Qigong, chi kung, or chi gung (pronounced "chee-gung") is a practice of aligning breath, movement, and awareness for exercise, healing, and meditation. With roots in Chinese Medicine, martial arts, and philosophy, qigong is traditionally viewed as a practice to balance qi(chi) or what has been translated as "intrinsic life energy."
Typically a qigong practice involves rhythmic breathing, co-ordinated with slow stylized repetition of fluid movement, and a calmmindful state.
Qigong is now practiced throughout China and worldwide, and is considered by some to be exercise, and by others to be a type of complementary medicine or meditative practice.
From a philosophical perspective qigong is believed to help develop human potential, allow access to higher realms of awareness, and awaken one's "true nature."
In traditional Chinese culture, qì (also chi or ch'i) is an active principle forming part of any living thing. Qi is frequently translated as life energy, lifeforce, or energy flow. Qi is the central underlying principle in traditional Chinese medicine and martial arts. The literal translation of "qi" is breath, air, or gas.