I teach Tai chi and Qi Gong exercises from the Taijiwuxigong system (pronounced Tai ChI Woo She Gong). These exercises were developed from the principles of Tai Chi by my teacher Dr Shen Hongxun. The focus is on improving posture and clearing negative information (known as binqi) through the body’s energy channels and meridians. This can include metabolic waste products and emotional information. The exercises can benefit adults of all ages and children and are a fun way to improve your physical and mental health. There is something to suit everyone, from dynamic physical exercises, to quiet/mindful sitting or lying down exercises. Classes also include a meditation. All the exercises can be adapted and practised by anyone, regardless of your age, previous experience or level of mobility.
Taijiwuxigong was the most successful qigong system developed in China in the 1980’s. As such it was endorsed as the most effective system at the 1988 World Qigong Congress held in Beijing.
What does a Tai Chi and Qi Gong class involve?
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 everyone 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.
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. We use mind, breath and body movement to guide sick information out of the body. Different exercises focus on specific parts of the body.
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. You can still feel great and benefit from the practice without it.