About Qi Gong

Qi Gong (Chi Kung) is a broad term that can be translated as ‘cultivation’ (gong) of ‘health, vitality or life energy’ (qi) and refers to a very wide range of practices with the common goal of cultivating vital energy and health.

This general term came into use in 20th Century China to describe various practises including martial arts exercises, health exercises, spiritual & meditative practices and others related to Chinese medicine.

Although it is a relatively recent term, it refers to practices which may date back thousands of years – the earliest known exercise chart in human culture is the ‘Dao Yin Tu’ (dated to 168 B.C.), which depicts an exercise system that is likely a distant relative of modern Qi Gong.

Qi Gong includes mobilsing exercises, self-massage, posture practice, movement forms, breathing, visualisation and meditative exercises.

The practice can help open the body and release tension, improve co-ordination, mobility, strength and increase mind-body-breath awareness. The fluid and relaxed movements can promote health, strength and stamina in a less stressful manner than other forms of exercise – as such, Qi Gong may be suitable for people of all ages, levels of health and fitness.

Yi Leads Qi – Perhaps the most fundamental principle in Qigong is that the mind leads energy, or energy follows intention. In Tai Chi & Qigong practice, this involves using the ‘feeling’ part of the mind – delving deeply into body sensations & breath, engaging imagination, intention and physical expression. Unifying the mind, body and breath is the essence of Qi Gong.

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2024 Qigong – Workshops

Qigong workshops at Partickhill Bowling & Community Club

January

Saturday 6th Jan – 11:30am to 1pm – Free Taster Class – Tai Chi & Qigong Foundation Course Overview

Sunday 28th January – 11:30am to 3pm – Huang Sheng Shyan’s 5 Loosening Exercises + Bagua Basics

February

Saturday 17th February – 11:30am to 3pm – Liu Xiheng’s Tai Chi Exercises + Bagua Basics

March

Sunday 31st March – 11:30am to 3pm – Shibashi Tai Chi Qigong + Bagua Basics

April

Sat 13th April – 11:30am to 3pm – Tai Chi & Qigong Foundations

May

Saturday 4th May – 11:30am to 1pm – Free Taster Class – Tai Chi & Qigong Foundation Course Overview

Sunday 26th May – 11:30am to 3pm – Huang Sheng Shyan’s 5 Loosening Exercises + Bagua Basics

June

Sunday 23rd June – 11:30am to 3pm – Liu Xiheng’s Tai Chi Exercises + Bagua Basics

July

Sunday 28th July – 11:30am to 3pm – Shibashi Tai Chi Qigong + Bagua Basics

August

Saturday 10th Aug – 11:30am to 3pm – Tai Chi & Qigong Foundations

Saturday 31st Aug – 11:30am to 1pm – Free Taster Class – Tai Chi & Qigong Foundation Course Overview

September

Sunday 29th September – 11:30am to 3pm – Huang Sheng Shyan’s 5 Loosening Exercises + Bagua Basics

October

Sunday 28th October – 11:30am to 3pm – Liu Xiheng’s Tai Chi Exercises + Bagua Basics

November

Sunday 24th November – 11:30am to 3pm – Shibashi Tai Chi Qigong + Bagua Basics

December

Saturday 7th December – 11:30am to 3pm – Tai Chi & Qigong Foundations

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2024 Qigong – Retreats

Qigong retreat days at Trossachs Tryst in Callander

February

Saturday 24th February 2024 – 10am to 5pm

August

Sunday 18th August 2024 – 10am to 5pm

See also About Nei Gong section