Q. Isn't Qigong just for old people in the park?
A. Qigong is for EVERYONE, at any age. My teacher started training 6 years old! Many older people practice Qigong because it is an incredibly sustainable and effective way to exercise and stay healthy, while being gentle on the joints. Leonie's classes are targeted at professionals in their 30's and 40's (however all are welcome) - expect dynamic and challenging sequences as well as more gentle relaxing movements.
Q. How can Qigong help reduce physical pain, heal my injuries, regulate my hormones, help my digestive issues, heal my internal organs, help me sleep better, make me look younger, reduce my stress and anxiety AND help me gain clarity and perform better at work? This sounds like 'snake oil' to me!
A. Modern Western medicine often likes to compartmentalise the human body and frequently treats the area of disorder, or the area where disease appears, in isolation to the rest of the body. Whereas Traditional Chinese Medicine tends to have a more wholistic view of the human condition, and sees the root cause of all disease - physical, mental and emotional - as being stagnation - stagnant blood, stagnant energy, stagnation in your life situation and a lack of 'Qi', an imbalance of 'Qi', or an interruption in 'Qi' flowing smoothly. Just think of a stagnant body of water - it is so easy for bacteria, fungus and disease to form.
Qigong offers a systematic way to regulate and cultivate 'Qi', while cleaning out and shifting stagnant blood, oxygen and energy. This has an incredibly efficient and positive effect on ALL aspects of health, wellbeing and the human condition.
Q. Why Calligraphy Health Qigong? Isn't Calligraphy something to do with writing with a paint brush?
A: Unlike other styles of Yoga and Qigong, Calligraphy Health Qigong works with changing the physiology of the human body by increasing the production of 'Qi' or bio-magnetic energy in body. This is guiding the body’s chemistry through pathways known as 'meridians' to provide healing, health and longevity. Calligraphy Health Qigong works on the three main circulations in the human body (mental, blood and digestive), to produce an overall positive affect on a person’s health. Calligraphy Health Qigong movements are based on a 3 dimensional sphere. This exercises, stretches and cleans the body’s connective tissues and muscles in a much more comprehensive way than traditional static/flowing Qigong and Yoga postures.
Yes, Calligraphy Health Qigong received it's namesake from Asian brush writing. In the same way a Calligraphy artist moves his brush fluidly in one smooth consistent stream of characters, in the same way we practice Calligraphy Health Qigong in a flowing stream of smooth and fluid movement.
Q. What is 'Qi' anyway?
A. 'Qi', pronounced chee, means vitality, life-force or energy and is often translated as "air", "vapour" or "breath". Qi is the vital energy force that permeates the universe, animates a living organism and flows within the human body. Qi is essential for the smooth functioning of internal organ systems. In Yogic traditions this energy is referred to as Chiti, Kundalini and Prana. In. Japanese traditions this energy is called Ki.