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What is Qigong?

Qigong is an ancient system of knowledge that comprises at least 5000 years of human evolution. White Tiger Qigong comes from the Taoist Medical Qigong lineage, combining strength, mobility training and mindfulness to target all areas of wellbeing. White Tiger Qigong also overlays information from modern sports, medicine and neuroscience to maximise human potential.

 

Qigong is a dynamic meditation composed of soft, flowing sequences of movement. By connecting these gentle yet powerful movements to breath then adding ‘yi’ (intent), Qigong reconnects mind, body and spirit in a deep and powerful way. The movements are designed to stimulate the acupuncture meridian lines and their associated organs to promote self-healing. With regular practise the musculature and fascia of the body is balanced and integrated, relieving patterned stress and tension and creating a strong, yet supple ‘bamboo body’. The literal meaning of “qi” is hard to translate, loosely it means energy or air, while “gong” means work.

In traditional Chinese medicine theory, the flow of qi guides the functions of the body, blocked qi can result in illness. Harmonising qi is the way to bring balance and health to the body mind and spirit, Qigong practice rebalances the body’s qi. As your experience of qi increases, you become able to unify the spirit (shen), essence (jing) and energy (qi) to increase your health and wellbeing. In the practise of qigong there are both external and internal movements, it is this combination that makes Qigong such a powerful practice for physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.

 

The benefits of Qigong are many but with regular practice reported benefits include:

• Reduction of depression & anxiety

• Improved cardiovascular health

• Increased energy & vitality

• Improved immune function

• Improved mobility & flexibility

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“Like air Qi has its own movement and activates things other than itself. Just as the wind moves the trees, grasses and water, so Qi moves the chest causing inhalation and exhalation. People do not inhale Qi, rather Qi is the motivating force that establishes respiration, in this way Qi is the cause and also the effect”

Between Heaven and Earth
Harriett Beinfield and Efrem Korngol

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