Classes run till December 13th 2018, then resume again 3rd January 2019
Here is the first in a series of videos, by my teacher, Tony Ulatowski, this one is the opening of the Tai Chi form
Qigong incorporates all the health benefits of Tai Chi, but is much easier to learn! Tai Chi has its own rewards, come and discover both and see which you prefer! See article on Tai Chi from Time Magazine:
More evidence research on the health benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong
1 hour Qigong Class Thursdays in Horsham:
Daytime: at Friends Meeting house Horsham weekly at 11.30am – Please contact me (07939 092739) if you are interested in joining.
Cost: £10.00 per class, or to help support the classes £28.00, 4 weekly in advance
Dress: Comfortable clothing and flat soled shoes.
In recent years I have become very interested in Tai Chi and Qigong, as I noticed the increasing beneficial effects on both my physical and mental/ emotional wellbeing intially through meditation and Qigong, i.e I have noticed an increase in my my own energy, or Level of Health. I have not seen the impact of a single therapy be so profound, since discovering homeopathy for myself in the mid 1980’s.
Initially my thought was that I could teach Qigong to other homeopaths and therapists, as I had found it so useful. Now I see it as being something not just for healers, but something that everybody can access directly for themselves. Qigong practise seems to make one more steady and sure footed in every way. It is about bringing nature into ourselves, or perhaps just awakening ourselves to what is already there.
The drop-in class I teach in Horsham is based around the 18 Shibashi:
1 opening the chest
2 dancing the rainbow
3 parting the clouds
4 rolling the arms
5 rowing in the middle of the lake
6 throwing the ball
7 turn to look at the moon
8 push hands
9 wave hands like cloud
8 searching the sea
10 pushing the wave
11 dove spreads it’s wing
12 horses stance tigers eyes
13 wild goose spreads it’s wings
14 turn like a wheel
15 bouncing the ball
16 fusing heaven and earth
17 gathering the Qi
18 hands on dan tien
I continue to study both Tai Chi and Qigong with my teacher, Tony Ulatowski, a 4th Duan International Master Teacher with Zhong Ding Traditional Martial Arts Association. Tony is the the best teacher I have ever met of how to develop your Chi. His teaching comes from the Cheng Man Ching school of Tai Chi.
In the past I have engaged in many studies to develop and refine my own Qi (Chi). These include numerous Tai Chi courses, Aikido, Yoga, and meditation. Currently along with my Tai Chi and Qigong, I have a daily mindful meditation practise, which I am also teaching.
Qigong is a system of exercise that has evolved over about 5000 thousand of years from the time of the Yellow Emperor in China. Everybody has heard of Tai Chi, and we are all familiar with the pictures of Chinese people doing the slow rhythmic Tai Chi movements outdoors.
Short film about Qigong and Daoism
“Tai Chi Chuan commonly known as Tai Chi is an internal martial art. Without a solid Qigong foundation, it is just a slow and gentle exercise. At best, you just feel more relaxed and flexible by practicing it that way. Proper breathing and meditative techniques as well as the use of ‘qi’ are the keys to maximize the health benefits of Tai Chi.
People generally experience the health benefits when practicing Qigong faster than when they practice Tai Chi. Even the world famous Tai Chi grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang recommends that people practice Qigong instead of Tai Chi to gain health benefits if time is an issue. However, practicing Tai Chi and Qigong at the same time is most beneficial.” Sifu Weng Chung
Qigong is the exercise done by many Tai Chi players to promote and develop their Chi (Qi). The literal translation of Qi is breath, but it also means energy, and the Chinese caligraphy for Qi is a simmering pot of rice. This then is the symbology of Qi, that the breath is energy. Gong means work. Qigong then is breath work, where the understanding of breath is energy.
I recently did a 3 day training with Kenneth Cohen all about Primordial Qigong. Here is an interview with Ken which you may find of interest.
Interview with Kenneth Cohen
If you are interested in learning Qigong please let me know. Private 1 hour lessons are £30.
There are 4 main aspects of Qigong:
- Healing Qigong (Yi Gong). Healing Qigong (sometimes translated “Medical Qigong”) is the preventive and self-healing aspect of Chinese medicine. Stress affects us all. Qigong is a tool we can use to control our reactions to stress so that life events do not cause such symptoms as high blood pressure, frustration, or anxiety. Healthy people practice qigong to become super-healthy. Healers use qigong to prevent “healer burn-out” and to maintain a positive presence.
- External Qi Healing (Wai Qi Zhi Liao). Qigong includes a sophisticated system of health assessment and non-contact treatment called External Qi Healing (EQH). The healer learns to tap into a well of healing energy in nature and “funnel” it through his or her body. Unlike some purely intuitive systems, EQH includes exercises that increase sensitivity to energy fields and efficacy of treatment. The more you practice External Qi Healing exercises and meditations, the more effective your healing treatment. External Qi Healing techniques may be used as a stand alone form of wellness treatment or may be combined with massage, acupuncture, Therapeutic Touch, osteopathy, or any other form of body-work. Because treatment is generally performed at a distance from the body, EQH does not violate psychotherapists’ professional ethics (which do not allow touching the patient) and is thus an ideal adjunct to body-centered psychotherapy.
- Sports Qigong (Wu Gong). In sports and martial arts, qigong is the key to strength, stamina, coordination, speed, flexibility, balance, and resistance to injury. Qigong exercises can improve performance in any sport, improving the golf drive (I have noticed this), tackling ability in football, accuracy in tennis, and stamina in swimming.
- Spiritual Qigong (Fo Gong, Tao Gong). As a spiritual discipline, qigong leads to self-awareness, tranquillity, and harmony with nature. The spiritual aspect of qigong evolved from Taoism and Buddhism.