COVID 19: Normal classes supsended until further notice.
Horsham group Thursdays 11.15 hello for 11.30-12.30 class:
In mid March we trialled a class on Zoom for our usual Horsham group, which has been running weekly for the last 4 years. It was a great success, so now this group in open to anyone who has previously attended one of the Horsham classes. Click here if you’d like to join in, and I’ll email you an invitation to join the class. You can download the Zoom app for tablet ahead of the class time, or the program for your lap topp, so you’re all set up and ready to go. Payment is by donation through online banking or Paypal, from zero to £8.00 per class depending on your circumstances at this challenging time for all of us.
Action for Happiness group:
I would like to extend an invitation to members the AFH group in Norbiton that I have been attending the last few months. I was scheduled to do an introduction to Qigong at the April meeting, so instead I’d like to offer a free introduction online instead. If enough people are interested we can turn this into a regular class. Click here if you’d like to join in, and I’ll email you an invitation to join the class. You can download the Zoom app for tablet ahead of the class time, so your’e all set up and ready to go. Payment is by donation through online banking or Paypal, from zero to £8.00 per class depending on your circumstances at this challenging time for all of us.
COVID-19: 1 hour Qigong Class Thursdays in Horsham suspended until further notice during current pandemic:
Cost: £10.00 per class drop in, or £28.00 4 weeks in advance
Dress: Comfortable clothing and flat soled shoes.
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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.
Here is an interview in 2 parts with a 15th generation Daoist priest Master Yuan Xiu Gang (Wudang gong fu academy ) I love not only what this man says, but also the way he says it!
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
The more I have noticed the increasing beneficial effects on both my physical and mental/ emotional wellbeing through meditation and Qigong, the more interested I have become. i.e I have defintely 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 for over 30 years, when I first discovered the effects on homeopathy on 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/ becoming more aware of 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 palms to the side
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
And we have now added the 8 Brocades (Ba Duan Jin)
1) 2 hands support the heavens (interlace the fingers) (triple heater)
2) The archer: draw the bow and let the arrow fly (liver heart lungs)
3) Separating heaven and earth (stomach and spleen)
4) Wise owl gazes backward over the shoulder (shoulders, clarity and intuition)
5) Swing the head and the tail to calm the fire (heart fire, balance and ease)
6) 2 hands climb the legs to strengthen the kidneys (water element, tenacity, inner strength, stillness)
7) Horses stance: punch with eyes wide (liver, letting, approrpiate way, arthritis in lower arms)
8) Shake the back 7 times to eliminate 100 illnesses and settle the Qi
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.
Here is the first in a series of videos, by my teacher, Tony Ulatowski, this one is the opening of the Tai Chi form
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.
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