Qigong & Tai chi

 Wudang, China (2008)

Qigong is a Taoist process of personal transformation. It means ‘developing Qi skills’.  The practice involves mindful awareness of physical, emotional, and mental habits so that they can be transformed.  Qigong can be used for rehabilitation or for optimization of health. More advanced practices lead us beyond mere health concerns. 

Classes are challenging but fun. They include explanations/discussions of how aspects of the Taoist arts overlap with Western physiology and scientific understanding. There is individual, partner, and group work. Standing postures are very important. Postural alignments are crucial to avoid injury and to enhance flow of fluids and Qi. Joints open, soft tissue lengthens, the spine becomes supple and flexible.

There are regular day-long workshops which go deeper into our practice.

Humour is important.

New students are encouraged to start a daily practice of standing meditation and breathing techniques for a few months after which practice is adapted to suit their individual needs.

“I found Qigong or it found me, I’m not sure. However, it is the start of a wonderful (and at times annoying and sickening) journey. Cindy is the perfect guide along this path. She blends the East and West, the science and the esoteric perfectly. An added bonus is that she is just the right kind of bonkers. A brilliant teacher.”    Ben Grief (Science teacher)

“Cindy is an erudite and skilled teacher with a great sense of humour!”    Sue Holland (Psychotherapist)

My Tai chi classes are based on the Beijing 24 form which uses representative movements of Yang style as a practice for health maintenance. This is a simplified version of Tai chi developed by the Chinese government, to be suitable for beginners. Although simplified, classes incorporate the tai chi prinicples in line with the premise that we are working on ourselves, not simply learning a form.

Regular Classes

Qigong @ Gissing Community Building, nr. Diss, Tuesdays 6.00 – 7.30pm 

Qigong @ The Wellbeing centre, Norwich, monthly Saturdays

Tai chi @ Hoxne village hall, nr Eye, Wednesdays 10.00-11.30

Tai chi @ Mendham & Withersdale village hall, nr Harleston, Thursdays 10.00 -11.30

Call 07873114682 for booking. Thank you.

Qualifications:

After training with teachers Dr Shen Hongxun and Zhixing Wang during the 1990s,  I undertook a two year teacher training at the College of Elemental Chi Kung, London, 2000. I certified as an instructor of Dragon & Tiger medical Qigong with Director of Energy Arts International, Bruce Frantzis. I met and began training with Damo Mitchell of Lotus neigong 12 years ago, traveled to Wudang in China, to learn Internal Alchemy with teacher Hu Xuezhi, author of Revealing the Tao Te Ching. I am a Qigong instructor of Lotus neigong material and continue to develop further through regular LNG retreats and instruction.

I wrote the Foreword for Damo Mitchell’s first book, ‘Nei gong: Taoist process of internal change’ (Singing Dragon), and edited one of Master Lam’s many books, ‘Walking Chi Kung’ (Gaia books).