Qi Gong (Dao Yin, Tu Na)
The word ‘qigong’ (is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is pronounced “chee” and is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe.
The second word, ‘gong’ pronounced “gung”, means accomplishment, or skill that is cultivated through steady practice. This is the same word that is used in the common term for the myriad of practices that come to constitute Chinese martial arts or”Gong fu”. Together, Qigong (Chi Kung) means cultivating energy, it is a system practiced for health maintenance, healing and increasing vitality.
As a practice, qi gong has existed in Chinese culture for thousands of years. It is meditation practice, a practice of spiritual development, a holistic wellness system of exercise and method of movement based practice that helps to balance the mind, body, and spirit of the practitioner. Historically, these practices developed through Taoist and Buddhist practices as well as Traditional Chinese Medicine where qi gong is one of five branches of treatment and regulation.
There are innumerable styles of qi gong practice. Our practice at Manitou consists of a variety of practices organized into forms that are accessible and available to people of all abilities and ages. These are taught by Paul Kisho Stern, who has worked over many years to bring to you a practice that integrates the core areas of development mentioned above in a manner that empowers students to develop their own daily practice. We have ongoing qi gong offerings throughout the calendar year at Manitou Center.