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. 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 Thursdays 11.00 am to 12 noon
January: 4 week course focusing on Back, Hips & Legs
Thurs 10th, 17th, 24th, 31th
February: 4 week course focusing on Neck, Shoulder & Upper Body
Thurs 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
March/April: Exercises for Digestion
Thurs 21st, 28th March & 4th, 11th April
April/May: 6 Tai Chi – Qi Gong Exercise System
Thurs 25th April & 2nd, 9th, 16th May
ONE DAY WORKSHOPS
TAI CHI & FOREST MEDITATION
New for Summertime 2019 will be TAI CHI & FOREST MEDITATION based partly on Shinrin Yoku, a Japanese term for “Forest Bathing”. This 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. Scientific research has be conducted and shown that being in nature has physical and immunological benefits. Dave will combine basic Tai Chi & Qi Gong exercises, Shinrin Yoku, and Zen style meditation techniques in a woodland location 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.
Saturday 22nd June or Saturday 3rd August from starting at 10am and finishing 3pm-ish.
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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