Qigong Lessons

Nick provides private lessons in Qigong exercises and Dao Yin exercises for individuals and groups.

These simple yet profound exercises are thoroughly worthwhile to learn and have a very positive effect on the body’s health and mind.

Learn Qigong for Health

Learn Exercises for certain Injuries and/or Conditions

Learn to Meditate and quiet the Mind

Information on our Qigong and Dao Yin Exercise Syllabus is included below. Please do not hesitate to contact Nick by phone or email or for more information on Qi Gong and our different Therapies.

What is Qigong and Dao Yin?

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Depictions of Dao Yin Qigong exercises from the tomb of King Ma (3rd century B.C.E.)

Qigong literally translates as ‘energy work’ but is more accurately described as ‘the skill of working with energy’. It is a meditative practice of slow graceful movements originating from the Daoist and Buddhist traditions of China and is the most common form of exercise practiced world wide.

The most common form of Qigong practice involves a sequence of gentle and elegant exercises which are designed both to stretch and strengthen the physical body, and also to strengthen and self-regulate the movement of Qi.

Records of Qigong practice date back to roughly 5000 years where the practice was known as Dao Yin (opening and guiding exercises). The Qigong exercises that we see today are a more modern creation which were largely developed from ancient Dao Yin practices.

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Qigong and Dao Yin Syllabus

Ji Ben Qi Gong Compressing the Pearl

Compressing the Pearl (Ji Ben Qigong Set)

Ji Ben Qigong (Fundamental Energy Exercises)

These exercises provide the basic foundations for all Qi Gong practice in addition to being effective healthcare exercises in their own right.

The set is designed to teach the practitioner the basic structural alignments of Qigong. Emphasis is placed on learning how to create a standing position in harmony with gravity. The weight of the body should naturally transfer down through the skeleton with minimal tension holding it in place. This in itself can have a great therapeutic effect on correcting body misalignments and postural problems.

The set of 8 exercises circulates Qi through every one of the 12 organ meridians in sequence which helps to regulate all the internal organs, nourish body’s Qi and calm the mind. It is recommended that all beginners start their practice with some of these exercises before moving onto more specific or advanced practices.

Zhan Zhuang

Sun and Moon Turning (Hun Yuan Qigong Set)

Hun Yuan Qigong (Combined Circle Qigong)

These Qigong exercises work with the 8 congenital meridians of the body as opposed to the Ji Ben Qigong which focus primarily on the 12 acquired organ meridians.

As a result they have a stronger affect on the deeper aspects of the body’s nervous system and energy system. The exercises can help access more fundamental long term energetic blockages within the practitioner.

Whereas Ji Ben Qigong teaches structure and alignment Hun Yuan Qigong emphasises softness and introspection. The Hun Yuan exercises also begin to open the energetic centers known as the Three Dan Tien (Elixir Fields).

 

 

Wu Dao Yin

Heaven and Earth Dao Yin (Wu Dao Yin Set)

Wu Dao Yin (Five Opening and Guiding Exercises)

Whereas Qiqong focuses more on regulating and nourishing the body Dao Yin exercises are most effective at opening the joints to help move Qi and Blood throughout the body.

The Dao Yin exercises are generally stronger and more physical than Qigong exercises sitting half way between Qigong practice and Yoga.

In Daoism and Chinese Medicine the joints (Qi Men) are the main areas where pathogenic Qi stagnates in the body. The Dao Yin exercises therefore use larger stretching movements to open the body’s joints to clear the stagnant Qi which can be the cause of pain and many forms of illness

 

 

Wu Xing Qi Gong Water Element

Water Element Exercise (Wu Xing Qigong Set)

Wu Xing Qigong (Five Element Energy Exercises)

This Qigong set is similar to the Ji Ben Qigong in the style of movement however it places a greater emphasis on regulating working with imbalances of each of the traditional 5 Chinese Elements of the body (Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal).

In Chinese Medicine an imbalance in the movement of Qi within the 5 element cycle is one of the primary causes of sickness, both physically and mentally.

Each of the various element exercises can be done for longer or shorter periods of time and can be emphasised in different seasons in order to more specifically balance the energy system of the individual practitioner.

 

 

Awakening Dragon

Awakening Dragon (Dragon Dao Yin Set)

Dragon Dao Yin

These Dao Yin exercises employ more complex body mechanics than the basic Qigong sets. They emphasise the coiling and opening of the spine in order to open the vertebral spaces.

The twisting movements are very aesthetically beautiful and are designed to mirror the movements of a Dragon. The majority of the nerves in the body originate from these spaces and release pressure on these nerves can have profound physiological benefits for the practitioner.

It is recommended that a practitioner already has a good grounding  in at least two of the basic Qigong sets before studying the Dragon Dao Yin exercises.

 

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