What’s OneQi about?
Everyone’s journey through qigong is different. We come to the practice for different reasons and with different experience, we have different physical ability and different levels of physical and mental health, but regardless of the style of qigong we engage with, we are all heading in the same direction.
Naming this direction is not always easy as we have different ways to express it. Some people talk about healing, others talk about enlightenment. You may be aiming for immortality or freedom, or maybe it’s about merging with the dao.
One qi is about creating the space to understand the differences and similarities between different approaches to qigong. It’s about finding common ground and common understandings between qigong practices. It’s about great conversations and insights. It’s about unity, acceptance and finding a path that works for you.
We’re here to help you on your journey into qigong and we look forward to you exploring the insights and understandings that we are sharing.
But what is Qigong?
The Origins of Qigong in China seem to pre-date written records.
Even cave paintings seem to show dances that are recognisable in forms used to this day. Known as Dao Yin, these dances started to become formalised several thousand years ago, into “exercise sets” for health.
We start to see written works from Daoists in the Warring States periods (475 – 221 B.C.E) demonstrating these exercises.
The actually coining of the term Qigong, to gather the many disparate practices under one umbrella, may only be about 150 years old. It was common to see it written as Chi gung, or Chi Kung when the Wade-Giles translation system was in use, these days the Pinyin system is more common, so we see the spelling Qigong or Qi Gong more often.
Over the millennia Qigong has fallen in and out of favour, and been co-opted into many different organisations and schools. It’s roots can be found in Daoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and more recently in Communism! There are Martial forms, Religious forms and simple “people’s” forms practiced all over China, and now the West too.
Qigong became popular in the 1960 and 1970’s in the USA and has spread all over the globe.
Qigong is strong in the UK. It’s OneQi’s aim to make it more open and accessible to everybody, everywhere.
Who is OneQi
OneQi started as a conversation between two and then three UK Qigong teachers.
We realised that there were more similarities than differences in our aims.
We also realised that whilst everybody knew about Yoga, very few people know much about Qigong, and that it was time to change that!
There are deep healing roots in Qigong, that have hitherto remained mostly untapped in the UK. With Pandemics and huge pressure on our Health System, it seems time to make these amazing practices more visible.
The seed grew quickly to a core team of about a dozen teacher, we are now ready to build further and open our membership to all UK teachers and Schools in the UK (Any anywhere else!)