Qigong is a Chinese healing practice drawing from the Taoist tradition combining posture, movement, breathing and focussed intent. The word Qigong literally means energy cultivation. It provides a wonderful complement to yoga with soft, circular movements counterpointing yoga’s more linear shapes.
A qi gong and yoga fusion sequence to release feelings of being stuck, feeling tense, or just when you’re not in your flow. With some chair variations to make all the practices more accessible, this sequence uses qi gong and yoga to clear out stagnation and shift your tension. A chair can be used in this practice to make the class accessible to all.
Invigorate with Qigong
This Qigong class is a gentle way to awaken your energy. Suitable for the morning or anytime you feel sluggish and need to get your energy flowing. Start by systematically waking up our joint spaces followed by gentle meridian stimulation. Then continue to awaken the entire body with poses such as constant bear, wild horse, shaking and pulses. Class concludes with centring and breathing ready to move on with the day. You don't need a mat for this class, so it's perfect for a limited space or even for practicing outdoors.
Qigong for Anxiety
A Qigong class with gentle movements to help to calm, ground and ease anxiety. In Qigong and Chinese medicine, anxiety arises when the flow of qi, or life energy, through our organs and meridians becomes stuck, stagnant or caught in chaotic whirlpools. In this class we’ll do practices to support our qi to flow in more natural, balanced ways. When this happens, the tendencies towards restlessness, worry and fear - all things that can trigger anxiety - can gradually start to fall away. All you’ll need is some comfortable clothes and some space to stand.
Qigong Balance Series 3: Emotional Balance
The third class in the qigong balance series uses movements, mudras and visualisations to guide you through the Chinese organs and meridian systems – each of which has a related emotion. For example, the liver relates to anger, the heart to joy, the spleen to sympathy, the lungs to grief, and the kidneys to fear. When we can help support the optimal function of these organ and meridian systems, our emotions will also naturally find greater natural expression and balance. No props are needed, not even a mat!
Qigong Balance Series 2: Energetic Balance
This qigong and yoga class is fabulous for balancing our energy levels and is perfect for re-charging fatigue at any time of the day. Tapping into the flow of energy can support greater inner strength and awareness, and help you better self-regulate and maintain your energy levels throughout th day. You’ll need a mat and maybe a bolster for the end in savasana.
Qigong Balance Series 1: Structural Balance
The first class in this series explores your body’s structural capacity to balance. Movements are gentle, slow and mindful, and this qigong class is an ideal daily practice as we move through the years, to keep our balance and strength. Through yoga and qigong postures that target the feet, legs, and a concept called cross-lateral connectivity, you will discover ways to more easily and gracefully stand on one leg! This is a good series for those who don’t wish to weight bear on their arms, hands and wrists. No props are needed, not even a mat!
Yoga for Autumn
This is a well-rounded yoga class perfect for crisp Autumn mornings, or early evenings and brings together mindful yoga, qigong movements and breath work. Expect balances such as eagle and dancer pose. Release what no longer serves you as summer turns to autumn with this class which helps you to bring your energy back down to earth as you prepare for winter.
Yoga & Qi Gong for Inspiration, Transformation & Growth
This audio class will focus on three qualities associated with meridians within the body. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the lung meridian represents inspiration, the spleen meridian represents transformation and the liver meridian represents growth. This gentle Qi Gong and yoga inspired sequence is ideal for when you feel a bit stuck and need some encouragement or motivation to cultivate expansion. You may wish to use a chair or a park bench to assist you with some of the movements.
Haven for the Heart
In this audio class, Joo leads you through a Qi Gong sequence to create a haven for the heart. This gentle class is perfect for those days when things get a little too much to handle, or you feel vulnerable or shaken up. Use this slow flow to retreat to a safe space and reconnect with yourself to rediscover what it important and true for you; learn to trust your innate wisdom. This audio class is ideal for taking your practice outside to the garden or park. You may wish to grab a blanket as the class starts laying down.
Qigong and Restorative Yoga: Finding Ease
Third in the series, Qigong and Restorative Yoga focuses on finding ease. This class opens the chest and shoulders. Often, ease eludes us because we feel tension, we feel stuck in our bodies. The qigong class starts with a qigong practice which fosters ease through tension release and heart-opening. We will then do some gentle restorative yoga practices to finish. You'll need a yoga bolster or sofa cushion, and a blanket for the restorative yoga.
Qigong and Restorative Yoga: Finding Balance
This is the second class in the three-part series, Qigong and Restorative Yoga. The first part of this class is a qigong elemental practice that will help balance the Chinese Five Elements of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water in your constitution. We will then do some quieting restorative practices to finish. You’ll want to have a yoga bolster or sofa cushion and a blanket.
Qigong and Restorative Yoga: Finding Harmony
Finding Harmony is the first of three classes in the series of Qigong and Restorative Yoga. It focuses on harmonising breath, body movement and the balance of yin and yang. It can be hard to find harmony in our lives of conflicting needs and priorities. Class starts with active qigong and then go on to a relaxing restorative yoga class. Ideally, have a yoga bolster and two blankets. Alternatively, you can also use a sofa cushion and two bed pillows.
Swimming Dragon Qigong
Get Grounded Prep Class
Find some lovely tools to put in your toolkit to get grounded, rooted and present to your life. A perfect warm up class to earth mandala flow, or any class. Starting with foot mobility and stability exercises - open up the feet, ground to earth, use myofascial release to massage your feet using a tennis ball. A really useful exercise to keep the feet mobile and pain free, but also to keep a sense of connection with the earth. Qigong poses help you to keep the energy grounded followed by some Yin Supine hamstring stretches and then grounding breath-work.You will need a tennis ball, bricks and a strap.
Gentle Yoga to Nourish and Support Series: (5) Effortless Ease
In this final class of this series of yoga/qi-gong moves to nourish, support and revitalise the body and mind, we orientate our practice toward effortless ease. In Chinese this is a concept known as wuwei, or effortless effort. It is something we cannot strive toward but rather a quality that arises spontaneously through steady cultivation and practice. As such, we will take the ideas of rooting, rising, aligning and balancing and see what is possible in working with the fluid flow of effortless ease.
Gentle Yoga to Nourish and Support Series: (4) The Yin/Yang Balance
With this class we take the ideas of rooting and feeling our body aligned between the skies above and earth below into a more full balance of yin and yang. This session will build a combination of strength and softness in the arms and hands and upper and lower body. When the energies of yin and yang come into balance in our bodies, it is known as the Tai Chi Axis.
Gentle Yoga to Nourish and Support Series: (3) Between Heaven & Earth
Building on the last class’s focus on rooting to rise, this yoga qi-gong class builds a combination of strength and softness in the arms and hands and upper and lower body. Bring energy upward from stable roots to the spine. We will work to lengthen it and feel how our bodies can become a healthy and nourished axis between heaven and earth.
Gentle Yoga to Nourish and Support Series: (2) Rooting to Rise
In Chinese, there is a saying ‘gen shen di gu’, which means when the roots and deep the foundations are strong. From Moving with the Breath, we shift the focus to rooting firmly down in the earth and allowing our bodies to rise from this firm root up toward the sky. We will practice some more dynamic standing poses after an initial warm-up we practiced in class #1 to feel this connection more fully in our body.