Qi Gong, Chi Gong or Chi Kung means (“drive of vital energy”) is a thousand-year-old soft gymnastics that aims at maintaining and improving physical and spiritual well-being. As Tai Chi, it is considered a form of energetic training. Gi Gong focuses on the control of vital energy to mobilize it, strengthen it, increase it, purify it and make it flow harmoniously through the body and mind.

The practice of Qi Gong is articulated around four axes:

  • The posture;
  • Concentration (meditation), which brings relaxation;
  • Regulation of breathing (training in abdominal breathing);
  • Slow and flexible movements.

The regular practice of Qi Gong strengthens and relaxes the whole body and optimizes body functions in order to maintain health and promote longevity. It increases blood circulation and the body’s natural energy, reinforces muscles, tendons and bones, and reduces stress and emotional tensions. It can enhance sexual energy and contribute to healing. People who practice Qi Gong also learn to perceive their vital energy, to focus it and direct it along meridian lines, and even absorb the Qi directly from the earth, sky or nature.

Kung fu Chiang Mai offers different options for beginners and advanced Qi Gong students, including those with limited time or budget. Our program includes many different forms, which are used to achieve different purposes. Most of them require a 10-hour period to learn, but there are also the 5 animal forms that can be taught in 5 hours. Qi Gong forms are available in private or semi-private courses.

Gi Gong and Meditation (Kherliang family style)

10 hours curriculum

This ancient breathing and meditation technique uses visualization to balance the five elements in the body and improve concentration, health and longevity.

Wudang Qi Gong (18 forms)

10 hours curriculum

Wudang Qi Gong counts 18 exercise and breathing forms. These move and transform the breath into refined energy that nourishes the body, mind and spirit. Wudang Qi Gong opens the heart and fills it with joy, which is a powerful healer.

Baa Duan Jin or the Eight Brocades Qi Gong:

10 hours curriculum

Baa Duan Jin is a series of 8 easy Qi Gong exercises that coordinate the breath with simple movements and self-healing. It stimulates the central nervous system, increases blood circulation, lowers blood pressure, relieves stress and gently tones muscles without strain, thus contributing to overall health.

Taiji Qi Gong (18 movements)

10 hours curriculum

Taiji Qi Gong is inspired by Tai Chi Chuan. The focus is on the correct posture, slow and lively movements, and proper breathing. This is a fairly simple form to learn.

Taijichikung (21 movements)

10 hours curriculum

Taijichikung is a mix of Tai Chi and Qi Gong. The 21 movements are coordinated with special breathing techniques to control and increase vital energy (Chi) throughout the body.

Qi Gong 5 Animal Styles

Some forms of Gi Gong are inspired from the qualities and movements of specific animals. Our school teaches five different styles including the crane, bear, deer, tiger and monkey. Each animal form is linked to a specific element, season and strengthens specific body organ/functions.

Crane style:

5 hours curriculum

The Frolics Crane Qi Gong exercises are coordinated with the breath and consist of gentle, flowing movements that imitate a crane moving its wings.
Season – Fall, Element –Metal, Benefiting organs – lung, intestines

Bear style:

5 hours curriculum

The slow but powerful movements of the the Bear warm up and stimulate the body, improving the functioning of the stomach and spleen, and strengthening legs and bones.
Season – Late summer, Element – Earth, Benefiting organs – stomach and spleen

Deer style:

5 hours curriculum

The Deer is a silent, powerful and long-living creature. The deer form helps maintaining the free flow of energy despite worries. It also contributes to tendon and ligament flexibility.
Season – Winter, Element – Water, Benefiting organs – kidney and bladder

Tiger style:

5 hours curriculum

The powerful yet relaxed Tiger exercises contribute to strong healthy muscles and improve digestion.
Season – Spring, Element – Wood, Benefiting organs – liver and gallbladder

Monkey style:

5 hours curriculum

The monkey is quick and flexible and the monkey exercises improve blood circulation and the functions of the heart and small intestine.
Season – Summer, Element – Fire, Benefiting organs – heart and small intestine, blood system

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