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Zhineng Qi Gong levels of practice


Levels of Zhineng Qi Gong practice

There are various stages of practice in the Zhineng Qi Gong system. Whilst each level can be practised independently, all levels work to enhance every other level. In order to gain the most benefit from each level it is best to start from the basics and work one's way up.

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Zhineng Qi Gong Level 1:
The 4 basic exercises

1. Squats

2. Stretching Qi

3. Bow Body

4. Turn Waist, Swirl Hips

Zhineng Qi Gong Level 1:
The 4 supplementary exercises

La Qi (Open - Close Pulling Qi)

Pour Qi Relaxation Exercise

Mouth Qi Gong

Rubbing Qi

Zhineng Qi Gong Level Two:

Lift Qi Up, Pour Qi Down (known as the 'First Method')

Three Centres Merge standing form

Zhineng Qi Gong Level Three:

Body Mind Form (known as the 'Second Method')

Zhineng Qi Gong Level Four:

Return Pure Organ Qi to Huan Yin (known as the 'Third Method')


'Open' vs 'closed' Qi Gong systems

There are two types of qigong system, closed and open. The closed system emphasizes the elimination of external interference by isolating oneself from the environment. This practice focuses on the internal regulation of energy, mind and spirit. All attention is turned inwardly and all bodily senses are reduced to the minimal in the process in order to achieve greater concentration. The practice requires absolute isolation

Zhineng Qigong is an open system. It emphasizes the connection between the individual and the environment, between the human internal qi and universal external qi. The practice applies the universal qi to strengthen the person's Jing, Qi, and Shen. It also encourages the practice of Qigong through daily living. And it stresses the importance of interaction between humans and their environment.

Both systems and the thousands of schools of teaching share the same goal of enhancing vitality, exploring potential intelligence, and improving quality of life. As a beginner, it is important to choose a suitable method according to one's own preference. Eventually, through practice of one particular form and based on a strong foundation, one will be prepared to understand and incorporate different teachings in order to progress.