Introduction

Qigong is a therapeutic practice that has been used for thousands of years to optimize and restore energy to the body, mind and spirit. Within Qigong, there are elements of Taoist and Buddhist philosophies, directed at promoting health and vitality through the gentle exercise techniques for the breath, the body, the mind and the voice. T’ai Chi is a component modality of qigong.

The History of Qigong

Qigong’s documented history goes back 2500 years, and techniques similar to those of qigong are over 5000 years old. Over all of this time, qigong has had continuous evolution and many names, including “dao-yin”, which can be interpreted as “leading and guiding the energy”.

About Qigong

It is traditionally believed that there exists the concept of “Qi” (pronounced “chi”), which is the vital force within every person, which animates the body. This concept could be understood as energy, or life-force.

Wudang Mountains

The Wudang Mountains are known as Immortals' Mountain of Taoism and the World for Swordsman. The area has a long history of Taoist practice, a profoundly deep-rooted Taoist culture and a long standing practice of wushu – martial arts.

The Five Animals of Qigong

The Wudang Five Animals of Qigong is an ancient Taoist exercise designed to improve health and longevity. The movements of this particular exercise are based on the movements of the five animals: the dragon, the tiger, the leopard, the snake and the crane.