What is Qigong?
Qigong (pronounced ‘Chi Kung’) is a powerful type of health exercise, which has been practiced for centuries in China. It is based on gentle movements that are specifically designed to benefit and balance health.
Qigong is easy to learn and enjoyable to do. Even a few minutes of practice can have an invigorating and rejuvenating effect. Regular practice brings strengthens the whole body and its internal systems (nervous, digestive, respiratory, skeleto-muscular, hormonal, gynaecological, etc). Its ability to help in healing a large variety of chronic and acute injuries and illnesses has been the subject of various research programmes led by the Chinese medical authorities. The aim of Qigong is to promote the movement of Qi (energy) in the body. A key point in Qigong practice is relaxation and deep breathing, both of which allow Qi to flow.
Some Qigong movements are very gentle, others more vigorous. Some movements are very large and expansive, others are more subtle, almost imperceptible. All are different and have a very specific effect on body and mind. The deeper the practices, the more we understand the purpose of each movement, allowing our Qigong practise to become ever more enjoyable.
The regular practice of Qigong has a powerful effect on mind, body and spirit. Benefits include increased general health and well being, reduced levels of stress and a brighter and more balanced outlook on the possibilities in our life.
THE BENEFITS OF T’AI-CHI & QIGONG INCLUDE
- Improved balance
- Strong back & supple joints
- Maintained bone density
- Easier breathing
- Stabilized blood pressure
- Calm, clear mind
- Core stability and strength
Qigong’s gentle yoga-like moving postures are in a standing position and focus on flexibility, release and strength. T’ai-Chi emphasizes the flowing dance of self-defence. All classes are led by T’ai-Chi Union Registered Instructor Sue Weston. She started training in 1986 and teaching in 1990 when she founded The Isleworth School of T’ai-Chi Ch’uan.