Qigong is meditation in motion and is sometimes referred to as Chinese yoga. Qi is often translated as life force or energy—that elusive substance we’re all seeking. For thousands of years mystics, and now quantum physicists, have been explaining that we are made of, and live within a dynamic, limitless sea of energy. This energy is meant to flow through our bodies like a gently flowing river. When there are blockages we’re like a coiled garden hose where the water cannot move effectively. The slow, gentle movements of Qigong help remove blockages and allow our internal energy to flow freely. Qi also means “breath” and Gong (also spelled Kung) means “work” or “skill.” So Qi Gong literally means “breath work” or “energy workout.” The gentle flowing movements of Gi Gong amplify our internal energy helping us become healthier, calmer and more emotionally balanced.
Dr. Charles McGee has written that “Qi Gong is an ancient philosophical system of harmonious integration of the human body with the Universe. It is an art and science that plays an active role in protecting and strengthening health, preventing and treating diseases, resisting premature senility, and prolonging life.” The documented history of QiGong goes back over 4,000 years. However Chinese archeologists and historians have found references to Qigong-like techniques that are at least 5,000 years old, so it is a very ancient system of moving and healing. QiGong predates the development of acupuncture and martial arts and is believed to be the early form of what became Traditional Chinese Medicine. During the 7th century, a group of Chinese physicians compiled a classic medical book On the Causes and Symptoms of Diseases. It included 260 QiGong exercises for treating over one hundred illnesses.
The Sibashi set and warm up exercises I’m teaching were created in China in 1979 by Lin HouSheng. He combined elements of Tai Chi and Qigong to create the first set of 18 exercises that make up Taiji Qigong—Shibashi. Sibashi simply means a series of 18 exercises. His materials are in Chinese but there is still some great reading on his website. www.linhousheng.com
The teacher I’ve been training with is Master Wing Cheung who took Lin HouSheng’s work, and adapted it to English. He conducts teacher trainings all around the world. His website is excellent: www.taichi18.com He has video clips on UTube if you google Shibashi 1.
I’m also incorporating the work of Lee Holden, an American. His DVD’s are excellent, but can’t be purchased commercially. To purchase his DVD’s the website is; www.exercisetoheal.com For general information on QiGong and Lee Holden; www.leeholden.com
If you are interested in taking QiGong classes I’m teaching classes at the Unitarian Fellowship of Northwest Toronto, 55 St. Phillips Road, every second Tuesday beginning October 10, 2017. Classes are from 7 pm until 8:15. Dates are: October 10, 24, November 7, 21 and December 5, 19. Classes are $10 cash only. No commitment and pay as you go. For information on this class and other upcoming classes at Toronto Public Libraries please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Beginning in June 2018, I’ll be teaching QiGong outside in my garden at 45 Winnipeg Road and running until the end of September. Classes will be held every Tuesday at 7 pm. and the fee is $10 per class. For information on future classes e-mail me: email@example.com
Qi Gong In the Garden Class Schedule 2018
June 5, 12, 19, 26
July 3, 19, 17, 24, 31
August 7, 14, 21, 28
Please note classes in September begin at 6:30 pm
September 4, 11, 18