I teach classes and workshops in Qigong for Stress, Qigong for PMS and Menopause, Qigong for General Health and Qigong for Deskworkers.
What is Qigong?
Everybody asks me this! Qigong exercises are designed to rebalance and heal the whole person.
It helps with both emotional and physical issues, regular practice helping to produce a calm mind and a healthy body, as well as providing physical exercise. There's a large body of anecdotal evidence supporting its role in recovery from even serious illnesses.
It is not simply a physical exercise: Qigong literally means 'energy cultivation' and you will learn to work with the energy of Nature to rebalance yourself and increase your energy levels.
Qigong is little known in the West but is practised by millions in China and used as a supporting therapy in Chinese hospitals. It's a beautiful and gently powerful practice with roots going back thousands of years. In fact, qigong formed the original basis of Chinese medicine, giving birth to medical, martial and spiritual forms as well as acupuncture and tai chi.
Dare I say this? Qigong is less strenuous than yoga but in my experience leaves you feeling even better - relaxed, calm and gently energised.
In fact, it seems to me to be in a similar position to yoga or mindfulness twenty years ago - not understood in the West, practised by millions of people elsewhere in the world but over here seen as a little weird or experimental. Like yoga and meditation, though, it's a profoundly transformative practice which produces vitality, health, flexibility and strength. I'm sure it's only a matter of time before it becomes a major trend here.
Pronunciation and spelling
Qigong suffers from spelling and pronunciation issues. You might see it spelt Qi Gong, Qigong, Chi Kung, Chi Gong.. none of which are definitively right as they are taken from the Chinese.
It is pronounced 'chee goong' or 'chee gong.'
What are qigong exercises like?
Qigong exercises are gentle, flowing, repeated movements. They are slow and graceful and surprisingly powerful in their effects, producing a sense of physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. They are simple and will not overstretch or overexert you.
You do not require special clothing or any equipment. You do not even require a mat as most Qigong is done standing.
Different movements are designed to affect you in different ways. There is an enormous body of Qigong routines and practices out there. This is why I've focused on specific issues in creating workshop materials.
Give it a go
You never know until you've tried. I can only encourage you to give Qigong a go.. perhaps you'll see why I am so very passionate about it!