Qigong Course for Performing Artists, Fall 2011

An Introduction to Zhi Neng Qigong, 智能气功

with Daniel Mroz, Ph.D. 

The Ottawa Dance Directive and Les Ateliers du corps present a unique opportunity to learn a rare system of Chinese restorative movement never before taught in Ottawa.

What is Qigong?

Qigong is a recent term for a body of exercises drawn from the Chinese Daoist, Buddhist, martial arts and medical traditions. Qigong literally means “energy work” or “breath work” and seeks to nourish and restore the life-force of the person who practices it. 

Qigong exercises are composed of the san jiao or the Three Regulations: the regulation of body, of breath and of mind. Qigong uses movement, controlled breathing, vocalization and visualization and can refer from to everything from powerful isometrics, to gentle restorative movement, to silent sitting meditation.

Qigong practice cultivates an appropriate and effortless response to change. Performing artists will find that qigong has a positive impact on their overall health and coordination, on their ability to absorb the multiple demands of a new performance more quickly, on their ability to recover rapidly from physical and mental stress and on their creative or lateral thinking.

Qigong training typically begins with exercises to ‘cleanse’ the body’s qi, continues with exercises that cultivate or restore the qi and builds to more active exercises that circulate the life-force throughout the organism. Training often concludes with self-massage to consolidate the recovery process.

What is Zhi Neng Qigong?

Zhi Neng Qigong is a contemporary synthesis of earlier styles. The name means ‘Intelligence’ or ‘Wisdom’ qigong. It was officially founded in Northern China the 1980s by Pang He Ming. Pang studied with numerous senior qigong exponents to create his synthesis. Many of the exercises in Zhi Neng Qigong come from the tradition of the Liu family of Hebei Province and Liu Yan Ming, a master of the style moved to Montréal in the early 1990s, where he taught both my  teacher Wong Sui Meing and my friend and colleague Barry Thompson, whom he formally adopted as a disciple.

There are five series of exercises or ‘chapters’ in the foundation practice of Zhi Neng Qigong and two ‘chapters’ in the more advanced practice. In this short course we will be concentrating on two of the first five chapters, called Lift Qi Up, Pour Qi Down (Peng Qi Guan Ding) and Form & Spirit Training Method (Xing Shen Zhuang).

Introductory Classes – All Are Welcome!

Location: Ottawa Dance Directive, Arts Court, Ottawa

Time: 10:00am-11:30am

Dates: Sept 22, 23, Sept 29, Oct 6,7, Oct 13, 14

Fee: $100.00

Contact: Ottawa Dance Directive – Lana Morton – lmorton “at” videotron “dot” ca

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing; please bring layers; please wear comfortable thin-soled, flat-soled shoes (martial arts trainers, indoor soccer shoes, wrestling or boxing shoes are ideal) as we will be standing for extended periods on a hard-wood floor.

Please note that this is not a drop-in class. Each session will build on the previous one and attendance at all classes is essential for progress.


~ by Daniel Mroz on September 10, 2011.

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