Tai Chi / Qigong (pronounced Chee Goong)
Our Tai Chi and Lohan Qigong Exercise class is composed of a series of easy to follow warmup exercises combining self massage to stimulate the skin an muscle circulation, and warming up of the body joints. this class incorporates breathing exercises to relax the lungs and expand the chest cavity, and to calm the mind. Walking Tai chi and Qigong exercises then help to exercise and limber up the spine, and to stimulate the balance, and stimulate the circulation. Finally, each week we will concentrate on one movement from the 18 Lohan Qigong set. Over a series of classes, students will gradually become familiar with the 18 Lohan Qigong set and then be able to join in with the 18 Lohan Qigong form training class.
Lohan Qigong is a traditional system of Qigong therapeutic exercises which could be described as a cross between TaiChi and Yoga. It is part of the Chan Family Shaolin ChoyLeeFut Kung Fu system, with its origins in the Shaolin Temple as far back as the 6th century AD. Traditionally only taught within the Chan Family Choy Lee Fut clan, this system of therapeutic exercises is quite unique and not widely available in comparison with standard forms of Tai chi.
It is an effective health promoting exercise, combining stretching co-ordinated with the breathing, and is excellent for balance, stretching of the joints, building internal body strength, and for relaxation of the Mind.
The 18 Lohan Qigong form is the basis for the Lohan Qigong system, and is a great all round exercise that can be performed in many ways to suit the physical needs of the individual according to their body's limitations or abilities. It is the perfect start to each day and when done regularly can greatly improve musculoskeletal ailments and keep the body going well into your old age.
More advanced students can then proceed to learning some of the higher level forms within the Lohan Qigong system.
The Lohan Qigong system has several other higher level forms including: