The historical roots of qigong date back at least 5,000 years to ancient China. Chinese scholars called the universal energy qi or chi (pronounced “chee”). In China, the study and practice of transforming energy was embraced to live a life of optimum health, wellness, and happiness and became known as qigong.

Traditional qigong techniques can be very difficult to learn, requiring years of rigid, disciplined practice to develop proficiency. In China, traditional qigong masters withheld the most powerful qigong techniques from all but a select few. Master Chunyi Lin spent over 20 years studying with these advanced Qigong Masters and eventually broke from ancient traditions because of his strong conviction that Qigong is such a powerful tool for healing, the whole world needs to know about it and benefit from it. Master Lin synthesized the ancient teachings into a simple, yet very powerful system of qigong which became Spring Forest Qigong.

Master Lin has been in Minnesota since 1995 practicing the healing power of Qigong with persons individually and also teaching Qigong to thousands of people. Classes and practice groups are now held around the world.

The Slow, graceful movements of Spring Forest Qigong combined with mental focus and relaxed breathing are used to increase and balance a person’s vital energy or life force, Qi. When focus, intent and breathing techniques are added to physical movement, the benefits of exercise increase exponentially. When the energy channels in the body flow smoothly, the body can recuperate faster and more efficiently.

“There is a force in the universe, which, if we permit it, will flow through us, and produce miraculous results.” – Mahatma Ghandi


Ancient Qigong II (1)

The physical exercise chart; a painting on silk depicting the practice of Qigong Taiji; unearthed in 1973 in Hunan Province, China, from the 2nd-century BC Western Han burial site of Mawangdui, Tomb Number 3