Life at 4 Miles an Hour

by Jenny Newbery - Chi Kung Instructor

Chi Kung is like Tai Chi to look at. It is an ancient Chinese form of exercise and historically it actually comes before Tai Chi and other martial arts as a sort of warm up. Practised regularly and with a focused mind, Chi Kung can really help keep the body relaxed, supple, strong and healthy.

The gentle repetitive forms are usually performed in a standing posture called Wu Chi. Sometimes the forms are taken into Chi Kung walks which are a wonderful way to focus your mind on just the movement and allow it to let go of everything else. It is an easy way to learn to meditate, through movement, and can help improve sleep patterns, energy levels and circulation to name but a few.

Here is an article written on Chi Kung and it’s benefits.

Life at 4 Miles an Hour

Drifting leisurely down the canals at a pace so unhurried that walkers along the towpath can pass you by: it’s the antithesis to hectic London living. Crossing the border between Wales and England by boat, I recalibrated myself. It’s a slowness that I crave, but the demands of modern living simply don’t always accommodate my yen for stillness.

Attending Jenny’s Chi Kung classes and seasonal workshops is my gift to myself. In addition to the great health benefits I’ve experienced from the gentle exercise, Chi Kung offers me a chance to re-focus, to clear my thoughts, to just be present. It lets me slow down. It marks a period of pause in what can often be an all-too-busy week.

But What Does Chi Kung Have to Do with Stand Up Paddleboarding?

My husband has been eager to try paddleboarding for a while, so over Easter weekend I acquiesced, and we piled in the car and headed to Bray Lake for our first lesson.We paddled on our knees to the middle of the lake, and then we were taught to stand: feet about shoulder width apart; knees slightly bent. I recognized it immediately from Chi Kung: it is essentially a Wu Chi stance.

After two hours of paddleboarding my arms were tired from propelling myself around the lake. My husband’s thighs were sore, but mine weren’t, because I have spent hours with my feet shoulder width apart, and knees slightly bent. Chi Kung had made me well-equipped to balance on the board. That’s the day I really ascertained that Chi Kung has broader applications. The hour each week spills over into other aspects of my life. That’s what I love about it.

Dana Stoll.

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