Qi Gong (氣功 ; literally “life-energy cultivation”) is relatively modern blanket term for a great many ancient energetic and health exercises practised over the whole of China and beyond. As such, it’s hard to fully encapsulate in a short explanation.
At its most basic, Qi Gong is a series of breathing, movement, and meditation techniques designed to transport and nurture internal energy, promote health and wellbeing, and focus the mind. Different styles of Qi Gong were practiced in different regions, passed down within specific families, or were tied closely to the mystic traditions of one of China’s great spiritual philosophies. At its core, Qi Gong has a direct and unbroken lineage to the earliest health practices in China, and a deep connection to the earliest understandings of Eastern spiritual and shamanic traditions. In practice, most forms of Qi Gong are superficially similar to gentle yoga, meditation, or a soft tai chi or kung fu form without an inherent martial element. Many styles, in fact, were developed alongside such martial arts to aid in their practice, or use movements adapted from martial techniques.
As a student of Wudang Daoist Master Yun Xiang Tseng (Chen), Greg MacDonald has been entrusted with an unbroken lineage of traditional Wudang Daoist qigong, and is recognized as a Level One Daoist Qi Gong instructor under the Daoist Association, USA and Qi For Longevity, inc. He is certified to teach the following forms: