Qigong Foundation Class
Day & Time: Every Thursday 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Location: 1 Highton Grove, Deepdene, Vic 3103
or in Belmont Park, for the active Qigong component of the class, when weather allows
Fee: $20 per session
Qigong is a health cultivating and disease preventing practice originated in ancient China. "Qi" is a Chinese concept which refers to the vital life energy. It is similar to the term "prana" of India and is known as "Ki" in Japan. "Gong" in Chinese refers to “skill” that comes from disciplined practice. So, Qigong is simply the skill of generating and regulating Qi in the body.
Practicing Qigong routinely helps to improve vitality, enhance circulation, strengthen the immune system and promote self-healing power. With increased strength and vitality, we get more energy in our daily activities. Our mind is focused, clear and sharp. Our emotions are more balanced. All these lead to increased enjoyment of life.
Qigong may be broadly classified into Active Qigong and Stillness Qigong.
Active Qigong integrates gentle physical movements, body postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. We learn to follow and move with the Qi instead of forcing ourselves into certain movements and postures.
Stillness Qigong consists of meditation and breathing exercises. It enhances Qi flow by relaxing the body and mind and improves energy levels. As a result, the body’s self-healing forces take effect and begin to correct strains, imbalances and abnormalities. Hence all bodily functions begin to normalize.
Ba Duan Jin is one of the most popular forms of active Qigong developed in the 12th century. Ba Duan Jin literally means “eight pieces of silk”, which represents the smooth and comfortable yet strong nature of this Qigong style. It consists of eight individual movements; each of them focuses on a specific physical area, body function and Qi meridian. Ba Duan Jin Qigong helps to increase energy, enhance physical flexibility, improve inner strength and calm the mind. Click here for name and picture of each movement.
Zhineng Qigong consists of a few different levels of active Qigong routines, some Qi cultivation exercises and a unique style of standing meditation. Zhineng Qigong was developed by Professor Pang Ming in the early 1980s. It is formed of a system of structural theories and well-organized methodology, which greatly suits the needs of modern people. Most practitioners can feel the Qi and gain the health benefits after completing the first level.