What is qigong?
Qi means energy and gong means work or exercise. Qigong involves the cultivation and circulation of ‘qi’ or functional energy through the organs and meridians of the body to improve health and vitality.
Qigong exercises form a vital part of ‘yang sheng’ (nourishing life) in traditional Chinese medicine. The gentle movements and standing postures aid relaxation by concentrating and calming the mind, relieving mental and physical tension and restoring ‘qi’. The aim of Chinese medicine is to return the body to a state of balance. Qigong exercises work on different organs (liver, heart, spleen, lung and kidney) and fundamental substances (qi, blood, essence) to create a harmony of yin and yang.
What is qigong useful for?
As taiji becomes part of daily life the practice of standing and gentle flowing exercises can help to improve:
- posture and alignment
- stress by calming the shen or mind
- mental processing
Who can teach qigong?
Our qigong teachers are trained in the UK and China and are members of the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts and the British Acupuncture Council. Contact Laura to find out more about her classes at Morley College and her 10am class at the Colombo centre on Fridays