QiGong is a transformational practise that forms part of many classes at Horsham Yoga. It may easily be learned and practised at home.
QiGong incorporates an ancient system of very slow movement with gentle breathing. It affects every muscle in the body, including small muscles that most forms of movement overlook. In this series known as Shibashi there are eighteen moves which when mastered may form the foundation of Tai Chi.
Each movement increases the fluid flow of energy in the energy channels of each organ as well as the internal organs themselves. This creates a euphoric sense of well being as it balances the Chi in the channels of energy known as Meridians in the Chinese model and the flow of Prana in the Nadis in the Yoga model. This enhances the energy levels of the practitioner, builds resilience in the nervous system, strength in the muscles, improves flexibility and range of movement in the joints and brings about a healthy physical, mental and emotional sense of balance and wellbeing.
Such an enjoyable workshop. It was especially invigorating to practise Qigong outside on a truly beautiful morning with nature and in silence. I really felt myself as part of nature and very much at peace in the stillness. Thank you.
This practise connects the practitioner to the elements of earth, water, air, fire and ether. When attention is drawn directly to these elements a depth of awareness arises around the breathing, meditation is a natural consequence bringing an ease of connection to other practises such as yoga which is why QiGong is introduced periodically into yoga classes at Horsham Yoga.
Great benefits are found from practising daily such as strength in the muscles of the legs, arms and torso, increased energy levels, improved lung capacity, digestion and elimination, more ease of flow and range of movement, stability in balance, relief from anxiety, depression and nerve pain. Aspects of the QiGong practise can be adapted for the chair or bed bound.
Medical Studies of QiGong conducted by Universities in the States on balance show how practising QiGong helps to prevent falls. It is also effective for Cardio Pulmonary disorders and intestinal problems and is used to treat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Migraine headaches minimising chronic pain. In China, QiGong is favoured in Cancer treatments, helping patients recover from chemotherapy and in some cases to reduce medication.
QiGong is also excellent for Stress Reduction, Hypertension and Insomnia. .
Here is a list of the movements along with more specific benefits.
1. CONNECTING THE BODY TO THE BREATH
Improves conditions related to the heart and liver and high blood pressure
2. OPENING THE CHEST TO BREATH
Improves conditions related to the heart, lungs and nervous system
3. PAINTING A RAINBOW
Relieves back pain and decreases the fat around waist
4. PARTING CLOUDS
Relieves shoulder pain and boosts stamina6.
5. ROWING THE BOAT
Helps the digestive system and increases mental clarity
5. ROLLING ARMS
Relieves shoulder, elbow and wrist pain and improves conditions related to the lungs
7. THROW THE BALL
Improves conditions related to the kidney and increases spiritual energy
8. MOON GAZING
Helps digestion, improves conditions related to the stomach and spleen and increases weight loss
9. PUSH HANDS TWIST BODY
Helps digestion, improves conditions related to the stomach and spleen, strengthens waist and boosts stamina
10. CLOUD HANDS
Helps digestion, improves conditions related to the nervous system and increases spiritual wellbeing
13. FLYING DOVE SPREADS IT’S WINGS
Improves conditions related to the heart, liver, lungs and nervous system
12. PUSHING WAVES
Improves conditions related to spleen, liver and lungs and decreases the instances and severity of insomnia
11. SCOOPING THE SEA LOOKING AT THE SKY
Improves conditions related to the kidney and stomach, increases weight loss and relieves waist and leg pain
14. PUNCHING MUD
Increases lung capacity and improves conditions related to the lungs, nervous system and decreases the instances and severity of insomnia
15. WILD GOOSE FLIES
Relieves anxiety and headaches
16. WATER WHEEL
Promotes blood circulation, boosts stamina, increases weight loss and relieves waist and leg pain
17. STEP BOUNCING BALL
Improves body coordination, decreases the instances and severity of insomnia and fatigue
18. BALANCING CHI
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