What is Qigong?
Qigong (pronounced ‘Chi Kung’) is a powerful type of health exercise, which has been practiced for centuries in China. It is based on gentle movements that are specifically designed to benefit and balance health.
Qigong enables the movement of Qi (life-force energy) in the body. In Qigong the practice cultivates relaxation and deep breathing, both of which allow Qi to flow. ‘Gong’ is practice, or moment by moment awareness of this process.
Qigong helps to transform stress into energy and vitality.
Qigong is easy to learn and enjoyable to do. Even a few minutes of practice can have an invigorating and rejuvenating effect. Regular practice strengthens the whole body and its internal systems (nervous, digestive, respiratory, skeleto-muscular, hormonal, gynaecological, etc). Its ability to help in healing a large variety of chronic and acute injuries and illnesses has been the subject of various research programmes led by the Chinese medical authorities.
Some Qigong movements are very gentle, others more vigorous. Some movements are very large and expansive involving stretches that release tensions. Other movements are more subtle, internal and almost imperceptible. All are different and have a very specific effect on body and mind. As the practice deepens, more understanding of the purpose of each movement emerges, allowing theQigong practice to become ever more beneficial and enjoyable.
The regular practice of Qigong has a powerful effect on balancing mind, body and spirit. Benefits include increased general health and well being including the immune system, reduced levels of stress and a brighter and more balanced outlook on the possibilities in our life.
THE BENEFITS OF T’AI-CHI & QIGONG INCLUDE
- Improved balance
- Strong back & supple joints
- Maintained bone density
- Easier breathing
- Better quality of sleep
- Stabiliszed blood pressure
- Calm, clear mind
- Core stability and strength
- Increased vitality & energy
Qigong’s gentle yoga-like moving postures are in a standing or seated position and focus on flexibility, release and strength. T’ai-Chi emphasizes the flowing dance of self-defence. All classes are led by T’ai-Chi Union Registered Instructor Sue Weston.