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Principles of Qigong

Have you ever wondered how to balance your energy and find inner peace?

The principles of Qigong offer a path to achieving just that. In this article, I will guide you through the foundational principles of Qigong, an ancient Chinese practice that combines movement, meditation, and controlled breathing to improve your health and harmony.

Let's explore how these principles can enhance your life.

Key Point Summary

  • Qi (Energy): The life energy that flows through the body.
  • Breathing Techniques: Essential for regulating qi and calming the mind.
  • Posture and Movement: Facilitates the flow of energy and improves physical health.
  • Meditation and Mindfulness: Enhances mental focus and inner peace.
  • Benefits: Physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual improvements.

What is Qigong?

Qigong, pronounced “chee-gong,” is a holistic system of coordinated body posture, movement, breathing, sound, and meditation.

Originating from ancient China, Qigong is designed to cultivate and balance qi, which is the life energy that flows through all living things.

By practicing Qigong, you can improve your physical health, mental clarity, and emotional stability.
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Understanding the Principles of Qigong

The Core Principles of Qigong

Understanding the principles of Qigong is essential to gaining the full benefits of this practice. Here are the key components: 

The Role of Qi Jing and Shen in Qigong

Qi (Energy)

Qi, or life energy, is the foundational concept of Qigong. The practice focuses on the flow of Qi within the body. By enhancing the flow and balance of this energy, you can improve your overall well-being.

Think of Qi as a river flowing through your body. When the river flows smoothly, it nourishes everything in its path. If there are blockages, the flow is disrupted, leading to health issues.
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Jing (Essence) and Shen (Spirit)

In addition to Qi, Qigong also focuses on Jing and Shen. Jing is the essence of our physical body, representing our health and vitality.

Shen, on the other hand, refers to the spirit or mind, embodying consciousness and mental clarity.

Balancing Qi, Jing, and Shen is crucial for achieving overall harmony.

Breathing Techniques

Breathing is a crucial aspect of Qigong. Controlled breathing helps to regulate the flow of Qi and calm the mind. Deep, slow, and rhythmic breathing is emphasized to maximize the intake of oxygen and the circulation of energy.

When you breathe correctly, you create a sense of calm and focus, which is essential for effective Qigong practice.

Posture and Movement

Proper posture and gentle movements are integral to Qigong. These movements are designed to facilitate the smooth flow of Qi.

Each posture and movement in Qigong is performed slowly and mindfully, with attention to form and balance. This helps to strengthen the body, improve flexibility, and promote relaxation.

Meditation and Mindfulness

Meditation and mindfulness are core principles in Qigong. Practicing mindfulness means being fully present in the moment and aware of your movements and breath.

This mental focus helps to clear the mind of distractions and enhances the effectiveness of Qigong exercises. 

Through meditation, you can achieve a deeper sense of inner peace and spiritual connection.
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These short videos will give you an experience of feeling your qi. You'll get a brief experience of chanting the universal healing mantra, the Chaos section of Wuji Gong, and finally some simple qigong movements from The Standing Form.

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Benefits of Practicing Qigong

The principles of Qigong bring a wide range of benefits that can enhance your life in many ways.

Physical Benefits

Improved Flexibility and Strength: The gentle movements help to stretch and strengthen muscles.

Better Balance and Coordination: Regular practice enhances your balance and motor skills.

Enhanced Circulation: The flow of Qi promotes better blood circulation, which is essential for overall health.

Fostering Physical Emotional and Spiritual Benefits

Mental and Emotional Benefits

Reduced Stress and Anxiety: The focus on breathing and mindfulness helps to calm the mind.

Enhanced Focus and Concentration: Meditation improves your ability to concentrate and stay focused.

Emotional Stability: Regular practice helps to balance emotions and improve mental clarity.

Spiritual Benefits

Sense of Peace and Connection: Qigong fosters a deep sense of peace and a connection to the universe.

Inner Harmony: Balancing your Qi leads to harmony within yourself and your surroundings.
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Join a Group: Practicing with others can enhance your experience and keep you motivated.

Starting your Qigong practice is simple and rewarding. Here’s how you can begin:

Learn Basic Techniques: Begin with simple breathing exercises and basic movements. There are many online resources and beginner classes available.   Explore Classes

Practice Regularly: Consistency is key. Try to practice Qigong for at least 10-15 minutes daily.

Find a Qualified Instructor: While you can start at home, finding a qualified Qigong instructor can provide personalized guidance and deeper understanding.   Find an Instructor

Common Qigong Exercises

Here are a few basic Qigong exercises that you can try:

The Standing Form

The Standing Form, known as the "Qi Feeling Form," allows practitioners to connect with Universal energy and balance their Five Elements and Yin/Yang energy in just 3 to 5 minutes.

This form promotes strong Qi sensations and supports physical, mental, and emotional well-being 

Chaos or Self Vibration

The initial phase of the Wuji Gong Form, "chaos" or "self-vibration," stimulates the static Qi in your stomach and central channel, promoting the flow of Qi throughout your body.

This healing vibration initiates a transformation of your current patterns into a healthier, more systematic state, activating your Qi

The 18 Methods Form

Regular practice of the 18 Methods helps restore the smooth flow of Qi through the meridian channels and vital organs, promoting healing.

When performed as a continuous form, it features a graceful flow of movements and transitions. Coordinated Qigong breathing further stimulates the organs, bringing balance to your inner self

Qigong Sacred Healing Sounds

Chanting the Sacred Healing Sounds harmonizes and balances each organ in the body, offering immediate healing effects. 

Consistent use of these sounds ensures optimal benefits.

My Personal Experience with Qigong

My journey with Qigong began in 2006, and it has transformed my life in ways I never imagined. Initially, I was drawn to the practice for its physical benefits.

However, as I went deeper, I discovered the profound mental and spiritual impacts.

I remember my first Qigong class, where I was introduced to the principles of this ancient practice. The teachings were powerful, and I felt an immediate connection to Qigong.

Over time, I noticed significant improvements in my stress levels, patience, and overall well-being. 

Stan Pannone Master of Qigong and Sound Healing

Stan Pannone, Master of Qigong and Sound Healing

Practicing Qigong has become a cornerstone of my daily routine, providing me with a sense of calm and clarity.   Contact Stan


The principles of Qigong offer a path to holistic health and harmony. By understanding and applying these principles, you can transform your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. 

I encourage you to explore Qigong and experience the profound benefits it can bring to your life.

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Related FAQs

Q1: What is Qi in Qigong?

A1: Qi is the life energy that flows through the body. In Qigong, practices aim to balance and enhance the flow of this energy.

Q2: Can anyone practice Qigong?

A2: Yes, Qigong is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. It can be adapted to fit individual needs and capabilities.

Q3: How often should I practice Qigong?

A3: Consistency is important. Aim to practice Qigong daily for at least 10-15 minutes to experience its benefits.

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About The Author

Stan Pannone is a 14th Generation Qigong Master. He recently completed his Level 7 Training with Grandmaster Fu Wei Zhong, the   13th Lineage Holder of Emei Qigong.

Stan teaches a full schedule of online and in-Person Classes, Seminars, and Training. He is also available for Private Training and Healing Sessions.

If you have any questions, or wish to know more about Stan,s services and what he offers, don't hesitate to contact him directly. He'll be more than happy to assist you.

Thank you for checking out my blog post, for questions or comments, feel free to reach out. Looking forward to hearing from you. Contact for more information

Stan Pannone, 14th Generation Emei Qigong Master