Qigong is actually an umbrella term used in China to incorporate any type of exercise that adheres to the principle of the “three regulations”.
The three regulations are the coordination of the body, mind & breath.
So in essence all four exercise systems taught within the Moray Chanuanshu School are all Qigong, but we refer to Qigong in a narrower sense for one out of the four.
In our school we teach two different styles of Qigong.
Daoyin Yangsheng Gong is a system of short gentle exercise routines created by Professor Zhang Guangde.
There are separate routines for specific organs and their related systems and functions adhering to the principles of classical Chinese medicine. Each exercise involves breath control, stimulation of key acupoints, self massage and mental development.
At present the Moray Chanquanshu School teaches some of the key exercises from the Daoyin Yangsheng Gong system, they are as follows.
Daoyin Baojian Gong – A general health preservation exercise
Shujin Zhuanggu Gong – Muscle and Bone form / an exercise to improve mobility.
Shugan Lidan Gong – Liver form / an exercise for reducing blood & QI stagnation.
Shuxin Pinxue Gong – Heart form / an exercise for cardiovascular disorders.
Yiqi Yangfei Gong - Lung form / an exercise for respiratory system disorders.
Hewei Janpi Gong – Spleen form / an exercise for digestive system disorders.
Yuzhen Buyuan Gong – Kidney form / an exercise for urinary bladder, kidney and sexual disorders.
We teach these exercises seasonally to coincide with the Chinese five elements.
Wudang Five Animal Qigong is a set of five short routines that are immensely powerful exercises. They were created by Daoist monks on Mount Wudang in central China, the birth place of Taijiquan.
Because they are so short, yet performed very slowly we have incorporated them into a class that is purely a follow along learning. The class begins with a simple warm up then five minutes of standing Qigong between each animal sequence and a gentle warm down to finish. It is a class that is better experienced than explained.