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Qi Gong
Qi Gong is the art of exercising the Jing (essence), Qi (energy), and Shen (spirit). The nucleus of Qi Gong is the exercise of Yi (consciousness) and Qi (vital energy). The main purpose of these exercises is to regulate the internal functions of the human body. Qi Gong does this through developing consciousness and respiration, through causing the internal Qi to manifest in awareness, and through moving and strengthening the internal Qi. The internal Qi is the Qi belonging to the human body itself. Thus, Qi Gong brings self-regulation and self-control to the vital organs.

The traditional Chinese practice of leading (dao) qi (energy) and stretching (yin) the body is the brother of Hindu yoga and a precursor to qigong. Unlike yoga, it focuses on the concept of qi or vital energy. It uses a combination of mind awareness, controlled breathing, and slow physical movements to engage concentration, improve health, and open up your mind. The Daoyin exercises were already described in manuscripts dating back to 200 BC.
Daoyin suggests that deep tranquility, or calm, is a primary healing principle, realised through attentive and careful movements. The two Chinese characters are usually translated as “guiding and inducing” which relates directly to fostering the circulation of vital energy (Qi) and suggests certain attitudes or qualities that we can bring to our practice – precise attention, gentle encouragement, or careful determination – which will augment and guide the Qi in its path.
Daoyin exercises are characterized by continual slow, smooth movement guided by postural principles. So ‘Yin’ can mean “going ahead” or “leading the way”, hence “guidance”; more literally, it can be taken as “pulling”, like pulling something out or along.