Self Care

Qigong for Longevity

By Albert E PerryDec 09, 2021

The Benefits of Qigong 

The benefits of a Qigong practice are many and varied. Some of these exercises may seem somewhat esoteric and involve mystical aspects. Whatever your interest is, the benefits of Qigong exercises can only be realized by practicing it on a regular basis. The key to long life and health is to be able to maintain your body and repair it when needed. Qigong is my main tool for achieving that.

The three basic phases of Qigong are clearing, circulation and cultivation. They are vital for the healthy circulation of Qi in the body. These exercises are necessary to cleanse and nourish the entire body. Proper stimulation of your body helps maintain fitness, mobility, and energy levels. It also strengthens your immune system and boosts your spirits. This will help you have a happier and healthier outlook on life. Furthermore, Qigong exercises have been shown to improve symptoms of asthma, insomnia, and high blood pressure.

While Qigong is a traditional Chinese practice, it certainly has modern applications as well. It has been proven to promote the circulation of blood and Qi throughout the body. While Qigong exercises promote a healthy lifestyle, they can also help with a wide range of health problems. Listed below are some benefits of practicing Qigong. Once you’ve learned how to do them, you’ll likely be on your way to longer life!

Qigong and Longevity 

Qigong has been practiced for thousands of years and is an excellent natural way to increase longevity. The movements are simple and easy to learn and can be performed by anyone, regardless of age. The ancient practice has been used for centuries to help people achieve health and longevity. You can reap these benefits by performing the exercises regularly, as a few minutes each day can make in impact. Practicing Qigong regularly improves your physical and mental health.

Unlike western exercise, Qigong for Longevity is a form of gentle movement that combines breath-work as well as Imagery. This helps the practitioner calm their mind and create a state of relaxation. It also helps the practitioner to keep their joints healthy and strengthen their constitution.

Qigong for Longevity can be done standing or seated for the exercises. These exercises are used to promote mental clarity, reduce fatigue, and improve overall health. However, Qigong isn’t just about physical health. It also affects the mind, as well as the emotions, which can be the root of many diseases.

The Three Treasures 

Qigong theories address the Three Treasures of Qigong which are Jing (essence), Qi (energy), and Shen (spirit).

The Jing, or essence, we arrive with at birth. It loosely translates to; the nucleotides that make up our DNA, combined with our hormones. In Chinese Medicine tradition the Jing is stored in the Kidneys, especially the left or Yin kidney. We use a little Jing every day to make makes up our Qi, or makes up our energy for the day. A little Jing combines with the energy from the food we eat, the air we breathe and the water we drink.

The Qi or energy (sometimes referred to as life force) is, as we’ve stated previously, cultivated from Jing. Qi moves the blood, initiates the heart beat, Qi animates us. Qi is truly our life force, The single major difference from Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine is the concept of Qi. My entire healing practice is based on how the Qi moves or is impeded from moving through the body. However, just as I can’t conceive of treating someone without looking at the Qi flow, Western Medicine can’t conceive of why you would consider that at all. It’s just two different ways in looking at the body.

The Shen is like makes up our soul or spirit. We cultivate Shen by how we use makes up our Qi. If we use makes up our Qi or Life Force to build up, help, or in some small way make the world a better place, we strengthen makes up our Shen. The strength in makes up our Shen shows up in makes up our posture, makes up our countenance, and the manner in how we treat others. The consequences for misusing your Qi by tearing down, being self centered or hurting others, may not show up until ones later years. It may not even show up in this physical manifestation, but it will show up. The Universe or however you see your Higher Power always balances everything our.

Apart from improving health, Qigong exercise can increase the strength of Qi in the body. It improves the circulation of blood throughout the body and enables the body to use more oxygen. The exercises are effective for improving and can the level of emotional energy. Qigong enhances the constructive emotions such as courage, patience and will-power, while dissipating destructive emotions such as anger, anxiety, worry and fear. If you’re looking for a way to improve your Qi, you can start practicing today.

Daily Qigong Practice 

When practiced daily, Qigong is a great way to improve one’s health. The gentle, rhythmic movements help keep your body limber and energized. The practice of qigong can also improve your immunity and help you recover from illness. While Qigong is a form of complementary medicine, it should not be taken as a substitute for medical treatment. You should seek medical care to get the most from your daily practices.

The benefits of a Qigong practice are multi-faceted. The practice of qigong helps re balance the body, increase energy, and strengthen the immune system. It can also be complementary in treating illnesses, such as high blood pressure, depression, anxiety and arthritis. It also helps cleanse the internal organs, while providing fresh air and energy. Qigong is an ideal way to increase longevity. You can take up a beginner’s class and continue your practice every day. I have many 5 minute Qigong exercises on my YouTube channel that are free to use. Here is a good one to start with: Qigong Basics

The practice of Qigong can also help with your mood Here’s a 5 minute Qigong video for depression: YouTube Qigong Video to Beat DepressionI, If you practice qigong every day, you can improve your immune system and boost your spirit. It can also be a great way to prevent and treat illnesses. In fact, the benefits of Qigong are so numerous that it is likely your can find an exercise that suits your needs. Here’s a link to my Qigong Exercise Channel. Make sure to subscribe and click OK, to receive notifications, so you’ll know when I post new content. It’s never too late to start practicing qigong!


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  1. I loved reading this post on Qigong and found it very motivational. There are so many aspects of Chinese medicine that is not known by Westerners, and therefore they frown upon it, because of their lack of knowledge. 

    I first came across Qigong on a trip to Beijing several years ago, where a group was practicing Qigong in a garden. My first impression was the calmness and serenity that was surrounding the group. I will have a look at your videos and start introducing Qigong into my daily routine, as it can only benefit me. Thanks

    1. Thanks for reading and commenting, Line!

      I’m very happy you resonate with Qigong, it’s been so helpful in my life, that I enjoy sharing it.

      Please comment on any videos you watch do i can say hello and thanks!

      Stay well and Strong, Line, and Thrive!!

      Al

  2. Wow, I didn’t know that you can increase your own life span. I think it is safe to say that we all want to live a long and prosperous life so we should all try out this exercise. I will be sure to try it out first thing in the morning. Thank you for this.

    1. Thanks for reading and commenting, Daniel.

      While Qigong is certainly known in the Eastern world for longevity, there’s no one exercise for that. Develop a balanced group of exercises you can perform for 10 – 15 minutes every morning for the best result.

      I’m happy to do a free consultation to give you the best group of exercises for your lifestyle.

      Contact me by replying to this or by email at albert@qiworks.net

  3. This article really got my attention. I believe in Chinese medicine as I know it can find the roots of illness somewhere else where western medicine searched for. Also, we know that the Chinese live a healthier lifestyle than the rest of the world. I used to practice Tai-chi and I felt so much better physically and mentally. It released all my stress from the day. I will be honest I have never heard of Qigong. I will have a look at your Youtube channel. Thank you.

    1. Thanks for reading and commenting. 

      Yes, Taiji (Tai-chi) is a wonderful modality. It comes from Qigong, as a hybrid of Qigong and a soft style of Kung Fu. While Taiji is a choreographed series of movements mentioned to strengthen and balance the body, Qigong has more intent to every move. 

      I hope you check out my YouTube channel, abd I’m happy to answer any questions you may have.

      Bev well and Thrive!!

      Al

  4. This is an article that explains well what Qigong means for longevity. My husband used to practice Qigong, but sadly there are no courses on Qigong in my neighborhood. We are now looking for a book or online course to start practicing again. It is good to stay fit and well-balanced in these difficult times, so we will get right back to it! Thanks for the little push!

    1. Thanks, Lizzy, for reading and commenting.

      Check out my YouTube channel for exercises. I also have some old zoom classes on there. My lives weekly class will begin again in mid-January.

      Stay well and keep Thriving!!

      Al

  5. Albert, I enjoyed reading your article about Qigong for Longevity. It is always fascinating to learn about how other cultures deal with such things as depression, stress and hypertension. Qigong sounds like a wonderful method of maintaining a healthy body and a balance in one’s life. I did look at your video of the Basic moves and it does seem very simple to learn. Thank you for sharing this interesting article.

    1. Thanks, Jenni, for reading and commenting. 

      I’m happy you checked out one of my Qigong videos..

      As you’ve probably realized, for me, Qigong is a powerful medicine. I Hope you continue to explore this more, for both longevity and a more balanced life.

      Stay well and thrive!

      Al

  6. Old is gold as I always say. It is strange that Westerns frown upon this as this has been around more than the methods of exercise and wellness for our health we use today. We practice on gym machines, sweat a ton, but this is like ancient Chinese yoga which can help alleviate depression, something I suffer from. This Qigong can help with longevity and boosting an immune system to stand the test of time as we  age.

    Thanks for your insight into this, I shall try it and see how it goes!

    ~ Angelina

    1. Thanks for reading and commenting!

      I like you’re saying, “old is gold.”

      R know if you have any questions on Qigong.

      Stay well and keep thriving!

      Al

  7. Your article reminds me of the power of three. Learning how qigong benefits the mind, body, and soul is nothing short of fascinating. I would love to hear more details on how to initiate this process. That said, thank you for providing the links towards the end of the article. Also, I wonder if these techniques could propel someone well past five score (100 years old).

    I believe the strength and activation of life force energy determine how aligned you are with your purpose. Because of this, it’s vital to do things that fuel your soul and passion every day. Above all, this is an article provoking you to revisit for more.

    1. Thanks for your interest!

      Qigong is known in China as the longevity modality. So, yes, I believe Qigong  is helpful in living into your 100’s with vitality. I will be testing that theory. I’m 70 now and still going strong.

      I agree with you that it’s important to do things that fuel your passion, and thus your soul. I hope that you continue to explore Qigong in your life!

      Stay well and keep thriving!

      Al

  8. Hi Albert,

    Thanks a lot for your article! It is really interesting to learn about the Three Treasures of Qigong – Jing (essence), Qi (energy), and Shen (spirit) and the relationships between them. I just realized that our beings are much more complicated than just the physical bodies! I really appreciate everything you shared in this article and definitely will check out your youtube channel.

    Cheers,

    Grace

    1. Thanks for reading and commenting, Grace. I’m Jay you resonated with Qigong. I hope you’ll give me a shout out in comments in one of my YouTube channel videos.

      Stay well and keep Thriving!

      Al

  9. Anything that promotes good health is positive energy. Along with a proper diet, I can see the benefits of Qigong. The website is well done and easy to go through.
    Benefits of qigong include lowered stress and anxiety, increased focus, and improved balance and flexibility. It may even reduce your risk of certain chronic diseases. Most forms of qigong can be practiced by people of all age groups and conditions. Those who practiced qigong also experienced less anxiety and better moods as compared to those who didn't. Qigong was also shown to have positive effects on bone and cardiovascular health and improve balance.
    I’m 65 and do have some balance issues. Nothing severe I just feel slightly off at times. Will be looking into this as a form of exercise. You have the heart to help people and that is evident in your work. May God bless you and your endeavors here at Wealthy Affiliate.

  10. Anything that promotes good health is positive energy.  Along with a proper diet, I can see the benefits of Qigong. The website is well done and easy to go through. 

     Benefits of qigong include lowered stress and anxiety, increased focus, and improved balance and flexibility. It may even reduce your risk of certain chronic diseases. Most forms of qigong can be practiced by people of all age groups and conditions.  Those who practiced qigong also experienced less anxiety and better moods as compared to those who didn’t. Qigong was also shown to have positive effects on bone and cardiovascular health and improve balance.

    I’m 65 and do have some balance issues.  Nothing severe I just feel slightly off at times.  Will be looking into this as a form of exercise.  You have the heart to help people and that is evident in your work.  May God bless you and your endeavors here at Wealthy Affiliate.

    1. Thanks, Noel, for reading and commenting.

      I’m happy you resonated with the article and explored my website. Qigong has been good to me for decades. If you have any questions as you explore Qigong, don’t hesitate to ask. It is excellent for balance, as well as staying vibrant well into your golden years.

      Stay well and keep thriving!

      Al

  11. I was very interested in The Benefits of Qigong. It seems that the exercises are beneficial for many alignments which the body can suffer.

    I am very impressed that it helps maintain fitness, mobility, and energy levels. I sometimes have no energy and my fitness is not so crash hot. I also have problems walking because I carry a lot extra of weight which I want to lose.

    I will have closer look at the Qigong practice and try to use it for myself. I found your article very informative and I learned a lot which I can use for myself. 

    Elke 

  12. Hey thanks for this article!

    It was quite interesting to read about qigong, I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of this method before, it certainly sounds beneficial! I’m definitely going to look a little further into this, I can as well as a few people I know who have depression will love to try this out!

    I like how you stated it shouldn’t be replaced with medication, that’s important to know and sometimes people actually do end up stopping one for the other!

    1. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

      I’m happy to hear you resonated with Qigong, I hope you will actually try it. You can access my YouTube channel here at: https://www.youtube.com/c/AlPe…   On the channel there are many Qigongs suitable for beginners.

      Stay well and thrive!

      Al

  13. To welcome people who don’t have any background on TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) a video presentation or series of photos of the movements of this practice may be useful. For those who are already familiar, this page is a great refresher/reminder that can bring them back in comfortably! Longevity is certainly something for everyone to strive for.

    1. Thanks, Casey, for taking the time to read and comment.

      Perhaps I didn’t clearly enough show the links to my YouTube channel, which is full of videos for beginners and sages alike. Here’s the link: https://youtube.com/c/AlPerryQ

      Yes, we all want to live a long healthy life, vibrant until our last beautiful breath!

      Stay well and Thrive!

      Al

  14. How interesting! Since I am 83 and not wanting to leave the planet soon, these exercises might be just the thing for me. When I was younger, I had this notion that 80 was the end of life. Now that I’m 83, I’ve had to change that idea. It certainly wouldn’t hurt me to learn some of the Qigong exercises. Thanks for including the link to your Qigong Exercise Channel. I will check it out.

    1. Thanks for reading and commenting, Fran, as well as taking the time to do so.

      Qigong has been very good to me for decades. I hope you do check out my channel. If you have any questions or want a Qigong for a specific issue, please comment here or on one of my YouTube videos, abd I’ll be happy to help!

      Continue to stay well and Thrive!!

      Al

  15. Hi Al,

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge about the benefits of this form of exercise. 

    It’s clear in my mind that we are at our healthiest when mind and body are relaxed and work in unison and the techniques described here and the exercises shown on your Youtube video can only be good for us all.

    I think it’s great that the exercises aren’t physically demanding (as in it’s not like lifting weights!) so I assume just about anyone could follow your video and gain benefit from it?

    It was really interesting reading how you first discovered Qigong after your bike accidents and I can see how recovering from an experience such as that shows the power of inner healing.

    I take it no adult is either too young or too old to try these exercises? Would you also recommend it for children?

    Thanks 

    John

    1. Thanks John, for taking the time to read and comment.

      I wish I had know Qigong as a child. I think my life would have been enhanced. I have taught children, and they learned easily.

      Stay well and thrive!

      Al

  16. I agree there is a marked difference between Oriental medicine and Western medicine. Oriental medicine takes the whole body as a unit and treats the whole body as one. For example, when one focuses on breathing to deepen a person’s ability to feel more around them and become more readily available to the energy that surrounds them then the ability to heal is fine-tuned greatly for better results. The healing comes from inside.

    Western medicine looks at each symptom without specifically looking for root causes of the problem. Patients are not taught to release stress or other disruptors to harmony in life to make changes that would benefit them. Western physicians would rather prescribe medication which often has side-effects as bad as the illness. I have been doing more yoga for stress relief and may try qigong to see what the difference is.

    Jerry

    1. Thanks, Jerry, for taking the time to read and comment.

      Although Qigong is my primary modality for self-care, I’m also a certified Yoga instructor.

      They have similarities, especially in the breathing.

      Qigong engages three mind to participate. The visualizations of color and energy helped your mind be a participant in your healing process.

      Let me know if you have any questions.

      Stay well and Thrive!

      Al

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