Qi Gong Classes
Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese practice, being one of the cornerstones of Chinese Medicine, alongside acupuncture and Tui Na (Chinese Medical massage). As such, it follows the Chinese theory of Yin Yang and consists of three main principles: body – breath – mind. It involves a series of exercises or practices, using both posture and movement sequences, breathing techniques and meditation.
Qi (pronounced ‘chee’) can be a difficult concept to grasp in English, especially as the Chinese write in characters or ideograms rather than words. It has been roughly translated as ‘energy’ or a ‘life force’ which flows through us. As Chinese Medicine practitioners we understand ‘that everything is qi and qi is everything that exists’ (Larre, A Study Of Qi 2006:5)
Gong is translated as ‘work’ or ‘discipline’ – a process where you take the time to connect with yourself and discover how your physical health and emotions resonate and change with your outer environment, so essentially it’s taking a moment out of the day for yourself.
Thus Qi Gong can be described as a regular mediative practice which enables individuals to cultivate their own qi and therefore support their health throughout the different seasons and through life changes.
There are many forms of Qi Gong and we teach practices which support health and well being by addressing specific physical, mental and emotional concerns, as well as acclimating and maintaining the body’s rhythms through the yearly cycle.
The classes are suitable for beginners and all ages and abilities – we run a rolling program allowing you to drop in and out at any time.
Michelle works as a qualified acupuncturist at Summertown Clinic (view her acupuncture profile here) and has a Diploma in Qi Gong teaching. She also holds a certificate in the study, practice and application of Tai Chi Chuan and Qi Gong by the International Tai Chi Institute. Michelle has a daily Qi Gong practice and regularly studies Qi Gong and its application under the care of Daoist Master Jeffrey Yuen.
As well as teaching classes in our health classes room at North Oxford Golf Club, Michelle also offers one to one Qi Gong sessions at Summertown Clinic.
John has studied Tai Ch Chuan and Qi Gong since 1994. He is also a qualified acupuncturist (2005) and Tui Nai practitioner (2009) and regularly updates his knowledge and understanding of classical Chinese Medicine under the guidance of Daoist Master Jeffrey Yuen. He has a diploma in Qi Gong teaching and a certificate in the study, practice and application of Tai Chi Chuan and QiGong by the International Tai Chi Institute.
Both John and Michelle are members of the British Acupuncture Council and therefore are insured to carry out Qi Gong classes.
All classes must be booked prior to attending either through the Summertown Clinic website (click here) or through the Summertown Clinic reception on 01865 558561.
Qi Gong at a glance
- Qi Gong is a regular meditative practice that helps individuals support their health through following a gentle series of postures or movements
- It is manageable for all ages and abilities
- Michelle and John are the teachers and they bring a wealth of experience and ideas to the classes
- The classes are held at North Oxford Golf Club, but 1:1 sessions are available at the clinic
- Booking is essential through our online system or via the clinic reception