(ch’i kung and sometimes - incorrectly spelt - chi kung) is a method of increasing your energy levels, improving your health, your muscle-tone, your posture, and the awareness of your body.
The Qigong classes cover 2 categories that could be defined as ‘standing qigong’ - Zhan Zhuang Qigong
, and ‘moving qigong’ - Daoyin Yangsheng Gong
Zhan Zhuang Qigong
Often referred to as ‘Standing like a Post’, or ‘Standing like a Tree’, postures are held with the aim of developing qi (ch’i) the body’s natural energy, and correcting imbalances in the organs of the body at the same time.
It is the art of learning how to relax and calm the mind and is an excellent method of learning how to cope with stress, tension, and anxiety.
Daoyin Yangsheng Gong
General: Daoyin Yangsheng Gong is a ‘moving’ qigong that focuses both on the prevention of illness, and the maintenance of good health throughout the body.
This qigong consists of ‘sets’ of exercises that focus specifically on the organs of the body, and the body 'systems', e.g. the Digestive, Cardiovascular, Respiratory systems etc. The exercises also encourage flexibility, and a loosening of the joints and muscles of the body.
can be spelt many different ways: taiji, or t'ai chi, and the full name, taijiquan, or t'ai chi ch'uan can be translated as 'Supreme Ultimate Fist/Boxing'.
The movements of tai chi are combined into what is known as a 'form', and nowadays there are many tai chi 'forms' available, from short beginner forms to the more advanced competition forms. Tai chi forms are usually grouped in 'family' styles, e.g. Yang, Wu, Sun, Chen, Hao styles.
When learning tai chi, you learn how to coordinate your body, how to relax and release muscles, strengthen your legs, improve posture and balance, and tai chi will help to tone the muscles. By practising tai chi you learn the best possible way in which to align your body so that your energy will flow unimpeded, and therefore you experience an increased flow of energy. You will have found a way to release stress and tension.
Sword & Fan classes: There are also classes for the tai chi sword and the tai chi fan.