Qigong

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. 

 

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  • Qigong for a Compassionate Heart24:18
    Qigong for a Compassionate Heart

    Mimi Kuo-Deemer

    Compassion is a natural quality that begins to arise when we begin to free ourselves from the fetters that bind the heart. Qigong forms that help us embody the freedom and spaciousness of the heart will then lead into a practice that awakens our compassion. All forms will be done standing, but they can also be done seated. No mat necessary!



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  • Qigong for Nourishing the Heart23:29
    Qigong for Nourishing the Heart

    Mimi Kuo-Deemer

    In addition to pumping and circulating our blood tirelessly all day long, our hearts also work to metabolise all life experience. As such, it deserves to be nurtured and appreciated. This is exactly what we will do in this qigong class! Qigong Fire element meridian forms are followed by practices that cultivate playful intentions and healing energy. All forms will be done standing, but they can also be done seated. No mat necessary! All levels of mobility welcome, these practices are accessible to all bodies.



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  • Qigong for Calming the Heart25:37
    Qigong for Calming the Heart

    Mimi Kuo-Deemer

    In Chinese medicine and Qigong, the heart is seen as the sovereign and ruler of your body. In this gentle qigong class, we explore movements that help calm the heart and help it govern our bodily domain with care, spaciousness and ease. These gentle Qigong forms are accessible to bodies, yet are powerfully calming. This practise can be done standing, but you can also do them all seated in a chair. No mat is required.



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  • Release Tension29:17
    Release Tension

    Joo Teoh

    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.



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  • Invigorate with Qigong19:29
    Invigorate with Qigong

    Rakhee Jasani

    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.



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  • Qigong for Anxiety24:45
    Qigong for Anxiety

    Mimi Kuo-Deemer

    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.



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  • Qigong Balance Series 3: Emotional Balance37:07
    Qigong Balance Series 3: Emotional Balance

    Mimi Kuo-Deemer

    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!



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  • Qigong Balance Series 2:  Energetic Balance36:11
    Qigong Balance Series 2: Energetic Balance

    Mimi Kuo-Deemer

    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.



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  • Qigong Balance Series 1: Structural Balance23:36
    Qigong Balance Series 1: Structural Balance

    Mimi Kuo-Deemer

    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!



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  • Yoga for Autumn44:39
    Yoga for Autumn

    Rakhee Jasani

    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.



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  • Yoga & Qi Gong for Inspiration, Transformation & Growth41:12
    Yoga & Qi Gong for Inspiration, Transformation & Growth

    Joo Teoh

    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.



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  • Haven for the Heart28:44
    Haven for the Heart

    Joo Teoh

    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.



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  • Qigong and Restorative Yoga: Finding Ease24:13
    Qigong and Restorative Yoga: Finding Ease

    Mimi Kuo-Deemer

    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.



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  • Qigong and Restorative Yoga: Finding Balance26:56
    Qigong and Restorative Yoga: Finding Balance

    Mimi Kuo-Deemer

    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.



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  • Qigong and Restorative Yoga: Finding Harmony26:26
    Qigong and Restorative Yoga: Finding Harmony

    Mimi Kuo-Deemer

    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.



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  • Swimming Dragon Qigong20:44
    Swimming Dragon Qigong

    Mimi Kuo-Deemer

    This Qigong class a version of Swimming dragon which moves through the Chinese five elements and builds strength, balance and focus. It is based on the work of Gerald Sharp and is one of Mimi's favourite qigong sequences!



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  • Get Grounded Prep Class21:55
    Get Grounded Prep Class

    Jonelle Lewis

    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.



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  • Gentle Yoga to Nourish and Support Series: (5) Effortless Ease28:37
    Gentle Yoga to Nourish and Support Series: (5) Effortless Ease

    Mimi Kuo-Deemer

    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.



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