< Go Back SURRENDER TO THE ENERGY Posted: Apr 30, 2020
Tai Chi and Qigong Seminars – 7/8
th March 2020
This is the 7
year that Grand Master Faye Yip has spent a weekend in Bexleyheath sharing her
skill and knowledge and helping us to develop our understanding and improve our
Tai Chi and Qigong practice.
Seven is also
the number that symbolises togetherness and harmony as it is considered to be
the union of yin, yang and the five elements – earth, water, fire, wood and
metal – regarded as the basis of the world in ancient Chinese culture.
yourself to the energy...” urged Master Faye...and during the weekend we did.
The focus for
Saturday’s workshop was Mawangdui, a series of 12 qigong forms dating back to
the Han Dynasty. The 12 gentle movements work with the flow of energy through
the meridians and encourage connection and synchronicity between body and mind.
The 12 bending
and stretching movements engage core muscles and are designed to stimulate
internal organs and improve body awareness and flexibility in the joints, hip
and spine. “A thoroughly enjoyable day....the depth of teaching....the
breakdown of each movement....the way Master Faye moved so effortlessly and
accurately was inspiring”. We did work muscles we had forgotten we had but
ended the day energised and inspired.
with Master Faye teaching us the Beijing 10 Step, a compact short form of
familiar movements from the 24 Step. “The 10 Step was well chosen....a good
routine to take home if you live in a small space”.
movements are very familiar it was relatively easy to grasp the new form so we were
able to spend time working on improving stance, how we position our feet, how
we turn our hip– all the little details that improve transition between
movements and make a form flow.
session started with a short meditation gently leading us into working in pairs
to explore and experience the martial art application of Tai Chi movements.
This was a fun but practical way to help us re-think how we move, how we stand,
how we execute each movement in a Tai Chi form.
“Master Faye is
an inspirational teacher....her ability to demonstrate movements....explain the
finer details in such a clear and accessible way was amazing...and beautiful to
The weekend was
really well-organised and “had a wonderful flow and energy....the atmosphere
friendly and relaxed”.
determined to improve our practice and with fingers crossed there will be
another seminar next year.