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Beginners’ Qigong Yoga Course – Starting February 2020

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Beginners’ Qigong Yoga Course – starting Sunday 2nd February 2020

We are thrilled to announce our brand new qigong yoga for beginners course starting in February!

Bring health and balance to your life. Find a fitter, calmer, more focussed you by taking your first steps into the combined practices of Qigong and Yoga. Qigong brings enlightened awareness into your physical life, while yoga takes you to a place of peace.

5-week Beginners Qigong Yoga Course

Starting on 2nd February, Lily will be leading a five-week qigong yoga for beginners’ course. The course will work through a gentle yet powerful qigong set combined with foundational yoga poses and meditation, providing a grounding in the fundamental elements of the combined practice.

Course Details

  • Starting 2nd February
  • Time: 9:30am to 10:30am
  • Duration: 5 weeks*
  • Course cost: £58

COURSE FULLY BOOKED
These courses are very popular and spaces are allocated on a first come first served basis, book now to avoid disappointment. See terms & conditions below.

Benefits of Qigong & Yoga

Qigong is an ancient Chinese exercise and healing technique that combines movement, mental concentration, traditional Chinese medicine and breathing to increase and balance your vital energy, or ‘Qi’. Pronounced ‘chee-gong’, it loosely translates as ‘vital energy cultivation’ or ‘mastery of your energy’.

Sometimes referred to as the Chinese equivalent to yoga, qigong is more than a physical practice, with many health & healing benefits for the body, mind and spirit. You can practise it as an individual mind-body exercise – as it’s probably most commonly known in the western world – but also as a health & healing practice within Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Yoga is a Ayurvedic (therapeutic) mind and body practice with origins in ancient Indian philosophy. The various styles of yoga combine physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation or relaxation.

A combined Qigong & Yoga practice – Just as there is a wide variety of benefits, there are also a wide variety of forms. These combined practices focus more on breathing, and movement meditation, bringing together these gentle yet powerful qigong practices and more dynamic yoga movements. Across all, the aim is to increase and balance our vital energy, health and wellbeing.

Venue:

Oxley Park Community Centre
Redgrave Dr, Oxley Park, Milton Keynes MK4 4TA

Benefits for Mental Health

  1. Reduces stress. Qigong is an exercise that works both the body and the mind. As you chi flows through practice, your mind and body begin to relax and as you being to relax, your stress reduces.
  2. Balances emotions. As your stress reduces, your emotions become balanced and you’re able to develop a clear and tranquil mind. These benefits can help those suffering from depression and anxiety.
  3. Improves overall well-being. Because qigong strengthens the body and the mind, a regular practice will give you an improved sense of well-being.
  4. Increases focus. Studies of qigong practitioners have found a boost in beta waves which indicate a strong focus and sharpening of the mind.
  5. Improves memory. Given that qigong sharpens our focus, it helps to improve our memory.
  6. Improves quality of life for cancer patients. Studies have shown that qigong can help improve the quality of life for cancer patients by helping to reduce stress and fatigue. It has also helped with improving sleep, balance and strength.
  7. Increased Energy and Vitality. Qigong improves chi flow which naturally leads to increased energy and vitality.

Benefits for Physical Health

  1. Aids in digestion. Your digestive organs get massaged during this practice which brings more oxygenated blood to them. This improves the overall function of the digestive system.
  2. Builds bone density. Studies have shown increase in bone density amongst qigong practitioners, most noticeably in post-menopausal women.
  3. Builds the immune system. A study conducted showed that practicing qigong increased the monocyte and lymphocyte quantities which are 2 white blood cell types that make up most of the lymphatic immune system.
  4. Builds power. Qigong is an internal art that builds “relaxed power”. Instead of fighting and straining like in traditional western exercises, it loosens you up and allows the energy to flow.
  5. Clears your skin. Practicing qigong allows your body to eliminate toxins which in turn, gives you a clearer complexion.
  6. Lowers blood pressure. In a 30 year study, researchers found that qigong practitioners were able to decrease their blood pressure medication or get off the blood pressure drugs altogether.
  7. Decreases stroke risk. In the same blood pressure study, researchers also found that these same qigong practitioners enjoyed a reduced risk of stroke.
  8. Destroys free radicals. In a study done on healthy individuals and individual suffering from a variety of diseases, the concentration of free radicals was dramatically reduced for all individuals through qigong treatment.
  9. Improves sleep. The deep relaxation and mental quiet you get from practicing qigong help you to enjoy a deeper and more restorative sleep.
  10. Slows respiration. Practicing qigong over the long term slows down breathing. This slowing of the respiration allows us to take in more oxygen.
  11. Improves asthma. An added benefit of slowing down the breathing is that qi blockages in the lungs are relieved. It’s believed that these qi blockages are the root cause of asthma.
  12. Improves cardio-pulmonary function. The slow deep breathing of qigong strengthens both the heart and the lungs.
  13. Improves circulation. By increasing the elasticity of the blood vessels, the practice of qigong helps to improve circulation.
  14. Improves flexibility. The movements of qigong have been shown to increase the flexibility of its practitioners.
  15. Improves kidney function. Qigong has an exercise that targets the kidneys. It stimulates the qi within the kidneys which allows them to heal in patients with chronic kidney disease.
  16. Improves posture. The muscles used for respiration are also the muscles that support the posture. Because of qigong’s focus on correct deep and relaxed breathing, the posture is also improved.
  17. Improves skin elasticity. Free radicals are a major cause of tissue degeneration and because qigong destroys free radicals, it helps to improve skin elasticity.
  18. Increases balance. Due to qigong’s low impact deliberate movements, it can help to improve the practitioners balance.
  19. Speeds recovery. One can practice qigong after injury or surgery. Doing the gentle movements using your uninjured parts can help speed recovery by increasing circulation and energy flow to all parts of the body.
  20. Loosens muscles. As qigong builds relaxed power, it helps to loosen the muscles.
  21. Lowers resting heart rate. A study of a 12-week qigong training program and at the conclusion, the qigong practitioners experienced a significantly improved heart rate.
  22. Normalizes EKG. Deliberate control of the autonomic nervous system which regulates the heart rate helps to normalize the EKG.
  23. Prevents joint injury. The better balance you learn from practicing qigong teaches you how to move without straining or locking your joints. It’s gentle stretches which increase flexibility are also helpful for preventing joint injury.
  24. Prevents muscle spasms. As mentioned earlier, qigong also helps to develop slow and deep breathing which opens constricted blood vessels. This process helps to reduce muscle spasms.
  25. Reduces pain. Pain is often associated with qi blockages. Practicing qigong removes those blockages, allowing for the flow of qi which reduces pain.
  26. Relieves bronchitis. A regular qigong practice can relieve bronchitis because it opens and strengthens the lungs.
  27. Relieves migraines. Another great qigong benefit is that it can help to relieve migraines by building deep relaxing, strengthening organs and bringing back internal balance.
  28. Accessible to the seriously ill and bedridden. A wide assortment of people with a wide variety of physical capabilities can practice qigong because it is a very gentle practice. A person in a weakened condition can perform these exercises sitting or lying down and it’ll enable him or her to strengthen her body and internal organs.
  29. Strengthens ligaments. In the same way that it strengthens joints, qigong can strengthen ligaments.
  30. Strengthens nerves. Qi (or chi) flows along the nerves and qigong’s techniques strengthens the mind-body connection. With continued qigong practice, body awareness grows, putting us in touch with our nervous system. This in turn makes our nerves stronger.

Terms and Conditions

  • The minimum age for attending our courses is sixteen
  • If we cancel a course for any reason you will be fully refunded the course fees you have paid (or transferred to another course, if you’d prefer)
  • If you cancel your place and we have enough notice to find a replacement (not less than two weeks before course start), or you cancel over one month from the course date, your balance will be refunded or transferred to another course, if you’d prefer)
  • If you cancel within a month from the course date and we are unable to find a replacement you will lose the full fee
  • If you do not turn up for the course, for whatever reason, you will lose the full fee
  • These terms and conditions enable us to run courses for set numbers of people at the lowest possible cost per student
  • We reserve the right to refuse or cancel an application at our discretion