Qi gong simply means energy or breath work and is the modern name to describe a variety of methods and ideas developed from thousands of years of Chinese martial, medical and spiritual culture.
All Qi gong has the idea of maintaining and restoring good health at its core. We begin our syllabus with the Eternal Spring, a series of 18 movements that teach the basic principles and ideas at the core of all qi gong. Namely relaxed, slow co-ordinated movement, coupled with the breath and guided by the minds intent or awareness. Each movement adds more complex physical and energetic ideas that serve as basic vocabulary and provide foundational skills to explore the more intermediate and advanced levels of the Qi gong syllabus.
Our syllabus of methods is passed down from Dr Li Li Qun. He was a high level Qi gong master and Doctor of Chinese medicine who worked in Shanghai hospital for many years using therapeutic Qi gong to heal his patients. He developed Step Back Qi gong, a medical form of Qi gong which works on each of the 5 main yin organs.
Other methods in our syllabus include, Tan Tien cultivation and circulation methods, such as the large heavenly circuit, the 12 channels method, 5 gates method and self strengthening exercise. Qi absorption methods such as the 3 openings and 9 rotations, and the heaven, earth and man methods. Other more classical forms are taught as well, such as the 8 Brocade and Wu family 5 Element Qi gong.
Taoist meditation comprise’s the last part of the syllabus.
The Eternal Spring form is a very accessible starting place to explore what Qi gong is and begin to understand the Qi gong experience. People come to Qi gong for many different reasons; to improve their health, recover from illness or injury, develop skills for martial arts, as part of a spiritual practice or simply to reduce stress and feel relaxed. Qi gong definitely has much to offer us in our busy and challenging 21st century life.