"To a mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders" Lao Tze
What is Qi Gong?
Qi Gong is a system of "internal arts" training that originates in the Daoist and Buddhist traditions of ancient China. It can be translated as "energy work" - energy in this context referring to a process of transformation that occurs within and between the body and the mind. It's techniques involve standing, moving and sitting practices that work with the breath, the awareness and soft tissues of the body. These methods aim to clear and regulate the meridians (energy pathways) of the body which in turn bring improved physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.
People traditionally practiced Qi Gong for a variety of reasons - including medical health, increased martial power or as a form of moving meditation geared towards profound internal change. The process that occurs when Qi Gong is practiced regularly is called "Nei Gong" or "internal work". The benefits of Nei Gong can include
- higher energy levels
- increased physical health and flexibility
- a brighter and clearer mind
- accelerated personal evolution, naturally uprising patience, courage, insight, empathy and inner peace
- better levels of immunity to external pathogens and viruses
- deeper connection to self, others and the environment
- spontaneity, inner freedom and creativity
- profound inner stillness and raised levels of consciousness.
What does a class involve?
The training largely follows the syllabus of Lotus Nei Gong International, the global Nei Gong school of Damo Mitchell, of which Ryan is a senior student. There is usually a good physical warm-up and stretch to start the class - opening the body and loosening the joints, always adjusted to the levels of fitness and flexibility of those who come to train. After the warm-up, Ryan will lead the class through the various forms, which might include sitting practices, standing postures, stepping forms and simple movements. During the training, many of the exercises may take you to the edge of your comfort zone, but the long lasting effect is beneficial.
Ryan runs classes and retreats, as well as offering one-to-one tuition. Please get in touch for more information.