Qigong (ch’i kung) is a 'whole body' activity. Developed by the Chinese, it is a method of increasing energy levels, improving health, muscle-tone, posture, and the awareness of the body. It is a dynamic exercise that uses stretching, twisting, breathing, use of the core, balance, coordination, relaxation, and tension to achieve its end.
In China it is used as a way of both preventing illness and of healing it when it occurs, and certain exercises have been developed the aim of which is to focus on healing particular organs.
Qigong classes cover 2 categories that could be defined as ‘standing' qigong (Zhan Zhuang Qigong), and ‘moving' qigong (Daoyin Yangsheng Gong).