Qigong (pronounced Chi Gung) is the ancient Chinese art of breathing and movement. The movements are smooth, slow and gentle on the body and are relaxing and calming for the mind. Most of the Qigong sequences we practise can be adapted for sitting.
Weekly online and in person sessions include the following Qigong sequences:
Five Doaist exercises, (yin/yang diagrams, piercing silk reeling, two birds flying, frog swimming and the smiling dragon).
Five Animals Exercise or Wu Qin Xi. Two exercises for each animal. The animals are the tiger, the deer, the bear, the monkey and the crane.
Eight Pieces of Brocade or Eight Exercises of Refinement, (Ba Duan Jin)
"Da Wu", meaning Great Dance, consisting of eight exercises.
All the Qigong sequences are about 2000 years old, except for Wa Du, which is 5000 years old.
This video shows the deer exercise from Wu Qin Xi.
You can watch the full Five Animals Qigong sequence here
We also practise a more modern stretching exercise taught by Rose Oliver from the Double Dragon Alliance, which is excellent for strengthening the legs and hips, called Shen Jin Ba Gu, meaning "stretch the ligaments and open the joints". It is extremely strengthening and especially good for your hips! You can follow the video on the home page or the one below. Or follow step by step instructions of each posture in the Shen Jin Ba Gu section.
Like Tai chi, Qigong is soft and yet strengthening, energising and yet relaxing. The main difference is that Qigong has no martial element whereas all the movements in Tai chi have martial applications. Both are especially beautiful to do outside.
"Shen jin ba gu" on Lundy Island
6 week online courses, including:
Qigong for Anxiety Relief (starts 13th October 2021)
Qigong for More Energy (starts 1st November 2021)
Qigong for Beginners (starts January 2022)
Qigong for Better Breathing
Qigong for Better Balance
The online courses run by Tara Community Centre, Lancaster, on Mondays at 7.30 - 8pm. Cost £30 for 6 sessions. Or join Tara Community Membership for £28 per month and have access to all their other workshops and courses.
For further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07729 907056.
Qigong for relief of Anxiety.
A sequence of exercises to help ground you and calm your nervous system. The exercises are simple to learn and can be practised everyday to reduce feelings of anxiety and to avoid panic attacks.
Topics include: Grounding, Centering, Breathing, Letting Go, Embracing Change and Integrating.
For further information and booking please email email@example.com or call 07729 907056.
Qigong for More Energy
Exercises to generate and store Qi, building strength and improving balance.
Topics include: What is Qi, Storing Qi, Moving Qi, Releasing Qi, Healing Qi, Integrating.
Shen Jin Ba Gu at Port Eliot Festival (2018)
The Crane from Five Animals
Port Eliot Festival 2016