Tai Chi & QiGong
Balancing between the tensions, Moving with the flow
"What the body depends on is breath (Qi or Chi) and what breath relies upon is Form. When the breath is perfect, the form is perfect too."
- Chinese adage 700AD
Through the practice of combined exercises and through the conscious directions of the Alexander Technique, I am teaching how to become aware of the perception of the energy flowing in the body, the central vertical axis and the centre of the body's weight, while harmonising the breath with movement. In this way we reconnect with the reality of effortless existence restoring our health and empowering our whole self as a psychophysical unity.
What is it?
QiGong " Cultivation of the energy of life" consists of Taoist exercises for well being and boosting the immune system, as a practice to cultivate and balance Qi (or Chi), translated as "universal life force energy". It is a healing art, a way of cultivating physical, spiritual, emotional and psychical health, that originated in China about seven thousand years ago. It involves learning to connect with, feel and adjust the energy body using consciousness and breathing. It is now practised worldwide for self- healing, as a free flowing and balanced Qi energises the organs, systems and cells. Through the practice of Nei Gong the repeated practice of Qigong deepens and we learn how to consciously direct the energy through the meridian system of the body in specific ways to achieve healing in body, mind and spirit.
What is it?
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art, based on the principles of Tao. It teaches us how to move connected with the flow of energy and how to balance the emotions and reactions to life's stresses.
Based on the principles of yin and yang, the movements offer a chance to release old energy through befriending gravity and receive new by freeing our breath, clear our minds by focusing on the present moment and feel integrated as a whole. Through the practice of combined exercises and through the conscious directions of the Alexander Technique, I am teaching how to focus on the perception of the energy flowing in the body, the central vertical axis and the centre of the body's weight, while harmonising the breath with movement. In this way we reconnect with the reality of effortless existence restoring our health and empowering our whole self as a psychophysical unity.
Dayan (Wild Goose) QiGong
What is it?
Dayan (Wild Goose) QiGong is a 2000-year old Taoist tradition which includes flying, fluttering movements designed to open up and promote healthy functioning of the acupuncture meridians. Legend has it that Bodhidharma, who brought Zen Buddhism to China, invented QiGong to help his monks’ meditation practice. Dayan QiGong includes several sets of 64 movements and also warm-up exercises, acupressure massage, and meditation.
Each of the most ancient qigongs imitates some of the movements of an animal venerated for its virtues. Dayan ("Wild Goose") QiGong includes flying, fluttering movements which help open the acupuncture meridians. Wild geese are loyal to each other; they mate for life. They teach us the value of a wider community: by flying in a flock, they minimise wind resistance, creating uplift for each other. They share responsibilities: when the lead bird tires it rotates back into formation and another goose flies to the point position. They also take care of each other: if a bird gets sick and drops out of formation, two others follow it and stay with it until it dies or is able to fly again.
Effect of tai chi versus aerobic exercise for fibromyalgia: comparative effectiveness randomized controlled trial
Tai chi mind-body treatment results in similar or greater improvement in symptoms than aerobic exercise, the current most commonly prescribed non-drug treatment, for a variety of outcomes for patients with fibromyalgia. Longer duration of tai chi showed greater improvement. This mind-body approach may be considered a therapeutic option in the multidisciplinary management of fibromyalgia. Click on the image to read the research on British Medical Journal.
I offer a variety of classes for different levels and needs. If you’re looking to improve your balance and release stress, you can find the support and resources you need right here. Additionally, I personally consult with every single client to understand each one’s unique needs.
I teach private lessons or in small groups, as well as weekly Tai Chi group classes of different levels and separate QiGong classes. For advanced pupils I enhance my teaching of the inner arts with the Nei Gong practices which I have incorporated due to my experience and knowledge of the meridian system through my practice of acupuncture. Classes last 1 hour.