The Art of Qi Gong & Meditation

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Our school was founded in the early 90’s by Shelagh Grandpierre, an insightful and longstanding Tai Chi teacher with over 35 years experience.  We have...

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What is Qi Gong?

Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese health cultivation system combining physical postures, breathing techniques and focused attention.

The word Qi Gong is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is pronounced chee and is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe. The second word, Gong, pronounced gung, means accomplishment, or skill that is cultivated through steady practice. Together, Qi Gong means cultivating energy. It is a system practiced for health maintenance, healing and increasing vitality.

All Qi Gong styles involve a posture (whether moving or stationary), breathing techniques, and mental focus. Practices vary from the very gentle and subtle (for health, wellbeing and healing), to the vigorous and demanding (for the athlete and martial artist). Qi Gong creates an awareness of and influences dimensions of our being that are not part of traditional exercise programmes. Most main stream exercises do not involve the meridian system used in acupuncture nor do they emphasise the importance of adding mind intent and breathing techniques to physical movements. When these dimensions are added, as is the case with all Qi Gong practice, the benefits increase exponentially.

The postures and movements of Qi Gong reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality, and enhance the immune system. Regular practice has been found to improve cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic and digestive functions. Those who maintain a consistent practice of Qi Gong find that it helps one regain a youthful vitality and vigour, maintain health into old age and helps maintain optimum functioning of the major organs along with the muscular and skeletal systems. 

Our Qi Gong Classes and Workshops:

Qi Gong sessions are offered as a one off class or a workshop series. Sessions are offered to specialist groups, tasters for small groups of friends and bespoke teaching for business people who prefer individual coaching and who’ve perhaps tried everything else. Drawing from our traditional training background, we also teach Qi Gong programmes for martial art teachers and students. Session time is not less than 60 minutes and not more than 2 hours.

Health Qi Gong:

Methods for de-stressing and increasing energy levels which are suitable for all. These varied techniques can be performed moving, standing or sitting.

Breathing Qi Gong:

Simple body and breathing exercises which enable the practitioner to adjust and correct their posture, and open up the experience of breath awareness and the feeling of Qi energy flowing in the body.

Zhan Zhuang: 

A Traditional series of standing meditation postures which hail from the ancient Qi Gong and Tai Chi martial teachings. These are endurance energy building methods of the highest order, and practiced regularly, they help to develop concentration, perseverance and build internal energy. The range is from demanding to difficult and on to very demanding! Superb if you want to experience something more powerful than going to the gym.

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