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What will I learn? Where should I begin?
Qigong is an ancient system of exercise created over 3000 years ago by the Taoists in China. Even in those ancient and primitive times, people sought ways to improve their health and longevity. In their observations of life, both on earth and in the heavens above, the Taoists recognised the unending cycle of the seasons, day, night, birth and death, etc, but also our dependence on these cycles. They described this constant process of change as “Tao” or “The Way”.
The Taoists recognised that the state of mind and our emotions have a huge influence on our well-being, on how we look after ourselves – or not, depending on how we are feeling. If we are sad, angry, depressed, our bodies will feel the impact. The chi will not flow easily. In fact, the extreme of our emotions, from over-joyed to under-whelmed, and holding on to those emotions for too long, is detrimental to our well-being. Our emotions and our state of mind can physically impede the flow of chi. So creating a happy mindset in a happy body in a happy environment is very important to our health and well-being. Qigong is a part of this system. Its purpose is to unite our mind, body and soul by connecting each through breath, movement and focus.
Dao Yin Qigong
The Dao Yin is just one of thousands of Qigong forms which have been practiced in China for thousands of years. This version was rediscovered in the early 70’s & is one of the more powerful in restoring & preserving energy in the body. There are 8 sets of movements to learn in this form and each is linked to a specific meridian, pass or pressure point. Take your time to learn each movement. They are quite simple to look at but complex when you begin to understand the relaxed state required to ensure the flow of energy. As you become more familiar with the form, your mind will settle down and allow your breath to lead your body & so allow your energy to be drawn along with each movement.
Hun Yuan Qigong (Wudang Hun Yuan Primordial Qigong)
A wonderful introduction to feeling and moving qi… Using the imagery to reconnect our lives to the universe we live in. Drawing on the energy of the elements, softly breathing and gently moving, highly recommended if you’re just starting out; a must if you’ve been practising Tai Chi and have not yet found this connection.