What is Qi Gong?
Rooted in traditional Chinese practise it teaches the aligning of body, breath and mind for mental and physical and spiritual health. It can be seen as a form of ‘moving meditation’ and is often used alongside other mindfulness practices. ‘Qi Gong’ literally means ‘energy work’ and is a very wide-ranging practise. Tai Chi is perhaps better known in the West but is actually a ‘daughter’ practice within the wider range of Qi Gong. These practices have ancient roots in Chinese medicine, philosophy and the ‘internal’ martial arts. The energy it refers to (‘Qi’ or ‘Chi’) is within our own bodies and minds and also the environment, both natural and social with which we are continually interacting.
With these practices we can sharpen awareness of our own experiences and our relationship with the wider world.
Home practice can be assisted by use of handouts, audio CDs and links to video material
There is encouraging evidence for the benefits of these practices please go to Qi Gong Institute for more information.
The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry has recently published a meta-review article on the potential health benefits of Qi Gong for personal health during the Covid-19 pandemic.
I have been obliged to cancel all weekly face-to-face classes due to the current coronavirus pandemic.
I am running weekly, on-line sessions for an older age group at the Wellspring Settlement in Barton Hill Bristol. Please contact me if you are interested in these or in enquiring whether we could develop something for other audiences together.
Qi in the Park
The ‘great outdoors’ may include your own garden or yard, a quiet location in a park or woodland area near home.
I hope to get back to sharing this with others in due course!