Sometimes you just have to try something to find out if it is for you.
Tai Chi and Qigong have been proven safe and effective for people in chronic pain conditions. But everyone is different. Some people use Tai Chi and Qigong as a way of calming their nervous systems. Others use Tai Chi and Qigong as a new way of moving skillfully in their body situation.
The "full class" is a six-week online class on Zoom that includes specific Tai Chi and Qigong practices for moving safely and gaining tools for managing pain situations. We will work and play Tai Chi and Qigong for 55 minutes. Then, we follow our movement exercises with breath practice, power thoughts with the intention of moving the body and the mind into a space of calm peacefulness while moving. During each class, we do simplified Tai Chi and Qigong based on trusted principles of movement and traditional Tai Chi and Qigong. Optional supplemental material in between classes will help you apply what you learn in class.
Book some time with Josie, the instructor, if you are not sure and need to ask questions, or: sign up for a demo class or classes (you can do several demo classes)! Click the button below to go to the "sign up"/booking page. Or if you feel ready, scroll down to find the sign-up button!
Six Wednesdays on Zoom September 15 to October 20, 2021 (note bonus session)
9:00 AM Pacific Time (check your time zone here)
Each session 60 minutes
Below is an overview of what we will study as we move and play Qigong and Tai Chi.
Defining the keys to safe movement. Engaging the Three Awarenesses while you move. Relaxing while moving and moving while relaxing is the key to creating safety in movement.
Motion is lotion! Breath Practice and Circulating Energy and bringing circulation into the parts of the body that need to be balanced and strengthened.
"Just looking" vs. Directing Attention. Interoception Practice -- moving safely and "turning the light of attention around" to direct attention movement as a set of events.
Managing Energy and entering the "MAYBE" space. Making a movement is making a decision. Taking time to make important decisions.
Self-compassion is a way of listening inside. In this session, we use a simple Acupressure routine to direct and focus awareness and get closer to relief. This short acupressure routine is another way of moving with kindness and compassion.
The Grand Review of the practices. What will you take with you?