Mindful movement is an effective way to optimize health

Qi gong is a Daoist process  of cultivating Qi.  Practice is aimed at both rehabilitation and optimization of health and well-being. More advanced practices lead beyond immediate health concerns into self-cultivation and, further still, into internal transformation. 

My classes and workshops are best described as challenging but fun: an integrative approach, including explanations/discussions of how aspects of these arts overlap with physiology and scientific understanding. There is individual, partner, and group work.

As an instructor of the Lotus Nei Gong School of Daoist Arts, time is spent establishing correct structure, preparing the body and repairing health.  Level 1 includes stretching and softening the body, spine waves and scapula work, Wuji postures, moving forms, Fire and Water with the Kua, Lower Dan tian work, Dao Yin practice, Zi Fa gong (spontaneous Qi movements), and Hunyuan Qi gong. When appropriate, the skills of Ting (listening attention) and Sung (active release) are introduced and developed.

Humour is important.

Students are encouraged to start a personal practice.

 

“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 use the Beijing 24-step form which incorporates representative movements of Yang style as a practice for health maintenance. I do not teach martial applications. This is a simplified version of Tai chi suitable for beginners. However, classes can be challenging as we work on traditional tai chi principles and skill development from my perspective as a bodywork therapist. I do not simply teach choreography. There is no music. [Please note: these tai chi classes are not part of Lotus nei gong syllabus]

You put so much into your classes to help us understand. Thank you. We have learnt so much in this first year!” Lesley (talking about tai chi).

 

Qualifications relating to classes:

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 then 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 Nei Gong 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 also have training in Fascia Fitness from Robert Schleip-a pioneer of fascia research in modern integrated bodywork, Oriental medicine and Shiatsu therapy with the Shiatsu College, UK, and a PhD in the interaction between physiology and behaviour in mammals. 

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