Group Spotlight: Xiaojun Sun Qi Gong Support Group
This month we are spotlighting the practice of QiGong and Grand Master Tang as well as his assistant Michael Sieverts, who helps him to facilitate the Center’s Xiaojun Sun Qi Gong Support Group that meets weekly on Wednesdays.
The practice of qigong involves the movement of energy. Translated directly, qigong means, “the study of breath.” It is a practice that increases the circulation of your blood flow and energy. When you exercise, you not only improve your health and maintain wellness but you also increase physical strength, flexibility, balance and personal well-being. Incorporating qigong is beneficial for many people because it does not require as much physical exertion as other forms of exercise. It is a very relaxed and calming practice.
The essence of practicing qigong is in its slower movements. Engaging in qigong requires training your body to move slowly and allowing yourself to get lost in the pace of the forms and sequences. When you move slowly you can feel in detail what is happening within your body. This will allow you to better communicate with your mind, body and the environment. According to Grand Master Tang, in order to begin the process of healing through qigong, “you have to put your heart in your body.” This means centering ourselves within the heart and allowing both our bodies and minds to work in unison. Nothing should be pulling on you from the outside when practicing qigong. There should be no fear, no worries, no anxiety or eagerness. One must disconnect from the distractions of the outside world. This philosophy, encouraged by Grand Master Tang, denotes working towards a state of being through qigong in which you feel as though you are floating effortlessly in space. Allowing yourself to reach this point will help you to get deeper into the experience of qigong.
Grand Master Tang Wei-Zhong, who is the facilitator of our weekly Xiaojun Sun Qi Gong Support Group, has practiced Buddhist Qi Gong and Martial Arts for over 40 years. He is a former member of the World QiGong Healing Association and a former QiGong Tui Na healer at the Shanghai QiGong Rehabilitation Center in Shanghai, China. According to Grand Master Tang, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, energy flows, and when energy cannot move through the body, it becomes stuck and blocked. One must learn to strengthen the body through correcting posture, moving the body into proper alignment, balancing and loosening the limbs and allowing the “qi” and blood to flow. The goal is to be properly aligned and to feel more relaxed and comfortable. Michael Sieverts, who helps Grand Master Tang facilitate the QiGong group, notes that in order to truly understand the practice of qigong, one has to experience it firsthand.
Through choosing to practice qigong, you’ll be entering into a continuous and evolving journey of healing, growth, depth, and discovery. Since the movements within qigong are slow, commitment to this practice is essential, because learning the art of qigong takes time and dedication (although its benefits can be felt immediately). There are thousands of forms and sequences in the practice of qigong and each participant is on a personal path to better health and wellness. As Grand Master Tang says, “within the practice of qigong there is no end. You can always go deeper within.”
For additional information on our Xiaojun Sun Qi Gong Support Group click here. To enroll in this group call the Simms/Mann Center at (310) 794 – 6644. To watch an incredible segment of Grand Master Tang practice a full session of QiGong sequences and forms visit our videos section by clicking here.