Qi Gong (Qigong) is translated as energy work. It has been practiced for thousands of years in ancient China and is the basis of much of the spiritual work done in temples all over Asia. It requires the synchronization of the mind, eyes, body movements, and breath.
When properly practicing Qi Gong, we see the Sensory Motor Strip of the cortex of the brain light up on QEEG studies. What does this mean? It means that qigong helps coordinate the hemispheres of the brain by engaging the proprioceptive capacities of the body with the intention movement and guided breath.
This integration of mind, body, and breath is anchored in by the correct use of the eyes in the practice. Qi Gong practice usually dictates that the eyes focus on a specific spot while going through the movements. For example, in the Silk Weaver’s Exercise, we fix the eyes on the active or YANG hand while the passive or YIN hand rests in front of the heart for much of the exercise. When the energy shifts hands, so does the focus of one’s eyes. This dynamic system of integration brings together many of the major neuronal pathways of the body- all being processed in the brain.
What does this practice of qigong do then? It helps get the brain and nervous system firing on all cylinders and it helps integrate parts of the brain that, when working together, make us feel alive and whole again. Remember, millions of years of biological evolution had us adapted to nature where things were out to get us and food was hard to catch. We were fast, coordinated, stealth, and focused in order to survive, Looking back at the past 100 years, humanity has sunk into a trance-like bog where we seldom move around; let alone climb trees and evade tigers.
Qi Gong helps integrate our biological wiring and gets our bodies and brains to communicate like they have evolved to do. Yes- its wonderful that we’ve invented abstract mathematics and apps for our cellphones but why don’t we take millions of years of biology along for the ride? There’s no sense in letting our bodies fall apart and our instincts to get numb just because we can now get food wrapped in plastic and delivered through a drive through. Practice Qi Gong and let your senses come back to life! Start with the Silk Weaver’s Exercise which can be found on the Volume 1 (Yellow DVD).