Qigong Beginner Guide

In our Qigong Beginner Guide you will find tips for your journey in the world of Qigong.

What is Qigong?

Qigong Beginner GuideQigong or Chi Kung (simplified Chinese 气功, traditional Chinese 氣功, pinyin: qìgōng; Wade-Giles: chi gong, pronunciation soundfile) is an umbrella term for Chinese health exercises, which aim to coordinate body, breath and mind in order to improve the flexibility of the body, the relaxation in and through movement and the overall attentiveness and mindfulness of the practitioner. It is used for preventive as well as therapeutic purposes. Continue reading our webdefinition on Qigong →

Qigong – also sometimes written Chi Kung/Chi Gung, Qi Gong – is a Chinese movement and meditation system. Its sets (sequences of exercises) can partly be traced back about 1000 years, but the term „Qigong“ as a generic term for health and strengthening exercises was not coined until about 50 years ago. Around the same time Qigong became widely known and practised in the western hemisphere. So what is Qigong and how can this internal art enrich our daily life and further our well-being? Continue reading our article on Qigong →

It is estimated that there are around 10,000 various methods of Qigong (Chi Kung). There are Qigong forms named for nature – heaven, earth, The Five Elements (fire, earth, wind, water, wood). Many forms of Qigong focus on gathering Qi from trees, mountains, rivers and oceans. There are forms named after the legendary immortals and Chinese myths as in Yellow Emperor Qigong, Laozi Qigong. Some are based on the insights of recent teachers. Others are historic developments with roots that lead to actual people and actual lineages. Others go all the way back through the veil of pre-history and are linked to the supposed originator of Qigong shamanic Master Yu’s pace of the Dipper Stars. Continue reading the in depth article Qigong Overview →



Articles with hints for Qigong beginners

These articles series is written for Qigong and Taijiquan beginners. Here you will find a lot of tips like “How to prepare your trail lesson” or “How to find a good teacher”.

Tips – Prepare your trial lesson

A good preparation is half of the pie! For your way to the Tai Chi / Qigong trial lesson, we have assembled a few hints and some questions for you to chew on. Continue reading Prepare your Tai Chi / Qigong trial lesson →

How to find a good Qigong or Tai Chi teacher? – A small guide

The title of a “teacher” or even a “master” or a “grandmaster” is not protected. Anyone can call him/herself “Qigong Master” or “Tai Chi Master” and open a school. So how to sift out the good ones?

It is important to choose your teacher wisely. You should avoid hopping around from teacher to teacher especially in the beginning of your Qigong or Tai Chi way. Focus on one style or one approach for the first years and deepen your skills. On this solid basis, you can look beyond your own system and try other teachers and styles. Meetings and festivals provide good opportunities to exchange experiences with other practitioners and to get an overview. Continue reading How to find a good Qigong or Tai Chi teacher? – A small guide →

How should I practise Qigong and Taijiquan?

We all have different lives, different preconditions and individual obstacles to overcome. The time you should invest in practising Taijiquan or Qigong depends on the goal of your practice. Continue reading How should I practise Qigong and Taijiquan? →

How long and how often should I practise Taijiquan or Qigong?

The ideal: Hard work: Not unlike Japanese culture, the Chinese ideal for physical exercises is hard work.
The Chinese word for that is “gong” (功). It is used in “Qigong” – working with the Qi, i.e. cultivating life energy – as well as in “gongfu” – referring to skills which are developed in a long work process. Gongfu applies to both martial skills and skills of a craftsman or an artist, in fact to all activities which need much effort to be mastered. Continue reading How long and how often should I practise Taijiquan or Qigong? →

Ways to learn Qigong and Taijiquan

Part 1: Weekly courses

Part 2: DVDs, videos and online-programmes

Part 3: Workshops – Weekend courses

Part 4: Workshops – Exchange meetings

Qigong beginner videos

A selection of practical Qigong Exercises

Qigong Exercises: Qigong is an excellent exercise system for the mind, body and spirit for people of all ages and physical conditions. However, with such an incredible number of systems, offering an incredible array of methods to improved health, well-being and self-cultivation, it can be a daunting prospect knowing where to start. A good place would be our media section “Qigong exercises” with simple, yet highly effective Qigong routines, which will help to increase your energy levels, improve your focus and concentration whilst relaxing both your body and mind. From basic loosening up exercises and quiet, meditative sets through to gently relaxing routines like Taiji Qigong (Shibashi) we offer a number of ways for you to improve your health and vitality. Continue reading Qigong Exercises →

Easy to follow Qigong exercises for the complete beginner

Welcome to the ‘Basic Qigong for beginners’ series. This online series contains easy to follow videos of Qigong movements and exercises, accompanied by straightforward instructions. These movements are suitable for all ages and abilities to learn at home.

Qigong for Beginners

Youtube Channel “Qigong Exercises”

On our Qigong Exercise Youtube Channel you will find more videos. We will publish videos on a regular base. Subscribe on our Channel / newsletter or like us on Facebook to be up to date!
Hint: on our site Tai Chi / Qigong warm up exercises you will find even more videos with short but highly effective routines for beginners.


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