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Qi Gong and Tai Chi


What is Qi Gong?

Qi Gong and Tai Chi describes various types of soft exercise, which combine relaxation, intent, meditation, movement and breath. These practises cultivate well being, balance the bodies subtle energy system and facilitate personal development (Physical/ Mental/ Emotional and Spiritual).
Qi Gong is the older of the two, with the earliest records dating back some 5000 years. Developed by individuals attuned to the elements and the natural forces, these practises have been adapted and modified over the centuries by monks, warriors, physicians and laypeople in ancient China. These practises were passed down through to today by unbroken lineages within Taoist and Buddhist settings. They have since been integrated into modern preventative health care and form the movement component of Chinese Medicine and they are also the basis of the internal training for Kung Fu and other martial arts.
There are now thousands of types of Qi Gong practice, each with their own emphasis and specific objectives.

What is Tai Chi?

Tai Chi Chaun is a soft or internal style of Kung Fu, which incorporates the principles of Qi Gong. It is characterized by slow, precise, connected movement coordinated with one's breathing or qi (life force). James practises Yang and Chen styles, each of which has distinctive characteristics. Practise is done by executing forms or patterns of movements.

What are the benefits?

Physically they brings balance to the body, both in terms of establishing a moment to moment relationship with gravity and in creating evenness within the physical structures from left to right and front to back.
Mentally these practises reduce stress and tension by removing the focus on the content of thoughts, which are the root of all mental strain and instead bringing attention to the bodies spatial arrangements to energetic reference points and flows.
When this part of the brain then thought drops away and is replaced by a presence that observes the activities of the moment.
The Emotional and the Spiritual are aspects of ourselves, which we can access and work with via the energetic body. These components are paid relatively little attention in conventional western medicine, yet are impacted by much of our personal history. Eastern medicine provides languages and frameworks to understand these aspects of our selves.
By organising and balancing the energetics of any particular body area within the energetic sphere, which sits around us, we can balance and calm our emotions.
Spiritually, through a practise of awareness and a focus on the heart we can find our way back to a centered place from which we operate in an authentic manner and find our way to a passionate and engaged modus operandi.
Chinese internal practises help us to become in tune with the natural energetics of the seasons and our role and relationships in harmony with nature.
Practising Tai Chi and Qi Gong with James

James teaches group classes and 121 sessions in Qi Gong, Tai Chi and Kung Fu.
These sessions are suitable for all levels and bring many benefits to participants including tailored health and well being. Regular practice is required to derive the benefits.