What is the course about?
Chi Kung is a simple form of movement exercise which is both energising and relaxing. It is easy to learn. Chi is energy, life force, breath, and Kung simply means work, so energy cultivation through regular practice. You will learn more on the key principles and philosophy of Chi Kung and the Five Elements. Two of the Five Elements have been covered in Term 1 and a further two, which will be Water and Wood Elements will be covered here.
What will we cover?
A variety of warm-up exercises, static postures, gentle movements, slow walks and short standing or sitting meditations will be demonstrated and you will practise these along with the tutor. There will be emphasis on Wu Chi posture as well as ‘movement from the centre’ during practice.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
:(in relation to Water and Wood Elements)
- Practise a variety of warm up exercises
- Practise a variety of slow gentle movements
- Practise static postures
- Practise slow walks
- Practise standing or sitting meditations
Rate of achievement is largely dependent on personal daily practice. It is recommended that you keep a diary of
your experiences for your own personal reflection purposes.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a for ‘all levels’ course; previous knowledge of Chi Kung is, of course, helpful but not essential
You will need to be able to read and write short sentences, follow verbal instructions, observe and copy physical movements and be aware of spatial awareness within a group.
If you have suffered from any of the conditions listed below, please check with a medical practitioner whether it is
suitable for you to undertake an exercise programme and bring a referral letter from your doctor to your tutor. If you
have not checked, or if it is not suitable, please do not participate in an exercise or movement class.
If you have suffered from any of the conditions listed below, please check with a medical practitioner whether it is suitable for you to undertake an exercise programme and bring a referral letter from your doctor to your tutor. If you have not checked, or if it is not suitable, please do not participate in an exercise or movement class.
- Do you ever have pains in your chest?
- Have you had any operations or injuries in the last year?
- Do you often feel faint or have spells of dizziness?
- Are you receiving medication for any condition?
- Do you have high blood pressure?
- Is there anything else we should know about your health?
- Do you have a bone or joint problem, such as arthritis, osteoporosis, back or knee problems?
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through demonstration and active participation. The course tutor will give individual instruction during the class to enhance and develop your practice. Some handouts will also be provided.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You should wear loose comfortable clothing and soft indoor shoes. ‘socks only’ practice is not permitted (wooden floors).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other Chi Kung and/or T’ai Chi courses are available at City Lit; or repeat Chi Kung, Five Elements the next academic year.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details