In our Qigong classes we practice Qigong in its truest sense……………. we work with Qi. Qigong (pronounced chee gong) is an ancient Chinese Art that was developed for the following uses:-
- Health and wellbeing resulting in the practitioner being proactive with their health.
- Medicinal, where Qigong is used within Traditional Chinese Medicine.
- Spiritual Qigong accesses the consciousness and practitioners can attain higher states of awareness and perception.
- Martial Qigong is used to toughen and strengthen the body.
In our classes we focus on health and wellbeing with more advanced students practicing Spiritual (Shen) Qigong.
East Kilbride Qigong Classes Details: –
- Location – John Wright Sports Centre, Calderwood Road, East Kilbride, G74 3EU.
- Day – Tuesday.
- Time – 8:15 till 9:15 pm.
- Cost – £32.00 per month
- Instructor – Des Lawton
- Further information – ‘Phone Des on 01355266011 or use the form on the Contact Us page.
Glasgow Qigong Class Details: –
- Our focus in February and March will be the Five Taoist Yin Qigong.
- Location – The Wee Retreat, 2 Myrtle Park, Glasgow, G42 8UQ
- Day – Wednesday.
- Time – 8:30 till 9:30 pm.
- Classes cost – £8.00 per class, payable monthly
- Instructor – Des Lawton
- For further information about our Qigong classes, ‘phone Des on 01355266011 or use the form on the Contact Us page.
Health and Wellbeing
We would all like to make improvements to our health and well being (and therefore to our lives). In the western world this usually involves going to the gym and expelling lots of energy while thinking about the other things that we “should” be doing.
There is another way, one that has been practiced in China for thousands of years. It can be practiced anywhere and anytime and is a pleasure to do. It is a method that does not need specialised equipment or lots of space. So, if your goal for improvement includes any of the following, Qigong may well be your best way forward.
Would you like to: –
- lower your stress levels
- increase your vitality
- have better quality sleep
- have better posture
- reduce the number of tension headaches you get
- have a better, more efficient, immune system
- lower, or regulate, your blood pressure
- reduce chronic pain
These exercises are easy to learn and, once learned, they are an enjoyment rather than a chore. An hour out of your day to attend this class could have a lasting, beneficial, effect on your life. So, what are you waiting for?
Here are some of the many benefits of Qigong practice: –
- Skeletal System – Improves posture, lowers impact on the joints and lowers wear and tear.
- Muscular System – Increases strength, stamina and flexibility. Reduces muscular tension and, therefore, the incidence of tension headaches.
- Cardiovascular System – Lowers the heart rate (resting). Regulates the blood pressure and helps increase circulation.
- Respiratory System – Promotes abdominal breathing, lowers the respiration rate and improves the gaseous exchange.
- Lymphatic System – The slow, regular, movements have a peristaltic effect that clears out, and helps to keep clear, the lymph nodes. This assists the body’s immune system.
- Immune System – By lowering stress levels, Qigong prevents the accumulation of cortisol, adrenalin and noradrenalin. Excessive cortisol can suppress the immune system, increase blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
- Mental Health – Lowers stress levels. Reduces anxiety. Reduces depression. Reduces the tendency for mood swings. Leaves you feeling more content and happier. Can improve focus and memory. Has an effect on the sleep pattern and can reduce insomnia and provide more restorative sleep.
- Pain – Has been show to provide pain reduction from injury, surgery, arthritis, fibromyalgia, etc.
If we delve deeper into just one of the benefits…………………
Qigong and Stress
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 make you feel sick.
- Those symptoms of physical stress lead to a deepening of psychological stress.
- Combined, they set a detrimental cycle in motion. A cycle that grows in strength unless it is broken.
So it appears that the question of which came first is not really relevant. What is relevant is that we are empowered to break the cycle by learning how to regulate our breathing.
What is your respiration rate? Breathing at your normal rate, how many times do you respire (breath in and out) per minute? 12 respirations per minute is good………. Upwards of 16 is not so good……………..
Just looking at the physical aspect of Qigong, the exercises utilise relaxed, deep, abdominal breathing to help calm the body and the mind. They are simple and effective, and only take a few minutes to do. They lower both psychological and physiological stress through the use of biofeedback.
- The practitioner does the exercise at their own respiration rate (this can be high to begin with).
- When the practitioner focuses on the breathing, the repetitive movement starts to affect the brainwave pattern, lowering it to Alpha wave.
- Alpha relaxes the body and the breathing becomes more relaxed and deeper.
- This, in turn, lowers the brainwave pattern further and induces further relaxation and a feeling of wellbeing.
Practiced on a regular basis, the practitioner’s respiration becomes slower, deeper, and more relaxed. This can stop the stress cycle from being formed and induces calmness even in stressful situations.
Our Qigong classes include: –
- The Shibashi (The 18 Posture Taiji Qigong)
- The Five Taoist Yin
- The Eight Exceptional Vessels
- The Ten Fundamental Treasures
- Connecting Heaven and Earth
- The Five Elements dance
- The Four Shen
- The Embroidered Brocade
- The Ba Duan Jin
- Dao Yin
Interested in Qigong? Why not join the San Bao Qigong community on Facebook. We are a group of friendly practitioners who are keen to share their experience! Click here to request to join – sanbaoschool.co.uk/community
Further information on the benefits of Qigong classes: –
- In this episode of the BBC’s Trust me I’m a Doctor (series 8, episode 6) they compare the benefits of Taiji (Actually what they are performing is the Qigong set known as The Shibashi) with those of high activity exercises such as Zumba. Michael Mosley was really surprised by the results.
- A Comprehensive Review of Health Benefits of Qigong and Taiji
- Chi Kung Ameliorates Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue: A Pilot Uncontrolled Study.
- A review of clinical trials of tai chi and qigong in older adults.
- Psychophysiological outcomes of health qigong for chronic conditions: A systematic review.
- Cognitively Oriented Behavioral Rehabilitation in Combination with Chi Kung for Patients on Long-Term Sick Leave Because of Burnout: REST-A Randomized Clinical Trial.
- A preliminary study of the effects of Tai Chi and Chi Kung medical exercise on indicators of metabolic syndrome, glycaemic control, health related quality of life, and psychological health in adults with elevated blood glucose.