One of the most common questions experienced practitioners ask me is “What style of qigong do I teach?” This is a tricky question! There are many different qigong traditions, and styles. Some would suggest that there are literally thousands. While I am not sure if there are thousands, I wouldn’t be surprised if there are several hundred styles. Here are a few examples:
- Tai Ji Yang Sheng Zhang Qigong
- Ba Duan Jin (Eight Golden Treasure Brocade)
- Liu Zi Jue (Six Healing Sounds)
- Wu Qin Xi (Five Animal Exercises)
- Yi Jin Jing (Twelve Limbering Exercises)
- Shi Er Duan Jin (Twelve Golden Treasure Brocade)
- Shibashi (pronounced sher baa sher)
- Silk Reeling Qigong
- Medical Qigong
- Buddhist Qigong
- Taoist Qigong
I have had the fortune of learning all of the above styles, as well as the internal martial arts styles of Chen and Yang Tai Chi, Ba Gua, and Xing Yi. What I teach is a combination of everything depending on what you actually need.
An important aspect of choosing which style of qigong to practice is understanding what you want to get out of it. If you are a 16 year old, high energy, male who wants to go to the Olympics you may need a different style than a 55 year old female who is has insomnia due to hormonal imbalance! So, choosing the right style for what you are “intending” out of your qigong practice is extremely important.
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