What is Qigong?
Qigong, pronounced “chee-gung”, is a mind-body practice that increases vitality, strength and balance through gentle movements and exercises. It is a way of developing wellbeing and reducing stress. Qigong is gentle and safe enough for anyone to do. Practising the slow, gentle movements of Qigong can help develop and maintain flexibility, balance, focus and calm. It can be deeply refreshing, relaxing and invigorating. Regular practice helps one to cope better with the stresses of life, and to feel happier.
Qigong was developed in China over four thousand years ago and is now practcsed across the world. The word “Qigong” is composed of two words. “Qi” translates as “energy” or ”life force”. This refers to the energy or life force within us and also that in all living things and in nature. “Gong” means “work” or a skill developed through practice. So Qigong means cultivating our energy to improve our wellbeing and the vitality of our body and mind. Several studies suggest that the regular practice of Qigongcan reduce cardiovascular disease factors, reduce fatigue and improve quality of life in different patient groups. It is a non-pharmacological intervention with no deleterious side effects!
In my classes we practice simple qigong movements and gentle exercises for our wellbeing. The Qigong includes forms from the Hua Gong and Shibashi styles. People with a range of abilities and needs attend my classes and participate either standing or sitting. Qigong is for people of all ages. There are no required skills or equipment needed. Many students comment that they feel refreshed and uplifted with a greater sense of wellbeing following a class.