QIGONG FOR HEALTH
Qigong (chee-GONG) is an ancient Chinese practice of learning how to flow, balance, and cultivate energy in your body so that you can feel improvements physically, emotionally, and spiritually. When we move our bodies in a slow deliberate way, while focusing on breathing we can heal ourselves. Qigong is meditation in motion.
Qi= energy, vitality, life force, heavenly chi, earth chi
Gong=to work, to cultivate.
Qigong forms the basis of Chinese medicine. Qi is intended to flow smoothly and harmoniously throughout the Universe, nature and inside your body. When qi flows smoothly in your body, you enjoy life and are physically and mentally healthy. When the flow of qi is interrupted, energy blockages occur leading to physical or mental health problems. The gentle flowing movements of qigong amplify our internal energy helping us helping us become healthier, calmer, and more emotionally balanced.
Qi Gong integrates the human body with the energies of the Universe. It has the ability to protect and strengthen health, prevent and treat diseases, resist premature senility, and prolong 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. QiGong predates the development of acupuncture and martial arts and is believed to be the earliest form of 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 Taichi 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, and if you google Shibashi 1 you can follow him and learn the movements. Here is a sample
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
An excellent online resource is the Qigong Institute www.qigonginstitute.org It’s a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Qigong through education and research.
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 January 8th. Classes are from 7 pm until 8:15. No commitment and pay as you go. Fees for these classes are (PWYC) Pay what you can Minimum $10 and Maximum $15. Dates for 2019 are: January 8, 22, February 5, 19, March 5, 19, April 2, 16, 30 May 14, 28
For information on this class and other upcoming classes at Toronto Public Libraries and Maureen Rae’s Yoga Studio, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
In June 2019, I’ll be teaching Qigong outside in my garden at 45 Winnipeg Road and classes will run until the third week of September. Classes are every Tuesday at 7 pm. and the fee is (PWYC) Pay What You Can minimum $10 and maximum $15.
Qi Gong In the Garden Class Schedule 2019
June 4, 11, 18, 25
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
August 6, 13, 20, 27
Please note classes in September begin at 6:30 pm
September 3, 10, 17