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Ba Duan Jin – 8 Pieces of Brocade Health Qigong
Sat. 13 May 2017, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm British Summer Time United Kingdom Time
Ba Duan Jin is also known as the 8 Pieces of Brocade or the 8 Fine Treasures. It was developed during the Song Dynasty 960-1279, allegedly by Zhongli Quan and Lü Dongbin, two of the Eight Immortals, and several versions have appeared over the years.
As the name implies, there are 8 moves which work on the organs and meridians. These are:
Holding up the Sky with Two Hands,
Drawing a Bow as though to Shoot a Hawk,
Separating Heaven and Earth, One Hand at a time,
Gazing Backwards, side to side,
Swaying the Head and Shaking the Tail,
Bouncing up and down on Both Toes,
Clenching the Fist and Glaring Fiercely,
Two Hands Holding the Feet to strengthen the Kidneys and Waist.
Suitable for those with some experience. Experience of yoga or other spiritual practices can also be helpful with understanding how the internal energy works. Complete beginners will have a lot to take in and repetitions of the exercises can be quite tiring for everyone, no matter how fit you are, until you get your technique right – but that's what practice is for!
Your instructor for the day will be Suse Coon.
Is there a minimum or maximum age? How fit do I have to be?
If under 16 you need to be accompanied by an adult. There's no top age.
Although the exercises involve being on your feet for a lot of the time, anyone can sit and rest at any time.
It helps if you are quite flexible but we all have different body shapes and idiosyncrasies!
To help us adapt exercises for you if necessary, and for insurance purposes, you will be invited to fill out a medical form. This also means that appropriate information is available in the event of a medical emergency.
If you have any doubts about the suitability of these exercises for you, please ask what is involved and speak to your doctor.
What's included in the ticket price?
Hot and cold drinks are available throughout the day, with a selection of biscuits. As the venue is 6 miles from Tarbert, we invite you to bring a contribution to lunch, especially if you have have dietary restrictions.
You will receive a handout on the topic.
The ticket agency fees are covered by the organiser.
There is plenty of free parking. The buses to Campbeltown will normally stop if requested. Please note, the hall is situated on the east side of the A83, not the west side as Google maps seems to think.
What should I bring?
Wear loose, comfortable clothing. The floor is carpeted so you may prefer to wear shoes.
There is normally a period of meditation, so if you have a mat, or blanket, bring that.
What if I can't make it?
Classes are normally 5-8 people so the early bird rate is a guide to whether or not the class will be viable. If you call off before that, you can have a refund. If after that, I can't guarantee to be able to give you a refund, but you can pass on your place to someone else.
Is it possible to come for just part of the day?
As we are learning a full set of exercises, you obviously won't learn all of it, but, depending on your experience and what you're looking for, you may still benefit from coming along.
Can I contact the organiser with any questions?
You can email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07734 699607.