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What an opportunity! I'm forced (rightly) to postpone all qigong classes and shiatsu sessions until, (probably) at the very earliest July.
For years I have made promises (and so far not kept them) to create videos of some simpler qigong movements. Over the next few days and weeks short videos will be posted. These will enable (and motivate) you to keep up a regular practice.
I now run two regular weekly Qigong classes, Thursdays at 10am for one hour, and Saturdays at 10am for 90 minutes. The suggested fee is £8 and £12 respectively. If your income is low, severely reduced or ceased completely, please only pay what you feel you can afford, no matter how little. Message me for more details.
There is also a shorter "live" streaming session at 10am every Tuesday on my professional Facebook page. This is a little less formal and usually only contains guidance through one specific movement. I've added the latest at the bottom for you to try out.
On-line may not be everyone's cup of tea, but at this time it seems to be our only option.
Qigong Videos . . .
This first video is simply about qigong "rules".
There are numerous styles of qigong. Here we practise qigong for health and mindfulness, not for power.
Simple arm swings (from side to side), enable being present, feeling how the body is at this moment, not how it was yesterday, or how it should be, simply how it is . . . now.
Whole Body Breathing is another rather aerobic movement. Its good for getting going in the morning, helps clear stagnation (procrastination, depression).
The movement also satisfies our Monkey Mind that always wants to "do", preparing us for stillness and not-doing.
More arm swings (backwards and forwards), prepare the body for other Qigong movements and help develop your roots, connection to the Earth, and slowing down when Life becomes demanding. Often combined with other warm-up exercises, they are powerful in their own right.
Standing Still is such a powerful and valuable tool for being present.
This is a short formal meditation, but Standing Still can be used anywhere for only a few breaths. Waiting in queues, for an appointment, at bus stops and railway stations. No one knows you're meditating, just be careful have enthusiastically you wriggle!
The latest Qigong video follows, ably assisted by Pablo, one of our cats.
Shoulder rotations release stuck Qi, typically manifesting as stiffness in the neck and shoulders, or tension headaches.
Movements are synchronised with breathing into the belly (Hara), encouraging the descending of Qi down to our reservoir, the Lower Sea of Qi.
Qigong Knee Rotations
These move our Qi downwards, helping move thoughts out of the head, down to our Qi reserves in the belly.
Regular practice develops strong & flexible roots allowing us to be stable, bending with and recovering from life's storms, both outside and inside.
The first movement (Supporting the Sky) from a series of eight Qigong movements often translated as The Eight Fine Treasures.
This movement often appears in Daoist art in the form of a happy, laughing, fat-bellied Buddha supporting the sky.
Especially valuable for releasing when the body has been bent, as in gardening.
This was streamed "live" on my professional Facebook page on April 28th.
The video guides you through a simple movement called Drawing a Bow. This helps focus our intention, our Qi, on a goal, a target . . .