers of white blood cells and lymphocytes, stroke volume, peak early transmitral filling velocity, peak late transmitral filling velocity, forced vital capacity, and forced expiratory volume, and, conversely, lowering of total cholesterol, systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, and depressive mood scores.
  7. Improving the physical flexibility and subcutaneous adipose accumulation in the healthy adults.
  8. Improvement in balance, body flexibilty and glucose metabolism of older adults with Diabetes Mellitus. Improvement in physical function, limb strength, glucose and lipid parameters, and flexibility of the joints, and fortifying the nerves.
  9. Beneficial for quality of life, sleep quality, balance, handgrip strength, trunk flexibility, systolic and diastolic blood pressure, and resting heart rate..
  10. Improvement of lower limb proprioception, enhance of cardiorespiratory endurance, flexibility, explosive force of lower limb and attention in college students.
  11. Prevention of bone loss for middle-aged women.

Qigong Lineage

  1. Wang Xiang Zhai (1885-1963) travelled throughout China for 10 years in early 20th Century to learn various Qigong and martial arts practices. He developed Zhan Zhuang Qigong and Da Cheng Chuan (also called Yiquan) martial art systems.
  2. His student Professor Yu Yong Nian (1920-2013) used Zhan Zhuang Qigong as a therapy in Beijing Railway Hospital and researched and published the health benefits of Qigong.
  3. Professor Yu’s student Lam Kam Chuen moved from Hong Kong to London in 1975, became the first tai chi instructor appointed by the Inner London Education Authority . With his efforts, tai chi was accepted for the adult education curriculum of the ILEA. He has been teaching Zhan Zhuang Qigong since 1987.
  4. Lam Kam Chuen’s student Tarık Tekman started practicing Qigong and Tai Chi in 2001 and teaching since 2008 in Cyprus and Turkey.
  5. Tarık Tekman’s students Sevim Savaşçı (sevimsavasci@gmail.com) and Özgür Çağlar Çelik (celikozgur@gmail.com) started teaching Qigong in Istanbul in 2014.
Wang Xiang Zhai, Yu Yong Nian, Lam Kam Chuen, Tarik Tekman, Sevim Savasci, Ozgur Caglar Celik

Wang Xiang Zhai, Yu Yong Nian, Lam Kam Chuen, Tarik Tekman, Sevim Savasci, Ozgur Caglar Celik

How to become a qigong instructor?

If you want to become a Qigong Instructor, practice Qigong daily for at least 6 months and if you really love it then we can talk about certification training. You will need private training as well as group classes. The necessary time to become a Qigong instructor varies because everyone has different skills, tendencies and dedication. Even in best cases it takes a few years.

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