“Qi Gong is the art of nourishing life through self cultivation. It aims to conserve, replenish and rejuvenate to maintain our health, mobility, functionality and intellectual capacity into old age, to enable us to grow old gracefully and with dignity.”
At our Association, we offer a comprehensive Qi Gong syllabus that progresses from dynamic movement (Dong Gong) to stillness and meditation (Jing Gong).
The syllabus is taught over a prolonged period of time and is typically delivered through a series of ongoing workshops, mostly taught by our founder Michael Acton, which cover a broad spectrum of methods and strategies.
It is open to anyone with a keen interest in developing their own self practice, and is recommended for acupuncturists and other ‘hands on’ therapists as a means of managing and cultivating your own health and wellbeing as well as developing new therapeutic skills.
The core signature dynamic method we teach is called Eternal Spring (Yong Chun Dao Yin Fa Gong) and is unique to our Association. It is the first method that beginners will learn.
The syllabus is broken down into 4 core sections and anybody planning to teach Qi Gong and seeking certification from our Association will need to complete at least the Eternal Spring and section 2 of the syllabus.
- Traditional methods and dynamic sets:
Eternal Spring, Eight Section Brocade, Five Animal Frolics, Five Elements
- Therapeutic methods oriented around TCM principles:
Qi Accumulation, Circulating Qi, Guiding Qi, Qi emitting, Qi absorption
- Step Backwards Five Yin Organ Methods (Dao Bu Fan Hui Qi Gong):
Grandmaster Li Li Qun’s signature method and one of China’s officially recognised medical Qi Gong systems
- Meditation: Xiao Zhou Tian, Nei Dan cultivation methods, Ru Jing
Qi Gong is commonly translated as ‘breath or energy work’. It generally refers to any form of practice that has the specific aim of ‘nourishing, conserving, harmonising and transforming’ internal energy to promote health, spiritual development, martial ability and even extraordinary powers.
Older and more traditional terms are Dao Yin (guiding and pulling/inducing) and Xing Qi (moving energy), and include Taoist meditation techniques such as Xiao/Da Zhou Tian (Small/Large Heavenly Circuit) Ru Jing (entering stillness), Zuo Wang (sitting and forgetting), and Xin Zhai Fa (Heart purification method).
There are many forms of Qi Gong in China dating back hundreds of years. Many have roots in Daoism, Confucianism or Buddhism, some have evolved from martial arts, while others have come from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) or religious practices. All aim to promote health (Yang Sheng Dao) and wellbeing and some aim specifically at spiritual cultivation.
In China, Qi Gong is considered a modality of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Its aim is to maximise our ability to self regulate, remove stagnation and establish systemic coherence by activating and restoring the physical, mental and energetic systems of our bodies. To do this, all Qi Gong focuses variously on the regulation of the body, breath and mental activity.
Evidence now shows that with regular practice Qi Gong can influence our cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, immune, digestive and musculoskeletal systems, as well as brain function and mental health.
“Beyond good health and rejuvenation, perhaps the highest goal of Qi Gong is the achievement of the ‘original’ clear undifferentiated field of awareness where the unity of all things is intuited. This is considered a spiritual or wisdom path and is embodied in Taoist meditation practices.”