- Practicing the life force
- Diverse influences
- Flowing life energy
- Meditative exercise training
- Upright and relaxed
- Daily practice
Practicing the life force
The Chinese term Qi stands for "life energy", Gong for "constant practice". Qigong (or qigong) is a way to develop individual liveliness and creativity. The more than 1,000 types of exercises or styles were developed by different masters and are designed to harmonize and strengthen the body, mind and soul. Generally, two types of Qigong are distinguished:
- Silent Qigong (Jing Gong or Jinggong): externally only little or no movements, but mainly internal movements and exercises (for breathing and imagination);
- Moving Qigong (Dong Gong or Donggong): additional external movements
Qigong has been an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for millennia. Its roots are diverse and include shamanic rites and dances, healing and alchemical aspects as well as spiritual, religious and philosophical contexts.
Qigong is closely related to the Tai Chi, which is also very widespread in the West. Since individual exercises can be combined in any way, it is easier to learn than the established choreography of Tai-Chi, which is based on an ancient martial art.
Flowing life energy
According to the concept of TCM, the life energy of a human being flows through the body on certain pathways, the so-called meridians. External and internal factors can hinder this flow, causing physical and mental discomfort. Such blocks should be resolved using Qigong.
Meditative exercise training
Qigong exercises are gentle, slow, natural and casual. They represent a harmonious connection between attention, breathing and movement and should support a healing on a physical, mental and emotional level.
The training includes meditative movement exercises, stretching positions, breathing and visualization exercises. In part, they can also be performed while sitting or even lying down. The exercises are based on images from nature and are called, for example, "The flying dove spreads its wings", "The clouds move apart" or "The game of the five animals". In the latter, the movements of tiger, deer, monkey, bear and crane are modeled.
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Mud football, swamp snorkeling, office chair races, mobile phone throwing - curiosities from the world of sport!
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If normal football is too boring, you can switch from the grass to the mud. When Sumpffußball the players are sometimes up to his knees in the mud.
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Falling in the swamp is allowed...
... or even a must. There is then a 25-meter-long giant sauna to sweat out of the pores after the game sticking on all body part swamp again.
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Meanwhile, the dirty sport...
... not only popular with men, so there is even a separate world championship with mixed teams.
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Sumpfootball was originally...
... as the ultimate condition test for Finnish skiers and soldiers. Because shooting and running really cost strength.
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Office chair race
As one should say once again, office stallions are unsportsmanlike - at the German championship in the office chair race participants race down a mountain.
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On fast rolls...
... it goes down a nearly 200 meters long, sloping road. To get more speed, the racers are only allowed to use their hands and feet.
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Office chair race
... is an absolute hit. There are no rules on how to sit on the chairs: but apparently the prone position should be a good racing position - but you can also get to your destination seated.
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Mobile Phone Throwing
At the annual Mobile World Throwing Championship in Finland, athletes try to throw their mobile devices as far as possible. The record is 94.97 meters. The origin of the competition should be rage about failing mobile phones.
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Forget shot put, rowing and pole vaulting - swamp snorkeling is still a marginal group sport. But we see Olympic potential.In Wales, about 100 participants meet each year to make sure the fens are equipped with fins and snorkels. Swamp snorkeling is a real challenge...
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Not only the smell and the temperature of the mud holes...
... are anything but pleasant - Swarms of bloodthirsty mosquitoes fall over the athletes as soon as they get out of the mud bath again. The best fairing does not help!
Upright and relaxed
Qigong exercises strengthen the musculoskeletal system and make it supple and flexible. Because they also strengthen the back muscles, the spine is relieved, which benefits especially people with back pain.
When Qigong is also paid attention to an upright posture. In the basic position, for example, the practitioner stands with his legs spread wide and imagined that he is anchored to the crown with an invisible thread in the sky. As a result, the body automatically straightens and assumes a straight but relaxed posture that is optimal for the back. The breathing and visualization exercises also promote stress relief and have a relaxing effect.
Because proper posture plays a major role, it is difficult to learn Qigong from books or other teaching aids. It is better to take a course with an experienced teacher. If you really want to practice Qigong, you should also practice at least a few minutes daily.