Welcome to the United States Health Qigong Association:
The United States Health Qigong Association is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization established in the Spring 2017.Our mission is to provide charitable, Health Qigong and educational opportunities to promote better understanding of different cultures through: Art.
The word “qigong” is pronounced as CHEE-Kung. It is a combination of "qi", which is energy, and "gong", meaning exercise.
The origins of Health Qigong can be found as far back as the Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD). Through academic research at various sports universities in China (Beijing Sport University, Shanghai University of Sport, Wuhan Institution of Physical Education, and Tsinghua University under the auspices of CHQA), the traditional meditation exercise has evolved into five new practice forms, each with a unique correlation to Chinese medical principles. They are: Yi Jin Jing, Wu Qin Xi, Liu Zi Jue, Ba Duan Jin and Shi'er Duan Jin.
The essential theory behind health qigong is the unifying of body movements, rhythms of breathing, and Chinese medical principles to exercise and regulate one’s body, breath, and mind. It is aimed at strengthening and maintaining one's body, not only its muscles, but also the tendons, internal organs, and general flow of “qi” through the main meridians. For example, Liu Zi Jue uses principles of resonance in certain vibrations and frequencies emitted from one’s voice to massage the internal organs. Yi Jin Jing, in which the word “Jin” means tendon, is a form that focuses on movements which simultaneously stretches the tendons and opens up various acupuncture points along the 12 meridians of the body based on Chinese medical theories. Wu Qin Xi is generated from the forms of five animals: lion, crane, deer, bear, and monkey. It challenges the human body and mind to adjust to postures, motions, and tones found in the animal world. Ba Duan Jin is considered the most fundamental form in health qigong. It combines constant rotation of joints with contracting and expanding motions of the body to improve agility, strengthen the lower body and dredge the meridian system. Altogether, the various forms of health qigong pave a holistic way of achieving physical fitness.