Gentle Art of Self-Healing
Cultivating Vital Life Energy
Qigong (Chi Kung) is a gentle exercise system whose beginnings can be traced to ancient China and the nature based philosophy of Taoism. Qigong is best described as a natural self-healing practice that develops and integrates mind, body, and breath to enhance health and well-being, personal development, and spiritual growth.
Conserving, increasing, and transforming our energy through relaxed exercise, combined with the regulation of mind and breath, is the primary method of Qigong. The practice involves a variety of gentle flowing stretches and soft, rhythmic movements, performed with an internal focus on inner sensing and whole body awareness.
Qigong classes include: postural alignment techniques; joint rotations; soft stretching and strengthening moves; loosening exercises; self-massage techniques; deep breathing methods; and meditation.
Qigong is both soothing and energizing and cultivates the smooth flow of energy throughout the whole body, nourishing every organ and tissue. It improves all functions of the body and promotes inner strength and lasting health.
With Qigong practice our breathing becomes deeper and slower, generating an abundant supply of oxygen to the heart, thereby increasing oxygenation of the blood and consequently every cell of the body.
Qigong exercises massage, cleanse and strengthen the organs, skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones and increase the circulation of essential fluids (blood, hormones and lymph).
Qigong benefits the health of the digestive system, nervous system and immune system. It improves posture and core strength while increasing flexibility and ease of movement and develops the ability to move in a balanced and coordinated way.
Qigong is a potent form of preventative medicine and has traditionally been used in the treatment of a wide range of illnesses and disorders. These include back problems, digestive disorders, heart problems, insomnia, stress, anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue, arthritis, asthma, anaemia, high blood pressure and many other common ailments.
Qigong cultivates the experience of relaxed pleasure, the ultimate healer of the body. As tensions are released from the muscles, organs and nerves, we experience a heightened state of being - of feeling calm, clear, aware, centred, whole and alive. The mind becomes more relaxed and still, creating a feeling of inner peace and emotional balance, which helps to protect the body from stress and disease.
Although subtle, Qigong is well known as a method of energy transformation and healing. While at first classes may seem very gentle and easy, sustained practise develops Qigong into a powerful healing of the body-mind system. Although Qigong is working right from the first class, it can take up to ten classes to really feel the effects. From then on, with regular practise, Qigong steadily accelerates into a dynamic internal energy workout. Over time you can expect the feeling of your practise to undergo profound transformations. As with all true arts, patience and commitment are required to gain the most benefit from Qigong.
BYRON BAY QIGONG
Qigong in Byron Bay is taught by Shirsha Marie, a full-time martial artist and the Founder and Senior Instructor of Heart Mind Centre, (est. 1986). She teaches a broad range of traditional Qigong Exercises and Healing Meditations.
Traditions That Have Healed and Inspired
for Thousands of Years