About Yi-Ren® Qigong
What is Qigong?
Qigong (pronounced chee gung) is a traditional Chinese energy medicine practice combining breathing, movement, and meditation. In Qigong, the term “qi” (or “chi” ) means “vital energy of the body” and “gong” means the skill and achievement cultivated through regular and disciplined practice. It is part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), which works with the Qi as a key feature of human psychology, physiology, and biology for healing and improving health conditions. Qigong has been practiced with documented results in China for thousands of years and has many different styles and types.
In ancient times, one of the terms used to denote what we, today, call Qigong was “Tu Na,” which means “breathing”. The famous philosopher Zhuangzi, ” in his book Nan Hua Jing (3rd century BC.), explained that “the immortal’s breathing reaches down to their heels and the normal person’s breathing to the throat.” To this day, one of the commonly accepted definitions of Qigong is breathing exercise.
What is Yi Ren® Qigong?
Yi Ren Qigong (YRQ) is the practice of cultivating the inherent potential and well-being through a growing awareness of “Qi” – a bioenergy-information system (BEIS) within us, as well as surrounding us. In Chinese, the character “Yi”（易）means change, the upper part symbolizes the sun and the lower part symbolizes the moon. Through the dynamic interactions of Yin and Yang, the character “Yi” graphically suggests the Dao (道, Tao) of change, the laws of different energy interactions in the natural world. The character “Ren”（人） means human. With YRQ studies and practice, practitioners become increasingly aware of energy flow and interactions in the physical body, and in the living environment, and start to live in accord with the Dao, the laws in nature. Yi Ren Qigong was developed by Dr. Guan-Cheng Sun, IQ&IM’s founder.
The Yi Ren system of Qigong is designed to support an individual in the exploration and expression of the intelligence and wisdom already within the body. It helps one become consciously aware of, and understand the body’s functions at different levels, including energetic, informational, emotional, subconscious and collective unconscious levels. A regular and disciplined practice of YRQ helps individuals increase harmony within Qi-Mind-Body-Soul, which leads to self-knowledge, self-healing, self-care, self-realization, self-mastery, and self-fulfillment.
YRQ represents a synthesis and integration of ancient wisdom (i.e. Huang Di Nei Jing – The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, Dao De Jing – The Way of Virtues, Yi Jing -The Book of Change, Zhu Bing Yuan Hou Lun –Treatise on the Causes and Manifestations of Diseases) with modern life science such as molecular genetics, psychology, and physiology. Thus, YRQ serves as an important bridge between the ancient wisdom, and modern science and Western medicine. Taken together, YRQ offers opportunities for a thorough and synergistic understanding of the physiological, energetic, emotional, and “informational” bases of the body for preventing and healing chronic illnesses and for improving the quality of people’s lives.
YRQ includes two basic components or areas of emphasis: Intrinsic and Extrinsic Qigong. Intrinsic Qigong refers to communication and interaction within the mind-body-soul with Qi cultivation; Extrinsic Qigong encompasses the interactions between individuals and their environment, including other people, society, and nature through Qi communications.
Yi Ren Intrinsic Qigong focuses on the development of three energetic bodies:
- Internal energy body (energetic matrix and Qi communication net-work) development
- Internal transformative body development
- Internal law body development
Yi Ren Extrinsic Qigong focuses on:
- the application of Yin/Yang theory, five phases transforming theories and the codes of energy flow
- treating others for healing sessions and for improving the quality of people’s lives