What is Qi Gong?
The art of Qi Gong is a holistic system of coordinated body-posture and movement, breathing, and meditation used for the purposes of health, spirituality, and martial-arts training.
These exercises have become increasingly practiced across the world and have been enjoyed by students from many backgrounds and environments including schools, colleges, hospitals, care homes and prisons.
By doing these movements in conjunction with soft, even breathing and a sense of mindfulness or intent you can also enjoy the many benefits including increased relaxation, reduced tension, better body awareness and a calm, focused mind.
Qi Gong has a powerful effect on the whole of the body and mind. Every exercise has an effect on the whole energetic system, allowing energy (qi) to flow freely. It is possible to practice Qi Gong with mobility difficulties – each posture can be adapted, and it is feasible to practice whilst sitting on a chair.
‘The best part of the sessions was learning from a teacher who is obviously passionate about his own practice’
Qi Gong systems
Taiji Qi Gong Shibashi
Taiji Qi Gong or Shibashi is one of the most popular and simplest to learn qigong systems. Consisting of 2 sets of 18 Movements, usually referred to as Taiji Qi Gong 1st 18 and Taiji Qi Gong 2nd 18 they are a series of individual movements that are accessible to all ages and physical abilities which can be easily adapted to those with special needs.
The Embroidered Brocade Qi Gong
Embroidered Brocade has its roots in the Taiji principles. It is a shorter sequence, comprising of eight movements, each focusing on a different physical area and qi meridian.
The Five Taoist Yin Qi Gong
These movements concentrate on the flow of Qi in the Yin meridians. When the five elements are balanced, we experience health and prosperity. When they are out of balance, we experience disease of one sort or another.
‘I enjoyed the heightened awareness of energy flow’
Benefits of Qi Gong
Improved coordination and flexibility
Reduced pain and stiffness
Greater awareness, calmness and wellbeing
Improved all round health
Accessible to all ages and mobilities
What to expect
A friendly, calm atmosphere. Phil’s sense of humour enables participants to relax easily and to feel welcomed. Some sessions will focus specifically on one of the systems named above, or these can be intertwined, dependent on participants experience. You don’t need to bring anything with you, although water is good to keep hydrated, and wear clothes that are comfortable.
‘I found the sessions to be very positive and relaxing’
If you would like any more information about Qi Gong classes and workshops please just get in touch.