Qigong, similar to Tai Chi, focuses on moving your body mindfully with minimal physical or mental tension, creating relaxation, tranquillity and health. It is easy to learn and simple to practice.
‘Guigen’ translates as ‘returning to the source or root’. The six dynamic movement forms of Guigen Qigong help to restore natural harmony to your internal organs.
Movement, followed by stillness meditation, brings balance to mind, body and spirit. Through practice, you will learn to restore your energy, cleanse your body of toxins, reduce stress and anxiety, improve your overall health, and develop spiritual perception and awareness.
Dr Xu Hongtao, a specialist at the Xiyuan Hospital, China, created this practice based on his decades of clinical practice, research and teaching. Guigen Qigong is his set of exercises for holistic adjustment and chronic disease.Enrol
Mornings. Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Matt will teach you the complete form of Guigen Qigong, comprising five sets of gentle and dynamic movements, plus a stillness meditation.
These Qigong exercises are prescribed to both the in-patients and out-patients at the Xiyuan Hospital in China. They bring together the observation of the laws of nature, thousands of years of Chinese medicine, development of practice over many centuries, and a reputation for improving health and longevity.
By the end of the course, you will have learnt a holistic health system of Qi (energy) cultivation you may practice at home each day.
Introduction, getting to know each other. Qigong warm-up exercises, learning the opening balance. Earth sequence for the stomach and spleen, Metal sequence for the lung and large intestine, meditation.
Qigong warm-up exercises, opening balance. Earth sequence for the stomach and spleen, Metal sequence for the lungs and large intestine, Water sequence for the kidneys and bladder, Wood sequence for the liver and gallbladder, and meditation.
Qigong warm-up exercises, opening balance. Earth sequence for the stomach and spleen, Metal sequence for the lungs and large intestine, Water sequence for the kidneys and bladder, Wood sequence for the liver and gallbladder, Fire sequence for the heart and small intestine, and meditation.
Qigong warm-up exercises, practising the whole Guigen Qigong movement sequence, meditation.
Practice for Thursday night’s performance of Guigen Qigong in the park.
Qigong warm-up exercises, practising the whole Guigen movement sequence. Extended Guigen Qigong meditation.
No prior experience required.
To be supplied by participant
A sun hat, sunscreen, bottle of water, and a towel or cushion.
Guigen Qigong instruction book available to purchase (includes DVD). Available from the tutor for $25 (includes book and DVD)
Matt loves to help people create the space to discover their own self-healing and joy for life.
He draws on his training and practice in Zen Shiatsu, acupuncture, Okido Yoga, Qigong, Shotokan Karate, remedial massage, mindfulness, Japanese psychology, creative writing, and deep wilderness experiences.
He lives in Bellingen, with a successful therapeutic practice, and teaches Yoga, Qigong, and first aid.