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 an eight-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 30 minutes twice a week. The short sessions help you retain and apply what you learn. 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, which you can practice either seated or standing. Optional supplemental material in between classes will help you apply what you learn in class.
Watch a DEMO Class (24 minutes) on YouTube and obtain a $50USD discount at end screen
Mondays and Thursdays On Zoom starting
Below is an overview of what we will study as we move and play Nine Phases Qigong, a Restorative Qigong and Tai Chi class.
"Discovering Qi." 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.
"Gathering Qi and Circulating Qi." Motion is lotion! Breath Practice and Circulating Energy and bringing circulation into the parts of the body that need to be balanced and strengthened.
"Purifying Qi" and "Just looking" vs. Directing Attention. Interoception Practice -- moving safely and "turning the light of attention around" to direct attention to movements as sets of events.
"Directing Qi." Managing Energy and entering the "MAYBE" space. Making a movement is making a decision. Taking time to make important decisions.
"Conserving Qi." 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.
"Storing Qi." Finding flow, we explore what it means to develop a personal practice or routine to do at home and outside of class. In this class, we go over the basic principles in standing meditation, Zhan Zhuang. What are simple things to do? When is it a good time to practice?
"Transforming Qi." Breath work is the key to all practices, but it is usually a challenging place to start. In these sessions, we find the balance between movement and stillness.
"Dissolving in Qi." The Grand Review of the practices with TEA. What will you take with you? We add the practice of Gong Fu Tea and a conversation about daily practice. What are the everyday reminders that we are free and able to make wise decisions?