Mindful Movement Meditation

Chi Kung (Qigong) in Lagos
Mindful Movement Meditation in the Algarve

Timetable for Chi Kung (Qigong) & Zen Meditation (Zazen)

  • Monday
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  • Tuesday
    (Dojo Barão S. João)
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  • Wednesday
    (Ahimsa yoga studio)
    (Olive Hostel)
  • Thursday
    (Dojo Barão S. João)
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  • Friday
    (Ponta da Piedade / beach)
  • Sunday
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    (Ponta da Piedade / beach)

Book your place by email: [email protected] or by phone (+351) 963 789397


Pedro Dinis Gong bu at the beach

Sunset Chi Kung (Qigong) in Lagos

Moving Meditation on the cliffs over the sea

When the sun goes down in the transition from day to night, there is a special palpable atmosphere. This is the perfect time to practise and integrate this magical moment in a paradisiacal setting.

The meeting point is at 7.30pm (19:30), at the Ponta da Piedade Lighthouse or at the entrance to Porto de Mós Beach, after which we'll head out as a group on a short walk to a more secluded spot with a fantastic view of the cliffs over the sea.

The Chi Kung practice will last between 45 minutes and 1 hour, followed by a time to integrate and close the session. At the end there will be time to relax, feel nature... chat and have a drink.


Fridays and Sundays (19:30 - 21:00)

Location: Ponta da Piedade or Praia do Porto de Mós

15€ per person (or €10 for friends from lagos)

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Regular Chi Kung (Qigong) classes in Lagos

These sessions develop the foundation for the practice and gradually learn various forms of Chi Kung, with an emphasis on Ba Duan Jin - the eight treasures, and specific exercises for each season of the year. These exercises of movements coordinated with the breath, in a meditative state, intensify the flow of energy and directly benefit the internal organs, immune system and tone the body.


Wednesdays (19:30 - 20:30) Location: Olive Hostel

15€ per person (or €10 for Olive hostel guests and friends from lagos)

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zazen incenso

Zazen (Zen Meditation)

The practice of Zazen - concentration of mind and breath on the permanence of the sitting posture. These sessions rely on the Soto-Zen tradition and the teachings of the Masters who have guided us uninterruptedly, for over 2500 years since Shakyamuni Buddha.

Tuesdays and Thursdays (7:30am - 8:30)
Location: Zen Dojo TAIKUAN - Barão São João

Wednesdays (7:30am - 8:30) Location: Ahimsa Yoga Studio - Lagos


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Qigong? (reads: Chi Kung)

“A body in harmony is a powerful body”

Is a term of Chinese origin that refers to Life Energy Cultivation. It is a holistic system (practiced for thousands of years) of coordinated body posture and movement, breathing, and meditation used for health, spirituality, and martial arts training.

We can trace the origins of Qigong and Chinese medicine back to the shamanic practices and beliefs that existed in prehistoric Asian civilisation. There are references to energy work in the era of the Yellow Emperor (Huang Di), who would have reigned over 4500 years ago, where ancient shamans used Qigong exercises to regulate the body and special breathing techniques to cure illnesses.

One of the aims of Qigong is to stimulate the flow of energy (Qi) in the body in order to unblock and cleanse the entire network of meridians, which are energy channels comparable to rivers. Whenever the Qi is unbalanced, the related organ will receive an incorrect amount of energy. This will cause the organ to malfunction through overload or lack, and left uncorrected, can lead to premature ageing and chronic illnesses. Therefore, in order to preserve full health, the flow of Qi must be kept balanced and regular.

External Qigong forms use specific postures and movements of the body in synchronisation with the breath in a meditative state. One of the most well-known and widely practised forms of external Qigong is Ba Duan Jin - the eight silk brocades.

The history of Qigong in China spans more than 4 millennia of practice, empirical and scientific research. In recent decades, clinical studies have been carried out all over the world which have evaluated the effect of practising Qigong, demonstrating positive effects on all the main systems: respiratory, digestive, metabolic, neurological, lymphatic and cardiac.

 pergaminhos de seda com exercícios de Qigong (Dao-yin Tu)
Reproductions of paintings on silk scrolls with Qigong exercises (Dao-yin Tu), these silk scrolls date back to 168 BC and were unearthed in 1973 in Hunan province, China.

Benefits of regular Qigong practice:

Balances body and mind - natural, slow breathing in synchronisation with the movement has a calming effect on the mind, releases endorphins (the feel-good hormones) and as the mind relaxes, so does the body.

Improves cardio-pulmonary function - deep breathing centred on the abdomen, expands the movement of the diaphragm by applying a gentle massage to the organs of the abdominal and thoracic cavity.

Tones the body - by releasing tension in the muscles, blood flow and the elasticity of the blood vessels themselves are increased, which reduces the possibility of injury.

Stimulates the lymphatic system - which is an important component of the immune system. The rhythmic movements stimulate the lymphatic circulation and the lymphatic organs: spleen, lymph nodes and thymus, releasing toxins and helping the other organs to work harmoniously.

Boosts immunity - several clinical studies show that after practising Qigong there are positive changes in the quantities of white blood cells (monocytes, neutrophils, eosinophils, natural killer cells and lymphocytes). It improves the response of the innate and adaptive immune system with the function of defending the body against foreign bodies (antigens) such as viruses and bacteria, as well as creating an immunological memory.

Reduces the stress hormone (cortisol) - Stress activates the body's responses to emergency situations, which are extremely important for the survival of the individual, but in our society it is a continuous effort that affects millions of people around the world on a daily basis and in the long term leads to serious health problems. It has a major impact on the nervous, endocrine and immune systems. It increases blood pressure, blood sugar, and directs energy to the muscular system, to the detriment of and paralysing the recovery and renewal of other systems.


Pedro Dinis

I met Qigong when I lived in London. I worked for long hours at the computer in Web design area and was so out of shape, I needed to do something. In the autumn of 2000, together with a co-worker, we searched for a place to practice Kung Fu and were told that the best of London was the Shaolin Temple UK... there, I discovered meditation and Qigong!

At first I could not breathe through my nose, but with two years of intensive Qigong and Kung Fu training I was fit and healthy. I was fascinated by this practice, and in 2003 I stopped with Kung Fu and dedicated myself to experiencing the numerous styles of Qigong that were in London, understanding their great diversity.

From 2004, after returning to Portugal, I practiced Tai Chi, Qigong and Zen Meditation with Carl Zimmerling, with whom I have maintained a close proximity of contact. My curiosity about Qigong is wide and I have always tried different styles and teachers. Once in a while I return to London and Shaolin Temple UK.

From the year 2009 I began to share my practice and in recent years I have held several Qigong - Ba Dua Jin - Workshops in the Algarve and in Spain.

In 2017 I moved to the Azores where I shared and taught Qigong and Zazen weekly for seven years on the special and marvellous island of São Miguel. This cycle of life has allowed me to deepen my practice even more delve into Tai Chi again.

Now that I'm back in Lagos, I'm delighted to be able to share the practice of Qigong and Zazen in this luminous land...