A new year is a great time to do something different and learn a new skill. It is a good time to come to the centre, connect with others, make new friends and try a new class! Our Qigong practitioner Marilyn Harvey explains more about this ancient healing practice.
Qigong has been used for thousands of years to prevent and heal illness, boost vitality and enhance longevity. It has also been used to develop spiritual awareness.
Techniques include slow, soft, smooth movements or still static forms, synchronised with deep abdominal breathing.
Benefits of Qigong
The benefits of Qigong are numerous and work on many different levels:
- Great stress buster
- Immune booster
- Improves circulation
- Enhances brain function – i.e memory, concentration,
- Improves poor breathing patterns – better lung function
Qigong Classes at Pauls Cancer Centre
This February will see the start of a new class format for the weekly Tuesday, qigong class. The first half of the class (45 minutes), will be a level 1 class for total beginners. It will include gentle, effective qigong exercises.
The second half of the class will be a level 2 class, which is more advanced for qigong regulars. Regular students are of course welcome to attend both sessions.
Common Questions/Concerns about the Qigong class:
What if I have an injury and cannot do all the movements?
There is no pressure to feel you have to do all the movements. Different students who come to the qigong class have varying restricted movement, in certain parts of their body. They still come and enjoy the class and there is no reason why you cannot do the same.
I can’t stand for long, so I don’t think I will be able to do the whole class. Should I not come?
Many of the qigong exercises can be adapted and done on a chair so you can still participate.
You can sit out at any stage and work within your own comfort zone.
Please note, qigong is not competitive in any way. It is about your own journey and learning, being calm and quiet inside, to assist your own well-being.
It does not matter if another student looks more flexible, or can do movements that you cannot. In qigong, the mind is very important. If your mind is calm and quiet, you are still benefiting from the qigong movements.
The qigong class is a very healing and welcoming space for everyone.
What’s the next Step?
There is no need to book. Qigong classes run on Tuesdays, 2.00pm for the beginners class. I look forward to seeing you at a class in February!