Yoga Chi Gung Introduction:
Internal Energetic Exercises, like Yoga and Chi Gung, have been used in the orient for thousands of years to help heal disease, prolong life, resolve stress and cultivate awareness. Yoga Chi Gung is a simple yet powerful body friendly practice; a unique synthesis of Yoga, Chi Gung and several other movement and health systems including Pilates, the Feldenkrais Method and the Alexander Technique. The principles of Yoga Chi Gung practice are:-
- Allowing the breath to flow naturally while maintaining breath awareness. The face is soft while the mind observes and feels the breath as the movement of the abdomen.
- To move the body from its centre of gravity (Dantien/Nabhi) in the most natural way based on Biomechanics.
- Face soft
- To practice within your capacity - extension without tension and gently challenging bodily limitations without distress. This means moving and stretching to 90% of capacity, always maintaining some ‘Reserve’.
- The joints are always soft and move within their inherent design; for example, the knees are ‘Weight transference’ joints and do not move beyond the vertical centerline of the toes.
- During standing and sitting upright the head is felt to be ‘Lifted upwards’ by an invisible rope while the shoulders and trunk release downwards. The upward facing surfaces of the body feel light and the downward facing ones feel heavy, resulting in a clear mind and strong foundation.
- The practice design is based on the yogic principle of ‘Vinyasa’, which means to utilise intelligent sequencing in order to gradually increase the intensity of the practice and then decrease it towards its completion.
- Students can attend classes without previous experience in Yoga, Chi Gung and other movement disciplines. Each person works within their own degree of strength and flexibility.
Yoga Chi Gung Benefits of Practicing :
- Enhanced assimilation, production, storage and circulation of energy (chi).
- Increased oxygenation and circulation of the blood.
- Improved lymphatic drainage.
- The ideal strength to flexibility ratio (60/40) is catalysed.
- Inner core strength and stability is improved and complimented by toning of the outer core muscles.
- Greater mental clarity, emotional stability and self awareness.
- Improved posture, balance and centered-ness
- An increased ability to move through difficult life situations.
Yoga Chi Gung Typical Class Includes:
- Centering and Deep Relaxation.
- Joint Release – standing joint and spine mobilisation including tapping, pummelling and flushing acupoints and meridians.
- Floor Postures – body friendly dynamic and static stretching and strengthening exercises done on the floor.
- Fluid Movement Sequence – static and dynamic Chi Gung exercises.
- Sitting Meditation – observing the breath or using a simple focusing technique.