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Qigong Moving Meditation at Chi Space

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by Debbie Lustig (subscribe)
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Published June 14th 2018
Slow movements for a hyperactive world

Plucking stars', 'fair lady works the shuttle' and 'repulse monkey'. These are some of the charming names used in qigong, a unique practice that combines movement, meditation and awareness of the breath.

Nicole Lee's Chi Space specialises in teaching the ancient Chinese art of qigong (pronounced 'chee goong') to Westerners. Her bright, airy studio - complete with cat Angelee - opened in February 2018 and she now offers a growing schedule of classes, workshops and special events for all levels, as well as accredited qigong teacher training.

Qigong is a Chinese healing practice that dates back 4000 years yet is highly relevant for today. It comprises a series of precise movements performed very slowly, with eyes downcast. Related to t'ai chi, qigong can be described as pure meditation, where t'ai chi has its origins in martial arts.

At Chi Space, Nicole teaches two of the five Classical qigong 'forms' (series), and also regular 'Integrative Qigong' classes, which offer an ever-changing potpourri of sequences from several forms.

These movements have the potential for healing both mind and body. A one-hour class will leave you energised yet calm, like a gentle gym workout without the frenetic music and endless 'reps'. There's even evidence that qigong, like t'ai chi, can provide a workout that's as good for you as Crossfit.

Some of qigong's health benefits:

Calming the mind and calming the body allows healing. Strengthening the muscles through simple postures and movements prevents falls. Moving with flow and gentle weight bearing helps balance and can positively impact bone density. Achieving a relaxed state of the mind reduces stress.

Qigong sequences, with their whimsical names, have deep meaning in Traditional Chinese Medicine, which concerns itself with the movement of the qi (chi) or 'life-force' within the body.

Students learn practices appropriate for each season, and Nicole offers clear commentary about the purpose of each pose or sequence.

Qigong's gentle, flowing movements require you to stretch, move, and breathe with heightened awareness - a perfect antidote to the pace of this crazy world.

All class places must be reserved, as there's a size limit of eight. Payment is online for casual, single classes or 5 and 10-class passes. Prices vary for workshops, events and teacher training.

Details via the timetable.

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Why? Moving slowly makes for wise minds
When: Various times and days
Phone: 1300 880 137
Where: 281 Inkerman Street, Balaclava
Cost: Single classes $25 or $22 concession, or 5 or 10-class passes available
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