Thursday, 13 May 2010

Qi-Gong classes on the beach in Propriano

Tuesdays and Thursdays are my Qi-Gong class, but because yesterday was a bank holiday, the village hall was closed, so we had to decamp to the beach. The beach behind ‘Le Lido’ was absolutely covered in poppies and wild flowers, so I found myself snapping away while I waited for the others to arrive.

Qi-gong (or ch'i kung) is a bit like Tai Chi. It uses slow graceful movements and techniques to promote the circulation of qi within the human body, and enhance overall health. In its simplest form, the Chinese character for qi, in qigong, can mean air, breath, or ‘life force’. Gong means work, so qi-gong means the practice of ‘working’ with your ‘life force’.

It was a glorious sunny day so we were there more than an hour during which time we managed to entertain a group of bikers and some early tourists who obviously wondered what on earth we were doing! One of the class suggested to Patricia (our fabulous teacher) that she should make a sign and see if she could recruit a few more ad-hoc students!

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