Taiji Qigong Shibashi is based on the movements and philosophy of Tai Chi. The Taiji Qigong Shibashi Series were created by Qigong Master Professor Lin Hou Sheng between 1979 and 1990. Although there are eight sets in total there are three commonly practiced sets, beautiful, gentle and flowing Qigong exercise routines that are a delight to do and extremely relaxing.
The soothing rocking movements and gentle stretching of the shibashi forms reduce both mental and physical stress. Regular practice may improve general health and wellbeing, aid the circulation and digestion and help to release tension held in the muscles of the body.
The upper body exercises and controlled breathing are good for improving lung problems and asthma. The movements of the lower body help to develop strength and mobility in the hips and knees whilst improving circulation of blood and fluids via muscular contractions.
The overall effect of synchronising the 18 movements with proper breathing techniques is to reduce mental and physical stress and improve the general health and wellbeing of the practitioner. Taiji Qigong Shibashi is very effective, easy to learn and is practiced by over 10 million people worldwide.
We run workshops covering all three sets of the Taiji Qigong shibashi. Generally speaking it is necessary to learn and practice them in sequence as each builds on the previous one leading to a deeper level of understanding of energy in the body and our connection with the Universe.
Set 1: TaiJi Qigong Shibashi is one of the most popular in the world and is designed to direct and balance Qi flow through meridians or lines of energy. It is an effective and easy-to-learn routine focused on general health and wellbeing which synchronizes gentle movements with deep breathing. Many practitioners start to feel qi and experience significant health improvement after practicing for just a few weeks.
Set 2: This set focuses on opening the meridians of the lower body, resulting in improved balance, body coordination and endurance. It builds upon techniques learnt in the first set and is an excellent preparation for those who wish to learn Zhan Zhuang or standing qigong.
Set 3: Tai Ji Shibashi Set 3 has some similarities with the previous two sets and marks a pivotal point in ones practice, a transition point from Qigong to Neigong. It is a beautiful fusion of Chinese Qigong and Tibetan Tantric practice. The original Shibashi Set 3 has been skilfully adapted by Sifu Cheung to carry the student beyond Qigong to a deeper and more subtle level of practice, in this set we make the transition from an external practice using body movements to guide the Qi to an internal more refined and deeper process. In this process careful attention needs to be given to attaining the Wu Wei state and understanding the processes and practices of inner alchemy.
Shibashi Set 3 provides the student with a straightforward introduction to Nei Gong, and is designed to seamlessly lead the committed practitioner from Qigong to Nei Gong. This is the point when one’s practice transcends physical action and the mental aspects, intention and awareness come into play and become essential to the movements.
For details of future courses and workshops please follow the link to 2019 workshops