It has been some time now that I wanted to start learning Qi Gong. Fortunately, two friends of mind were already going to a Qi Gong group, so I decided to join them. I’m not sure how much can be deducted from one lesson but here how it went and some of my impressions:
The lesson was divided into 4 parts:
1. Warm up. Some warm up and stretching exercises.
2. Biggest part of the lesson was doing some standing positions and more motions. Generally, the standing positions are used to gather energy. They are also the hardest part of Qi Gong since the longer you stand, the better. It’s also important to stay correctly, and the instructor was correcting us. Of course, there’s more than just standing correctly in order to see the benefits. The motions were very slow and required concentration on moving the body without strain. They are not difficult physically, but they are hard to do correctly and without strain. The real benefit of the motions should be the control over the movement of the Chi in the body but that takes lots of practice. In the beginning I need to concentrate more on the psyshical aspect of the movements.
3. Another large part of the lesson was devoted solely to standing positions. This time however, the group was divided into 2 parts: beginners and the more advanced. As beginners we stood less time in each position (only about 5 monutes per position, I guess). The more advanced part of the class was standing in each position about 10 or more minutes. I understood that sometimes they stand for 20 minutes. I’ve heard that ultimately one should be able to stand in one position about 45 minutes.
Standing is difficult in two aspects: physical and mental. It’s hard physically since, until you know to how to them properly, it strains both the legs (since the positions are done a little like “sitting” in the air – with legs bent). The positions are also difficult to the hands since you nede to hold them in the air in some position. Standing positions can also raise a mental difficulty since you need to cope both with your thoughts, the physical pain and possible some other things. Somehow, I didn’t feel any mental pressure as I was expected, by my friends and by the instructor, who inquired about it after the class. Perhaps it’s because I’m accustomed to doing some meditation so I’m not stressed while doing “nothing”, so to speak.
4. Relaxation. The last past was some relaxation and stretching to let the body and mind to relax and the energy to gather and to flow.