Chi Gung / Qi Gong in Basingstoke and Caversham for Beginners
Relax, de-stress and improve your sense of health and wellbeing with Qi Gong
Regular classes in Qi Gong for beginners in Basingstoke and Caversham, Reading from a qualified teacher with many years' experience, as well as 1-2-1 training and corporate Chi Gung throughout north Hampshire and Berkshire.
Mainly working with the simple Dragon and Tiger Qi Gong set, these Chi Gung (Qi Gong) classes in Basingstoke and Caversham are aimed at beginners, so no experience is required. We follow the Taoist Water Tradition, so emphasise the soft and gentle side of Qi Gong, making these classes ideal for everyone, whatever your physical capacity or age (over 18s).
£7 a class (first class FREE); 10 classes £50
Concessionary rates for Chi Gung classes: If you're really keen to train in Chi Gung but truly can't afford to do so, please come to the first free session and we'll see if we can work out an affordable rate for you.
Osborne Room Viables Community Centre, The Harrow Way, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG22 4BJ (Map)
Caversham Heights Methodist Church Hall, 74 Highmoor Road, Caversham, Reading, Berkshire RG4 7BG (Map)
What is Chi Gung?
Chi Gung comprises a series of soft, gentle movements which work to maintain and improve your body, mind and energy's natural tendency towards optimal health and balance.
Benefits of Chi Gung
As these are ongoing Chi Gung classes rather than a 'Chi Gung Course', new starters are welcome to join at any time. Please contact us for further information. You must be over 18 to join in the Chi Gung class.
What to Expect at Your Chi Gung ClassPlease wear whatever clothes you feel comfortable in and which don't restrict your movement. Ideally, shoes should be soft and flexible with thin, flat soles, but trainers or even socks are fine to start with.
Depending on your individual capability, Chi Gung can be done either standing or sitting, and part of the class always involves some sitting exercises. Chi Gung differs completely from a standard 'western' exercise class. The intention in Chi Gung is to de-stress your system, not to push it to the limit and stress yourself more! The golden rule in Chi Gung is never to work at more than 70% of your mental, physical and energetic capacity. Any time during the class, you are free to stop the exercise you are doing, sit down, walk around, have some water, in fact anything that YOU need to do. If you have any questions or concerns you would like to discuss before coming to your first Chi Gung class, please phone (01189701781) or email me.
Dragon and Tiger Chi Gung (Qi Gong)This Chi Gung system is some 1,500 years old and is still practised in China today. It comprises a series of seven defined movements to stimulate and balance the flow of chi throughout the body and remove stagnant chi. This can result in an improvement in overall well-being and an increase in the body's chi (energy) levels, as it acts much like a daily acupuncture tune up that you can do for yourself in about 15 minutes. These Chi Gung movements can also help reduce stress, whilst improving physical balance, co-ordination and flexibility. Dragon and Tiger Chi Gung can be practised by anyone whatever their state of health, and even if the movements are not performed perfectly they can still be highly beneficial.
Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body Chi Gung (Qi Gong)Regular practice of this Chi Gung system can assist the development of physical and mental well-being. It includes:
Standing - a core practice of Chi Gung to increase internal awareness, work with body alignments to improve posture and reduce tension, and improve the smooth flow of chi throughout the body.
Outer Dissolving - having started with sinking the chi, this practice moves on to scanning for and dissolving physical and energetic blockages.
Cloud Hands - a slow, continuous Chi Gung exercise to integrate the body physically and energetically, carrying forward the skills of standing into movement.
Spine Stretch - a Chi Gung movement unique to Taoism, it activates the chi of the spine and brain, as well as being highly beneficial physically for the spine. It is particularly useful for those who use computers for long periods.
About the TeacherSimon has been training in Aikido since 1980 and teaching since 1985. In 1996, he began to study and work with several complementary health and self-development systems and he is a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists. Having had initial contact with Chi Gung in 2004, he attended a number of short Chi Gung seminars with Bruce Frantzis. In 2008, he attended an Energy Arts instructor training course and was certified as a Level I Instructor of Dragon and Tiger Chi Gung and, in 2009, was certified as a Level 1 Instructor of Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body Chi Gung. He practises at least one of chi gung, tai chi and bagua every day and since 2009 has regularly attended additional training in the Energy Arts system with Paul Cavel, a senior student of Bruce Frantzis. He is also recognised by the British Aikido Board as a Level 3 Coach, holds the Award in Education and Training and a Level 5 Qualification in Leadership and Management..
About Bruce FrantzisBruce Frantzis, a Taoist lineage master, studied in China, Japan and India for many years. For more information on Bruce Frantzis and Energy Arts go to
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Can't commit to a weekly class?
Monthly Saturday half-day Qi Gong courses coming soon in Basingstoke.
What some participants on previous Chi Gung / Qi Gong courses have said:
"If I do my chi gung first thing in the morning, I find it revitalises me for the day."
"Relaxation and more awareness of my body, in terms of what it was doing and what muscles and organs each movement was affecting."
"It was a lot less
intensive than I had thought it would have been… I
had been expecting more of a 200% regime than a 70%
regime, but that was not an unwelcome development. I
occasionally felt things that I imagine could be
described as chi…. Hands feeling resistant or
"The most memorable sensation was feeling as if my head was floating off my body when trying to get the posture right. Also, the first time I tried Movement 1 I felt, probably imagined, that energy was radiating from my fingertips into the ground. I am more relaxed both physically and mentally. I have a bit more energy and a heightened awareness of both my surroundings and my own movements."
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