Qigong pounced Chee-guong (气功); literally means 'life energy cultivation'. It is a holistic system of coordinated body posture and movement, breathing, and meditation used for the purposes of health, spirituality, and martial arts training. With roots in Chinese medicine, philosophy, and martial arts, qigong is traditionally viewed as a practice to cultivate and balance Qi (chi), translated as "life energy".
Qigong practice typically involves moving meditation, coordinating slow flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing, and calm meditative state of mind.
HISTORY AND ORIGINS
The popularity of qigong grew rapidly from 1976 through the 1990s, with estimates of between 60 and 200 million practitioners throughout China.
Today, the practice of qigong spread is worldwide. Millions of people around the world practice qigong for different health benefits including for recreation, exercise, relaxation, preventive medicine, self-healing, alternative, medicine, self-cultivation, meditation, spirituality, and material arts training.
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