QiGong

Holistic Health by performing slow, simple, low impact movements, like a Moving Meditation.


What is QiGong?


QiGong is a system of holistic health exercises developed through Traditional Chinese Medicine.  It dates back thousands of years and is based on the belief that all living things have Qi (Life Force Energy) flowing in and around them through Meridians (Channels) and they exist with a balance of Yin and Yang.

QiGong exercises have been devised to stimulate these Meridians and unblock stagnate Qi, and move and cultivate Qi in our body with the aim of keeping us happy and healthy.

We can define QiGong as Energy Work because Qi’ means Energy, Life Force Energy or Prana and ‘Gong’ means Work or Practice.



What does it entail?


As a Traditional Chinese Medicine, QiGong views the body as an organic whole and its exercises are designed to focus on specific areas of the body. They nurture and heal the body from the inside out, bringing a positive impact on mind and body, and restoring a natural balance of Yin and Yang.

QiGong exercises are simple to follow, slow and controlled movements. They are often performed in a set of repetitions. QiGong is referred to as Moving Meditation or Meditation in Motion.

QiGong can be practised by anyone, of any fitness level and any age. The exercises can be performed standing up or sitting down.



Why is it good for you?


QiGong movements are practised slowly so it gives us the time to consider our posture, enabling us to build better body alignment and awareness. It uses our major muscles groups, helping to build strength, tone and flexibility, without any heavy impact on joints and bones. We also focus on deep breathing techniques, that expand the chest and lungs. We aim to be mindful within our QiGong movements and over time we can create a connection between our mind and body. This requires us to be present during practise  which means that QiGong is a great relaxation exercise and can be used very successfully in stress relief, calming an anxious mind and uplifting a low mood.


What can I expect at a QiGong class?

Class Structure

Generally I teach QiGong as part of a Tai Chi class as they are extremely complimentary.

During our Tai Chi class we utilise QiGong movements as part of our warm up, to mobilise and get our body moving, to improve flexibility, to stretch out. We also use QiGong to add arm and hand movements to the practice of our Tai Chi Stances and this gives us the opportunity to focus on our breathing. A QiGong Flow (set of repetitions) is performed at the end of the class as a cool-down, relaxation and meditation.

QiGong exercises are simple to follow, slow and controlled movements. They are often performed in a set of repetitions (Flow). QiGong is referred to as Moving Meditation or Meditation in Motion.

Although studies are limited, QiGong has a number of health and fitness benefits including improving:

QI ENERGY

QiGong works and cultivates the Qi Energy in and around our bodies with the belief that this maintains optimum Qi Circulation, helps to move stagnate Qi, reduces the risk of illness and keeps us fit healthy.

RESPIRATORY AND CIRCULATION

Any physical activity will lead to enhanced respiratory and circulation in the body. QiGong Flow movements focus on slowing and deepening the breath, by expanding the lungs and chest. Although low impact, the movements still deliver cardiovascular benefits.

MENTAL WELLBEING

QiGong develops a mindfulness and mind-body connection. This brings with it a sense of calm and peace to the practitioner that can lead to reducing stress, better coping with life and creating a positive outlook. It is known to be moving meditation or meditation in motion. Any group activity provides an opportunity for social connection and interaction.

COORDINATION

Its sequences use the arms, legs and breathing in partnership. It requires concentration and focus to perform each QiGong Flow or movement and to develop a mind body connection.