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Understanding the Types of Qi: A Comprehensive Guide to Energy Cultivation

Category: Date: 29 November 2012 Comments: 3

At our academy of Baguazhang and Qigong in Bali, we teach a holistic approach that encompasses energy development and the cultivation of the three distinct “types of Qi” one can feel in the body.

What is Qi and Qigong?

Qi, symbolized by a rice kernel popping with gas, represents an alchemical process, and Gong is the refined skill. Hence, Qigong translates to the refined skill of working with energy.

types of Qi

Fundamental Concepts and Types of Qi

Qi is a vital force and essential concept in Chinese philosophy and medicine. Understanding the different types of Qi is key to inner vitality and connection to the natural world.

Congenital Qi (Yuan Qi)

This original energy is inherited from parents, shaping your physical and mental characteristics. It’s stored in the kidneys and influences growth, development, and reproduction.

Acquired Qi (Hou Tian Qi)

This type of Qi includes:

  • Gu Qi: Derived from food and drink, essential for other vital energies.
  • Kong Qi: Extracted from the air we breathe, nourishing vital organs.
  • Zong Qi (Gathering Qi): A combination of Gu Qi and Kong Qi, vital for heart and lungs.
  • Zhen Qi (True Qi): A complex form responsible for well-being.

The Three Types of Qi Felt in the Body

  1. Skin Qi: This Qi moves through meridians, channels, and is felt as warmth, tingling, or fullness. Cultivated through exercises like 8 Trigram Qigong and Standing Tree Qigong.
  2. Nerve Qi: Associated with the nervous system, felt as an electrical tingling. Developed through joint movements and exercises like Meridian Qigong, 5 Element Qigong set, and Fire Qigong.
  3. Bone Qi: This Qi runs through the bones and requires balance of skin and nerve Qi. Developed through rotational movements and exercises like Bone Qigong Set and Circle Walking practices.

Practices for Cultivating Types of Qi

We offer various practices, whether static or moving, sitting or standing, to cultivate these types of Qi. From simple breathing exercises to more advanced physical body movements and circle walking, our curriculum is designed for all levels.

The Journey of Cultivation

In the journey of self-understanding and unearthing Qi within our being, our academy offers a comprehensive approach to cultivating “skin qi,” “nerve qi,” and “bone qi.” These practices extend beyond mere physical exercise and resonate within the very fabric of existence.

As students progress, the cultivation of Qi becomes a symphony of body wisdom and unity with the universe. Whether for self-healing, defense, or spiritual growth, the mastery of Qi stands as a testament to human potential.


Our academy’s teachings on the types of Qi are more than mere techniques. They are a lifelong pursuit and philosophy that connect our inner potential with the natural world. By embracing these teachings, you’re joining a transformative journey that seeks to make a profound shift in human consciousness, one breath, one moment at a time.

Join us to explore the types of Qi, embracing a path of empowerment, healing, and profound connection.


Tevia Lin Feng 林峰

Martial arts and Qigong in Bali, Indonesia

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  1. van petegem on January 24, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    Can this qi gong be used for martial arts practice as well?

    • Tevia Feng on January 28, 2019 at 11:36 am

      Yes it could be applied to some martial arts. Try it and let us know how it goes.

  2. Jane Buggy Byrne on July 11, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    Can you please send me details on courses and prices many thanks Jane

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