We are blessed to live in this time of abundance. Especially evident is the abundance of yoga that has emerged from the esoteric traditions into a mainstream workout practice. What is yoga though? If you asked 10 different yoga teachers and practitioners you'd probably get different answers. And that my just be the beauty of yoga. It is a personal experience. It can tone and strengthen the body and benefit the mind. It can elevate some practitioners consciousness to perform extraordinary feats and it may just make you feel good. Yoga is diverse, there are different lineages of yoga lifestyles and there are different types of yoga practices. Hatha is the over arching term for all the movement forms of yoga. Within Hatha there are different styles that have developed especially over the last 150 years.
Qi or Chi is known as "life force" in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Yoga comes from the root "Yuj" which means "to yolk or to unite". QiYoga is a fusion of Hatha Yoga and Qigong. This lineage officially began in the early 2000's when Fiona Kacz-Boulton began to systematically marry the principles of these two great arts. QiYoga was created to be a healing practice for the modern body. The movements and philosophies contain teachings from Traditional Chinese Medicine, Qigong Masters, Classic Yoga Texts as well as medical doctors, chiropractors and physiotherapists. It is designed to open up the rivers of energy in the body through movement, breathing techniques, and meditation.
In a regular QiYoga class, we will move the spine in 8 directions, limber and strengthen the joints and help move the blood and lymph fluid through the body. It is approximately 20% Qigong and 80% Yoga in each class. Classes have a specific focus in relation to the seasons, to specific organs, parts of the body or mindfulness concepts that become infused into the movements. Classes can be gentle or very dynamic, but movements will be linked by the breath. All students are offered modifications, safe alternatives, and or props are utilised so the practitioner is supported in an encouraging and safe environment. This opens the body and calms the mind in preparation for the stillness of meditation.