Qigong (also spelled ChiKung) is an authentic exercise system of healing and energy practice from China. It is one of the most popular exercise systems utilising breathing techniques, gentle movement and meditation to cleanse, strengthen, and circulate the life energy (qi) within the human body. Qigong practice leads to better health and vitality and a tranquil state of mind. In China, Qigong is also called Nei Gong (inner work) and Dao Yin (guiding energy). The spiritual aspect and practice of Qigong is known as Shengong.
All Qigong exercises combine breathing and movement under the control of the mind. There are many ways to practice Qigong and, recently, the Chinese Health Qigong Association in Beijing, China, introduced the most popular ones in various Qigong routines such as Ba Duan Jin, Wu qin Xi, Yi Jin Jing, Liu Zhi Jue and Ma Wang Dui.
Here’s a video clip of the popular 5 Animals qigong routine demonstrated by the Chinese Health Qigong Association