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.