Qi Gong can be practiced by people of all ages. It is a form of complementary medicine and includes movements that can be practiced standing or seated. It is the foundation for Tai Ji (Tai Chi) practices.
Qi Gong forms we practice:
Ba Duan Jin (pronounced 'ba doo-ahn jeen') 8 Piece Brocade
Ba Duan Jin dates back to the Song Dynasty (960-1279), it is easy to learn and is one of the most well known qigong practices. There are eight movements, focusing on improving your immune system and circulation, strengthening inner organs' function and tendons, improving bone strength and harmonising qi flow. According to Chinese medicine the balance of body and spirit is what helps us to maintain our health. Regular practice of Ba Duan Jin helps increase your energy and maintain your overall health and well being.
Wu Xing (pronounced 'woo-hsing')
Wu Xing works with the 5 elements or phases, Metal, Fire, Wood, Earth and Water. Each movement connects with a specific organ, emotion, colour and season to clear blockages and renew energy.
Chan Si Gong (pronounced 'chaan tszuh gung') Silk Reeling
Silk Reeling is a set of repetitive spiral movements with the arms and hands. The gradual opening and closing movements create inner energy circulation, concentrated on a connection to the earth, dan tian rotation, waist turning, and knee alignment. It is the foundation for Taiji practice, especially the Chen Style. It improves coordination and leg strength and conditions tendons and muscles.
Zhan Zhuang (pronounced 'jon joo-ong') Standing Meditation
Standing Meditation is the foundation of qigong practice. Zhan Zhuang focuses on relaxation, posture, breathing and some slow movements. There is attention to balance and alignment. Some benefits from this practice are: increased circulation, calms nervous system, improves digestion, releases blockages and elevates energy. Through continued practice we learn to move using yi (mind/intention). Very beneficial for reducing stress.
1:1 Qi Gong Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays by appointment only. Edinburgh and Stirling
Tuesdays 1:45-2:45pm at The Yoga Tree, Stirling MAP
Fridays 1:30-3:00pm at The Old Pavilion, Linlithgow MAP