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.
Some of the Qigong sequences we study are:
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.
"Yi Jin Jing", meaning Tendon Muscle Strengthening Exercise
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.
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.
Wednesdays 10am Liskerrett Centre, Liskeard
Mondays 7.30 pm online through the Tara Community Centre, Lancaster, cost £30 for 6 sessions.
These half hour sessions are run in blocks of 6 on different themes. So far we have explored these themes:
Qigong for Beginners
Qigong for More Energy
Qigong for Better Balance
Qigong for Anxiety Relief
Qigong for Change and Transformation
Qigong for Reconnection
Qigong for Spring Time
Qigong for Summer Time
Qigong for Health
Qigong for Winter
Shen Jin Ba Gu at Port Eliot Festival (2018)
The Crane from Five Animals
Port Eliot Festival 2016