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 a ‘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 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!

Photo: S. Didato, 2013

ONLINE:  Qigong for Health and Healing 

Spring

The spring is a time of rejuvenation and awakening, bringing the body from a state of stillness into motion. In anticipation of the warmer, more active months ahead, we will be focusing on the Yi Jin Jing otherwise known as the Muscle and Tendon Strengthening Exercises. With an emphasis on awakening the spine, while gently stretching and toning the muscles and tendons, these exercises are an excellent way to invigorate our practice and boost our energy for a smooth transition into the summer.

Appropriate for all levels:  The Yi Jin Jing can be practiced from a seated position as well as various depths of standing posture to increasing balance, flexibility, and strength.  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.  This exercise also supports the respiratory, cardiovascular, and nervous systems to maintain health.  All levels are welcome.

Mid-Summer 

As an alternative to our regular classes, the Ba Duan Jin (also known as the Eight Pieces of Brocade), will be the focus of the eight-week summer session.  A well-known holistic exercise, the Ba Duan Jin is excellent for maintaining health and conditioning in small spaces.  The practice is particularly effective at strengthening the immune system and improving respiratory and cardiovascular function.

Fall Session TBA

 

NOTE: Outdoor classes will be an available option to online classes this Fall ~ thank you for your continued patience.