Qigong for Beginners

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Qigong is an ancient practice of moving meditation, used to balance your ‘qi’ (roughly pronounced chee) – life force energy. Using movement and breath-work, you will learn, and feel for yourself, the strength and vitality that can be cultivated using Qigong, starting with the Shi Ba Shi.

The Shi Ba Shi is a set of 18 movements designed to improve a practitioner’s health and wellbeing. You’ll feel calmer, sleep better and get stronger in body and mind. This all-levels/beginners course will give you a solid foundation to build upon, and integrate into your daily routine. Your instructor, Michael MacBean, encourages you to explore the different ways of performing the Shi Ba Shi and adapt movements to suit your body and ability – “as long as you are applying the principles of Qigong movement, you can’t go wrong.”

Grounding ourselves in body and breath can enhance every part of our lives. A relative of Tai-Chi, this millennia-old practice teaches us to get out of our own way and let life-force flow through us freely. We all know that anxiety and stress are common symptoms of a modern lifestyle – a regular Qigong session can help us to live more peacefully, in the present moment. We hope these easy-to-follow tutorials will set you on a path to feeling calm and uplifted, every day.

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What you will learn

    • Introduction to Qigong / Tai Chi
    • The set of 18 movements that make up Shi Ba Shi – Set 1
    • Perform each move with confidence
    • Combine all 18 moves into a complete flowing set
    • Learn to relax, be mindful and reduce stress


Preview the course

Learn Qigong and Tai chi at home

The course includes:

  •   Over 110 minutes of on-demand video
  •     12 lessons
  •   1 downloadable resource
  •   Full lifetime access

Course content

  1. Introduction: Shi Ba Shi
  2. Warm Up
  3. Commencement / Open the Chest
  4. Rainbow Dance / Repulse Monkey
  5. Separating Clouds / Rowing the Boat
  6. Lifting the Ball / Look at the Moon
  7. Turning Waist to Push Palm / Cloud Hands
  8. Punching / Flying Goose
  9. Rotating the Wheel / Pushing the Wave
  10. Flying Pigeon / Look at the Sky / Touch the Sea
  11. Marching while Bouncing the Ball / Balance the Qi
  12. Shibashi Complete Set


These online, on-demand Qigong classes will guide you through the Shi Ba Shi – eighteen movements that are practiced all over the world to promote health and healing, for body and mind.

The Shi Ba Shi is the perfect introduction to Qigong and Tai-Chi. In each lesson you will learn a movement, from ‘Flying Goose’ to ‘Pushing The Wave.’ Eventually, you’ll be able to perform each movement with confidence and ease. You’ll slowly build up to combine all the elements into one complete, flowing set.

As with any age-old discipline, there are multiple interpretations of the sequence. Our experienced and dedicated instructor Michael MacBean will take you through one format, but if you come across alternative animal names, or ways of doing the same exercise slightly differently, do play around and have fun with it.

You will also be introduced to the fundamentals of Qigong and Tai-Chi. And as you know, we offer this course in a conducive format – we want you to be able to take time out to work through the videos at your own pace, allowing yourself to slow down and be mindful. You can replay the tutorials as many times as you like, and you’ll also have access to downloadable resource material.

FAQs - Qigong for Beginners

What is the difference between Qigong and Tai-chi?

There are several commonalities but essentially, Tai Chi is a martial art; and Qigong is a broader term for the cultivation of vital energy in the body. You could say that Qigong is the parent of Tai Chi.

Qi and Chi are pronounced in much the same way, but they do mean different things:

Tai: supreme, great or grand Chi: ultimate, extreme or ‘what is on top.’

Qi: life force or vital energy Gong: skill cultivated through steady practice

What do I need to wear when practicing?

Comfortable, loose fitting clothing that doesn’t inhibit your freedom of movement. Practicing barefoot (if you’re warm enough!) or with flat and flexible shoes is optimal – the relationship between the foot and the ground is important in Qigong. Sports shoes and trainers are often cushioned in different places, throwing us off our true alignment and away from a proper connection with the ground.

How often should I practice Qigong?

Ideally, it would be great to practice every day – even just for 10 minutes or so – to really feel the benefits. But don’t let that put you off, new habits can take time to integrate into your routine.

Can Qigong improve your health?

Absolutely. Qi-gong has been an integral part of Chinese medicine for thousands of years. Medical studies have repeatedly found that Qigong has a positive impact on bone density, cardiopulmonary functions (ie: blood pressure, heart rate, lung function), mobility and physical function, balance, and quality of life.

2 reviews for Qigong for Beginners

  1. John B.

    Very clear and easy to follow instruction. I feel more rested and refreshed after finishing the practice than I did when I started. Highly recommended.

  2. Maeve (verified owner)

    Having just started Qigong earlier this year, I find Michael’s classes extremely helpful in maintaining a regular practice and his calm, clear approach key to unlocking better understanding of the foundations of movement.
    I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to develop strength and mobility with a sense of ease and flow.

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Course instructor

Qigong Instructor

Michael MacBean

In his exploration of the Internal Arts, Michael has been studying Qigong and Tai Chi alongside Buddhist and Daoist meditation. His teaching focuses on pathing the way to a healthy mind by developing the body and the breath to support the self and allow personal development to grow.

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