What is the difference between Wild Goose and other forms of qigong?

Qigong simply means “practice of qi.” (Qi, loosely defined as “vital energy,” is a foundation of Eastern philosophy, medicine, and meditation practice). There are hundreds of kinds of qigong; Dayan is one of the most ancient. When the Chinese government reviewed research on the medical benefits of qigong, though, only about ten were certified as having good evidence of efficacy. Dayan qigong was one of these. Dayan’s main distinguishing characteristics are:

  • Comprehensiveness. Dayan includes most of the movements of other schools of qigong, as well as acupressure massage and meditation
  • Safety (some qigongs have been known to have negative side effects; these are rare to the point of nonexistence in Dayan)
  • “Flying” movements imitating the motions of the wild goose; these help open tiny meridians at the further reaches of the body
  • Precision: careful attention to lining up acupuncture points and to work with the flow of acupuncture meridians
  • Naturalness: unlike most qigongs, in Dayan there is no attempt to control the breath or to use visualization to intentionally produce certain states. Rather, the practice relies on natural self-regulation.

What is the difference between Tai Chi and qigong?

Dayan Qigong is considerably more ancient and is purely concerned with promoting health. Tai chi has many health benefits, but was originally developed as a martial art. Tai Chi is usually more difficult to learn and requires more strength. Dayan Qigong is easier on the knees, usually develops the qi benefits sooner, and can be adapted for use by people with physical limitations and at all levels of ability.