"Breath control" known as Chi Kung in China and pranayama to the yogis of India is basic to the Chinese healing arts, spiritual arts, and martial arts. The National Qigong Association (www.nqa.org) states on their website: "All styles have three things in common: they all involve a posture, (whether moving or stationary), breathing techniques, and mental focus. Some practices increase the [Chi]; others circulate it, use it to cleanse and heal the body, store it, or emit [Chi] to help heal others."

Chi Kung exercises are easy for the beginner to learn. And because there are so many forms or exercise routines from which to choose, it is easy to find a routine that suits your physical condition.