Qi Energy Exercises
Feel the Qi (Chi) Energy Flow and Increase It
Qi. Calligraphy by the author.
Qi is the Chinese word for life energy, also spelled chi or ki. Qi energy is the essence used in acupuncture, qigong, taiji, and reiki, as well as many other traditional arts in China and Japan. The Western counterpart of qi energy is the spirit.
I have practiced the gentle and peaceful Japanese martial art aikido since 1972, when I was a teenager. That's for over 40 years, and it still inspires me greatly. Something within aikido vitalizes and delights me, just by practicing the movements.
That is qi, the life energy. The swirls and spins of the aikido movements stimulate the flow of qi energy inside me as well as the other practitioners, and whirls through the space between us. Aikido might have the form of a martial art, but in essence it's a way of dancing to the flow of the qi energy.
Me showing an aikido technique at my dojo Enighet in Malmö, Sweden.
The word aikido says it all. It translates to the way of joining qi (spelled ki when Romanized from Japanese). I let my qi energy emerge and join with that of my training partner.
In China and Japan, most of the arts - not just the martial ones - are expressions of the qi energy flow. It's how the painters and calligraphers make their brushes sweep over the paper, how dancers move their bodies, how musicians make their instruments resonate and singers reach out with their voices. It is also essential in such healing methods as acupuncture, qigong, and reiki.
Qi Energy Exercises
The qi energy can be awakened and increased by exercises. It's not even difficult. You need to be persistent, but the method and the exercises are easy as pie. Still, they quickly lead to significant results. That I can assure you, not only from my own experience, but also that of the many aikido students I've had through the years.
Qi is a life energy flow that should run smoothly through your body and out of it. Therefore, it needs to be treated similarly to how a flow of any substance is optimized in nature. There are five basic conditions that need to be corrected and then perfected: posture, relaxation, breathing, extension and the center. To the extent they're all adjusted, your qi will flow all by itself.
So, I've collected and developed a set of exercises for each of the five basic conditions. They're all in my book, but several of them can also be found on this website. Check the menu below.
Belly breathing qi energy exercise.
Remember this: although the exercises are quite simple and can be done by anyone without previous training of any kind, you need to be persistent. You can feel a change already the first time you try the exercises, but the effect will not be lasting without repetition. Try to do them - or at least some of them - daily. You don't need to work on them for long. A few minutes should suffice, as long as you get back to them the next day, or at least a few times a week. If you don't, your body qucikly goes back to its old habits, and your qi energy flow may decrease.
But don't take my word for it. Try the qi energy exercises you find on this website, and if you find them rewarding - repeat them. Quicker than you imagined, you'll get your qi flowing, and if you're persistent it will increase.
It's so easy, simply because it's so natural. It's what your body and your mind want, so they'll be very quick to adapt. Try it out:
Worldwide Life Energy
The idea of a life energy is present in many of the world's cultures and ancient traditions. It's often linked to breath - as in the Chinese concept of qi energy, the Indian prana
, the Greek pneuma
, the Hebrew ruach
, and our word spirit
, from the Latin spiritus
- also used in the word inspiration.
Maybe it could simply be explained as a symbolic way of celebrating the joy of being alive: the breath of life, without which we quickly perish.
This breath of life can be stimulated to increase. Thereby it rises to something far more than the mere consumption of oxygen, and extends way beyond the reach of our bodies. You will definitely feel the difference.
You don't have to believe in qi energy to try it. Keep an open but also critical mind, and make your decision afterwards.
Life is a wondrous mystery. What brightens it up is precious, whether it can be seen in a microscope or not. And you know what Hamlet said to his doubting friend:
"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy."
© Stefan Stenudd
Qi energy is the essence in acupuncture, qigong, taiji, reiki, and many other traditional arts in China and Japan. Here it is explained.
, the Chinese word for life energy, is also spelled chi
, or ki
. Here the different spellings are explained.
Here is sort of a poetic fictional account of qi at work, in an effort to make it easier to grasp.
My book about qi energy thoroughly presented, and with PDF samples from it.
Qi Energy Exercises
A number of very simple exercises to awaken and enhance your qi energy, divided into groups that deal with the basic prerequisites to get your qi flowing.
How to get in touch with me.
My Other Websites
I Ching Online
The 64 hexagrams of the Chinese classic I Ching
and what they mean in divination. Try it online for free.
Taoism, the old Chinese philosophy of life, based on Tao
, the Way.
The many life force beliefs all over the world, ancient and modern, explained.
Aikido, the peaceful martial art. Its basics, principles, techniques, and more - in texts, images and videos.
My Books About Life Energy
I have written two books on the subject of life energy: Qi: Increase your Life energy
and Life Energy Encyclopedia
. This website has material from the former. Here are the two books:
Qi - Increase Your Life Energy
The life energy qi (also chi or ki) explained, with several very easy exercises to awaken, increase, and use it, by Stefan Stenudd. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
Life Energy Encyclopedia
Qi, prana, spirit, ruach, pneuma, and many other life forces around the world explained and compared, by Stefan Stenudd. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
Other Books by Me
Tao Te Ching
The Taoism of Lao Tzu Explained
The great Chinese classic, translated to English and extensively commented. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
Basic Concepts of the Peaceful Martial Art Aikido principles, philosophy, and basic ideas. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
I'm a Swedish writer and aikido instructor. I've written several books about aikido, qi energy and other lifeforce concepts. I'm also a historian of ideas, researching the thought patterns in creation myths. Click the image to get to my personal website.