New Qigong Class Starting at St George Community Centre in Bristol
Monday, 12pm – 1pm
10 Week Term Starting – January 15th 2024
Whole Term: £80
NO CLASSES ON
12/02/24 & 11/03/24
Many of my acupuncture clients have expressed an interest in attending my Taijiwuxigong classes but struggle to make it down to the Folk House on a Wednesday. I’ve therefore decided to put on an extra weekly class at the St George Community Centre starting from January next year. I’m really looking forward to becoming part of the thriving community that exists around St George Park, and hope to be able to connect with as many people as possible to let them know about this way of exercising.
If you’re interested in exploring the depths of internal energy work offered by the Taijiwuxigong system then I look forward to seeing you soon. And, if you know of anyone who might be interested in learning this beautiful exercise system, then please do pass the information along.
Here are answers to some questions that you might have…
What Is Taijiwuxigong?
If you have already heard the word ‘Qigong’ then you might be wondering why I refer to these classes as ‘Taijiwuxigong’.
To put it simply, Qigong can be translated as something like ‘Breath Work’ or ‘Energy Work’, and it is a modern word that is used to describe a whole range of traditional Chinese exercise practices.
Taijiwuxigong is a particular system of Qigong developed by Taiji Grand Master Dr Shen Hongxun from traditional Taoist and Buddhist practices, but taught in a completely secular way so that all people can attain the mental and physical health benefits of these traditional energetic practices.
This system places particular importance on activating the internal energy centres, working with five primary energy channels in the body, clearing ‘binqi’ (disease causing factors) from these channels, and working with spontaneous movement for self-healing.
This is a very complete system of energy work, and offers clear instruction in how to achieve the mental and physical benefits of practice.
How Do Taijiwuxigong Exercises Work?
In Taijiwuxigong we work with body, breath and mind in order to activate the ‘dantian’ (energy centre) in our lower abdomen.
This ‘dantian’ is not a physical thing that can be discovered by dissecting the abdomen, but is rather the empty space lying between our abdominal muscles.
Therefore, when we say that the dantian becomes active, we mean that there is a specific physical reaction in the body that affects the muscles of the abdomen and spreads out from there stretching and opening our spinal column, along with all the other joints in our body.
This internal movement is then directed through the five primary channels of the body in order to transform any areas of blockage, and to clear ‘binqi’ from the channels.
Our energy moves up the spinal column and down the front of our body to complete what is known as the ‘small circulation’ in the back and the front channels.
It travels from the perineum to the crown of the head through the central channel in order to create what is known as the ‘large circulation’.
And, it travels up and down each side of the body through the left and right channels in order to clear ‘binqi’ from our organs.
One other very important aspect of the Taijiwuxigong system is our use of ‘Spontaneous Movement’ to work with our internal energy. Here, we allow our everyday mind to become quiet so that our dantian can move in whatever way it needs to for our body to heal itself.
This is a somewhat less common practice, and may appear strange to anyone unfamiliar with the intricacies of internal cultivation, but it is an incredibly powerful tool for discovering how to work with and transform your own energy.
What Are the Benefits of The Taijiwuxigong Exercises?
On a physical level, we are stretching and strengthening our bodies through the physical movements of the exercises, and we are clearing any ‘binqi’ that may be affecting our bodies.
In this way we can transform long lasting mental and physical problems that may have previously seemed intractable, and we can find access to new energetic resources that we previously had not been aware of.
Also, when we learn to expand our energy beyond the bounds of our body, we can come to a stage where we feel so large that nothing exists outside of ourselves (or perhaps so small that nothing exists inside of ourselves).
When we arrive at such a state, we have already let go of much of the baggage and pressures that define our day to day self, and afterwards we have the opportunity to experience a greater sense of freedom in life.
This is a process that can take many years, if not whole lifetimes to fully understand, but the benefits are palpable from the moment we start to practice.
Who Will Be Teaching These Taijiwuxigong Classes?
I have been a lifelong practitioner of Taijiwuxigong and its associated arts, and I believe that they are such a beautiful way of working with our energy that I want to share them with as many people as possible.
I have lost count of the number of courses that I attended with the founder of this system, Dr Shen, as well as with his daughter Shen Jin. I have also completed a PhD on Buddhist meditation practices, and have attended numerous Buddhist meditation retreats.
I am also trained in Acupuncture and Tuina (Chinese therapeutic massage), both of which have added deeper levels to my knowledge of internal energy work.