Tai Chi (also spelt Taiji) translates from the Chinese as the “grand ultimate” or the “big polarity” of Yin-Yang, the complementary opposite forces of the universe. The nearest pronunciation would be “Tie Jee”.
Tai Chi movement forms are based on traditional Chinese internal martial arts (Taijiquan), though today many people practice Tai Chi purely as a movement & meditative health exercise. Dave will be starting teaching Tai Chi later this year, but in the meantime he is teaching Qi Gong.
Qi Gong (also spelt Qigong/Chi Kung/Chi Gung) translates from the Chinese as “energy work”. Often there is a confusion in how to pronounce Qi Gong. The nearest pronunciation would be “Chee Goong”.
Qi Gong is a collective term for movement exercises, breathing techniques, meditation and energy healing. Qi Gong has many of the attributes of Tai Chi (Taijiquan) and Hatha Yoga, but simplier and a lot easier to learn and practice. Exercises are like Tai Chi in style but practiced singularly and repetitively, but not so stretchy as Yoga and is done mainly standing up. This makes the exercises suitable for all ages and abilities. At the end of the session seated meditation is practiced focusing on the breath and mental calmness.
Benefits of Qigong exercises are:
Readjustment of posture and biomechanics
Relaxation and improved state of mind
Cultivation of internal energy for health
More energy to do those things you wish to do in life
Stimulation of blood circulation and lymphatic drainage
No equipment or special clothing is necessary
Classes are usually held in blocks of 4 consecutive weekly sessions. Price is £28 per 4 week block per head and occasionally run as a block of 3 sessions at £21. Often these 4 week blocks are run with a specific theme, i.e. Qigong for back issues or Qigong and meditation, or Qigong and the cycles of life…etc
Blue Lotus sessions are Wednesdays 6.30 to 7.30pm and Thursdays 11.00 am to 12 noon
Thurs 20th, 27th June & 4th, 11th July
Weds 11th, 18th, 25th (3 week block only)
Thurs 12th, 19th, 26th (3 week block only)
Weds 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
Thurs 10th, 17th, 24th, 31th
Weds 13th, 20th, 27th Nov & 4th Dec
Thurs 14th, 21st, 28th Nov & 5th Dec
ONE DAY WORKSHOPS
TAI CHI & FOREST MEDITATION
New for Summertime 2019 will be TAI CHI & FOREST MEDITATION based on Shinrin Yoku, a Japanese term for “bathing in the forest atmosphere” or “taking the forest through your senses”. This is a mindfulness and relaxation method that take groups of people into forests to be more connected to nature, and is increasingly becoming popular in Japan and globally. Here is two recent articles in the Guardian about Shinrin Yoku and two-hour “dose” of nature significantly boosts health.
Scientific research conducted in Japan has shown that being in nature has physical, psychological and immunological benefits. Dave will combine selected movements from the 18 Tai Chi – Qi Gong exercise system, Shinrin Yoku, and Zen style meditation techniques at Idless Woods near Truro, Cornwall.
The cost is £40 and includes vegetarian lunch. Vegan and gluten-free food is available with prior notice. £20 deposit to secure a place.
Next workshop: Saturday 3rd August from starting at 10am and finishing 3pm-ish.
This workshop can be organised specifically for private groups, organisations and businesses for stress management and team building. For therapy & healthcare practitioners this short course can represent up to 5 hours of continued professional development. Contact Dave for further information.
The video below is Dave performing the Iron Bridge Qigong exercise, which allows the flow of energy (Qi) through the body. Useful for the spinal and back issues, neck tension, moves the cerebral-spinal fluid, recharges the Kidney Qi, connects you to the Earthly and Heavenly Forces. Planning more videos soon, watch this space!!
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