Shaolin – Qi Gong has its origins in the Shaolin Monastery in China at the foot of the sacred Song Shan Mountains. This monastery, built in 495 AD by the Chinese Emperor Xiaowen for the Indian monk Batuo, is considered the place of origin for Chan (=Zen) Buddhism and the cradle of martial arts.
The traditional path of the Shaolin culture is based on the spiritual and philosophical legacy of Chan Buddhism and builds on the three pillars of Gong (Kung) Fu, Rouquan and Qigong on. All three forms of movement are aimed at the functional optimization of body and mind, with the purpose of personal spiritual development as a human being. Shaolin culture believes that a healthy, clear mind requires a healthy, strong body in which life force energy (Qi) can flow freely.
While the exercise forms of Gong Fu and Rou Quan are about moving energy outwards in a targeted manner and also developing explosive effectiveness in fighting techniques, in Qi Gong you learn to convert the breath power into inner Qi (power), to nourish it maintain and regulate.
The inner energy work of Shaolin Qigong is fundamental to the development of the impressive abilities of the famous Shaolin monks, but for the general public it is an excellent way to achieve lasting mental and physical health.
Three methods (Ying) with the energy (qi) to work (gong ) provided as teaching systems
- The 8 exercises of Baduan Jing(Chan) Qi Gong
- The 12 exercises of Yi Jin Jing Qi Gong
- The 12 exercises of Xi Sui Jing Qi Gong
All three exercise systems are only used in connection with the so-called "Preliminary Exercises" to the Opening the energy gates , the "Ba Jins” and standing mediation taught and practiced. This methodology ensures optimal effectiveness of the actual QiGong exercises.