I love the water and have been an aquafitness instructor/trainer for 25 years. While studying qigong I asked one of my teachers what he thought about practicing Qigong in the water. He told me that water is an excellent medium for Qigong because water magnifies the benefits of Qigong.
Many years ago I went to an aquatic therapy conference in Washington D.C., while there I learned about Tai chi in the water and later became certified to teach Ai Chi. Ai Chi is a set of Tai chi movements designed for the water. Both Tai chi and Qigong are perfect for the water. When you watch someone do Qigong and Tai chi it looks like they are in the water. Water supports the slow flowing movements and helps the learner achieve success early.
Fluid Zen is a combination of Ai Chi and many forms of Qigong done in a warm pool (90 degrees). I begin and end each class with a few movements of Ai Chi, followed by several qigong poses from the different styles I have learned. Currently, I incorporate the 18 Luohan hands and the five yin organ routine. In September 2018 I will be adding Shibashi. Shibashi is beautiful flowing form and will be perfect in the water!
Practicing in the water allows for more freedom of movement. You can get more range of motion in the water, sink deeper into the poses and the warm water assists with relaxation. Come and try a class! I am so excited to be teaching at two pools in Oakville! Click here to see where you can experience Fluid Zen.