In Qi Gong, these symbolic and tangibly emotive movements are often combined into larger choreographed series of movements called ‘Forms.’ Both Qi Gong and Yoga combine various exercises into subgroups called ‘Flows.’
Qi Gong and Yoga both evolved to help people who work all day, like paleolithic hunters, herders, and homesteaders, who may have experienced some Trauma (bandits). Just like Cowboy Qi Gong, you can tailor your practice to your individual needs if you are a stressed-out office worker or live with a modern chronic illness.
Qi Gong and Yoga both evolved to guide people who had a deeply meaningful Spiritual connection to the Land and Sky, who remembered their birthright of choosing their State of Being, and who valued living a conscious and peaceful life. Many aspects of these practices can help most modern people reconnect with their Existential and Spiritual life
In my experience, an “Embodied Spiritual Practice” is the same opportunity no matter what it is called. Qi Gong or Yoga, or a hundred other possibilities.
One distinction that many people notice, is that Qi Gong tends to focus more on free-flowing moments, Breathwork, and your sensual feelings of Qi or ‘Aliveness’. This Qi awareness begins with a balanced and efficient posture; fit, toned, and flexible muscles and tendons; lower stress hormones, and better circulation throughout your Body and Meridians. Chronic distress and somatic holding patterns, overwork, more often embodied memories, injuries, and Qi Wounds, will all be met, Healed, supported, and balanced as your practice develops.
Qi Gong sometimes moves a bit ‘wildly’, when moving like many different animals. Often, your Qi Gong practice is influenced by the Seasons and Weather. There are still Shamanic and Existential practices that connect you with your Ancestors and, in the long term, connect you with many dimensions of Consciousness.