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Tai Chi Qigong

"The Moving Meditation" - Rejuvenating body, mind and spirit

  • The Martlets Hospice - Wayfield Avenue, Hove. Patients and Carers session set in a beautiful location (wheelchair access)
  • Friends of Hove Stroke Club - Bishop Hannington Church Centre, Holmes Avenue, Hove (wheelchair access)
  • Somerset Day Centre - 62 St James’s Street, Brighton (wheelchair access)
  • 1-2-1 sessions tailored to individual requirements - Eley Cresecent, Brighton BN2 7FE on a day and time to suit you.
Session dates/times - all our sessions are suitable for beginners, intermediates, all age groups, backgrounds and levels of fitness and mobility.

Qigong or Chi Kung* is “moving meditation”, the art of learning to control the flow of Qi or energy through the body using breath, movement and meditation, the skill of cultivating the body’s vital energy. Qi or Chi means breath, life force or vital energy, the flow of energy that sustains living beings. Qi is pronounced ‘chee’, as in cheese.
Gong or Kung means skill, work or cultivation, a promise of gradual attainment, the idea of reward given for work done. "When you cultivate the fields well, you are rewarded with an abundant crop." Gong is pronounced ‘gung’, as in lung. Dao or Tao means the Way or Path, the natural flow of everything, nature at work. Dao is pronounced 'dow', as in cow.
Tai Chi or Taiji, translates as “Supreme Ultimate”, is a martial art form of Qigong. Qigong is the underlying principle behind all true martial arts. Tai Chi can take many years to learn, whereas most Qigong forms tend to be shorter, often with more repetitions making them easier to learn and remember, thus offering up its health benefits more readily than Tai Chi.

Health Benefits
Physical & emotional - both preventative and remedial for specific health conditions
  • Improves overall health by helping to bring the body back into balance
  • Increases energy levels, agility and flexibility and improves circulation of blood, oxygen and Qi
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Helps metabolism and digestion
  • Controls weight
  • Strengthens joints and muscles
  • Decreases the rate of bone density loss (Osteoporosis)
  • Improves balance thus preventing falls in the elderly
  • Has been shown to have the ability to decrease pain
  • Improves concentration and intuitive abilities
  • Rejuvenates body, mind and spirit
  • Increases our emotional and physical resources to help cope with the stresses of everyday life

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A tool for self-empowerment
'When you cultivate balance and harmony within yourself, or in the world, that is Tai Chi. When you work and play with the essence and energy of life, nature and the universe for healing, clarity and inner peace, that is Qigong.' - Roger Jahnke

Some people find it difficult to quieten the mind during meditation but the practice of focusing on Tai Chi Qigong movements and on one's breath can really help to reduce 'mind chatter', allowing us the space for meditation and mindfulness during our practice and in all areas of our lives. Tai Chi Qigong can be adapted to suit people with a wide range of health issues and can be practiced whilst standing or seated, therefore it is an ideal exercise for people of all ages, backgrounds, levels of fitness and mobility and for those who use a wheel chair.

Dao Natural Health’s Tai Chi Qigong Health Sessions focus purely on the body’s energy and health rather than martial arts or self defence. Shibashi is just one of the many forms of Qigong taught by Dao Natural Health and is one of the most popular styles of Qigong around the world. It is a gentle, effective and easy to learn set of Qigong exercises that can be performed by people of all ages, levels of fitness and physical ability. The form combines elements from Yang style Tai Chi and more traditional breathing and movement exercises from Qigong.
Neigong or nei kung means “Internal Skill” or “Internal Work” and is Chinese meditation, moving Qi in our bodies using our Yi or intent. We often do Neigong meditation at the end of our sessions.

As well as our weekly classes we run regular Workshops and Equinox sessions, balancing our energies with the changing Elements and Seasons - 'What's On'

What to wear to a Tai Chi Qigong Session?
Ideally wear loose, comfortable clothing and flat soled shoes or thick socks ou may also bring a cushion, blanket or yoga mat/block to sit on for the Neigong (meditation) if you wish, we do have a small number of blocks and chairs available if required. You may also wish to bring a bottle of water.

Not sure if Tai Chi Qigong is for you?
Please feel welcome to come along to one of our sessions and try it out. If it's not for you, no problem. Tai Chi Qigong can be adapted to suit people with a wide range of health issues and can be practiced whilst standing or seated, therefore it is an ideal exercise for people of all ages, backgrounds, levels of fitness and mobility and for those who use a wheel chair. If you have any health or mobility issues you want to discuss prior to attending, please feel free to contact us.

Further information
Traditional Chinese Medicine theories such as Yin Yang & Five Elements

"It is important to remember when considering all of the many, many theories and principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Tai Chi Qigong that, for me, it all boils down to this; The aim is to deepen and relax the breath so the mind and body will follow. If the breath is relaxed and flowing, our Qi (vital energy) and blood will flow, allowing us to be balanced and healthy, allowing us to quieten 'the noise' of everyday life and see the beauty all around us in this one moment. That, to me, is good health. Good Qi to you, Ruth"

* Notes on the two different translations of Chinese words:
"Taiji", "Qigong" and "Dao" are Pinyin translation (formally Hanyu Pinyin) which is the most widely accepted standard for Romanizing Mandarin Chinese.
"Tai Chi", "Chi Kung" and "Tao" are Wade-Giles translation. Pinyin translation replaced Wade-Giles. The International Organization for Standardization adopted Pinyin as the international standard in 1982. "Tai Chi" is still, however, the most widely recognised spelling in the West at present.

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