Therapeutic Qigong

Qigong is a form of exercise with its roots in Chinese medicine. Qi (chi) translates as vital energy or life force while gong can be described as accomplishment derived from skilled practice. Therefore, Qigong is ‘life force’ in training.  Qi is the energy or natural life force found in all living things. Gong in terms of the effort involved in the acquisition of any skill requires time and focus to master.  The main purpose of qigong is to support the physical life force in the body through the exchange of Qi between the internal and external environment.  Through this exchange, health is maintained by continuously introducing and circulating fresh Qi, like oxygen to the blood, in the body.  Regular practice helps to maintain the natural state of balance and energy in the body that is essential to life.

Therapeutic Qigong

Both Tai Chi and Qigong refer directly to the art of moving meditation and have the potential to maintain good health, cure illness, and regulate the emotions.  Each method of qigong employs specific postures and movements designed to provide specific therapeutic benefits through consistent effort.  This class will introduce fundamental concepts and principles essential to supporting overall health and well-being using easy-to-follow movements, guided meditation, and relaxation techniques.  Basic exercises and seasonal Qigong sets will emphasize balance, alignment, grace, and ease of movement as well as healing practices.  Whether you drop in for one class or commit to a whole session the healing benefits of qigong will only deepen with practice.

  New beginners and all levels are welcome!

 

Fall 2012. Photo by S. Didato

Fall of 2012. Photo by S. Didato

In this session, one is directed by The Classics to cultivate stillness. By slowing down and turning inward, we align with the Yin qualities of nature in quietude and repose.  This is accomplished through the slow-moving meditation of Tai Chi and Qigong – During this session we will strengthen the body and calm the mind to foster peace and bring balance and harmony to our lives.  All levels are welcome.

Qigong for Health and Healing TBA

We will be focusing on the Ba Duan Jin (also known as the Eight Pieces of Brocade), which is a good holistic exercise for maintaining health and conditioning in small spaces.  As an alternative to our regular classes, the Ba Duan Jin is known to be particularly effective at strengthening the immune system and improving respiratory and cardiovascular function.  Appropriate for all levels it can be practiced from a seated position as well as various depths of standing posture to strengthen the muscles and bones. Depending upon the number of repetitions and the amount of effort, it can also be a particularly challenging workout for those who are looking for serious conditioning – all levels welcome.

NOTE: Outdoor classes available with Livestream option ~ Please contact the instructor