We get many questions about Qigong and Chi Space… here are some answer to FAQ that may help!
How do I pronounce Qigong?
We’ve heard many pronunciations and we understand how people must think – how the hell do I say that? It is pronounced phonetically ‘chee gong’. You may also see it spelled differently, for example qi gong, chi gong, chi gung or chi kung.
What is Qi?
Qi or Chi is simply the aliveness of your body… often translated to life-force energy or prana. Ultimately it is the life energy that animates your body. The feeling or sensation of Qi is different for everyone, it can often be felt as a warmth, tingling or magnetic sensation.
What does Qigong translate to mean?
Qigong is two words, Qi meaning ‘energy or life force’ and Gong meaning ‘to work or cultivate’.
Are there different types of Qigong?
Yes, in fact there are hundreds, maybe thousands of methods of Qigong. At Chi Space we offer Modern Qigong in the form of casual classes and Classical Qigong in the form of courses. We also host workshops, masterclasses and teacher training events.
Is Qigong religious?
Originally qigong was developed as exercise therapy and was an important component in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qigong was used to circulate the energy of the body, release tension and in turn prevent illness and disease.
It is known that some Buddhist and Taoist schools use qigong for spiritual cultivation, it is not however a religious practice.
The qigong we offer at Chi Space is 100% non-religious, we focus on the health and wellbeing aspects of the practice as well as cultivating a sense of ease and calm.
How often should I practice qigong?
The more often you practice the more that you will experience the benefits. We recommend daily practice, even if it is just a few minutes each day. We offer many opportunities for students to learn easy and simple qigong techniques that they can use in their day-to-day lives.
Where do I start?
We’d recommend you start by coming to a Modern Qigong class, there are 8-10 casual classes every week at Chi Space. You might also consider a 1:1 with Nicole Lee. These are 30 minute private sessions in which you’ll learn the basics and fundamentals, and you will discover how you can get the most out of the practice.
What if I want to learn Traditional / Classical Qigong?
Traditional Qigong forms are usually more difficult to learn and it is necessary to make a course commitment. The classical practice is one of mastery and dedication, it is an amazing journey into the practice. We offer regular opportunities to learn the Traditional Health Qigong forms and other classical practices. We do however recommend that you begin with one of the ‘Modern Qigong’ classes on our timetable. These are casual / open classes, which are suitable for people of levels experience and for all levels of fitness.
Where do I start with Traditional / Classical Qigong?
We’d recommend one of our Classical Masterclasses which are a special 90 minute events where you can sample traditional practices, we offer these every month or so. Once you know that Traditional/Classical practice is what you are looking for the place to begin is the Eight Sections of Brocade course (also called Ba Duan Jin or Eight Pieces of Silk).
How do I register for a class?
You can view our timetable here. We only accept students that have reserved a space in class, we don’t accept walk-ins. Each of our classes are small, 8 students maximum.
How do I cancel or move my class reservation?
Once you make a class reservation our booking system will send you a confirmation via email. You can use the links in this email to cancel or change your booking. Please note that for regular timetabled classes you may only cancel/move your reservation for up until six (6) hours prior to the class time. You will also receive a class reminder the day prior to your booking at around 4pm, you can use the links in the reminder email to manage your booking also.
How do I pay for classes?
You are required to purchase a pass prior to attending classes, you can do so here. There are many options, ranging from a one class casual pass, to a 10-class pass, or a course pass. We do not accept cash.