Tai Chi ~ Qigong
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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.
For more information call 206-659-1954 or email
I want to help people to make the impossible more possible, the possible more pleasant, and the pleasant more elegant.
"To 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?"
I first explored tai chi and qigong with Tao Ping-Siang, Richard Aries, and the Five Willow Tai Chi Society. I learned the eight pieces of brocade and an internal neigong practice with Ken McLeod. I learned the modern therapeutic 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.
Forms I practice and teach include:
Eight Pieces of Silk Brocadevideo
Shibashi (18 movements)video
Tai Chi Moving for Better Balancevideo
Standing Like a Tree (zhan zhuang)
Whole Body Breathing
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
Some medical studies are cited at theQigong Institute webpage here.