wat is Qi-Gong?
Qi means “life energy”, gong means "work" or “activity”. It is an ancient Chinese system that includes movement, breathing, and state of mind used for the purposes of health, spirituality, and martial arts training.
Everyone can find something that they will love about practicing Qigong. It can take on a dynamic or martial form and it can also be a very gentle and subtle internal exercise.
Profound benefits of Qigong, such as its influence on our nervous system, digestion, respiratory system, and blood circulation have already been proven scientifically long ago.
It involves using exercises to optimize energy within the body, mind, and spirit, with the goal of improving and maintaining health and well-being.
Qigong has both psychological and physical components and involves the regulation of the mind, breath, and body’s movement and posture.
In most forms of qigong:
Breath is slow, long, and deep. Breath patterns may switch from abdominal breathing to breathing combined with speech sounds.
Movements are typically gentle and smooth, aimed for relaxation.
Mind regulation includes focusing one’s attention and visualization.
Dynamic (active) Qigong techniques primarily focus on body movements, especially movements of the whole body or arms and legs. Meditative (passive) Qigong techniques can be practiced in any posture that can be maintained over time and involve breath and mind exercises, with almost no body movement.
Qi-Gong Workshops 2022
🏷 €125 (includes 2 organic & vegetarian lunches)
📍 Central Ostend (TBD based on # of participants)
📅 November 26-27 or December 10-11
🕰 [SAT: 10-12 lunch 14-16] [SUN: 10-12 lunch 14-17]
✍️ Write or call us to register or for more info
🛌 Contact us for accommodation options
🗣 Instructions are in English and simple Dutch
what you'll learn
You will learn and perfect your Qigong/Taiji posture, connect to your center Dan Tian, develop and strengthen your structure and roots, discover and improve the open energy flow, clarify the yin and yang phases of the movements, and tune in to the natural unhindered way of Qi.
We will pair up to practice and physically experience the connection to our center and the ground, and to help each other feel the openness of joints. We will enjoy the feeling of our unobstructed life energy!
Zuzanna Jikō Grzywacz began training taijiquan and qigong in 2005. She since had the chance and privilege to practice with Masters Yang Jwing Ming, Howard Choy and Master Sam Chin.
She also practiced for 6 years under the guidance of Piotr Ziemba (former head of TaijiQuan and QiGong Federation for Europe and member of Chen Xiao Wang World Taijiquan Association) and served as his teaching assistant.
these workshops are for you, too
This workshop is dedicated to both beginners and those who have practiced qigong for years. Your structure, roots, and connection between all energetic and physical centers of your body are the foundation of correct Qigong.
We will explore this thoroughly and carefully during our workshop.
when, and how to register
Workshops are organized based on the interest and demand of our participants.
The next workshop is planned for
Saturday and Sunday, November 26 and 27
or December 10 and 11
Simply register by calling us or sending a message.
program & pricing
Saturday 10:00 – 12:00 |meal&rest| 14:00 – 16:00
Sunday 10:00 – 12:00 |meal&rest| 14:00 – 17:00
The early bird cost (if you register by November 20) is 125€ for the whole weekend, which includes two vegetarian organic meals.
The registration cost after November 20 is €135.
You can simply pay cash or via Payconiq upon arrival for the weekend.
The exact program (subject to slight changes):
Warm-up and stretching
Principles of Tao
Yin and Yang elements of our body and their function
Structure and root exercises
Waking up the Qi
Yang Style QiGong movements
Breathing exercises – reverse (Taoist) breathing, abdominal breathing, DanTian breathing
Energy expansion Peng and how to use it in QiGong
Energy absorption Lu and how to use it in QiGong
Peng Lu Ji An (Expand, Absorb, Squeeze and Push)
Coordinating and harmonizing the neigong and waigong – the internal and the external
Spirals and spheres
Chen Style QiGong movement
Vase and a Tree Holding Form
Awareness of the bones, joints, tendons, and fascia.
Standing QiGong practice
Front, side, and back awareness