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What are Tai Chi and Qi Gong?
Tai Chi (pronounced ‘tie jee’) and Qi Gong (pronounced ‘chee gong’) are the jewel in the crown of the ancient Chinese healing arts.
Qi Gong are sets of slow, gentle, rhythmic movement, mostly in a standing position, that are synchronised with the breath and a mind tuned in to the body and the present moment.
Tai Chi is the same as Qi Gong except each movement also has an application in martial arts. Tai Chi movements are connected together in one continuous flow from beginning to end. I teach a style called Infinite Tai Chi which is comprised of 5 stages. This style was created by my teacher Jason Chan
What are the benefits?
Tai Chi and Qi Gong practice can bring us peace, wellbeing, good health, good posture, emotional balance, mental wellbeing, personal empowerment, mental focus, increased strength, better performance, a deep appreciation of the art of movement and create a strong energetic foundation for spiritual practice.
Read more below.
Creating Energy Flow through, mind, body, breath and posture.
When the mind, body movement and breath are synchronised together, Qi (pronounced chee) energy is powerfully generated and encouraged to flow throughout the body. At the same time, the posture is aligned so that the body is connected to Heaven and Earth and is relaxed and open.
Tai Chi and Qi Gong bring us back to a natural state, one that is connected with the Qi energy of Heaven and Earth. You will find your practice even more powerful in fresh open natural areas with abundant supplies of nature Qi.
Connection to Nature
Through the practice of Tai Chi and Qi Gong, fundamental health benefits naturally occur. The flow of Qi and Blood around the body becomes smoother, more free-flowing and more vital. Additionally, you begin to build more vitality and warmth in the ‘lower dantian’ area, the physical, energetic and psychological center of the body. This leads to greater vitality and health and can also help enormously in the self-healing process.
Tai Chi and Qi Gong not only aid in self-healing but also in achieving superb health and preventing future illness. Your physical resilience, energy and get up and go will increase leading to a whole new appreciation of life.
Creating Vitality and
Maintaining Good Health
Emotional Balance and Mental Wellbeing
Tai Chi and Qi Gong have an enormous effect on the mind and the emotions. Where the mind goes, the Qi follows. In modern life, we spend most of our time inside our heads. Tai Chi and Qi Gong allow us to bring our attention back into our body generating a tremendous calming effect. When we are body conscious, the mind stops thinking. When the mind stops thinking we connect to a natural peaceful state of being and emotions rebalance. Through diligent practice, we start to create a strong energetic centre. We can learn to act from this centre in our everyday life and remain calm in the eye of the storm at all times.
Tai Chi and Qi Gong are ‘mind-body training’. They help increase and sharpen our focus and develop a calm center in which to operate. This enables us to perform better in every area of our lives and to operate better under stress.
Performance and Focus
Tai Chi and Qi Gong are fundamental to cultivating the Qi energy necessary for spiritual practice. Every single Eastern mystical or spiritual system has mind-body training as an integral part of the practice. There is a current trend for ‘mindfulness’ practice which is a great development. However, the modern form of this mindfulness practice all too often completely neglects the body and energy flow. Meditation and Spirituality requires energy flow and mind-body training. Tai Chi and Qi Gong can create a great foundation for this.
The system of Tai Chi and Qi Gong that I teach is Infinite Tai Chi which was specifically created by Jason Chan as a foundation for spiritual practice. It integrates the Chinese energetic body with the Chakra system for a comprehensive energetic balancing effect.
Open to all levels and backgrounds.
My classes are designed to be open, friendly and welcoming for all comers. The minimum age for Tai Chi and Qi Gong is 16 but there is no upper age limit. The focus in his classes is on helping you take your life and health to the next level but what that means can be different according to the varying needs of different people. If you are looking for something to assist you while facing severe health challenges, I will help adapt the practices so that they work for you. On the other hand, if you have supremely good fitness and health, I will adapt them so that they challenge you more.