Energy Gates™ Qigong is a 3,000-year-old self-healing qigong
(chi gung) system from China.
This qigong practice is for those who are serious about learning tai chi,
qigong or any form of energy work.
Energy Gates Qigong is a part of our core qigong program because it teaches the fundamentals of how to activate and harness chi, your life-force energy, to improve health, reduce stress and reverse the effects of aging.
Energy Arts Instructors demonstrating Energy Gates Qigong (Chi Gung)
Energy Gates Qigong will help you integrate and practice components of internal power, known as neigong, such as:
You won't find a more efficient qigong set for going internal, releasing your nerves and boosting your energy than what Energy Gates Qigong offers in just six exercises.
The energy gates in your body are major relay stations where the strength of
your chi (qi) are regulated. Many gates are located at joints or, more
precisely, in the actual space between the bones of a joint.
The concept of energy gates has been passed down from ancient China, originally worked out by the Taoists. Energy gates must be felt directly with the mind in your body, for they are part of your subtle energy body.
You learn to feel these points in order to channel the flow of your chi to stimulate the subtle body to the greatest extent possible. The first practice in Energy Gates Qigong is to enter each gate and dissolve through them.
There are 23 main points to open in the standing practice:
Energy Gates Qigong is composed of six sequential exercises:
The techniques and exercises of Energy Gates Qigong form the foundation for the health and power aspects of the Taoist warrior and the qigong healing traditions. By learning and practicing Energy Gates Qigong, you'll take the most important first step toward genuine and lifelong health and vibrancy.
Energy Gates Qigong teaches you how to maintain correct body alignments,
smoothly shift weight while turning your body and Longevity
Breathing. All are fundamentals necessary for developing energetic
health, which is more important than being fit or just looking good.
These fundamental qigong exercises improve chi flow, posture and balance, and loosen tension in muscles, joints, ligaments and internal organs. Energy Gates Qigong exercises and swings also maximize the circulation of all bodily fluids, including blood and lymph. The smooth flow of chi throughout your body also strengthens your immune system.
The core element of Energy Gates Qigong is learning to stand for a minimum
of 15 minutes a day. This powerful neigong (nei gung, nei kung) technique
increases internal awareness, develops chi inside your body and teaches you to
feel where your chi is blocked.
In the beginning you learn how to scan down your body by using your mind, starting at the top of the head and descending to your feet. This preliminary practice trains you to internally relax and feel your body.
In time and will practice, you progress to using your mind's intent to dissolve blocked chi and open specific major energy gates of your body. You will feel more alive as your chi begins to flow more freely.
Cloud Hands is a slow-motion movement that teaches you to continuously and smoothly move your arms, legs, waist and torso in an integrated, coordinated manner as you turn and shift weight. It connects the energy of your whole body to your spine.
The Three Swings, called swai shou in Chinese, strengthen the primary chi flows in the body, particularly in the internal organs and what Chinese medicine calls the "three burners" of chi in the body: the upper, middle and lower tantiens. The swings open up the joints of the hips, knees, ankles, shoulders, elbows and fingers.
Unique to Taoism, the spine stretch allows you to bend and gently stretch
each vertebra from the bottom of the back of the spine and proceeding upwards;
then bend upwards as you stretch each vertebra from the front of the spine.
Besides making the spine more limber, the spine stretch begins the process of fully activating the chi of the spine and the brain, which is essential for all advanced qigong (chi gung/chi kung) practices.
Because Dragon and Tiger Qigong is a simple and effective qigong practice, it is taught to students at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine. Tracing the meridian lines helps our students to become more sensitive to both their own and their patients' chi and enables them to become better acupuncturists.