Practising qigong is a way of maintaining health, keeping away from sicknesses and diseases, and attaining longevity. It has a history of more than 2000 years in China. Qigong not only prevents illness but also treats illness. It is a sport that can be practised by people of all ages. Qigong exercises involve the coordination of different breathing patterns with various physical postures and motions of the body.
There are currently many different styles and schools of qigong. Qigong is generally practiced in two major categories, “Still” and “Moving”. “Moving” qigong involves movement of the limbs and body under the conscious direction of the mind, and since the movement is expressed externally, it is also known as external qigong. “Still” qigong lays emphasis on quiet, motionless meditation, generally employing methods of internal concentration and regulation of breathing. It is usually practiced in outwardly motionless postures such as the lying, sitting or standing positions, and since it emphasizes exercise of the internal aspect of the body, it is often known as internal qigong.