Qigong (Qi-Gong, Chi Kung), literally "Skill in working with Qi", is an exercise founded in China that emphasizes slow, rhythmic movements, diaphragmatic (deep) breathing, proper body mechanics and flow of internal energy (Qi, Chi) to strengthen the body.
Qigong has many "schools" or styles of practice, among them being martial, medical and spiritual, therefore it can be a mental and spiritual exercise as well as a physical one. Based upon Taoist philosophical principles of relaxation, meditation and balance, its benefits can be enjoyed by everyone from children to senior citizens.
Characterized by slow, flowing movements, the Qigong practitioner focuses upon their body and mind, creating a type of moving meditation. A sister practice, Tai Chi (Taiji, Taijiquan, T'ai Chi Ch'uan), offers a martial art that uses Qi for effective, effortless self-defense.
The practice of Qigong helps you develop a better understanding of how your body and mind can work together.