The gentle, rhythmic movements of Qi Gong reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality, and enhance the immune system. It has also been found to improve cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic and digestive functions.
Those who maintain a consistent practice of Qi Gong find that it helps one regain a youthful vitality, maintain health even into old age and helps speed recovery from illness. Western scientific research confirms that Qi Gong reduces hypertension and the incidence of falling in the aged population. One of the more important long-term effects is that Qi Gong reestablishes the body/mind/soul connection.
The routines were not designed to burn calories or raise your heart rate. Instead, Qi Gong can help your circulation, balance, and alignment and also help restore your energy, called chi or qi (pronounced “chee”). The low-impact moving meditations include standing and balancing. Although Qi Gong is an excellent fitness activity for beginners and people with health conditions, elite athletes also benefit from doing the slow movements, because everyone needs better balance and muscle control.
The postures flow together without pause, making Qi Gong look like a slow, graceful dance that keeps your body in constant motion.