Feixia Yu

Feixia Yu has been the Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Central Lancashire since 2008 and runs a wide range of Chinese culture events in Preston and beyond.

Founder of YuTaichi & Qigong Ltd, Feixia runs weekly Taichi and Qigong classes on-line and in person. Feixia regularly features in local media including BBC Radio Lancashire and the Lancashire Evening Posts on various aspects of Chinese culture. She frequently gives open lectures and workshops on the Chinese health enhancement tradition, current practice and latest research and development in China. She also designs and delivers corporate wellbeing events. Her area of research interests is in Qigong as an exercise intervention tool for a range of conditions including Long Covid, hypertension, Parkinson’s, and spine misalignment.

In the area of Taichi and Qigong for Wellbeing, Feixia is Duan 3 in Health Qigong routines with International Health Qigong Federation. She a member of China Association of Medical Qigong, a senior instructor at British Health Qigong Association, and an In-door disciple of Chen Xiaowang, Grandmaster in Chen Style Taichi. Feixia also qualified as an Exercise and Recuperation Instructor at Beijing Sport University. Feixia trained and qualified in India as a senior yoga instructor (YTT-500) with Yoga Alliance. She is also qualified by the Personal Care Institute to teach Yoga in Healthcare Alliance. Her Taichi Qigong classes typically fuse together aspects of different disciplines of Daoyin and Yoga. Some of the sitting routines in Qigong are also known as Chinese Yoga, so there are lots of fusions in these two Eastern disciplines of Body-Mind Practice.

Feixia is keen for more people to benefit from Taichi and Qigong, the beautiful art of health enhancement from China. She moved her face-to-face classes online since the first Covid lock-down in 2020, and has since then, offered more than 500 Taichi and Qigong classes on Zoom for free. These twice weekly free classes are still continuing. To mark the health benefits of her free classes and the appreciation of the participants in Preston for her commitment to share and spread the best of the Chinese health enhancement tradition, Feixia was presented the Preston Mayor’s Covid Hero Award in November 2021.

Feixia joined the Social Prescribing Research Unit at University of Central Lancashire in 2022 and is working to embed body-mind practice like Taichi and Qigong in the NHS Social Prescribing Movement.