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 £30 per 4 week block per head and occasionally run as a block of 3 sessions at £22.50. 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
The theme for January, February and March will be Back & Spinal Health. The spine is a complex structural network of bone, connective and nervous tissue, and from an Oriental energetic point of view an important conduit of energy flow. Both Indian Yogis and Chinese Sages claim that we are only as young as the health of our spine. According to the NHS, it’s estimated up to 8 in every 10 people in the UK are affected by back pain at some point in their lives. Dave will be teaching for 8 weeks (2 x 4 week periods) specific exercises to improve back, spine and general posture, helping to relieve pain and discomfort, and ideal for prevention.
Weds 22nd, 29th Jan & 5th, 12th Feb
Thurs 23rd, 30th Jan & 6th, 13th Feb
Weds 26th Feb & 4th, 11th, 18th March
Thurs 27th Feb & 5th, 12th, 19th March
ONE DAY WORKSHOPS
TAI CHI & FOREST MEDITATION
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 in woodland in Cornwall (venue to be announced).
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 we be in Spring/Summer 2020. Please return soon for the next date.
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.
Nice to start Qigong with warm up exercises and self-massage. Just by itself, it’s a good start of the day!
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.
This next video is the 6 Qi Gong Exercises, which has some of the dynamics of Tai Chi. If you look on Dave’s YouTube channel all 6 exercises are performed singly to aid practice.
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