Qigong in West Wales
Qigong is a mind-body practice involving slow, fluid movements and mindful breathing, similar to Tai-Chi. Qigong is a form of complementary medicine that reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety. It is a way of improving our wellbeing, good health both mental and physical, greater stillness and peace, improved posture and alignment.
There are many scientific papers available that prove the effectiveness of Qigong for many health conditions.
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I teach simple Qigong forms based on the Five Elements. We explore how these elements relate to the body and meridians (energy lines) and how we can move to better regulate our body and nervous system, bringing us a sense of calm and wellbeing.
I also teach the Six Healing Sounds which relate to the Five Elements and their associated organs and meridians. The sounds permeate our organs, balance emotions, enlivening our meridian system, enabling access to the wisdom and consciousness of our inner world. They are deeply restful, grounding and a wonderful way of harmonising our emotional body.
The Inner Smile is a meditation practice that brings gratitude and appreciation to the five elemental organs related to the meridian system of the body. It uses visualisation and guided techniques. It is an ‘active’ meditation which means it is often easier to follow for those who struggle with meditation.
In my classes I introduce the practice of Neigong meditation as a way of travelling into our inner world, absorbing our mind into our tissues and developing greater bodymind connectivity and Qi flow. I was taught this method as being one of the most basic and most advance of Taoist practices, and can be used as an effective practice on its own. It is a way we can begin to release tension through all parts of our body, starting with our muscles. We can become our own masseur!
Qigong is a vast and fascinating subject that goes way beyond ‘exercise’. Learning to work with the bodymind, open joints, stretch sinews and tendons and learning to actively utilise the meridian system are all aspects of practice. I share an introduction to the Five Elements which forms a basis for further study.
As we progress with Qigong, not only is it a wonderful form of exercise, it can become a process of discovery resulting in better health and a happy outlook on life.
Your class feels like a re-set every week. I can find that still point within. It’s such a relief! ~ DC
Qigong by Cenarth Falls
Beth’s Qigong Background
I have been passionate about Qigong and the Taoist arts for about 15 years. After a profound experience in Nature, a series of synchronicities led me to dance Five Rhythms for the first time. Whilst moving into stillness I experienced a thick, tangible force field of energy not only surrounding me, but moving me from within. Guessing it must be Qi, my journey to discover more about this energy began.
I came across some essays about Taoist Internal Alchemy and was fascinated by tales of ‘hearing the music of the spheres’. It struck a chord deep within me and I knew then that was my path.
Early on I was fortunate to meet a renegade Taoist teacher who taught me the foundational methods of Mantak Chia’s Healing Tao system. Her root teacher was Prof Wang Tin Jun with whom she studied the Xing Shen Zuang (Spirit Makes Shape) Qigong form. Her training inevitably influenced her teaching and it was here I learnt Northern School Neigong mind-body absorption methods.
Wanting to develop my experience and gain a traditional and authentic training, as well as following a deep inner call, I travelled solo to the Wudang mountains in China, where I studied Taoist Medicine including Qigong and Tai Chi in a remote temple in the mythical Wudang Mountains with Master Li Song Feng (Li Sifu). Here I encountered religious Taoism and the intensity of hard martial training in very poor conditions. I learnt a great deal and struggled with the experience too.
There is always yin with any yang. The invisible side of Qigong is Neigong, the inner skill. It was landing at a woodland retreat centre deep in Nature that was a turning point in my practice. I used my neigong absorption skills, along with my intuition to take me deep within my body, facing deeply held trauma’s that were causing distressing chronic physical symptoms and healed them. It showed me the power of the bodymind and how to listen to my inner world on a profoundly deep level.
My practice was formalised with an instructor training for Mantak Chia’s Healing Tao pathway in 2018. I have continued to study with numerous teachers within the classical field favouring those who can unpick the technical side of qigong.
I love this practice, I find it infininitely fascinating, calming and restorative and am grateful I have an opportunity to share some of what I’ve discovered and embodied so far.