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Meet the Expert: Lingji Hon 靈芝

“What I learnt, I learnt from my father,” says the Berlin-based Qigong expert Lingji Hon. She began studying the ancient practice at the age of five at her father’s school, the Dantao Center, in New York City, where she grew up. “Some of my earliest memories are of watching my father doing Qigong or, rather, hearing my father doing Qigong, because it can be very loud – like vocal exclamations and slapping the body.”

Qigong (pronounced ‘Chi Gong’) is the Taoist practice of working with energy – a form of meditation that combines controlled breathing and gentle movement. It is able to unblock any stagnant energy that’s already within us, allowing it to flow freely. Even the smallest movements, such as rotating the wrists, can activate this energy, so can be done any time, anywhere.

How does Qigong benefit us with today’s hectic lifestyle? “We all want more energy in our daily lives,” says Lingji, “and we habitually look outwards to get it: changes in our diet, stimulants, better sleep… But what if I told you that a great resource of dormant energy is already there within you? Qigong can help you to access this energy.”

Lingji’s lineage extends back to Lóngmén Pài, the Dragon Gate school, which is the largest branch of the Taoist internal alchemy. The various Qigong lineages that have survived outside of China have preserved the spiritual and religious aspect. “My father was fortunate to study with several masters after he moved to the US,” she says. “ They passed on to him the alchemical secrets of the Dragon Gate, and the deep wisdom of Taoism behind the practice.”

Now leading regular classes and workshops throughout Europe and the US in Qigong and Taiji Quan (aka Tai Chi), in which she also specializes, Lingji continues to draw inspiration from her various areas of study. She undertook modern dance training at the Ellen Robbins school in New York, completed a degree in fine arts from Middlebury College in Vermont and la Sorbonne in Paris, and explored Chan Buddhism, queer theory and Butoh, a form of Japanese dance theater.

This rounded approach has led her to redefining the practice in new ways. “Even though my father is my great master, I have also studied with other teachers, in particular with women,” Lingji says. “I feel that my work is to redefine Taiji Quan and Qigong as feminine practices. I’m also passionate about how my culture’s ancient wisdom can be a powerful healing medicine in today’s world, and its ability to serve as a tool for activism and empowerment.”

“We all want more energy in our daily lives”

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