The Taoist equivalent to basic Indian Yoga, it’s a set of practices for well-being, health, awakening, self-realization. At the time of Mao and the Gang of Four all Qi Gong was banned as “old stuff.” Subsequently, the Chinese government reintroduced it to reduce health care spending, though only certain types, then landed in the West through the official channels of the Chinese government. Some practices that also had potential for awareness, growth and personal freedom were never officially reintroduced, because they were considered too powerful for being spread to the people since they contain a lot of Nei Gung. Water Method Qi Gong belongs to these ones. It gives great effects with small movements and awakes the healthy physiological mechanisms of when we were infants: to take advantage of what the body already knows and help the nervous system rebalancing. It consists of the six practices listed below, each of which is independent and does not require the others to be effective.
- relaxation and physical toning with simple movements
- releasing of the basic emotional tensions
- increasing mental clarity and awareness of our potential
- activating energy mechanisms for self-healing
- getting all of the major benefits of the better known Tai Chi, though in a much simpler way
- learning the fundamentals to practice Tai Chi and any other internal martial art correctly