Qigong exercises integrate body postures, movement, breathing and meditation for a healthy life. Qigong is not a panacea but it is certainly a highly effective health-improving and maintaining practice and its benefits are being increasingly recognised worldwide . Qigong benefits range from mind relaxation and sharpening, to stress relief and calming, to increased energy and vitality.
The Chinese characters for qigong are 氣, qi or chi, and 功, gong or kung. (Qigong is used in mainland China, and chi kung in some southeast Asian countries.) The first character 氣, qi, means energy, life energy. The second character 功, gong, means ‘work’; so qigong = energy work.*
Shibashi style Tai Chi Qigong at the Kings Road Studio is led by Mark Barwell, a Shiatsu College Hastings teacher, every Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm. Click here for more details.
For details of the Shiatsu College Hastings’ Qigong Teacher Training or instructor courses in Shibashi style Tai Chi Qigong, please visit Qigong teacher training programme.
Other Qigong classes and workshops are taught by Russell Pond at various times throughout the week. Please click here for the Kings Road timetable.
*From ‘Qigong mode and Tai Chi Posture Requirements-Manual’ Sifu Wing Cheung