If you are looking for a meditative, healing, soulful, gentle exercise form, QIGONG could be the answer!
Toni Weston is running classes every Saturday morning at the hall, Cottesloe Civic Centre, Cottesloe. A new beginners class commences at 9am on the 4th November for five weeks.
I have been taking classes with Toni now for a couple of months and absolutely love it. Qigong places great emphasis on internal fitness, fitness of the organs, meridians, bones, fascia, breath and spirit.
The practice of Qigong engages the mind, body and breath for healing and transformation. The movements assist in removing toxic energy from your body and filling the organs and meridians with fresh healing Qi.
One of the basic principles of Qigong is our connection with heaven and earth and quietening the mind or turning off our internal chatter.
Toni has been teaching us one of the most common forms of qigong, the eight pieces of brocade or silk. These beautiful movements flow from one to the next, each movement relates to a different part of the body/ internal organs and every movement has a potent healing potential.
Archaeological evidence suggests the first forms of qigong, the traditional Chinese practice of martial arts, aligned breathing and exercise, can be linked to ancient shamanic meditative practices and gymnastic exercises.
As with any discipline, the key to feeling the full benefits of Qigong, is to find time every day to practice. Even it you can only find 5 minutes, it is important to make this commitment.
It is best to wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring water and a pillow to each class.
Toni has had such a positive response to her classes, she has committed to continue Qigong in 2018.