Qigong (pronounced “chee-gung”): Life-force Cultivation
12 Benefits of doing Qigong:
1. Well-being and improved health.
Qigong emphasizes the whole body, whole system health. While it is true that
qigong will often cure specific ills, this is not the primary reason for
practice. It is not only a matter of adding years to your life, but life to your
2. Clear and tranquil mind. World peace begins with you. When the mind is at peace, the whole universe seems at peace. If you have a tranquil mind, you will make better decisions and have the skill to know when act and when to be still. Also, the benefits of practicing Qigong in groups can be exponential. You might be pleasantly surprised by the positive effects your Qigong practice--either individual or in groups--can create.
3. Deeper, more restorative sleep. Qigong will help you find the deep relaxation and mental quiet necessary for sleep.
4. Increased energy, including sexual vitality and fertility. Qigong people have more energy; it can reverse aging and restore youthfulness.
5. Comfortable warmth. Qigong is great for cold hands and feet. Circulation improves, and the body generates more internal warmth when it is cold.
6. Clear skin. The skin, like the intestines, is an organ of elimination. According to Chinese medicine, as your qigong improves, your body eliminates toxins, and the skin becomes clear.
7. Happy attitude. There is an old Tibetan saying, “You can tell a Yogi by his or her laugh.” Correct and moderate qigong practice usually creates an optimistic and joyous disposition.
8. More efficient metabolism. Digestion improves, and hair and nails grow more quickly.
9. Greater physiological control. This means that aspects of the body that were imbalanced or out of control begin to normalize, for example, breathing rate, heart rate, blood pressure, hormone levels, and states of chronic inflammation or depletion.
10. Bright eyes. The qigong master’s eyes are said to glow in the dark, like a cat’s. The eyes also appear bright because the spirit and soul are luminous and the heart is open.
11. Intuition and creativity. Intuition and creativity generate each other and come from the same source, an awakened brain and being, an ability to think with the gut, to feel with the mind.
12. Spiritual effects. Advancement in qigong is often accompanied by a variety of spiritual experiences. For example, synchronicity, meaningful coincidences, become more common. When the qi is abundant, clear, and flowing, the senses perceive and are permeated by a sweetness.
Adapted from The Essential Qigong Training Course, by Ken Cohen (Sounds True, 2005). Copyright (c) 2005 by Ken Cohen.
There are thousands of different kinds of Qigong. People often ask me where they can find videos for home practice. Here are a few good sources for videos and other helpful resources related to Qigong:
Qigong masters consider daily Qigong practice to be the secret to longevity.