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Weekly Qigong, Breathwork, and Meditation Classes

I am now offering a weekly class on Fridays at 9.30am at the Tredington and Blackwell WI Hall in Tredington, Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire CV36 4NP. Classes are suitable to all abilities and levels of experience. Seated and standing options taught. To see the calendar of classes and secure your spot, see the events page.

What is Qigong?

Qigong (aka qi gong, chi kung, chi ‘ung, or chi gung), rooted in traditional Chinese medicine and philosophy, is a holistic practice that combines movement, breath control, and meditation to harmonize the body’s vital energy, known as “qi” (or chi).

Qigong encompasses a diverse range of exercises and techniques designed to enhance the flow of qi throughout the body’s energy pathways. Practitioners engage in gentle, flowing movements that can be tailored to various levels of fitness and mobility, making Qigong accessible to individuals of all ages and physical conditions. These movements are coupled with focused breathing and mindfulness, creating a synergy that promotes physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

Whether you’re seeking stress relief, physical fitness, or a deeper connection with your inner self, Qigong offers a time-tested path to achieving balance and vitality.

Integrating the practices of Qigong, breathwork, and meditation can create a synergistic effect that amplifies their individual benefits, leading to a profound enhancement of mind-body wellness.

 

Qigong imageHow Qigong is done:

Body Postures and Movements: Qigong involves a series of gentle, flowing movements and postures. These movements are designed to stimulate the flow of qi throughout the body’s energy pathways (meridians). Each movement is performed slowly and with focused intention.

Breathing Techniques: Proper breathing is essential in Qigong. Practitioners learn specific breathing patterns that synchronize with their movements. Deep, diaphragmatic breathing is often emphasized to help oxygenate the body and enhance the circulation of qi.

Mindful Focus: While performing the movements and breathing, practitioners maintain a state of mindful awareness. This involves concentrating the mind on the present moment, the breath, and the sensations within the body. This aspect of Qigong is akin to meditation.

Visualization and Intent: Visualization is often used in Qigong to guide the flow of qi. Practitioners visualize the movement of energy along specific pathways or within specific areas of the body. This combines the power of focused intention with the movement and breath.

Qigong, Breathwork, and Meditation Classes

I am now teaching regular weekly classes near Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire (CV36 4NP).

These classes are 60 minutes and comprise:

  •  – Qigong-style warm up and exercises (standing and seated options)
  •  – Seated breathing exercises
  •  – Seated meditation

Classes are open to all abilities as various options will be given for each exercise. No experience required. Classes are a mix of styles including Qigong (rooted in traditional Chinese medicine and philosophy), Pranayama (ancient breath techniques originating from yogic practices in India), and Meditation (primarily a combination of mindfulness and passage meditation).

Class attendees should bring water and wear loose, comfortable clothing and trainers (bare feet and rubberised pilates socks are also fine).

If you are interested in booking a 1-to-1 session (in-person or via zoom), or a private session for your organisation, please contact me.

Benefits of Qigong:

 

  1. Stress Reduction: Through deliberate movements and controlled breathing, practitioners experience reduced stress and anxiety levels, leading to a greater sense of tranquility.
  2. Improved Flexibility and Balance: The slow, deliberate movements in Qigong enhance flexibility, balance, and coordination. Regular practice can help prevent injuries and maintain physical independence, especially as we age.
  3. Enhanced Energy and Vitality: By promoting the smooth flow of qi, Qigong revitalizes the body’s energy reserves. Practitioners often report increased energy levels, mental clarity, and an overall sense of vitality.
  4. Pain Management: Qigong has been shown to alleviate chronic pain conditions such as arthritis, back pain, and migraines. Its gentle stretches and movements promote relaxation of tense muscles and enhance circulation, contributing to pain relief.
  5. Mind-Body Connection: The meditative aspect of Qigong fosters a strong connection between the mind and body. This connection enhances self-awareness, emotional resilience, and a deeper understanding of one’s inner self.
  6. Boosted Immune System: Regular practice of Qigong supports immune system function by reducing inflammation, promoting healthy circulation, and enhancing overall bodily resilience.
  7. Cardiovascular Health: Qigong’s combination of slow movements and controlled breathing contributes to improved cardiovascular health. It can help lower blood pressure, reduce heart rate, and improve overall circulation.
  8. Emotional Balance: Qigong’s mindfulness components encourage emotional balance by reducing feelings of anger, depression, and anxiety. It fosters a state of inner calm and emotional equilibrium.
  9. Enhanced Focus and Concentration: The practice of Qigong involves mental concentration and mindfulness, which can enhance cognitive function, mental clarity, and focus.
  10. Holistic Wellness: Qigong’s multi-faceted approach addresses the interconnectedness of the body, mind, and spirit. It promotes holistic wellness by nurturing all aspects of an individual’s health

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