Sun, 28 Jan|
ONLINE: White Tiger Qigong & the Rhythm of Breath - Breath Your Way to Wellness
These powerful techniques support awakening your inner vitality! Be ready for change - these movements energise as well as support true, deep relaxation by opening the Qi flow through the fascial lines and Meridians.
Time & Location
28 Jan 2024, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
About the event
NB In case you are unable to attend one of the live events, each session will be recorded and uploaded via private link 1 hour after the scheduled class ends. The recording will be available for view for 7 days after the original session.
The dates are: SATURDAY - 20th January, SUNDAY 28th January, SATURDAY 3rd Feb and SATURDAY 10th Feb - 3:30pm to 4:30pm Adelaide time.
PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU ARE OVERSEAS AND WOULD LIKE TO PAY VIA PAYPAL.
Discover the Hidden Well Spring of Power in your Body with WHITE TIGER TAOIST MEDICAL QIGONG - a powerful and effective meditative movement & exercise system used to cultivate inner peace and vitality, and promote healing and wellness.
Join White Tiger Qigong Instructor Sarah Divine, in a series of 4 weekly classes (to be followed by a further 4-week term), as we explore ancient Qigong exercises, inner alchemy and breathing techniques for healing and transformation. The focus will be on enhancing physical, physiological, emotional and mental wellbeing through optimising the breath.
What is Qigong Breathwork?
Qigong breathwork is a practice rooted in traditional Chinese medicine and involves specific breathing techniques and movements to cultivate and balance the body's vital energy, known as "Qi." It is believed that when the Qi flows smoothly and harmoniously throughout the body, it promotes good health and well-being.
When it comes to breathwork in Qigong, there are several ways it can contribute to better health:
- Oxygenation: Deep and controlled breathing in Qigong helps to increase oxygen intake. This oxygenates the blood and organs, improving their functionality and overall energy levels. Sufficient oxygen supply is vital for the proper functioning of our cells, tissues, and organs.
- Stress reduction: The slow and mindful breathing techniques in Qigong activate the relaxation response in the body, reducing stress and promoting a state of calmness. By activating the parasympathetic nervous system, it counteracts the effects of chronic stress, such as elevated heart rate and blood pressure, and helps to restore balance.
- Improved circulation: The rhythmic breathing patterns in Qigong help improve circulation by facilitating the movement of blood and lymphatic fluids throughout the body. Enhanced circulation ensures that nutrients and oxygen are delivered efficiently to cells, while waste products and toxins are removed effectively.
- Balancing the autonomic nervous system: Qigong breathwork can influence the autonomic nervous system, which regulates involuntary bodily functions. It helps to balance the sympathetic and parasympathetic branches of the nervous system, leading to improved digestion, better sleep patterns, and enhanced overall physiological equilibrium.
- Mind-body connection: Qigong breathwork encourages a deep connection between the mind and body. Focusing on the breath and the present moment cultivates mindfulness and self-awareness. This mind-body connection can positively impact mental health, emotional well-being, and the body's ability to heal itself.
- Energy cultivation: Qigong breathwork aims to enhance the flow of Qi throughout the body's energy channels or meridians. By consciously directing and circulating Qi, it is believed that blockages and imbalances can be resolved, leading to improved vitality, immune function, and overall health.
What Will We Do in These Sessions?
- learn how to manipulate your breath to support energising or relaxing.
- see how breath is the over-arching driver of movement and what it feels like to experiment with breath rhythm during movement.
- discover an ancient breathing practice that stimulates and nourishes your brain, activates and connects the energy storage centres in the body and brings deep peace and emotional & mental balance.
Movements will be selected from the Trinity system of White Tiger Qigong as well as from the White Tiger Meridian Qigong sequence.
These resources explain these Qigong practices in depth:
This link provides more information about the various breathwork practices in White Tiger Qigong:
Studies have shown that stress markers go down and immune markers increase after just ONE session of Qigong. Imagine what could happen if you make this part of your regular practice!
Beginners and those with experience alike will find inspiration and benefit. All practices can be modified to suit different levels of ability.
These powerful techniques support awakening your inner vitality! Be ready for change - these movements energise as well as support true, deep relaxation by opening the Qi flow through the fascial lines and Meridians. Qigong offers practical exercises that hold the capacity to heal old injuries, release emotional trauma, restore vital energy, and rejuvenate your spirit. Qigong is also a powerful exercise for preventative health care from illness and disease states. White Tiger Qigong combines ancient practices with modern sports science for optimal effect. Dynamic exercises are coupled with rhythmic, deep breathing, and harnessed intention of mind focus and spirit.
About Your Instructor: You will be expertly guided by Sarah Divine, Senior White Tiger Qigong Instructor, who also holds a master's degree in sport and exercise science. Sarah has been practising Qigong since 2010 and teaching since 2015. She trained initially with Master Mantak Chia in the Universal Healing Tao Qigong system, and has been studying and training with Master Tevia Feng in White Tiger Qigong since 2016. She is now the most qualified White Tiger Qigong instructor in Australia.
Sarah is a member of the International Institute of Complementary Therapists and Ausactive (formerly Fitness Australia), as well as an associate member of ESSA (Exercise & Sport Science Australia).
Please wear comfortable, loose clothing. We either train barefoot, or with flexible thin-soled shoes. Also, make sure that your stomach is not full. I recommend eating at the very latest one hour prior to practising Qigong (and then only a light meal). For a heavier meal, I would leave at least two hours between eating and practice.
You need the space of a yoga mat, plus sufficient space to swing your arms around in all directions. Some of the Qigong forms are walking forms, but these can be modified to do in place if you don't have sufficient space. Please have a chair handy for some seated practice.
If you have any health concerns regarding any part of the practice, please contact me in advance. I am a qualified exercise scientist, but you need to get clearance to exercise from an exercise physiologist or other suitable health professional if you have an injury or a chronic health condition.