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Deniz teaches in a way that is unusual and frankly rare in the world of Taiji Qigong. He begins from the centre and not from the fringe. He imparts an understanding of the basic principles of the art before going on to the meticulous details, so the student notices the benefits from day one of their practice. 

 

Taiji Qigong exemplifies the most subtle principle of Daoism, known as wu-wei. Literally, this may be translated as "not doing" but its proper meaning is to act without forcing - to move in accordance with the rhythm of nature's course, and is best understood from observing and feeling the clouds, the water and the wind. Wu-wei is exemplified in the art of sailing , in which one uses intelligence and nature, as distinct from rowing, in which uses the force of muscle.

The spirit of the wu-wei is to use the environment of water, wind or gravity instead of defying them; making turns with curves rather than sharp angles, and for this reason the whole biological world is curvaceous – water being its main component. As Lao Tzu said, “Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield."

To work with Deniz at the Norfolk and Norwich Taiji School is to learn to move with wind and water – not only in the Taiji Qigong practices, but also in the course of everyday life. 

The Mother Form Taiji Qigong

The Mother Form is an incredible form, with the Hidden Immortal lineage going back over 3000 years to the time of Laozi, the father of Daoism. This form has personally been handed down to Deniz, who now shares it with his students. The eight simple movements are precisely choreographed to create a relaxed mind-body meditation that stretches and strengthens the entire body. The slow, deliberate movements develop health, balance, energy and calm. Essentially, this form is a way to bring the practitioner into physical, mental, and spiritual awareness and connection with the microcosm (human being) and the macrocosm (universe). 

Gods Playing in the Clouds

Gods Playing in the Clouds is the oldest of the qigong sets. It is said to have come out of the Kunlun mountains 5000 years ago.

 

It is a set of six movements, each of which is repeated twenty times before seamlessly flowing into the next one. While the movements seem to be relatively simple they actually contain all sixteen components of Daoist Neigong (inner work) and form the bridge between neigong and Daoist meditation (or shen gong).

 

This qigong practice naturally stimulates the Earth element of your body in accord with Chinese five-element theory.

 

Through it, you learn to become more balanced, centred, and stable - like Earth. You also learn how to integrate all of the other elemental energies of your body - Water, Wood, Fire, and Metal - as Earth does.

The movements of Gods are relatively easy to learn and are especially helpful in releasing the neck, shoulders, and upper back.  
 
Gods become a more and more advanced practice as you learn to put ever more sophisticated and subtle energy development practices inside its movements. Ultimately, it becomes the most advanced and powerful qigong practice that we teach.

Hunyuan Qigong

Hunyuan Taiji Qigong is a modern version of Chen Style Taijii, the original martial style of Taijii renowned for its external beauty and internal power, and still practiced today in Chen Village, Henan Province. 

The name hunyuan is composed of “hun” or circle and “yuan,” or mixed (may also mean “origin.”) It may also be said that the system is based on these “circles” or flows arising from the universe. These circles are part of this “original” energy that flows in the universe, nature and humans. Hunyuan Taiji Qigong is a non-martial practiced for health and wellbeing.

Ji Ben Qigong

The Ji Ben Qigong are eight simple moving exercises which are primarily designed to teach a person how to move their body in the correct way. They are designed to help a person restructure their form and sink their Qi through relaxation in order to refashion the body for more advanced internal practices. Each exercise is based around unification of the body, breath and awareness in order to circulate Qi through key internal pathways within the body.

Sun-style Tai Chi (Taiji)

Students of all ages and abilities study Sun-style tai chi. It is fluid and smooth with an underlying current of internal energy in the spiral movements. Added to the spiralling, is the frequent and intentional use of Qigong, so students report they feel the energy (or Qi) faster in Sun style. The tempo is slow so you can learn about your body and posture and how you can improve and strengthen muscles supporting joints. The stance is higher so it is easier to practice without joint involvement. Breathing and mind intention lead to relaxation which leads to pain relief and increased confidence in moving. Hints are given to put tai chi in the most simple movements of daily living such as standing. Many students DO NOT have arthritis or chronic conditions but like the idea of a shorter easier form that quickly gives health benefits

 

Heaven and Earth Qigong

Heaven and Earth Qigong provides a real taste of what Taiji can do for you without the time investment Taiji requires. This simple, repetitive exercise is great for getting your Qi moving. Heaven and Earth Qigong is best known for helping to heal back and spine injuries and is especially effective for mitigating repetitive stress injury (RSI) and carpal tunnel. Heaven and Earth Qigong incorporates Neigong 'inner skill' practice yet the exercises are easy enough to keep you from feeling overwhelmed. 

Wu Dao Yin

The five Wu Dao Yin exercises are moving forms of energetic purging. Each exercise is designed to target and open up key energetic centres within the body. As these centres are pulled open they generate enough space within the energy body to help clear stagnant Qi. The movements are then combined with focused awareness and specific breathing methods in order to lead the body towards a state of better health. The exercises are also used within Nei Gong to help clear emotional traumas which have often become trapped within the Jing Jin and meridians of the body.

Dragon and Tiger Medical Qigong

Dragon and Tiger Medical Qigong is a 1,500-year-old self-healing movement system based on acupuncture. It is sometimes called "meridian-line qigong" because it helps free you of energetic (Qi) blockages by balancing the Qi flow that runs through the acupuncture meridians or energy channels of your body.

This powerful qigong set offers about 80 percent of the benefits of longer, more complex forms, but in just seven simple movements that are relatively easy to learn for astounding health benefits not found in most Western exercise systems. 

Wu Xing Qigong

The five Wu Xing Qigong exercises are simple movements designed to help a person contact the five elemental pulses. These pulses dictate the base health of the five key organs of the body, the Kidneys, the Liver, the Heart, the Spleen and the Lungs. As a person develops their Wu Xing Qi Gong practice they help to nourish these organs. The medical benefits of such a practice are obvious but what is also important is that these pulses dictate the quality of the Qi which flows throughout the rest of the energy body as well.

San Ti Shi

San Ti Shi is a Standing Qigong practice. It is reputably the single most effective qigong practice to develop strength, energy, focus and clarity. It strongly develops the principal energy centre of the human body, the lower dantien, simultaneously with the body’s central energy channel and our presence and awareness.

This affects the lungs, spine, central nervous system and brain, all of which are central to our clarity. Moreover, it enables practitioners to become superbly centred and focused in a progressively more relaxed way, without falling into distraction. 

Soong Breathing

The process of breathing is a basic but very important aspect of our training. The Daoist approach to breathing is to link it with the process of releasing ever-increasing layers of tension. This tension can be physical, energetic or emotional. In all cases the tension is released from the body and this allows a practitioner to move deeper into an awareness of their own being. 

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