This group is for those interested in Qigong (Chi-Kung) practice to improve quality of life, deepen connection to the natural world and the inner self, create more fulfilling relationships, harmonise the heart and the mind.
We meet once a week on Monday 6:30pm at Waiatarua Community Hall (911 West Cost Road, Waiatarua, Waitakere) for a guided Qigong practice followed by a spontaneous Qigong movements and a group healing session. There is a nice tea break with high quality Chinese tea or Chinese medical herbs in between where we discuss and share our experiences and help each other on our journey to better health and well-being.
Read more about our Qigong practice on www.qigong.net.nz
Qigong (sometimes spelled in a more English-sounding transcription as Chi-Kung) is a common name for a diverse variety of East Asian practices to do with cultivation of Qi (Chi) - the life-force, which is also at the basis of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Many practices known my other names such as Tai Chi or Reiki or Five Tibetans are essentially different forms of Qigong.
Usually, Qigong involves specifically designed physical movements, breathing techniques, directed visualisations and meditation that allow a practitioner to feel and to be aware of the life force flowing in themselves and also in the Nature. By aligning themselves with the natural rhythms and flows, Qigong practitioners feel empowered at a deeper level and are gradually released from tensions and pressure induced by our modern society. This naturally leads to happier life, allows the body to heal from its ailments and promotes emotional well-being.
Upon continuous practice many benefits may be felt in the course of one's life - this includes improved relationships through better understanding of other people's needs and demands, less anger and more compassion in your attitude towards children, people you love and also even those that might hurt you - intentionally or not, better sleep, relaxed and stable physical posture, greater resistance to colds and flu's, less conflicting behavior - ability to sense unfavorably environments and situations at work and being able to step out of them or make a positive change about them.. This is only to name a few, there are many more out there.
A little bit about me: I have been practicing Qigong for 17 years continuously, having studied it under a few Chinese and European teachers in Europe, Taiwan and New Zealand. I also hold a BA in Acupuncture and a Diploma of Traditional Chinese Herbal medicine from NZSATCM, and am a member of NZ Register of Acupuncturists. I have been teaching Qigong since 2007 started in Titirangi/Laingholm area and then continued in Europe as we were commuting between Europe and NZ for a few years. I find teaching regular Qigong classes beneficial for the community and also for me as I learn more by teaching and it also helps keeping the good routine up in this hectic world.
Our class is taught in two parts. First one is a guided practice where we do exercises together, and the exercises are continuously variable to match the needs of the group at all times. The other part is a free flow Qigong, a spontaneous meditation where every practitioner is going through their own blockages and patterns while I provide a group treatments session to help the process. This type of practice closely mirrors the style of teaching delivered in TCM hospitals in China and Taiwan. We also have a tea break in between where we discuss our issues and experiences.