Five Animals Qigong

Maintaining wellness requires a smooth motion of energy (Qi). Qigong, known as the Chinese form of yoga, is the art of cultivating Qi and Qi can be understood as vital energy, breath and strength.

Yun Qi, which commonly means luck and fortune, is also mentioned in Qigong. Of course, in Qigong Yun Qi doesn’t mean luck and fortune, it means moving or directing Qi. There are many different styles of Qigong, so the way to move and direct Qi can be through movements, breathing techniques, meditation, massage or sound. No matter what method, the purpose is for better health and longevity. 

Five Animals Qigong (Wu Qin Xi)  evolved from Daoyin, a form of physical exercise before Qigong, and was developed by an outstanding physician named Hua Tuo, around 1,800 years ago. It’s an exercise of imitating the movement of five animals: tiger, deer, bear, monkey and crane. Each animal has two plays. Five Animals Play is a form of Qigong that uses body motion to balance and improve circulation of the energy inside, also enhancing the coordination and balance of the body.

At the beginning and the end of the practice we bring awareness to the Dantian. When there is focus, energy flows. Awareness of the Dantian is a way to direct energy and the Dantian is a storehouse of energy located around 3 finger widths below the navel.

Unlike yoga, which requires a yoga mat as assistance, Five Animals Qigong is all  done standing, so we don’t need extra props to help. We can stop while walking or hiking and practice Qigong anytime. Super convenient! 

Health is wealth. Being well is good fortune. Wish you wellness and happiness!

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