A GUIDED PROCESS OF INTERNAL DEVELOPMENT FOR WOMEN AND MEN
Qigong is an ancient Chinese movement art that boosts our overall health and well-being. I teach Qigong as part of a deeper process of internal change (Neigong), based on the Daoist teachings of the Lotus Neigong school. In my classes and workshops, we use our body, breath and awareness to access and awaken our energy system, bringing immediate benefits to body and mind and laying solid foundations for the ongoing transformation of Neigong.
Coronavirus update - I have temporarily moved my Qigong classes online.
For now, please ignore all information about in-person classes on this website.
Qigong is often regarded as just a gentle form of relaxing exercise. In reality, it is an important tool within the Chinese internal arts that helps lead us through the powerful transformative process of Neigong. (And, when done properly, it can sometimes feel more gruelling than gentle!)
In my classes, I teach Damo Mitchell's foundational Lotus Neigong curriculum. Here, the focus is on:
- Working slowly, safely and in a structured, step-by-step way to lay the crucial foundations for a life-long journey of self-cultivation.
- Exploring the internal energetic processes and changes that are initiated when we line up our bodies and practise Qigong exercises correctly.
We start the Neigong process in our physical body, before working with our energy system and later with our consciousness or spirit.
So we begin with opening, strengthening and realigning our physical body, regulating our breath, refining our mental awareness and then activating our energy system (through the Lower Dantian).
And, all the while, we work on clearing from our bodies and minds the 'toxins' - or the physical, emotional, mental tension - that we have accumulated through the living of our lives. This tension not only affects our health, but determines the way we perceive and project ourselves into the world. So, when we release it, we experience positive change.
This structured and systematic approach brings tangible benefits to our physical health, emotional well-being and mental faculties, as well as opening the door to real progress along the road of deeper internal development.
It is through building our skill (or 'gong') at the physical level, that we start gradually to gain access to the more subtle world of our energy (Qi) body that was previously beyond our reach.
But progress requires patience, dedication, regular practice and a willingness to work with any challenges or discomfort that peeling away the layers of our acquired self might bring up.
Trying to rush or side-step this foundational stage to jump ahead too early to the more energetic or spiritual levels of the internal arts simply puts a glass ceiling on our progress that we will never get beyond, no matter how many years we practise.
Like many, I learned this the hard way in a couple of previous schools of Qigong. Lotus Neigong has given me the key to making real, ongoing progress in my practice and my personal development.
This Qigong practice can help you achieve:
- Improved health
- Boosted vitality
- Reduced stress
- Greater ease, stability and clarity of mind
- A more sure and confident sense of yourself.
But these benefits are just the start of a potentially much deeper process of personal exploration and transformation. If you'd like to begin that journey, join us in class.
Qigong is a Chinese internal art that brings together movement, breath and awareness.
But what does 'Qigong' mean?
Qi is hard to translate, but is often loosely rendered as Vital Energy. Gong, in modern Chinese, means 'work', but here it refers to a skill or quality that is cultivated through regular practice over a long period.
So Qigong is the quality of mastery of one's Qi that comes from sustained and dedicated practice. This means that it is really not something you do, but, rather, something you are working towards.
Similarly for Neigong
Nei is the Chinese word for 'within'.
So Neigong is the quality or skill of mastery of one's whole internal world that comes from sustained and dedicated practice.
Qigong exercises are important tools for achieving the profound transformation that comes with Neigong.
Some things you might like to know
- Both men and women and women are welcome at my Qigong classes and workshops (unless specifically stated).*
- Please be aware that Qigong involves a lot of standing. Our standing position can be tiring at first and some practices can be energetically and physically intense. You can explore practising sitting on a chair if standing for long periods is not possible.
- A typical class will involve a period of stretching and other physical warm-ups. We then focus on building a particular skill (seated or standing) or mastering the detailed mechanics and energetics of one of the Lotus Neigong Level 1 series - Jiben Qigong, Wuxing Qigong, Wudaoyin, Dragon Daoyin or Hunyuan.
- Most practices are the same for women and men, but, once the foundations are in place, there are also some practices that are specifically for women. I generally teach these in women-only workshops.
- If you'd like some theory to go along with your practice, I highly recommend Lotus Neigong founder Damo Mitchell's book 'A Comprehensive Guide to Daoist Neigong'.
*I say this because my Yoga sessions mainly focus on women's health and so are mostly women-only. Please visit my main NurtureWorks website for details.
NurtureWorks Qigong class guidelines
- Be sure to let me know of any existing health conditions on your registration form
- Just wear loose, comfortable clothes that you can move in freely and a pair of flexible and spacious shoes.
These classes are not suitable for you if:
- You are under 18
- You are pregnant
- Your health is very weak or you are looking for a gentle, relaxing class that does not require or build physical strength
- You cannot commit to regular practice (attending class and at home)
- You are struggling with a serious mental health condition
I would, of course, prefer to turn no one away, but, to ensure everyone's safety and well-being, it is important that I maintain these restrictions. If none of the above applies to you, you would be very very welcome to join us!
And, if you are not sure if the class is right for you, do just get in touch so we can talk it through.
“I'd never practised Qigong before. A beautiful discovery."
- Sara T.
“Tiffany is sincere, humble and authentic about the teachings she disseminates. She radiates the strength and awareness you want from a teacher.”
- Shumaila A.
New Student Offer: 4 Weeks for £35
Or you can just sign up to try one class.
Fyi - For women, this offer also covers my Tuesday Well-Woman Yoga class and Friday morning Hatha Yoga (Five Elements) class, so you'd be welcome to come to all these classes for four consecutive weeks to see if they are for you.
Online for now (live on Zoom and recorded)
Open to all - men and women. No experience needed.
Price: £12 drop-in / £60 for 6 credits (valid for 10 teaching weeks) / Monthly Memberships from £40
Important - Payment choices offer some flexibility, but regular attendance is expected and vital to progress and benefit from your practice.
I am Tiffany Bown. I live in Cambridge, UK, with my family. I am a mother of three, a Qigong teacher, a Yoga teacher and an explorer of natural ways of restoring and maintaining internal harmony.
- I was lucky enough to train intensively with Lotus Neigong founder Damo Mitchell on his final three-year Qigong intensive. As a Level 1 Instructor, I am qualified to share the school's incredibly grounded, rounded and far-reaching foundational syllabus, as well as its women's practices.
- You can read more here about me and the origins of my interest in natural approaches to health and well-being (and my passion for women's health).