As an internal exercise, it uses movement, breath control and the mind to activate the flow of Qi along the body’s meridians.
It is normally taught only to those who have achieved the secondary level of proficiency in Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu. Lohan Qigong is taught to cultivate the Jing, the Qi and the Shen inwardly. Outwardly, it is practiced to build up a strong and vigorous body for the student to further his martial art skill. Symbolically speaking, it is said that the movements of the Dragon cultivate the Spirit (Shen), the Tiger toughens the muscles and hardens the bones; the Loepard increases one’s vigour and strength; the snake activates the life/vital energy (Qi), and the Crane gathers one’s essence (Jing).