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An Introduction to Wild Goose Qigong by Sue Johnson, Instructor

Lighthouse is very pleased to welcome our first guest blog by Wild Goose Qigong and Tai Chi Instructor Sue Johnson. Sue is an accomplished teacher and student of Chinese Martial Arts and someone we hold in high esteem.  We hope you will enjoy discovering Wild Goose Qigong with Sue and want to find out more. Wild Goose Qigong -  A Daoist Qigong System Almost 2000 years old, this Daoist system of Qigong is quite vast, originally consisting of 72 forms!   Wild Goose Qigong looks more like Tai Chi as the movements are forms and not separate movements.  Similar in length to the Chen Style Tai Chi, or the Long Yang style form, it takes around 10 minutes to perform the first routine, known as the 1 st 64 (number of movements).   Beginners should then repeat this routine twice daily. Yang Meijun Kept secret until 1978 the previous Grandmaster, Yang Meijun decided to make some of the system public, initially opening up 12 forms. Most are a little shorter than the 1 st   64! Each form has a s

Baoding - Chinese Exercise Balls

After the first year of training, my instructor gave me a rather strange gift.: a beautifully decorated, silk covered treasure chest style box, with 2 silver balls inside.  My response over the next 2 minutes was “Oh Thank You!” “Ooo!” “Errr?” “Ahaa!” as she showed me what they were and how to use them.  Knowing I had arthritis in my hands and suffered from Raynaud’s Syndrome, where you get cold extremities, she had taught me qigong methods to open the meridians to warm my body, and now had gifted me with my first set of beginner ‘Baoding’ or Chinese exercise balls.  Boading are small, smooth, metallic balls with a ringing chime inside that you can hold in one hand. To use them, you rotate the balls repeatedly around each other in the palm of your hand, trying to keep them in constant contact with each other. The ringing chime is different each in ball, intended to balance yin and yang energies.  As an exercise, they are designed to improve flexibility of the hands and fingers, strengt

Our Lighthouse Garden - Transformation Part 1

This month we are beginning the transformation of our garden, to create a modern outdoor space to allow us to film, train and teach.  As part of our lifestyle blog, we are going to share the journey with you and hope it will be interesting and inspiring for you.  Our North-East facing garden is a little boggy, with clay soil, but is full of colourful plants from the previous owner, which we hope to keep and move to a more manageable location. These include hydrangea, various heathers, three colours of azaleas, various Aquilegias, Centaurus,  Amaranthus Caudatus, sedum  and many others we don't recognise.  The wonderful oak stump carving we commissioned from artist Ric Gibson of Stump Art in Bolton, will become more of a focal point for the garden. The Oak tree was cut down by the previous owner and when we viewed the house, we both kept seeing the face of a Green Man looking back at us. We wanted a smiley face for the carving, so the neighbours' children would not be scared and

Training Plateau by David Pelling

We arrive... Through the journey of our training in Tai Chi and Qigong there are times when progress seemingly halts and we feel that stagnation is setting in. This is common as our perception of the acquisition of skill changes as we absorb the basics and begin to understand more. Yet there is the feeling that once we can perform a routine from start to finish there is little more to learn from it.  Once we have accumulated a certain level of knowledge and understanding it will feel that experience of ' new ' becomes less and less. Also that the repetition of the same routines does become repetitive, at this point we need to shift our perspective of what we are trying to achieve.  So, what do we do to get off this plateau?   There are a variety of ways to move on from these static times in our progression and depending on why we are at a plateau, will effect what we need to do next to progress....  It could simply be that you need the time to absorb the knowledge you current