What does a Tai Chi and Qi Gong class involve?

Ladies from the Bristol Women’s Trefoil Guild enjoying a Tai Chi and Qi Gong workshop

Tai Chi and Qi Gong in the Taijiwuxigong system includes three main types of exercise: Daoyin, Spontaneous movement exercises, and meditation. These work together to activate the body’s energy centre (or Dantian), open up the spine, and cleanse the body’s channels and meridians. The aim is self healing, and self-regulation of the body and mind.

In a Taijiwuxigong class every individual works at their own pace and in a way which is appropriate for their fitness and experience. There is no system of grading and no competition. On the contrary, complete beginners can work next to experienced practitioners in a supportive learning environment.

All you need to attend a class is some flat (preferably soft soled) shoes and comfortable clothes that are not too tight.

Spontaneous Movement exercises

Spontaneous movement might sound a bit strange! However this is a natural phenomenon of the human body and has an auto-regulatory function. For example when our eyes are dry, we blink; when our body is tired, we yawn. In a Taijiwuxigong class we use specific exercises to bring the force from the earth (earth force) into the body and activate the body’s energy centre (Dantian). This allows vibration force to move around the body, creating spontaneous movement and opening the channels and meridians. Spontaneous movement exercises are fun, but they have a clear purpose. The vibration force releases physical and mental stress. It stretches and opens the spine, the ligaments and the joints and allows body fluids to flow more freely, allowing the system to naturally clear sick information.

Daoyin Exercises

These are exercises with a guiding or directing function and a strong mental intention. They provide a counterpoint to the deep relaxation of spontaneous movement and are very specific.  The Wuxi Daoyin are a series of exercises designed to open and stretch the spinal column, correct body posture and expel sick information (or binqi) from the body. The Daoyin use mind, breath and body movement to guide sick information out of the body. Different exercises focus on specific parts of the body.

Meditation

Lying down or sitting exercises using mantras, sound and breathing. In Taijiwuxigong we use meditation to release mental tension and to increase the sensitivity of the body.

At a more advanced level, a spiritual dimension can also be explored, but this is something for individual choice and is not necessary in order to obtain benefit from the practice.