What is Qigong?
Most forms of exercise are focused on strengthening muscles or increasing cardiovascular fitness, and there are many different types and styles of exercises available.
Qigong however is interested in what's happening on a deeper level inside the body, exploring the connection between the mind, the breath and internal energy, and equally there are many different types of Qigong exercises available. Some are very physically demanding and highly dynamic, others are done in complete stillness, sometimes even seated or lying down.
Chart of ancient Chinese health and spiritual exercises dating back to 2nd century BC.
What are the benefits of regular practice?
Regular practice can help you reduce muscle tension, improve circulation, lengthen, deepen and soften your breath and reduce stress levels, thereby supporting your immune system and also helping to reduce depression and anxiety.
For specific age groups, the following benefits have been reported:
60+ year olds
What are DAILY classes like?
These classes will be somewhere in between and generally quite gentle, focusing on how to extend the benefits of Relaxation Meditation into daily movements by synchronising the breath with easy to follow physical movements, thereby strengthening the mind-body connection and increasing sensitivity to the more subtle sensations within the body.
What are WEEKLY classes like?
The overall structure of these classes is similar to the daily classes, but double the duration so it's possible to explore material in far more detail.
In the current 5 Week Course (Tuesdays, 6pm GMT) we'll be exploring both the Standing and Moving Routine of Yijinjing, the classic method of strengthening and invigorating the muscles and tendons of the whole body through both internal practices and carefully choreographed sequences of whole body movements.
What sequences are available?
In these classes students can learn a variety of Qigong practices including:
you're In safe hands!
Sessions are taught by a fully qualified instructor with over 10 years teaching experience and instructor membership from The Tai Chi Union for Great Britain, and accredited by the Chartered Institute for Management of Sport & Physical Activity, UK Coaching and REPs.