Qigong: Body, Mind and Breath

Qigong (pronounced ‘chee gung’) is a form of health exercise originating in China. It combines mind, body and breathing to promote health and longevity. Qigong is similar in some ways to tai chi or yoga, though most exercises are performed around a standing posture.

qigong class

Cultivate mental stillness, fluid movement and relaxed power

First we work on creating the proper structure. This involves not only standing and moving correctly, but also gently stretching and conditioning the body to open the joints and relax the muscles. The result is improved alignment (preventing future pain and injury), suppleness, rootedness and balance.

By combining different postures and movements with specific breathing techniques, we can direct the movement of blood and Qi to different parts of the body. This can be used medically or to develop internal martial skill.

Many people struggle to settle the mind in meditation. The movements of qigong are interesting enough to help the beginner maintain concentration. But the movements are simple and repetitive enough that the practice can be deeply meditative. Sometimes we wish to use a relaxed awareness – listening to what is going on in the body. Other times we need to use a stronger focused intention in order to create change. Qigong develops both of these skills.

Qigong is an incredibly efficient practice. It combines postural work, stretching, breath work, relaxation, and mindfulness, and can be done anywhere with no equipment.

Learn more

Read about some key principles for this style of qigong here: Qigong Fundamentals

Follow a four-week programme to learn the fundamentals: Building a Qigong Practice

This will give you a flavour of what we do, but it is always best to get personal instruction from a teacher.

Upcoming Classes

Regular Qigong Classes

Fridays 9:30-10:30am

This is a drop-in class at The Dragonfly Clinic in Blunsdon. The small group size means we can tailor the content to the individuals in the class each week. This class is currently full but if you’d like to join the waiting list for a place, please contact me here.

Introduction to Qigong/Tai Chi – 4 weeks

Next dates TBC

This is a short series of classes to introduce new students to the core principles of qigong and tai chi. Suitable for complete beginners or those who have trained with other teachers before. There is an emphasis on developing internal skills rather than learning forms.

The classes are designed to be progressive so payment is for the whole term: £50 for the four classes.

If you are interested in attending, please visit this page for more information and to sign up.