Tai Chi Qigong (Chi Kung)

Retreat ImageTai Chi Qigong (Meditation in Motion) – Preventative Medicine

Move into stillness and explore your inner world with Tai Chi Qigong (Chi Kung).  Moving meditation or the meditative aspect of the practice gives the practitioner the same cognitive benefits of traditional seated meditation, including increased sense of awareness, mindfulness and calm.

During practice, the focus of the mind remains on the breath and physical sensations of the body in the present moment, helping to still the busy mind. Tai Chi Qigong, often described as moving meditation or medication in motion prioritizes on ease of movement and works with a series of gentle bodily movements that’s performed in a slow and graceful manner. The intention of the practice is to relieve stress, and achieve unity with one’s essential nature. Research on the healing art of moving meditation shows what Tai Chi and Qigong masters have known for centuries. Current studies highlight many healing benefits of the practice, especially for people suffering from diabetes, osteoarthritis, and musculoskeletal pain triggered from working on computers. Studies highlight that when practiced to supplement traditional forms of treatment, Tai Chi and Qigong can help reduce pain among arthritis patients, reduce hypertension, maintain bone density, promote heart health, enhance quality of life, and fight depression, amongst other health benefits. A growing body of research is building a fascinating case for Tai Chi and Qigong as an adjunct to standard medical treatment for the prevention and rehabilitation of many conditions commonly associated with age.

Weekly classes involve low impact exercises, and suitable for both the young and old. The practice can be adapted for those in wheelchairs, or recovering from surgery. Tai Chi Qigong classes are designed to be very effective and easy to learn, improving general health and well-being of the practitioner. Movements improve digestion, circulation, lung conditions and asthma. The overall effect of moving meditation will reduce mental stress and physical tension carried in the muscles of the body, and create mindfulness. Many practitioners of the class often report improvement in low back pain and better sleep pattern.

Benefits

  • Increase energy, flexibility and agility
  • Improve health and well-being
  • Loosens and strengthens joints and muscles
  • Reduce aches and pains
  • Controls weight
  • Age gracefully
  • Improved posture, breathing and balance
  • Stress reduction and relaxation
  • Improve concentration, and mindfulness
  • Self esteem
  • Rejuvenate mind body and spirit
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Spiritual awareness and development
 

Initially I was looking for a weekly class to do some gentle stretching exercises following a shoulder injury and my Osteopath recommended Tai Qigong with Sukh.  This exceeded all my expectations. Sukh is welcoming, generous and so inspiring.  I particularly like the guided instruction which gives meaning and purpose to each Qigong movement helping train the mind on how to access its own internal power to self heal.  From a practical point of view, I find the sessions help me to unwind, to ’step out’ (so to speak) of my busy head to become more connected with what’s going on around me.  Attending Qigong with Sukh enabled me to make some very positive changes to my health and my emotional wellbeing and to let go of negativity and this is a very good feeling.  I highly recommend this class.  I honestly feel the world would be a better place if everyone did Qigong! Sukh also offers abdominal massages to help heal and re-energise internal organs which I have found of immense help and would also recommend.   – Rosie,  Counsellor / Psychotherapist 

 
 

This Practise helps me tap into a gentle energy that feels heart based. Maybe it is the surrendering to the energy that feels so healing – and being part of that self nourishment without critically assessing oneself which most of us are not used to doing. The way I experience your class is that I feel a connection with a soft loving energy which opens me up to feeling joyful and sometimes fills me with tears of joy. What the practice gives me is that it is helping me to be more loving towards myself and in turn to others.  I’m much less doubtful of the critical voice and I feel the practise has been more helpful than just words or reading because the message is being experienced as a way of being.  It is also giving me a stronger sense of this inter-connectiveness of everything of being part of the universe, so concepts that I have read about start to become meaningful – Katherine C,  Therapist

 
 

I am someone who has struggled for many years with fibromyalgia symptoms. This has made it difficult to exercise, as most exercises bring about post exercise malaise which can be very painful. This often stays for days and can be very draining. With Qigong I have found that the opposite is true! For several days after my class with Sukh, I am pain free! As the weeks go by I am also feeling an overall sense of well being after many years. A feeling I can only describe as a coming home to myself again. – Almas Bhatti,  Psychotherapist/Reflexologist

 
 

 Dear Sukh, I want to express my gratitude for what feels like a moving prayer during the Qigong class… – Heather  

 

Regular classes running in Hitchin, Hertfordshire and Central London / One-One appointments also available.

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