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April Tai Chi FOR Beginners Workshop Near Christchurch @Rangiora, canterbury

Posted by JINGJING JACKSON on Apr 17, 2024 7:27:46 PM

🌱Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese healing art that combines meditation, gentle movement, and breathwork. It is considered the essence of Tai Chi ☯ , while traditional martial arts provide a framework for Tai Chi practice. Performing Tai Chi forms without a foundation in Qi Gong would be like using an empty wine bottle 🍾🍷; Tai Chi could degrade to mere low-impact exercises.

🫲🫱The 8-Brocade Qi Gong is simple yet works on a profound level to nourish the body's 12 main meridians. It serves as the easiest gateway into the art of Tai Chi.

🌿Jingjing started practicing traditional martial arts at the age of 11 and is currently studying rongoā in Christchurch. Over the past 10 years, she has taught Yoga and Tai Chi in China, the UK, and New Zealand

Student's google review:
🍁' Jingjing has such a clear and understandable way of sharing the theory and practice of Qi Gong, Tai Chi and Chinese medicine principles. Her knowledge and experience runs deep but she makes it all very accessible and you can immediately feel the benefits of the Qi Gong practice.'

🍁'JingJing is the most wonderful Tai chi and Qigong teacher that you will find. She is very knowledgeable, a natural teacher, makes classes fun but expects students to work and learn and make sure we all do.'

🌱Join us for a day of pure relaxation, self-care and revitalization. Secure your spot now by clicking the link to purchase your ticket. Only 3 spots remain.🌿

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**Event Description**

Embark on a transformative journey towards wellness and balance with our one-day Tai Chi workshop, "Pathway to Vitality: 8 Brocades & Tai Chi Basics." Set against the serene backdrop of Rangiora, this event is your opportunity to dive into the ancient practices of Tai Chi and Qigong, unlocking a new level of harmony within yourself.
Why Join Us?
✓Discover the 8 Brocades: Explore the Eight Pieces of Brocade, a series of Qigong exercises that have been practiced for centuries to enhance health and longevity.
✓Learn Tai Chi Basics: Immerse yourself in the fundamentals of Tai Chi, a martial art known for its health benefits and meditation in motion.
✓Cultivate Inner Peace: Experience how these ancient practices can reduce stress, improve mental clarity, and boost your overall well-being.
✓Connect with Like-minded Individuals: Share this enriching experience with a community of individuals keen on embracing a healthier, more balanced lifestyle.

What to Expect:
✓Our workshop is designed for both beginners and those with some experience in Tai Chi or Qigong. The day will be structured around interactive sessions led by experienced instructor Jingjing (over 16 years of experience) , providing hands-on learning and personal guidance. You’ll leave not only with a foundational understanding of these practices but also with the tools to integrate them into your daily life for improved health and vitality.

Additional Information
✓Comfortable, loose-fitting clothing is recommended.
Please bring your own water bottle and a light lunch to share. ✓Refreshments and tea will be provided.
✓No previous experience in Tai Chi or Qigong is required.
Registration Details:
✓Spaces are limited to 10 people, ensuring a personalized experience for all participants.
✓Secure your spot today and step onto the path of vitality!
For more information and to register, please visit or contact Jingjing
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Tags: holistic health, taoist yoga, BodyMindSpirit, ChristchurchTaichi, ChristchurchChiGong, ChristchurchHealing

How to Becoming a Tai Chi Instructor: Tradition, Learning, and Personal Experience

Posted by JINGJING JACKSON on Mar 26, 2024 5:54:00 PM

Embarking on the journey to become a Tai Chi instructor is a path filled with deep personal growth, understanding, and the continuation of a tradition that extends beyond mere physical exercise. This process is reminiscent of the traditional learning methods seen in Indian and Tibetan cultures, where the relationship between a guru and their disciple is not just about the transfer of knowledge but the transformation of the learner's being. 

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The Traditional Path: Learning from a Master

The heart of Tai Chi training lies in the relationship between teacher and student. Traditionally, one learns Tai Chi from a master, immersing oneself in not just the physical movements but also the philosophy and the subtle energies that define this practice. This approach is akin to the guru-disciple tradition found in Indian and Tibetan cultures, where the learning is deeply personal, experiential, and transformative. Finding a teacher who can guide you, not just through the forms but through the journey of self-discovery that Tai Chi offers, is the first step toward becoming an instructor yourself.

Beyond the Physical: Tai Chi as a Way of Life

Tai Chi is not just an exercise; it's a way of life. This martial art teaches balance, harmony, and the flow of chi or life energy. The movements might seem simple or slow, but each posture and transition requires awareness, control, and an understanding of the underlying principles. The practice of Tai Chi involves meditation, breathing techniques, and the martial aspect, all of which contribute to the practitioner's physical and spiritual growth.

The Importance of Personal Experience

While there are many books, videos, and online resources available for learning Tai Chi, the essence of becoming an instructor lies in one's personal experience. Tai Chi is learned through feeling and experience rather than rote memorization of movements. Each practitioner's body is different, and understanding the subtle nuances of how chi moves and how balance is achieved is a deeply personal journey. As an instructor, your ability to guide others will depend on your depth of personal practice and the insights you've gained through your own experiences.

Mastering the Basics and Beyond

To become a Tai Chi instructor, one must first master the basics. This includes not only the physical postures and movements but also the philosophical and spiritual principles that underpin Tai Chi. A deep understanding of the yin and yang, the five elements, and the concept of wu wei (effortless action) are crucial. However, mastery does not stop at knowledge alone; it extends to being able to embody these principles in your practice and life.

Teaching: Passing on the Tradition

Teaching Tai Chi is about more than passing on a set of movements; it's about passing on a tradition and helping others on their journey of self-discovery and improvement. A good Tai Chi instructor is patient, understanding, and adaptable, recognizing that each student's journey is unique. The ability to connect with students, understand their needs, and guide them through their practice is what makes a Tai Chi instructor truly effective.

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Conclusion: A Lifelong Journey

Becoming a Tai Chi instructor is a lifelong journey of learning, practice, and personal growth. It is a path that is both challenging and rewarding, offering the opportunity to deepen one's understanding of Tai Chi and to help others discover its benefits. By following the traditional path of learning from a master, embracing the importance of personal experience, and dedicating oneself to mastering the art, one can aspire to not only become a Tai Chi instructor but also to continue the rich and profound tradition of this ancient martial art.

Tags: taichi qiong alternativemedicine, taoist yoga, christchurch wellness, nelson tai chi

🍃 Tai Chi & Qi Gong Open Class at Body, Mind, and Spirit Festival 🍃@Christchurch 2024

Posted by JINGJING JACKSON on Mar 23, 2024 3:06:00 AM


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Where: Body, Mind, and Spirit Festival
Open To: All festival ticket holders

Dive into the world of mindful movement with our Free Tai Chi and Qi Gong Open Class—a special offering at this year's Body, Mind, and Spirit Festival. This one-hour session is a perfect introduction for beginners and a refreshing practice for those familiar with these ancient arts. Tai Chi and Qi Gong are renowned for their health benefits, including stress reduction, improved balance, increased flexibility, and enhanced overall well-being.

Why You Should Join Us
Experience Tranquility: Learn how Tai Chi and Qi Gong can help calm the mind, reduce stress, and bring a sense of peace to your daily life.

Enhance Physical Health: Discover gentle movements that improve your physical health—boosting energy levels, enhancing flexibility, and supporting your immune system.

Accessible to All: This class is designed for everyone, regardless of age or fitness level. No prior experience is necessary, making it a perfect opportunity for anyone curious about Tai Chi and Qi Gong.

Connect with Community: Enjoy the collective energy of practicing in a group setting, connecting with others who share your interest in wellness and personal growth.

During the class, you'll be guided to the basic principles and movements of Tai Chi and Qi Gong. You'll learn to harmonize your movements with your breath, leading to a deeper connection between your body and mind.

Special Note
This class is free for all festival ticket holders. Spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so we recommend arriving early to secure your place.

Join us for an hour of movement, mindfulness, and community. This is your chance to pause, breathe, and enrich your festival experience with the grounding practices of Tai Chi and Qi Gong. Let's embrace the journey towards a balanced body, mind, and spirit together!

See You There!

Qi Gong: The Mother of Tai Chi & Martial Arts: The Father of Tai Chi

Posted by JINGJING JACKSON on Mar 21, 2024 4:06:00 AM

When it comes to the world of mind-body practices and martial arts, the relationships between various disciplines often resemble that of a family tree. Among these ancient arts, Qi Gong and Tai Chi share a profound connection, often referred to as a mother-child relationship. But what about martial arts? Surprisingly, Tai Chi, which evolved from Qi Gong, has a close kinship with martial arts, serving as the "father" of many martial practices. In this blog, we'll explore these intricate relationships.


Qi Gong: The Nurturing Mother

Qi Gong, often spelled as "qigong," is a holistic practice that predates written history. It encompasses a wide range of exercises and meditative techniques designed to cultivate and balance the body's vital energy, or Qi. Here, Qi Gong assumes the nurturing role as the "mother" of Tai Chi.

The Parallels Between Qi Gong and Tai Chi:

  1. Qi Cultivation: Both Qi Gong and Tai Chi aim to harness the body's Qi, fostering a balanced and harmonious flow. In Qi Gong, the focus is primarily on cultivating and guiding Qi, while Tai Chi takes this cultivated energy and applies it to martial movements.

  2. Mind-Body Connection: Qi Gong and Tai Chi emphasize the connection between mind and body. In Qi Gong, this connection is used for healing and health maintenance, while in Tai Chi, it becomes a key element in martial applications.

  3. Slow, Fluid Movements: Both practices involve slow and deliberate movements that encourage relaxation, balance, and inner awareness. In Tai Chi, these movements are adapted for martial purposes, while in Qi Gong, they promote physical and mental well-being.


Tai Chi: The Disciplined Child

Derived from Qi Gong, Tai Chi is often referred to as its offspring, inheriting the principles of balance, fluidity, and Qi cultivation. While Tai Chi has its roots in these ancient practices, it has evolved into a comprehensive martial art in its own right.

Tai Chi's Connection to Martial Arts:

  1. Self-Defense: Tai Chi has a martial form that encompasses a series of movements and techniques designed for self-defense. These slow, flowing movements hide profound martial applications.

  2. Balance and Power: Tai Chi promotes strength and flexibility, making it an effective martial art. Its techniques emphasize redirecting an opponent's force, using minimal effort for maximum impact.

  3. Energy Transfer: Tai Chi practitioners harness the Qi cultivated in Qi Gong for martial applications. This energy can be used to improve balance, power, and precision in combat.


Harmonious Unification

In essence, Qi Gong and Tai Chi serve as the nurturing mother and disciplined child, respectively. Together, they epitomize the harmony between health and martial prowess. Tai Chi's martial aspect reminds us that its roots extend to a rich history of self-defense, while Qi Gong's holistic approach emphasizes the importance of maintaining physical and mental well-being.

So, whether you seek inner peace, physical vitality, or martial prowess, remember that these practices have their origins in a timeless family tree. Whether "mother" or "father," Qi Gong, Tai Chi, and martial arts continue to shape and enhance lives, offering lessons that extend far beyond the physical realm.

Tags: taichi qiong alternativemedicine, christchurch wellness, nelson healing, nelson tai chi

🐉 Wild Wisdom: Five Animal Qi Gong 🦁

Posted by JINGJING JACKSON on Mar 20, 2024 2:42:00 AM

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🌿 Embark on a path to discovery and empowerment with Wild Wisdom: Discovering Five Animal Qi Gong. 🌿

📅 Date: Sunday, 5th May
🕒 Time: 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
📍 Location: Cultural Conversation
💰 Koha (Donation): $30 - $100 (We will contribute 20% to CC)

Join us for a morning of transformation and rejuvenation with "Wild Wisdom: Discovering Five Animal Qi Gong," a workshop that invites you to explore the ancient art of Qi Gong through the dynamic movements and spirits of the Tiger, Deer, Bear, Monkey, and Crane. This unique practice promotes harmony between body, mind, and spirit, offering paths to vitality, agility, and inner peace.

Why This Workshop?
✓Embark on a Journey: Step into the world of the Five Animals and embody their strength, grace, and wisdom.

✓Enhance Well-being: Experience improvements in flexibility, balance, and mental clarity while reducing stress.

✓Connect with Tradition: Delve into the history and philosophy of a practice that has enriched lives for centuries.

✓Achieve Inner Harmony: Learn to align your energy with calming, focused movements that soothe the soul.

✓Open to All Skill Levels: Whether you're new to Qi Gong or looking to deepen your practice, this workshop offers insights and movements that will benefit everyone.

✓Practice of the Five Animal Qi Gong forms, tailored to all abilities.
Techniques for balancing qi (life energy), fostering both physical and emotional health.

✓Exploration of the animals' symbolic meanings and how to apply their virtues in daily life.

✓A welcoming, inclusive environment perfect for growth and connection.

Preparing for the Workshop
✓Comfortable attire recommended for ease of movement.

✓Please bring a water bottle.

✓No prior Qi Gong experience needed, just come with an open mind!

Registration Details
As spaces are limited, we're accepting contributions on a koha basis of $30 - $100 to ensure a rich and intimate learning experience. Your generous support helps sustain our venue, Cultural Conversation, and enriches our community offerings. Please buy ticket online to contact Jingjing to confirm your spot.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to connect with the ancient wisdom of Qi Gong, enhancing your physical health and inner peace. Let's explore the majestic world of the Five Animals together. Secure your spot today for an unforgettable journey!

Tags: taichi qiong alternativemedicine, holistic health, taoist yoga, nelson tai chi

✨Inner Light Healing: An Evening of Calmness & Bliss ✨

Posted by JINGJING JACKSON on Mar 19, 2024 10:54:00 PM

📅 Date: 4th May
🕖 Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
📍 Location: Cultural Conversation
💖 Koha : Suggested $10 - $35 (20% goes towards Cultural Conversation)

This special event is crafted to soothe your soul, clear your mind, and uplift your spirit through a harmonious blend of gentle practices and peaceful vibes.


Why This Evening Is Special

✓ Deep Relaxation: Let go of stress and immerse yourself in pure calmness.
✓Spiritual Upliftment: Engage in practices that gently awaken your spirit to joy and bliss.
✓Meaningful Connections: Share this enriching experience with a community of kindred spirits.
✓Contribute to a Cause: Your koha (donation) supports not just this event but also the wonderful Cultural Conversation community.
✓Open to All: Whether it's your first step towards tranquility or you're continuing your journey, this evening is your sanctuary of peace.

Evening’s Essence
✓Mind-soothing guided meditation to quiet the noise of daily life.
✓Gentle, restorative qigong exercises and breathwork to harmonize body and spirit.
✓A space of warmth and introspection, perfect for reflection and connection.

What to Bring
✓Wear clothing that lets you breathe and move freely.
✓An open mind and heart, ready to receive and share positive energy.

Secure Your Spot
Space is limited to preserve the intimacy and effectiveness of the experience. Please confirm your attendance by registering online or contact Jingjing by facebook pm or email 

🌿 Gift yourself this evening of serenity. Let’s cultivate calmness and bliss together. 🌿

Ticket Link:

We look forward to welcoming you to an evening where calm meets bliss, and every moment is an invitation to peace. Your presence and contribution enrich our collective journey towards inner light and healing. See you on the 4th of May!

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