Qigong exercises are best at facilitating disease prevention; however they can be utilized for healing and recovery after the fact. One of the benefits of these exercises is that they facilitate connecting you with your body, educating your feeling sense to make it aware when there are imbalances due to lack or excess energy. You can feel an imbalance before it manifests as physical damage to your body.
One can be motivated to seek the use of qigong exercises if they are challenged by a medical disorder. Once a practice is established it can lead to healing and developing a healthy lifestyle that leads to more internal awareness, vital energy and balance. This viewpoint is in sharp contrast to a viewpoint of feeling pain and waiting until a disorder appears before seeing a doctor for medicine or surgery to correct it. This can be caused by a profound disconnect between or body and mind, and it is a common occurrence in Western culture.
Qigong practice permits one to develop a sense of the interplay between both yin and yang energies. Yin is more related to nurturing and feeling aspects of being. Yang is more related to outward and visual aspects of being. We can be too yang to feel imbalances. That is one central aspect of qigong meditations and exercises, to teach one to connect with the nurturing and feeling aspects of our life experience.
What are some of the symptoms that are related to a profound disconnect with the yin side of our being? Physiologically speaking, if we are heavily influenced by the sympathetic aspects of our nervous system, then we have too much yang. Symptoms of being in that state included rapid, shallow breathing (chest breathing), rapid heart beat, high blood pressure and emotional excitation (too happy, mad, etc.). An over-reliance on stimulants to keep us functioning in an alert manner is also a symptom.
Qigong exercises and meditation practice facilitate increased awareness, but in a relaxed state of being. Our breathing is more relaxed and deep within the abdomen and this corresponds with normalizing the heart beat and blood pressure. There is improved circulation in the body and within the internal organs due to full use of the diaphragm for breathing. Thus, there is improved delivery of oxygen to all parts of the body and improved loss of carbon dioxide during exhalation. The mind is also more at rest, but is more fully aware than when it is affected by the adrenaline aspects of the sympathetic nervous system. This facilitates an improved ability to feeling imbalances as they occur and the ability to respond without overreacting emotionally, which is a profound psychological benefit.
Meditation helps attain a peaceful mind, which is an essential compliment to the practice of movement exercises. There are various meditation practices, and they all can work together to develop wellness in breathing and for developing internal awareness, such as with dissolving meditations. Do some of each everyday and you will further your health, and perhaps also, live a longer and more vital life.