Qigong /Chi Kung

Gentle movement and breathing exercises for health and relaxation

Qigong practice is one of the highest forms of healing, next to meditation. It is used extensively in Chinese hospitals for patients to promote their own healing or can be received as a treatment from a high level practitioner.  The practice is a much older precursor to Tai Chi.

Qi or Chi
has no exact translation in English.  It could be seen as life force, energy, vitality, that which moves.  The Chinese character is compiled of the two substances which give us life - rice (food) and vapour (air).  Gong or Kung denotes skill derived from persistent and dedicated practice.

Regular practice is a fundamental requirement to one's energetic development and self-awareness. The principles are relatively simple. The practices are many and varied. All practices require sustained effort and patience. Nevertheless, huge benefits are available to even the layperson, who is prepared to commit a little time each day to their own wellbeing.

Aims of Qigong

  1. to clear blockages in the system; 

  2. to strengthen the energetic, physical and psychological systems

  3. to develop Qi awareness and sensitivity;

  4. to develop focus;

  5. to learn to "let go";

  6. to bring harmony to the body/mind;

  7. to promote each individual's ability for self-healing.

Types of Qigong

This is the simplest and fastest way to clear and strengthen the system and also requires the greatest discipline. In "Zhan Zhong" practice, usually translated as "standing like a tree", the practitioner adopts simple postures into which to relax. This promotes the free flow of energy in the system and develops internal strength. Sustained practice will yield good results but it is advisable to have a good teacher/practitioner monitoring one's progress.

This practice usually consists of slow, gentle, focused movements. It is good for moving Qi and clearing the system. It is most accessible in the early stages inasmuch as it keeps the practitioner's mind occupied. As with all things, it is best to keep it simple. Repetition of one movement will reap more benefit than a large repertoire of different exercises. Tai Chi Chuan is a form of moving Qigong but there are many systems currently being taught.

Spontaneous movement can be part of the practice, as the body responds to the movement and changes in Qi flow.  Some practices encourage this, others consider it to be a transitory phase to which one shouldn’t get attached.

Liz teaches a selection of Qigong practices in her classes, including:

  1. BulletMarriage of Heaven and Earth

  2. BulletTaiji Shibashi

  3. BulletBa Duan Jin

  4. BulletDragon and Tiger

  5. BulletZhan Zhong

 Qigong Classes

Each Tai Chi class commences with Qigong practice as a means to clear

and strengthen the system.

Options are available to just do the Qigong exercises, which are simple,

repeated movements, following the instructor.  

This can be a stand alone practice or as a precursor to learning Tai Chi.

Qigong in Hertford - Monday afternoons

The Guide Hall, West Street, Hertford SG13 8EZ : 1.15 pm to 2.15 pm

Beginners may join at any time but please book in advance.

Qigong at Living Well with Isabel, Welwyn Garden City

A new project has just started.  If you’d like to participate in this, please check out the website and contact Isabel directly on the link above.

Qigong is also taught in all Tai Chi and classes.

Occasionally workshops are organised to do more in-depth practice.


Hertford Qigong classes

£40 for 6 week introduction, then £28 per month or £7.50 per class.

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