Qigong Wall Squatting
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Qigong Wall Squatting

Qigong Wall Squatting Wall squatting is an ancient Qigong whole body movement. This is the ultimate squat that develops leg strength, power, balance and body awareness. The stretching and relaxing motion in the spines gives circulation a boost, helps the body detox and massages your internal organs to aid their functioning. As a beginner there…

Deception Training
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Deception Training

Deception Training Body Language and the Mind Body Connection This article looks at deception training and the relationship between Tai Chi and Qigong movements and stillness meditation practice. The Stress Response What does the fear, stress, anxiety, scared, afraid, discomfort or nervous response look like in your posture and movement? Posture: Hands are hidden or…

Chronic Pain Course IOW
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Chronic Pain Course IOW

Chronic Pain Course IOW ReMap Course Summary – March to June 2019 Wednesday 12 June 2019 saw the completion of the 12 week ReMap course in Newport on the Isle of Wight, a movement and stillness class for those living with chronic pain. Over the duration I introduced the students to ‘Hibernating Bear Tai Chi’, covering…

ReMap Course Isle of Wight
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ReMap Course Isle of Wight

ReMap Course Isle of Wight Movement and Stillness for Health and Wellbeing March – June 2019 Isle of Wight charity the Independent Arts are launching a new project entitled ‘ReMap’ on 20th March in conjunction with the ‘Chronic Pain’ department at St Mary’s Hospital. This project is designed to help people manage their chronic pain…

Tai Chi Qigong for Ehlers Danlos
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Tai Chi Qigong for Ehlers Danlos

Tai Chi Qigong for Ehlers Danlos Exploring the potential of Tai Chi and qigong exercises to aid the genetic connective tissue disorder called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS). Instructor Nicola lives with hypermobility EDS, you can read her journey in health here.  Living with a different health base-line from the norm comes with plenty of challenges, from…

Hibernating Bear Tai Chi
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Hibernating Bear Tai Chi

Hibernating Bear Tai Chi “Build a Strong Foundation for Mind and Body Health” The phrase “Hibernating Bear” comes from instructor Nicola’s ethos to make authentic Tai Chi and Qigong available to all abilities of students, no matter age, physical ability or location. The online hibernating bear lessons follow the Taoist principles of kindness, modesty and…

Detoxing through Movement
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Detoxing through Movement

Detoxing through Movement The Importance of the Lymph System to Health Most of us know that a sedentary lifestyle causes health to decline, and yet a large part of the population of all ages do not move or exercise regularly. Sitting at a desk, lounging on the sofa, driving, lying in bed and so on….

Physical Symmetry
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Physical Symmetry

Physical Symmetry Training Physical Health for Life I remember a training session a few years ago with Tina Chunna Zhang from Qigong for Women in NYC. She said that qigong practice is for ‘finding your weak spots’. To me, this means training the body in a way to create physical symmetry or harmony in the…

What makes Tai Chi an Amazing Exercise?
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What makes Tai Chi an Amazing Exercise?

What makes Tai Chi an Amazing Exercise? Qigong and Tai Chi as Superior Forms of Exercise Instructor John Blue has a great youtube channel, with a friendly and informal style of teaching. His videos “explore some of the aspects of qigong & Taiji Quan that makes them incredibly superior forms of physical exercise”. As John describes:…

Prolonged Sitting is Killing You
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Prolonged Sitting is Killing You

Prolonged Sitting is Killing You Tai Chi and Qigong to improve your posture in daily life If you have attended my Tai Chi and Qigong classes, you’ll know how emphatic I can be regarding frequent healthy movements and postural health in your daily life. By practicing the Classical Chinese arts regularly, the corrections to your…

Travel with Hope
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Travel with Hope

Travel with Hope Tai Chi and Qigong for Parkinson’s Disease A Parkinsons Disease Interview Introduction This interview on April 11, 2014 is an update to a previous interview on March 15, 2013. Meet ‘John Doe’ and read his story of learning to live with Parkinsons Disease (PD). He studied Qigong with me, instructor Nicola for…