What do Yoga and Qigong have in common?

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Yoga and Qigong are both extremely popular exercises from the East originally used in the alternative health community that rapidly have begun to spread into the mainstream. Although they appear to be radically different, what similarities do they have in your opinion? I know they both work with your energy, and are extremely good for both the body and the mind; so there should be some very nice core similarities.

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Both Yoga and Qigong are energy art forms. The first originated in India and the second in China. Both attempt to heal the body through the unblocking restrictions to energy flow.
In Yoga, emphasis is placed on Chakra balance, in Qigong on meridian energy flows.

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As an article I recently read in old issue of Shambhala Sun notes, “all Qigong forms involve gentle movement and stretching that complement focused breathing and visualization.”
Focused breathing is key in any style of authentic Hatha yoga practice.
And ultimately, to again quote above mentioned article, Hatha yoga, Qigong, Aikido, and Trulkhor, are all “traditions that join the body and mind in transcendent movement.”

Alex F

Qigong and Yoga are both exercises, which as you said are phenomenal for facilitating health and energetic awareness. However, as you guessed, there is a deeper common point they share. Each one was essentially created for the purpose of enabling advanced meditation, through creating full body awareness inside the practitioner.
I was a bit unfamiliar with the technicalities of this process, but I was lucky enough to read a piece by one of the best known Tai Chi Masters, and I think you might want to check out the source for my answer!
Staying inside the body, or having full body awareness is extremely difficult, but when the body is completely still and opened up the process gets much easier. This is why the Taoists developed static (and the more advanced moving) Qigong processes along with their own system of Longevity Breathing Yoga. In India on the other hand, only the static practices were emphasized (whereas in the Chinese Taoist methodology the static practices were specifically building blocks to reaching the much harder state of internal awareness created during energetic movement practices).
That’s about the best way I can paraphrase Bruce’s article, so I’ll just link to the original. Hope this answers your question!


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