The Chinese word QiGong (also transcribed as Ch’i Kung, or Chi Gung) can be translated as “continuous, dedicated and skilful effort” with the aim to build, maintain or regain the physical, mental and emotional strength, subtlety, flexibility nd resilience needed to live a healthy and happy life.
QiGong is a relatively new term for a large and varied body of Mind-Body exercises, which before the recent Westernisation of the practice used to be known as DaoYin. An excellent and in-depth introduction to QiGong exercise by the eminent teacher Dr Yang( in three parts) can be found on youtube.
Due to the rising popularity of martial arts in the USA and Europe after the war, a more familiar name for exercises in the Chinese and Japanese tradition is TaiChi. These days, schools tend to teach both, TaiChi and QiGong. The underlying principle for both is TaiJi, “the great ultimate”, a philosophical and cosmological view of the world, this planet and human existence.
It must be noted that the Chinese Daoyin or TaiJi master, just like the Japanese Samurai, are using their practice for the cultivation of Body and Mind first. Their is a strict codex of honour and spiritual awareness. Self-defence may be necessary, but without a cultivated higher Self, victory will signify defeat.
For a brilliant introduction to non-martial TaiJi see “The Essence of TaiJi” by Chung Liang Al Huang.
Healing QiGong requires that the student is prepared to cultivate not just breath, body and mind, but mindfulness and self- awareness on all levels of his being. “Continuous, dedicated and skilful effort”, a lot of non-doing and non-thinking is required to allow self-healing using minimal effort to maximal effect.
More about the benefits of Healing QiGong and how we work with it in class can be found here >>>
For the Workshop on 24th February 2018 see here>>>