Simon Blow has been a professional Qigong teacher (Laoshi) since 1992, he has had the great fortune to travel to China on many occasions. Studying Qigong, touring the sacred mountains, attending international conferences and experiencing the rich culture of the Chinese people.
Simon leads regular Qigong classes in Sydney, Australia for beginning and continuing students, workshops, Qigong and meditation retreats, Qigong tours to China for students and advanced training. He is the author of numerous Books, DVDs and Meditation CDs about this ancient healing art. He has been working for over thirty years to help spread the benefits of meditation, peace and love. Simon works with many different groups helping them to develop self healing skills to manage their stress levels and improve their quality of life.
Simon has been initiated into Dragon Gate Daoism and been given the name Xin Si, meaning Genuine Wisdom and is an initiated student and 29th Generation of Dayan - Wild Goose Qigong. He is also a Standing Council Member and Deputy Secretary of the World Academic Society of Medical Qigong, Beijing.
Restoring Natural Harmony - Qigong in Australia, contains more information on Qigong in Australia, Simon Blow and his journey becoming a Qigong teacher, as well as the World Academic Society of Medical Qigong (WASMQ).
Ba Duan Jin Standing. The Eight Method Essence is an ancient dynamic set of movements that stimulates the flow of Qi through the organ meridian system. Gentle stretching movements help increase strength and flexibility of the body. Also known as the Eight Pieces of Brocade and Daoist Yoga. Featured in the book and DVD The Art of Life, available on this site
Taiji Qigong Shibashi – The first set of eighteen gentle flowing movements, utilizing ancient Qigong movements and Tai Chi postures, harmonizing mind, body and breath. Originating from Master Lin at the Shanghai Qigong Research Institute. Featured in the book and DVD The Art of Life, available on this site
Guigen Qigong Chinese Medical Qigong, Developed by Professor Xu Hongtao, a specialist Doctor from the Qigong and Tunia (Massage) Department, Xiyuan Hospital Beijing, China. Guigen translates to ‘returning to the source or root’ to the primordial energy from which everything emerges. There are six sections to the Guigen Qigong system which stimulate the different organ meridians of the body, Spleen, Lungs, Kidney, Liver and Heart which correspond to the five elements, Earth, Metal, Water, Wood and Fire. Featured in the book and DVD Restoring Natural Harmony, available on this site
Da Yan Wild Goose Qigong is a classical and historical Qigong cultivation practise originating from the Jin Dynasty about 1700 years ago. The movements represent the flight of Wild Geese; the foundation of this ancient Qigong system is the 1st and 2nd 64 movement sets. Simon Blow is a 29th Generation teacher and an initiated student of Grand Master Chen Chuan Gang the 28th linage holder. Featured in the book and DVD Da Yan Wild Goose Qigong 1st 64 and 2nd 64 available on this site.
Qigong is the art of life. When we see people practicing slow gentle movements in the early morning, in parks in China and most countries today we may think they are playing Tai Chi, but they are actually cultivating their life force energy (Qi). Qigong is a relatively a new term used since the 1950’s ans is used to describe all the Chinese energy healing techniques, so technically Tai Chi (Taijiquan) is one type of Qigong. The art of Qigong consists primarily of meditation, relaxation, physical movement, mind-body integration and breathing exercises. There are thousands of different styles and systems either done standing, moving, walking, sitting or laying down.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, good health is a result of a free-flowing, well-balanced energy system. Ailments both physical and emotional may occur when Qi flow is blocked or impeded, causing imbalance and dysfunction in the body’s energy system. With regular practise Qigong helps to cleanse the body of toxins, restore energy, reduce stress and anxiety, and help individuals maintain a healthy and active life
Three main categories of Qigong
There are basically two types of Qigong training, external and internal.
External Training also known as Wei Gong, (Yang) relates to the physical movement forms, the external movement stimulates and guides the flow of Qi.
Internal Training also known as Nei Gong, (Yin) relates to the movement and stillness forms where internal concentration or intention stimulates and guides the flow of Qi.
This video is part of a series of videos on Qigong warm-ups.
One of the main underlining principles of the Chinese Healing Arts and the Daoist understanding of life is the concept of Wu Wei. This translates to non-action; doing things without really doing anything. Unfortunately, in modern society we tend to think too much. This wastes too much energy and most of the time is unnecessary. Firstly we need to relax, to calm the mind and just be. Wu Wei is action without desire or motivation. Wu Wei refers to the cultivation of a state of being in which our actions are quite effortless and without even trying we are able to respond perfectly to whatever situations arise, to simply go with the flow. MORE.
'Da Yan' translates to ‘great bird’ and is an ancient Qigong practice originating from the Kunlun School of Daoism in the Jin Dynasty about 1700 years ago. Legend tells that Daoist masters from the sacred Kunlun Mountains, in the northern Himalayan area in south-west China, would observe the migrating geese which descended in this area each year. They would mimic the movements of these great birds and together with their understanding of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Daoist principles, developed the Da Yan Wild Goose Qigong system.
Its healing and spiritual legacy was passed down through many generations, however Da Yan Qigong was withheld from the general public until 1978. Then 27th lineage holder Grand Master Yang Mei Jung (1895- 2002) decided to teach this ancient Qigong practice and share its healing benefits to improve the quality of life of all people. Da Yan Qigong is a complete Qigong healing system. MORE.
Most healing traditions have a style of lying down meditation and their basic principles are similar. When we enter into a realised state, or the state of nothingness, in deep meditation, the Qi flows smoothly through the body as if we are tuning ourselves in to harmonise with the universe. In this state significant healing can occur. If we consciously practice while we are lying in bed for about ten minutes before sleep, the Qi will continue to flow while we sleep. Also, when awaking in the morning, we can return to the nothingness for a few minutes before getting up, allowing the Qi to continue flowing. Qigong meditation is also known as Nei Gong, translating to internal work or skill
The three main Qigong principles continued to apply – regulating the posture (relaxing the body), regulating the breath and regulating the mind. First, it is necessary to relax and allow physical and emotional tension which has built up during the day to be released.