What is qigong?
Qigong is a unique exercise for increasing energy levels and improving your health, assisting the development of muscle tone, good posture, and giving you a greater awareness of your body.
Integrating numerous physical postures and special breathing techniques, qigong heals the mind and body.
We teach two types of qigong in the courses: Standing Qigong static exercises, and Moving Qigong. Both types of Qigong promote good health throughout the body, helping to build energy, but each type is unique and targets the body in different ways to provide a range of benefits.
Qigong is a popular exercise for people of all ages and the elderly in particular find this beneficial with qigong lowering the risk of falling and injuries.
Standing Zhan Zhuang Qigong is an ancient form of exercise with many benefits
This ancient Chinese exercise is over 2000 years old and has many benefits, helping to align the posture, improving breathing, and releasing the muscles to make you feel totally relaxed. This form of exercise is also very good for the heart and beneficial if you experience high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or have a history of heart disease.
Often referred to as ‘Standing like a Post’, or ‘Standing like a Tree’, Zhan Zhuang Qigong
benefits and develops the body’s natural energy, relaxing the posture, and improving incorrect imbalances in the organs. It’s also good if you have high levels of anxiety and stress, relaxing and calming the mind and relieving built-up tension.
Many people find this type of qigong quick and easy to learn, once they have mastered the physical shape of the posture. In this category, we include Professor Zhang’s five-minute exercise and concentration classes, and it could the perfect exercise for you.
Daoyin Yangsheng Gong (moving) builds strength and stamina.
Generally, Daoyin Yangsheng Gong is a more mobile version of qigong which targets illness prevention and also endorses the promotion of good health through all area of the body.
Using short repetitive exercises, typically in set groups of eight or nine, this uses movement to stretch and release muscle areas, whilst also focusing on breathing, coordination, and involves pressing various acupuncture points.
Exercises in this class are especially beneficial for the various organs in the body, with individual sets for the heart, lung, digestive system, as well as general health sets and exercises to encourage flexibility, a loosening of the joints and body muscle.
Often used as a recuperative exercise after periods of illness, Daoyin Yangsheng Gong is both preventative and curative, using comprehensive sets taught by us here at Taiji and Qigong, including the following:
The sets taught are:
· General Health: (this category includes the Taiji Jin sets, Daoyin Poem, Ba Duan Jin, Yi Jin Jing, 49 Meridians, Daoyin Stick, and 12 Movements)
· Cardiovascular system (the Heart, Pericardium, Small Intestine)
· Respiratory system (the Lungs, Large Intestine)
· Digestive system (Stomach & Spleen)
· Skeletal system (bones, joints, tendons)
· Liver & Gall Bladder
· Head & Face
At Taiji and Qigong, we teach the various Qigong forms, including standing Zhan Zhuang Qigong and moving Daoyin Yangsheng Gong. If you would like to book qigong classes in London or Kent, find out more about our classes and prices and book a course today.
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