Qi Gong (Chi Kung), pronounced ‘Chee gong’ is the art of moving qi (chi) or ‘energy’ though focus of the mind, breath and body. It roughly translates as ‘energy skills’ and combines ancient practices such as Dao Yin ‘Guiding and Stretching’ exercises (sometimes referred to as ‘Chinese Yoga’), meditation and Tu Na (too-na) ‘Breathing Techniques’ to achieve this goal. The purpose of Qi Gong is to influence the flow of energy in and around the body. It does this by regulating the channels, tissues and organ systems.
Qi Gong can be further divided in to ‘Static’ and ‘Dynamic’ methods. Static techniques focus on the mind and breathing, they are considered a form of meditation. The most popular style of passive Qi Gong is the Xiaozhoutian ‘Microcosmic Orbit’(pdf). The dynamic methods also include physical movements, the four famous active styles taught are shown below.