All classes start with the cleansing and removal of bad Qi by shaking the body in a relaxed and calm way. Then the body is prepared to receive good Qi by performing the Taoist Relaxed and Calm Standing Meditation form. All classes end with a period of sitting meditation followed by a “condensing of Qi” through various head Qi Gong exercises
Tai Chi Qi Gong (90 minute class)
Would you like to reduce stress while improving your balance and core strength? Tai Chi Qi Gong is an exercise system based upon Traditional Chinese Medicine which is practiced by millions daily for physical, spiritual and emotional wellbeing. It is one of the most gentle and effective ways of working with the body, calming the nervous system, and healing body, mind, and spirit. This class will introduce standing meditation, various qi gong exercises (basic and advanced) and the Yang Style Simplified Tai Chi form, also known as the 24 form or short form. No special equipment is required, just wear loose comfortable clothing and footwear. Suitable for all especially beginners.
The Swimming Dragon (60 minute class)
The Swimming Dragon is an ancient Taoist Qi Gong that has the power to improve our health, fitness level and promote general wellbeing. It is practiced by repeating a short cycle of movements specifically designed as a comprehensive care system for the internal organs. The benefits of this movement are improvements in the digestive system and the ability to eliminate waste, improve the breathing process, fortifies the kidneys, relieves neck, shoulder, low back and hip pain by benefitting the spine, nervous system and meridians. Lastly it greatly enhances the body’s ability to relax, reducing stress and the associated ailments. No special equipment is required, just loose comfortable clothes and footwear.
Eight Pieces of Brocade (60 minute class)
An ancient Chinese exercise and fitness system used as an alternate healing therapy (AKA medical Qi Gong). It consists of a series of eight exercises that follow the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is one of the most gentle and effective ways of working with the body, calming the nervous system, healing body, mind and spirit. Eight Pieces of Brocade enables the student to correct physical and energetic imbalances, releases emotions and stress. It is a simple and effective way of directing Qi (life energy) throughout the body and remove blockages that can cause sickness or disease without acupuncture, herbs or massage. No special equipment is required, just loose comfortable clothes and footwear.
Meditation and Qi Gong for Health (60 minute class)
Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese exercise system to maintain a balance of health physically, emotional and spiritually. Based upon Traditional Chinese Medicine, it has the power to improve our mood and outlook on life, help improve joint flexibility reducing pain, increase muscle strength, range of motion and overall balance. It is also a great tool in fighting stress and anxiety. In this class various Qi Gong exercises are explored including Animal Frolics (Crane, Bear, Tiger, Monkey, Deer), The Swimming Dragon, Eight Pieces of Brocade, Tai Chi Ruler, and Seasonal Qi Gong. Various forms of standing meditation are also introduced which include still and moving meditations that conform to the principles of Yi Chuan.
Tai Chi Quan (90 minute class)
Tai Chi Quan is a fist system (Chinese boxing) that blends softness with energetic movement in accordance with the theory of Yin and Yang energies. It is practiced for its power to prevent and cure many diseases and ailments. The slow gradual movements are rooted in ancient traditional Chinese Medicine to help reduce stress, increase balance, core strength and greatly improve overall health. Classes will explore the Relaxed and Calm Standing Meditation form, Qi Gong for strength, balance and flexibility, the Wu Style Tai Chi forms, and 2-person Push Hands drills. Suitable for everyone regardless of age, gender and even physical condition.
Private lessons are available for singles and/or couples who prefer individualized instruction in Qigong and/or Tai Chi Quan. Classes can be tailored to meet your needs. This type of class setting is also suitable for individuals who are suffering from specific ailments or have specific needs. Such as those who are struggling with balance issues, recovering from surgery or cancer treatments, and those dealing with Parkinson’s disease or MS.