Group Ex Classes: Tai Chi (Qigong)
Tai Chi Monday 7:30am, Tuesday 4pm
Qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. A new category of exercise called “moving meditation” incorporates a mind and body wellness practice. Meditative Movement is defined by some form of movement or body positioning, a focus on breathing and a cleared or calm state of mind with a goal of deep states of relaxation.
The word Qigong (“Chi Kung”) is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is pronounced Chi and is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe. The second word, Gong, pronounced Kung, means accomplishment, or skill that is cultivated through steady practice. Together, Qigong (Chi Kung) means cultivating energy, it is a system practiced for health maintenance, healing and increasing vitality.
Qigong practices can be classified as martial, medical, or spiritual. All styles have three things in common: they all involve a posture, (whether moving or stationary), breathing techniques, and mental focus. Some practices increase the Qi; others circulate it, use it to cleanse and heal the body, store it, or emit Qi to help heal others. The slow gentle movements of most Qigong forms can be easily adapted, even for the physically challenged and can be practiced by all age. Many health care professionals recommend Qigong as an important form of alternative complementary medicine.
How were you first introduced to Qigong?
When I was studying in Japan 1983, my host mother was Qi gong practitioner. I attended a workshop in countryside of Japan with my host family.
What do you love about teaching group classes?
I am honoured to teach this beautiful, graceful form for the benefit and wellbeing for anyone who is ready to learn. Once my students can understand how to connect their own body/mind and sprit with the gentle movement whilst understanding deep breathing techniques, I can feel their connection during our session in-group classes.
What is it about Qigong that gets you excited?
What is most exciting for me is guiding my students from infancy in the arts to adulthood. Very anxious students with the regular practice of Qigong show the most change, when one day I can notice a change to their spine enlightenment (they look tall) and also I can see the most beautiful gentle smile on their face with inner peace and happiness. I instantly know they are connected their own body/mind and getting the benefit of the Qi (Energy).
Why should Energise members make their way to one of your classes?
The gentle, rhythmic movements of Qigong reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality, and enhance the immune system. It has also been found to improve cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic and digestive functions. I have to describe this class as we are dancing with breath to find our happiness and inner peace.