Tai Chi ~ Qigong
Qi-gong (pronounced chee-gung), which means energy cultivation, is a gentle form of exercise that reduces stress, supports health, and promotes awareness in activity.
The aim is to cultivate stability, clarity, and flexibility in body, emotions, and mind. These practices are suitable for beginning and experienced practitioners from any tradition, in any physical condition.
When you come to a class:
* Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.
* Don't eat a heavy meal before class.
* Let me know if you are pregnant, or dealing with injuries or illness.
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"I want to help people to make the impossible more possible, the possible more pleasant, and the pleasant more elegant."
administer medicines to diseases which have already developed and
thereby suppress bodily chaos which has already occurred is comparable
to the behavior of those who would begin to dig a well after they have
grown thirsty, or those who would begin to cast weapons after they have
engaged in battle. Would these actions not be too late?"
Health benefits of daily qigong:
Health benefits of daily qigong:
Besides increased flexibility, stretching, healthy breathing, and hormonal balance, long-term qigong practice supports many health benefits, including:
Arthritis: reduces pain and physical functioning
Asthma: enhances blood circulation, oxygen distribution and relaxes bronchi
Balance: improves sense of balance, muscle strength, and flexibility
Blood sugar: improves indicators of metabolic syndrome and glycemic control
Blood pressure: lowers high blood pressure
Bone density: improves bone density for post-menopausal women
Breast cancer: aerobic capacity, muscular strength, and flexibility
Cancer: improves immunity, blood circulation, metabolism, respiration, and cardiovascular
Cardiovascular: lowers blood pressure, increases aerobic capacity
Cerebral arteriosclerosis: improves blood flow to the brain
Endocrine gland functions improved
Fibromyalgia: reduces pain, fatigue, and other symptoms
Heart disease: improves blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, and insulin
Hormones: improves balance
Hypertension: lowers blood pressure, improves serum levels
Immune system: increases T-cell production
Pain: raises pain threshold and response
Parkinson's disease: improves balance
Sleep: improves the quality and duration
Stroke: fewer strokes for those who practice qigong daily; improves balance after a stroke
See also the excellent book Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi.
I practice and teach:
I've explored tai chi and qigong with Tao Ping-Siang, Richard Aries, and the Five Willow Tai Chi Society, learned the eight pieces of brocade and an internal neigong practice from Ken McLeod, Tai Chi for Better Balance from Suman Barkhas, and shibashi from Franz Moeckl. What I practice and teach has been influenced by what I've learned from Jeff Bickford (Feldenkrais) and Gail Gustafson (movement analysis).Rather than follow a particular lineage or strict form, my intention is to help people move with awareness to promote health, flexibility and balance, and to cultivate body awareness in meditation and in daily life.
connect soft feet & firm ground
let weight go ~
head floating up
connect two hands, two feet,
top of head, belly
moving begins in belly & feet
spine from crown to tailbone ~
joints open, easy, swinging
gently mix together
breathing whole body ~
exhaling fully, naturally
whole body breathing,
floating like a feather
flowing like water
less effort ~ more awareness~