Category: Shibashi Qigong

Online Shibashi Qigong classes – Learn the Shibashi at home

Online Shibashi Qigong Beginners class This class is suitable for beginners and covers all the basics necessary to perform the 18 Posture Taiji Qigong (AKA the Shibashi) as true Qigong. You will learn the stances and the basic movements and it normally takes between three and four blocks to do this. Once comfortable with the …

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Online Qigong Classes – Learn Qigong at home

Online Qigong Classes We are hoping to resume our local classes towards the end of September so we have had to adjust the starting times for a couple of the online classes and the new times are listed below. Additionally, as the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted the discount applied during the lockdown is being withdrawn. …

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Questions about the Eight Exceptional Vessels Qigong

Over the decades I have had the opportunity to answer many questions about the Qigong that I teach, including questions about the Eight Exceptional Vessels (AKA the Extraordinary Meridians) Qigong that have been asked by my students. I’m sure that there are plenty of other questions out there and that some practitioners may already be asking some …

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Qigong – a personal insight into what Qigong means to me.

Over the past three decades, plus, my personal insight of Qigong is has changed over the years. It has done so because my experience and understanding have both grown and have come to understand what my Master meant when he talked about being a “Qi man”. (I am sticking with Qigong and deliberately not mentioning …

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Qigong for Stress and Anxiety – Find and maintain calmness

The Qigong for Stress and Anxiety course is based on the exercises that I teach and prescribe to patients who are suffering from either. Qigong for Stress and Anxiety Anxiety and Stress are so prevalent nowadays that I find myself dealing with these conditions as often as physical ailments. Seeing a therapist on a weekly …

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The Functions of the Yin Meridians within Qigong

When practicing Qigong, once the functions of the Yin meridians are understood the practitioner will have a deeper understanding of what benefits each Qigong brings. In this article I will cover both the classical TCM functions and those attributed through the art of Zen Shiatsu. FIRE – Heart TCM Functions of the Yin meridians It …

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Online Qigong: Eight Exceptional Vessels

the eight exceptional vessels qigong

The Qigong exercises in the Online Qigong: Eight Exceptional Vessels course work with the Qi that is stored in the Eight Exceptional Vessels (aka the Extraordinary Meridians). These vessels are often likened to reservoirs that store Qi and blood while the Meridians can be likened to rivers that carry the Qi. Online Qigong: Eight Exceptional …

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Online Qigong: Four Shen Qigong – open the mind

four shen qigong

The Online Qigong: Four Shen Qigong course contains exercises that are Active, Spiritual, Qigong. That is to say that the body movement is one of the tools used to help guide the Qi and the exercises are used to alter states of awareness, giving access to higher levels of being and increasing perception. Online Qigong: …

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Online Qigong: Ten Fundamental Treasures

Qigong for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

The Online Qigong: Ten Fundamental Treasures is an ancient Qigong that is little seen let alone practiced nowadays.  These treasures share, in name, a number of exercises that are in the Ba duan Jin (The Eight Section Brocade) and the exercises look similar.  However, the focus in the Ten Fundamental Treasures, the emphasis, is not …

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Online Qigong: Embroidered Brocade

Embroidered Brocade Qigong

The exercises in the Online Qigong: Embroidered Brocade course are multi-layered in that the more you practice them the more you will get from them. Initially they work on your structure/posture and gradually increase your understanding of the fundamentals of Wuji stance, Horse Riding stance and Empty stances. This is done through the sinking of …

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Online Qigong: Five Taoist Yin – enhance your Qi

Working with the Yin Meridians - Water

The set being taught in the Online Qigong: Five Taoist Yin is also known simply as the Five Yin Qigong. The name of this set is a bit of a misnomer as there are six yin meridians and these exercises work with all six.  In all, there are nine separate exercises in this course as …

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The Functions of the Yang Meridians within Qigong

Triple Heater meridian

When practicing Qigong, the functions of the Yang meridians are often overlooked, or misunderstood. In this article I will cover both the classical TCM functions and those attributed through the art of Zen Shiatsu. FIRE – Triple Heater / Triple Warmer TCM Functions of the Yang meridians Combined, the Triple Heater has a general function …

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Working with the Yang Meridians

Working with the Yang Meridians in Qigong Working with the Yang Meridians, through the medium of Qigong has a beneficial effect on health and well-being. Each Element has its own qualities and governs certain aspects of our being. Therefore they have an impact on ailments that are associated with the things that they govern. This …

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The Art of Healing with Qigong

Healing with Qigong (pronounced chee gung) has been used in China for centuries. It is still being used in the 21st century alongside “modern” medicine and that says a lot about its efficacy. It is the art or science of using, working with and cultivating Qi (Chi) “life energy” to enrich one’s life by controlling and …

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Faux qigong

Faux qigong – are you practicing it? What is the difference between true Qigong and faux qigong (fake). True Qigong works with the Internal and circulates and enhances the Qi. The other, the bogus one, doesn’t. It is purely External and works with the physical body and, at best, there is some “wooly” mention of …

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Tanzan and Ekido

Tanzan and Ekido were once travelling together down a muddy road. A heavy rain was falling. Coming around a bend, they met a lovely girl in a silk kimono and sash, unable to cross the intersection. “Come on girl”, said Tanzan at once. Lifting her in his arms he carried her over the mud. Ekido …

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Attaining Mastery

Mastery of Qigong - assembling the puzzel

The Master looked at his new apprentice…….. “Here, have these” he said as he handed over a lump of rough-hewn wood and a saw. He showed the apprentice how to use the saw and said “Go saw”. He was then taught how to keep his saw sharp and clean. When the apprentice got the hang …

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Using Imagery

using imagery within Qigong

When using imagery the pictures we form in our mind are one of our greatest inner resources.  In the past two decades there has been a growing appreciation of the integration of body, mind and spirit and that if we use any therapeutic practice that addresses each of these aspects, we have access to the …

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Medical Research on Taiji

During their medical research on Taiji, researchers in the United States, medical researchers analysed 47 studies looking at Taiji and the impact that it had on people with chronic health problems, like heart disease or MS. Their findings, published in The Archives of Internal Medicine, were that Taiji could improve balance control, flexibility and even …

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Nothing hurts

Yamaoka Tesshu

Yamaoka Tesshu, as a young student of Zen visited one master after another. He called upon Dukuon of Shokuku. Desiring to show his level of attainment, he said “The Mind, Buddha and sentient beings do not exist, the true nature of phenomena is emptiness, there is no realisation, no delusion, no sage and no mediocrity, …

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Taoist Wisdom

“A good traveller has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” (Lao Tzu)Your Qigong journey should have preconceptions. Focus on the few and miss the many of the myriad of qualities of Qi. —————————————– “He, who rushes ahead, does not go far.” (Lao Tzu)Some of my hill walking friends like to get to …

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Qigong Questions & Answers

I have had very many Qigong questions asked of me over the years and I wish that I had kept a note of all of them. That way I could follow my own progress as my answers must have changed over the years in line with my own understanding. These are the Qigong questions and …

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Taiji Classics – What do you get from them?

What do you get from the Taiji Classics? Do they give you any deeper insight into your Taiji? Chen Man Chin said “The Classics are our best link to our Taiji past. They are the basis of the art. By their nature they are discursive and redundant, but at the same time, profound. In the …

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Questions about The Five Taoist Yin

Working with the Yin Meridians - Metal

Questions about The Five Taoist Yin Over the decades I have had the opportunity to answer many questions about the Five Taoist Yin (AKA the Five Yin) Qigong that have been asked by my students. I’m sure that there are plenty of other questions out there and that some practitioners may already be asking some of the …

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Questions about Connecting Heaven & Earth Qigong

Over the decades I have had very many questions about Connecting Heaven and Earth Qigong asked of me. Many are repeated so I thought that it would be a good idea to add them to the Pro Holistic blog. That should, in theory at least, give practitioners who are not my direct students the chance …

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Questions about the Embroidered Brocade Qigong

embroidered brocade - white crane

These are some of the very many questions about the Embroidered Brocade Qigong that have been asked of me over the years and I wish that I had kept a note of all of them. Unfortunately I didn’t but these are some of the Qigong questions and answers that I do have on record. If …

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Working with the Yin Meridians

Working with the Yin Meridians - Metal

Qigong and the Yin Meridians When working with the Yin Meridians, Qigong can have a profound effect on specific ailments and help provide a route back to well-being. Each Element has its own qualities and governs certain aspects of our being. Therefore they have an impact on ailments that are associated with the things that …

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Five Taoist Yin Qigong – Course Feedback

The Five Taoist Yin Qigong - Fire

Comments from students From Dale “Enhance health and expand consciousness. The instructor is easy to understand and he presents clear explanations for the movements and their benefits.” From Junior ” Yes often times Qi Gong Courses are too pricey and give you little explanation. As a practitioner of Chinese Medicine, it is nice to have …

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Listening Jing – enhance your Qigong

Listening Jing. Take time to be aware of the changes in your Qi.

Without Listening Jing (listening to the Qi) you cannot do Qigong.  Without listening you are merely doing aerobic exercises. Disconnected piano keys Imagine a piano where the keys are not connected to the hammers.  Every key sounds the same, the same dull clunk.  It is only when the key is re-attached that the strings can …

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Stress and Respiration – Breathe your stress away

stress management - stressed out

Stress and Respiration The relationship between stress and respiration is a chicken and egg one.  Which came first?  Psychological stress impacts on respiration.  It often induces shallower, more rapid, breathing. Shallow, rapid, breathing can induce physiological stress that causes physical anxiety.  Those feelings of anxiety that are often described as “butterflies”, the ones that can …

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