Chinese Qigong Yoga
What you will learn
What is Chinese Qigong Yoga? They are postures of Qigong which stretch and develop the mind and body to a preferred state of being. These exercises are thousands of years old. Developed from the study of animals, in how they cared for themselves and their survival methods. Before human beings interfered, animals were seldom ill. The most important aspects of their lives were to hunt and reproduce. Have you ever noticed that when the sun rises and sets, the animal and insect world comes to life, it is spectacular. The entire world is singing and stretching. It is the dance of life.
What I will teach in these classes. Through progression of the exercises, students will learn how to strengthen, cleanse, and stretch the body. A focus applies to our energy, ensuring we understand how it works and flows throughout our bodies. It differs from other forms of yoga, and I respect that students have a choice in their preferred system of learning. One essential distinction is that I will also teach the internal and external aspects of our energy and body, which includes a progressive learning of breathing and meditation.
The benefits appear quickly, but each student progresses at their own pace. It is not a race but a chance to learn a life changing health system. At the end of each class, I will be teaching the philosophy of Chinese Qigong Yoga. My preference is to offer an entire learning system to help students cultivate their energy, not just with physical exercise, but to exercise the mind within the heart.
Students can join the Chinese Qigong Yoga class without having to learn Tai Chi. A student can join either class or both. The yoga has its own schedule and run as a separate class from the Tai Chi.
What to wear. The classes include standing, sitting, and floor exercises. The clothing you choose should allow full flexibility without restriction. It requires no shoes as we will work on mats. The school will offer you a wonderful room overlooking our beautiful garden. But we cannot supply floor mats, pillows or towels, so please bring your own. We ask you to make sure that you will be comfortable when lying down.
To learn is to advance towards our own personal enlightenment. It will need an amount of dedication and practice working through the highs and lows of our own unfolding personality. We are as they say, the greatest mystery.
I have steered clear of the western adaptions and only teach traditional Qigong Yoga. I hope you will find the Qigong yoga I teach to you, beneficial and uplifting.
It is best not to talk about your Qi, but point it to where you want it to go.
I know what I am doing
Energy Follows Attention
In spite of their differences, there are basic mechanisms that are common to all forms of Qi gong. The primary axiom of Qi gong practice is “energy follows attention.” Where we place our awareness – our conscious attention – is where Qi, i.e. life-force energy, will flow and gather. You can experiment with this right now by closing your eyes, taking a couple of deep breaths, and then putting your attention, your mental focus, into one of your hands. Hold your attention there for thirty seconds to a minute, and notice what happens.
You may have noticed sensations of warmth, or fullness, or a tingling or magnetic feeling, or a sense of heaviness in your fingers or palm. These are common sensations associated with a gathering of Qi in a particular place in our body. Each person’s experience, however, is unique. What’s most important is simply to notice what it is that you are experiencing, and to develop some kind of confidence in this basic principle of Qi gong yoga practice: energy follows attention.
Breath For Linking Energy & Awareness
What is the mechanism by which “energy follows attention”? In the initial stages of practice, this has a lot to do with the physical breathing process. By learning to rest our attention on the cycling of the inhalations and the exhalations – merging our mind with the movement of the breath – we activate a capacity for our mental focus to be able to guide the movement of Qi.
In embryonic breathing, we draw energetic sustenance directly into the body mind, independently of the physical breathing process. The physical breathing process is used as a kind of raft. Once we’ve crossed the river – returned to the land of the Cosmic Mother (dissolved our notion of separation from all-that-is) – we’re able to leave that raft of physiological breathing behind. In the same way that a fetus “breathes” through the umbilical cord, we’re able now to draw qi directly from the universal matrix.
The Flow Of Qi Through The Meridians
All Qi Gong yoga exercises aim, to balance and clarify the flow of Qi through the meridians. According to Taoism, the health of our body mind is dependent upon a clear, strong and balanced flow of Qi through the meridian system. Since Qi gong Yoga practice accomplishes just this, it should come as no surprise that the benefits of practice extend to every physical system of our bodies, as well as to the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of our Being.
Physical Benefits Of Qi gong Practice:
Qi gong Yoga practice makes the body strong and supple. It improves balance, stamina and flexibility. It has positive effects on the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, immune and central nervous systems. It tends to create smooth skin, and a pleasant feeling of deep warmth within the body. It increases sexual vitality, and allows our sleep-time to be more deep and restorative. Over time, it can reduce or eliminate chronic pain. It also has the power to reverse the ageing process, and restore youthfulness.
The smooth and balanced flow of Qi created by Qi gong practice shows itself as a joyful, relaxed, optimistic and energised state of mind. While the emotional energies of anger, fear, anxiety or grief still may arise, they will be much less “sticky” – and be held and then dissolved within the larger field of joy, gratitude, acceptance and equanimity.
Mental & Spiritual Benefits Of Qi gong :
The abundance of clarified energy and mental stillness generated by Qi gong practice supports great mental clarity, and nourishes both intuition and creativity. As our intelligence becomes rooted in a connection to the inner body, it widens and deepens in increasingly wonderful ways.