This course is an in-depth, step by step guide to the main principles of an effective qigong practise, that can transform the way you think and feel on a daily basis.
Your tool box is your body and mind. No other equipment is necessary.
By the end of the course, students will have a life-long personal toolbox of skills that enables them to:
Students will also understand how these skills may be applied in daily living for a balanced, healthy and rewarding life.
Understand how to best practise qigong and use the course for optimal results. Build encouragement and motivation, understand warnings and disclaimer.
Learn what it is to deeply relax the mind and the body and why this is important. Realise that relaxing can be done at anytime by releasing unnecessary tension the body is holding.
Amazing technique for developing a felt sense of letting go and releasing tension. Requires 2 people.
Similar to arm dropping, except this is a meditation for one person.
An introduction to 'shaking', and explanation of how the release of certain inhibitions makes one feel more confident, less self-conscious
Exercise for releasing tension from entire body whilst awakening and enlivening the spirit.
Introduction to Sinking Your Weight and an explanation of the benefits with suggestions on how this can be introduced into daily life.
Guided practise session with instructions on how to correctly sink your weight through all of the joints of the body and into the earth.
Introduction to Transferring Your Weight, and developing muscle memory for fluid movement. Warnings about incorrect knee movement.
Guided practise session with instructions on how to corretly transfer your weight as you move. Focusing specifically on leg movements required for Swinging, and other exercises on this course.
What is 'Swinging' and how to best practise?
Fundamental warm up exercises for opening major energy gates of the body, releasing tension from the shoulders and spine, awakening kidney energy, and getting fluids moving around the body.
Instructions on how to work with the breath, the benefits of belly breathing and how to use the 'Deep Abdominal and Kidney Breathing' video safely and effectively.
Guided meditation on deepening the breath into all areas of the belly and kidneys, in stages.
Short meditation on 'Sung' breathing; breathing in tranquility, breathing out tension
Article on applying the principals you have learned so far in unison, as one practise, to discover happiness within. Introduction to 'Standing'.
'Standing', know as wuji, is a practise for discovering deep stillness within and an end to restlessness in the mind and body. This exercise combines all subtle principals into one practise.
Importance of the spine in our health and movement. Understanding how to work carefully with the spine for long term benefits.
Guided exercise on gently and slowly warming up the neck and upper spine, whilst bringing as much attention to the area as possible.
Guided exercise on creating flexibility in the spine, by curling and uncurling and opening the spaces in between the vertebrae.
Meditation activity on taking attention to the joints, to open and release to assist energy flow around the body.
Guided standing meditation on opening the joints of the body, moving into guided spinal waves exercise for creating fluidity and utilising Earth's energy.
An introduction to finding spontaneity in your movement, an ultimate side effect of deeply letting go and finding the flow.
Guided practise session with hip exercises and coordinating the top half and bottom half of the body.
A 2 person exercise for developing a combination of balance and 'rootedness', flexibility and fluidity, letting go and spontaneity all in one.
Similar objective as the above exercise, except for one person, and continuous spontaneous movement.
A way to test your knowledge of the fundamentals
Hi I'm Benny, since I was a child I have been practising meditation and guided relaxation techniques as a way to help me calm a racing mind and find more comfort within the body. I found myself fascinated by what could be achieved when attention is focused inwardly.
This fascination lead me on to exploring Buddhism, Taoism and practising Qigong, later qualifying to teach, and holding classes in the UK.
I continue to be amazed at the stillness I can discover within, and the release I feel, when I practise sincerely, even for 5 minutes. Qigong is a remarkable way to deepen a mindfulness practise and bring it into every cell of the body.
It has made a world of difference to how I live my life. I hope it does for yours.