Qi Gong & Do-In

Painted scroll dating 168 BCE of ancient Tao Yin / Qi Gong exercises


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 simpler and a lot easier to learn and practice. Exercises are like Tai Chi in style but practiced singularly and repetitively, also not so stretchy as Hatha 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.

Dave also teaches Do-In exercises (Japanese term derived from the Chinese “Dao Yin”, an early form of Qi Gong). In its modern form Do-In is an exercise system well known in Macrobiotic and Shiatsu circles, and consists of self-massage and acupressure, focused breath, and meridian stretching exercises similar to Yoga. Do-In exercises compliment Qi Gong and gives it extra dynamism, including emphasis of working energetically with the Five Transformations (also known as Elements or Phases) of Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal.

Benefits of Qi Gong & Do-In exercises are:

  • Improved breathing
  • 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



Qi Gong is now available at the MMI (Miners & Mechanics Institute) in St. Agnes on Wednesdays at 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Cost of each session is £9 per person per class.

The theme for Spring 2024 is the classic and popular exercises system of the 8 Strands of Brocade (Ba Duan Jin).


January 17th, 24th, 31st

February 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

March 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

April 3rd, 10th, 24th (no class on 17th)

May 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd (no class on 29th)

Book directly with Dave on 07791 042260



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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