What is Qi Gong?
Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese holistic system of exercising and energising the body. The practice is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which uses the meridian system and knowledge of internal Chi (or Qi or Ki) flow.
Qi Gong was developed for self healing and the transformation of consciousness through internal energetic alchemy and meditation. The name Qi Gong literally means "energy exercise."
It includes moving and still practices: still and moving are the Yin and Yang of Qi Gong practice. Movement and activity are Yang; stillness and passivity are Yin. When the body moves, Chi circulates, and when the body is still, Chi harmonises.
Moving Meditation: Stillness Within Movement
Relaxation, softness, and fluid movement are the basic themes behind all moving forms of Qi Gong. Slow rhythmic movement, in harmony with the rise and fall of the breath and circulation of energy, brings the mind into stillness.
Moving meditation opens up and replenishes all of the circuits of the Eight Extraordinary Channels known as the Macrocosmic Orbit.
Still Meditation: Movement Within Stillness
Sitting comfortably, the practitioner moves energy internally in harmony with the breath. Internal energy channels, known as the Microcosmic Orbit, are used to cultivate higher frequencies of energy.
By moving energy through these channels, the practitioner distills energy from the lower centres, expanding consciousness and awareness. This is called internal alchemy.
Qi Gong Class
A class session involves basic stretching and still meditation. The exercises are simple and easy to learn, slow and relaxed. Loose clothing is recommended.
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A sojourn through the mind and body from the perspective of Asian mysticism. This fun and lighthearted class is experiential, with an aim to explore meditation, subtle inner energies, consciousness, and awareness (mindfulness). We delve into the roles these skills can have for personal growth and self healing.
The course facilitator has direct experience with many Asian traditions. The techniques taught are safe and simple, and require no religious beliefs. We aim to have entertaining experiments in which everybody can participate.
Inner Alchemy Workshop info coming soon.
True meditation arises when there is no meditator meditating. This can be challenging to "achieve," so certain practices can help us pave the way to a clear mind and meditative state. In meditation teaching, Jason draws especially on training in the Advaita Vedanta, Theravada Buddhism, and Vipassana practice.
Originally from Yorkshire, Jason has spent 15 years in Asia, studying and practicing many forms of healing arts and meditation. These include: Hatha Yoga, Pranayama, Kriya Yoga, Advaita Vedanta, Ayurvedic Massage, Acupressure, Chinese Medicine, Thai Massage, Japanese Reiki, Zen Buddhism, Vipassana, Qi Gong and Nei Gong.
In 2012, after a month in the Kriya Yoga ashram in Rishikesh, Jason happened across a Dharma teacher, the late Da Dennis Trisker. Within ten minutes of meeting Dennis, time and space conspired to enable transmission of the Dharma. Jason returned from this first Satori to find himself sitting in a restaurant, uncontrollably laughing, and seeing a tree for the first time.
Jason has been teaching Qi Gong and Energy Work for 10 years, and Meditation for five years. The insight gained from emptiness helps Jason demystify mysticism and gives a depth to his teaching. He finds Qi Gong to be a perfect vehicle for Wu Wei, or effortless action. By learning effortlessness in the physical dimension, we open ourselves to effortlessness in the mental dimension. It is by sitting in this state of mental effortlessness that Satori can arise.
He is also an industrial electrician and has experience as a college tutor.