Qigong kick starts in Al­bany

North Shore Times - - OUR SCHOOLS - AMY BAKER

An an­cient ex­er­cise and heal­ing tech­nique will soon be avail­able to Up­per Har­bour res­i­dents.

Al­bany House will now of­fer Qigong (pro­nounced Chi-Kung) to its com­mu­nity.

Tai Chi and Qigong prac­ti­tioner and teacher Judy Zhao, said Qigong was not sim­ply about ‘‘just ex­er­cise’’.

‘‘For the begin­ner, we’ll just learn some phys­i­cal pos­tures and use some breath­ing tech­niques, but at a high level, it’s a dy­namic med­i­ta­tion,’’ she said.

Loosely trans­lated, Qigong refers to the cul­ti­va­tion of life en­ergy through prac­tice and uses gen­tle move­ments and phys­i­cal pos­tures to im­prove health.

Learn­ers will first look at Bad­u­an­jin Qigong, which has eight ba­sic move­ments.

Zhao first started learn­ing Tai Chi around 20 years ago and said both prac­tices en­hance the other.

Qigong is about bal­anc­ing the body, mind and spirit, in­clud­ing or­gan func­tion and well­be­ing, she said.

Af­ter im­mi­grat­ing to New Zealand in 2004, the for­mer psy­chol­ogy and ed­u­ca­tion lec­turer be­gan of­fer­ing Tai Chi classes at her lo­cal park in Glen­field around eight years ago. She has since ex­panded to teach in town, North­cote, Taka­puna and Re­muera.

❚ Qigong classes start at Al­bany House, 575 Al­bany High­way, Al­bany on Novem­ber 13 from 9.30am-10.30am. En­try by gold coin do­na­tion. over­all

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Tai Chi ex­pert Judy Zhao said, at best, the prac­tice of Qigong is a mov­ing med­i­ta­tion.

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