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Finding the way back to bliss

Regular Holden Qigong classes, suitable for all ages and fitness levels, are now available in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Holden Qigong is an easy to understand, practical style of Qigong based on the principles of moving with the breath, with intention, relaxation and flow.

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Qigong classes


Monday 10.30am – 11.45am – Tao Yin
Wednesday 1pm – 1.20pm – City Flow
Thursday 1.30pm – 2.30pm – Forest Qigong

Classes run to the school term:
Term 1, 2020  – 3rd February – 2 April

Tao Yin

Tao Yin combines the powerful asana practice of yoga with the effortless flow of Qigong.


Forest Qigong

A gentle standing class, with a focus on relaxation and stress relief.


City Flow

A mid-week flowing community class for less stress and more energy.


Specialist Classes

Workplace Qigong

Qigong for Concussion Recovery

Qigong in Schools

Private Qigong Lessons

“I’ve been tense before class and it’s amazing how it “changes you” to become more calm and a nicer person.” – student

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About me

Emily Drysdale from Bliss Calm Qigong with Lee Holden from Holden Qigong
Emily Drysdale at Advanced Holden Qigong Teacher Training in 2019 with Lee Holden, Holden Qigong

Hi, I’m Emily Drysdale. The only Certified Advanced Holden Qigong Instructor (500 hours) in Christchurch, New Zealand.

I am also a single mum with two little girls, a visual designer and a recovering stress monkey. Please join me as I rediscover what it means to be calm and live blissfully in this crazy busy world. (more…)

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What is Qigong?

Qigong is an ancient Chinese practise of breath and movement stretching back over 4,000 years. It’s simple to learn and can be done by everyone.

This beautiful short film was created by Todd Villegas of our class practising on the beach when I was in Santa Cruz studying with Lee Holden, it captures the power and flow of Holden Qigong.


Anybody, at any age or fitness level, can use these moving meditation techniques – not only to improve physical fitness, but also to assist in recovery from injury and illness, to achieve a deeper sense of calm, and to relieve tension and stress. – Lee Holden