Shibashi 1 & Shibashi 2 (Zoom class)
*** Beginners welcome ***
Every Thursday 7pm to 8pm, starting Thursday 24 June 2021
Shibashi is a gentle, flowing Qigong exercise routine that is both a joy to do and deeply relaxing. It is based on movements from the Yang style Tai Chi choreographed into a smooth, continuously flowing sequence of eighteen gentle repetitive movements that are precisely synchronised with deep, relaxed breathing.
Anyone joining now will be able to quickly catch up on the basics of how to perform the exercises and slowly pick up on the deeper understanding of the earlier exercises.
Shibashi is performed on the spot and is ideal for remote learning on Zoom. All you need is to be able to operate Zoom on your computer, laptop or iPad. Ideally there should be enough space in front of your computer for it to video all of you with your hands held above your head.
Further information on Shibashi is included at the bottom of this page.
There are eighteen exercises in Shibashi 1 and the whole exercise routine takes around twenty minutes to perform.
The Shibashi 1 sequence is very popular and every week we learn one of the eighteen exercises. The exercises themselves are simple to do and learn, but achieving the deeper understanding of how to do them with relaxed and mindful precision takes a little longer.
We will start learning Shibashi 2 on Thursday 24 June 2021.
Every week we perform Shibashi 1 once and spend a few minutes looking at one of the movements in detail. We will spend the rest of the hour learning Shibashi 2, adding a new movement each week.
Shibashi 2 focuses on leg strength, Qi (energy) flows through the leg meridians and balance. As well as learning and understanding the choreography of the movements, we will also look at the underlying principles and health benefits of the exercises.
Please pay the fees at least two hours before the class.
Classes cost £9 each, when you buy a block of 5 classes for £45.
Alternatively you can pay-on-the day where the cost of each class is £10.
If you have already attended an indoor class in the week then the class fee is halved if you want to also attend the Shibashi 1 and Shipashi 2 (Zoom class).
Those registered for the class receive an email with joining instructions a day before each class.
A link to a recording is available after the class.
Payment may be made by bank transfer or Paypal, further information on payment will be sent to those registering for the class.
Shibashi brings a merging of mind and body, reduces stress and physical tension in the muscles and leads to a heightened awareness of the body and Qi flows. It improves flexibility and suppleness, and benefits circulation, lungs, joints, muscles and digestion.
Shibashi is very effective and easy to learn. Very little motivation is required to maintain Shibashi as a daily routine because these gentle, beautiful, flowing sequences are exceptionally pleasurable and provides a prolonged feeling of wellbeing.
The gentle movements doubled by the rhythmic breathing are suitable for people of all ages. When done correctly it does not put too much stress on muscles and joints and can even be practiced sitting down.
It is practiced around the world by over ten million people, and is considered a national health exercise in Malaysia and Indonesia.
In China, all one hundred thousand students of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) are required to study Shibashi, which is currently the most popular and fastest growing Qigong in the world.
Shibashi is best learnt in class as an instructor will explain its many nuances and ensure you learn it correctly and precisely. In class you gain awareness of the underlying principles, and feedback on how well you are performing and coordinating the movements and breathing.