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.

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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.

Upcoming Classes

The Lotus Retreat, Faringdon

Taster Session: 21st October 2021, 1:30-2:30pm (£12)
A general introduction to qigong. Get a feel for the practice, meet me and ask questions.

Introduction to Qigong – 6 week term: Thursdays from 4th November 2021, 1:30-2:30pm (£66 for the term)
In these classes I will teach a series of exercises to explore the key principles of qigong, and give you a practice you can continue on your own at home. The emphasis this term will be on getting the posture and structure correct, opening up the body and relaxing the mind. Suitable for beginners and those who have done similar practices before.