​What is Health Qigong?​

Health Qigong, known as an important component of traditional Chinese culture, originated in ancient China.

Health Qigong belongs to a class of physical activity, referred to by physical activity scientists as mind body exercise (MBE) or meditative movement. Health Qigong uses a series of easy to learn repeatable physical movements, which requires the interaction of breathing and concentration. 

Health Qigong has three areas of focus: body focus (posture and movement), breath (respiratory) focus, and mind (meditative) focus. These three focus areas are integrated into one MBE of Health Qigong. 

Other types of MBE are Taichi, Sign-chi-do and Yoga. Research conducted internationally in Asia, Europe, Australia, and North America; show that when qigong is practised regularly, noticeable health benefits can occur.

Based on traditional Qigong practices - there are 4 sets of practice forms, specifically aimed at health improvement. These are Yi Jin Jing (易筋经), Wu Qin Xi (五禽戏), Liu Zi Jue (六字诀) and Ba Duan Jin (八段锦).​​ 

In Yi Jin Jing, what is emphasised are the movements of turning, bending and extending, pulling and drawing of the muscles, bones and joints, especially those of turning, bending and extending of the spine. These actions are characterised by elegant, natural and smooth movements in good taste, and couples hardness with softness.

Wu Qin Xi (Frolics of Five animals) imitates the actions of animals based on the habits of the tiger, deer, bear, monkey and bird.
The movements of Wu Qin Xi also try to represent the spirit of the "five animals". It simulates the power of the tiger, the ease and comfort of the deer, the steadiness and calmness of the bear, the dexterity of the monkey, and the agility of the bird.

Liu Zi Jue (the art of expiration in producing six different sounds) is a traditional exercise of health promotion. It is practised through the art of expiration.
The six characters in Liu Zi Jue form a whole entity, and each of them is independent as well, and may be practised separately. The respiration and pronunciation practice is taken up with simple actions of Qigong.

Ba Duan Jin (eight excellent movements), is popular with the masses, for its movements are simple and easy to learn.
Ba Duan Jin embodies the essences of different schools and preserves the formed movements and style. The characteristics of movements of Ba Duan Jin are gentle, slow, smooth, unfolding and elegant.

Benefits of Practising Health Qigong

Practising Health Qigong:

  • ​Helps to slow the rate of bone health[1]
  • Improves blood pressure
  • Improves immune function
  • Enhances balance
  • Decreases anxiety
  • Boosts self confidence

HPB's local Health Qigong Partner:

Qigong Shi Ba Shi Association (Singapore)

FITT principle refers to: Frequency, intensity, time and type. 

Frequency refers to how often you do physical activity. The recommendation for practising Health Qigong is 2 or more days per week.

Intensity refers to how hard the activity should be. For Health Qigong, the intensity is low-moderate.

Time refers to the duration. The current recommendation is to practise Health Qigong for 30-60 minutes per session.

Caution: If you have an existing medical condition, consult your doctor before you start your Health Qigong exercise session.

Health Qigong Classes are available at Community Centre at https://onepa.sg

Sign up for your health qigong class today! 
Please visit the onePA website for information on the Community Centres location.​​


1. Bobby H.P. .Ng, Hector W.H. Tsang (February 2009). Psychophysiological outcomes of health qigong for chronic conditions: A systematic review

Retrieved June, 2021 from https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1469-8986.2008.00763.x