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Qigong translates as 'life force practice'. This ancient technique combines slow, considered movements with breath and mental engagement.

Often called 'Chinese yoga', Qigong encourages the free flow of Qi (energy). Qigong leaves you feeling fit, energised, sculpted and strong. It encourages restorative sleep, good digestion, better mood and vitality. Largely undiscovered in the West, Qigong is quite simply the ultimate self-healing technique.

How does it work?

Qigong boosts your oxygen uptake and circulation, but while your body is relaxed. This means you are building your capacity to store and generate your reserves of Qi, rather than just depleting them through exercise.

In Chinese medicine, the organs are responsible for the health of the body. Working at muscular-skeletal level is not enough. Qigong nourishes and strengthens all of the organs - but, unlike strenuous workouts, doesn't strain them.

What are the advantages of Qigong?

Quite simply one of the most profound techniques you can learn for your health, both physical and mental; Qigong has been shown in Western research studies to offer the following benefits:

  • Reduces anxiety
  • Reduces cortisol and stress hormones
  • Reduces systemic inflammation
  • Improves immune function
  • Improves sleep quality
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Improoves mood
  • Positive effect on bone health

Qigong boosts your oxygen uptake and circulation, but while your body is relaxed. This means you are building your capacity to store and generate your reserves of Qi, rather than just depleting them through exercise.

Who should do Qigong?

Qigong leaves you feeling fit, energised, sculpted and strong. But more importantly, it works to encourage restorative sleep, good digestion, better mood and vitality. Shrouded in mystery in the East and undiscovered in the West, Qigong is quite simply the ultimate self healing technique.

Where should I start?

*If you feel tired yet wired, lacking in energy and struggling with your fitness, start with the 12 Rivers and Heaven and Earth then work up to Animals.

*If you are a fitness fanatic, you can go straight into dynamic Qigong, and add in Breathwork and meditation to relax your nervous system.

Listen to how your body is feeling. Even if you are super fit, if your limbs are tired then recovery is key. Weave breathing and gentle movements into your workout schedule for hugely beneficial results.