Qigong is the name given to exercises and meditations, which use and direct flow of chi energy in the body.
Qigong originates from China and is an ancient form of exercise for health and vitality, having attributes of both tai chi and yoga. In fact, some people call it Chinese yoga.
It as been passed down through the generations and is closely linked to traditional Chinese medicine. Although still not well known in the west it is practised by millions of people all over the world.
Qigong is a discipline that exercises the mind, and combines breathing, posture, movement, stretching and meditation to promote mental and physical health, vitality, flexibility and stamina.
It helps fight stress, increase blood circulation in the body, improve flexibility of the muscles, ligaments and tendons, boost your immune system and energy levels, developing a sense of calm and equilibrium. If practised regularly, it is effective in preventing illness.
Qigong is used as a healing therapy and regulates the body’s energies in order to prevent, postpone, reduce or even sometimes eliminate suffering caused by disease.
Scientists are now studying qigong and they have noticed that regular practice helps reduce stress and promotes a sense of calm and improves health, vitality in body, mind and spirit.
It also helps practitioners with health conditions such as hypertension, arthritis, rheumatism, headaches, migraines, insomnia, asthma, diabetes and ME.
New beginners can join in any time during the year
Just wear loose comfortable clothing and shoes and bring a small bottle of drinking water.
New members to to the qigong class receive a 15% discount off their first term fee. Qigong sessions are paid by term and cost £6 per session and members joining the additional optional tai chi that follows pay £7 for the two sections.
While practising, remember to stand with your feet grounded, allowing a slight give in all your joints to enable the chi to flow freely.
Concentrate your energy just below the navel; spread your shoulder blades outward to create a space under your arms.
Keep your tongue on the roof of your mouth behind the upper teeth and imagine that your body, like a puppet, is hanging from the top of your head by a thread, keeping your spine straight.
Don’t force your breathing, it should be deep but gentle and make the movements as fluid and smooth as possible. Smile from within and let your mind guide the flow of chi.