Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese physical exercise practice that combines the theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) with an aligned posture, focused, deliberate movement and deep diaphragmatic breathing.
The literal translation is energy (qi) through effort/hard work (gong). Qigong is the modern name, previously known as Dao-Yin, this practice dates back to around 3-5000 years ago and is practised in China as part of daily life. It is a complete system that promotes internal healing, health and longevity of mind, body and spirit. Qigong movements help open pathways in the body (meridians) allowing Qi to flow, balancing yin yang energy, blood and flow of fluid from within the body. Tai Chi is a much younger qigong practice that combines qigong movements with martial arts.
Movements help to cleanse Qi, clear Qi blockages and regulate Yin Yang in the internal body allowing organs and body systems to function better. Students can find improvement in; energy, balance, sleep, coordination, proprioception (body awareness), organ function, immune system levels, bone density, motor control, muscle strength, mobility, flexibility, oxygen intake, circulation, lymph function, emotions, hormone levels, sexual energy, digestion/absorption of nutrients/elimination, blood pressure, stress levels, alertness, clarity, relaxation, mental calm and much more.
Qi Gong is accessible to anyone of any age, any fitness level or physical condition. All movements can be adapted to suit the individual whatever their physical restrictions. Learning Qi Gong takes time, it is a life time art, where the focus is on the enjoyment of the journey. With each week there is something new to experience and another layer of depth to bring into the mind and body. The Qi Gong state of mind is hugely important, it’s a shift in mentality, learning to take positive and proactive responsibility of your own health and wellbeing, to yield to the ebb and flow of life without resistance.
Read over our health and wellbeing resources for Qigong.
Qigong for Health Syllabus
- 8 Pieces Brocade (Ba Duan Jin)
- 5 Animal Frolics (Wu Qin Xi)
- Eight Energy Circle Walking
- Earth Qi Gong for Women
Instructor Nicola is passionate about sharing qigong with her students. She provides live online private tuition using Skype and/or Facebook video call. Teaching you ancient Taoist movements that will help you towards a regular qigong practice. Your online class is one-to-one private tuition that is set to your pace, style of learning, needs and experience, all from the comfort of your home. Join Nicola’s community of students on a journey to improved health and wellbeing. Visit the Qigong section in the webstore to book your lesson.
Please note that the Taoist practices are not a replacement for conventional medical treatment. Please seek advice from your GP before commencing any movement or stillness practices.