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What Is Qigong Meditation?

Life in the modern age is rife with the need to keep moving. People nowadays are always on the go- having to deal with professional and personal matters. As a result, losing touch with your inner self is very easy. When that happens, you can find yourself drifting into a state of constant discontent that heightens your frustration levels and is difficult to get away from. Therefore, it is important to find a way to restore yourself. In this case, the best outlet comes from a traditional solution to your modern problem.

Meditation is an oft-practised method of finding focus and mastering your emotions. Different cultures have developed and practised various forms of meditation for centuries. As a result, if you want to take up meditation, you get to choose the style that best suits your ideals and goals. This article focuses on a type of meditation known as qigong. Specifically, you will learn what it is a gain deeper insight into some qigong meditation techniques.

What Is Qigong Meditation?

Qigong meditation is a healing practice with Chinese origins. It combines gentle movement, controlled breathing and meditation to foster good spiritual, physical and mental health.

Many people believe that practising qigong meditation helps treat various medical conditions, including insomnia, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic fatigue, diabetes and many more. It does so by cultivating and drawing nature’s strength and energy into the body, thus promoting healing and physical well-being. (Please note, however, that there is limited research backing these claims).

Types of Qigong Meditation

There are two main categories of qigong Meditation: dynamic (active) qigong and passive qigong. You can also practise qigong by yourself (internally) or with a Qigong therapist (externally).

With the external practice, a therapist provides ’emitted’ qi to foster healing. However, this alternative is not as popular as the internal variant, where you practise self-healing.

Regardless of your type of qigong, the primary aim is to allow energy to move freely throughout the body and find healing by reconnecting with the earth.

Active (Dynamic) Qigong

Active qigong (or dong dong) entails intentional, functional movement and breathwork to boost yang energy. In this case, yang represents strength, dynamic energy and vibrancy. Conversely, yin denotes calmness, passive energy and gentleness.

This form of qigong meditation involves repeating gentle, coordinated movements to encourage lymphatic and blood drainage, muscle strength, flexibility, balance and proprioception (a greater awareness of your body in space).

Active qigong is considered a form of exercise. However, it shares various characteristics with the passive form, including controlled breathing, visualisation, good posture, and focus on relaxation.

Passive Qigong

Passive qigong emphasises embracing yin energy by mentally cultivating qi energy and body stillness.

This type of qigong very closely resembles traditional meditation. There is little to no external body movement, yet your mind works actively to cultivate and push qi energy throughout your body.

As you work through the series of practices that constitute qigong meditation, you will go through a powerful period of enhanced self-development where you learn how to release any physical, mental and emotional tensions, increase your physical energy and improve your health.

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