The ABC's of Qi Gong

We are always cultivating and/or using our energy.  We move, which requires energy.  We eat which is taking energy into our bodies.  We absorb countless sense impressions all day long which impact us, generally below the level of our awareness.  Are our movements free and opening our meridians or energy channels?  Or are our movements tense, impeding the flow of QI?  Do we consume good energy or merely calories?  Are we overwhelmed with what our work, social and living environments throw at us?

 So we must

Qi gong is a system of exercises where we gather, direct and cultivate our energy.  Becoming aware of our Qi, we become attuned to how we use our bodies, our minds and our energy.  Can you afford not to pay attention to your health?  Spring into Health and sign up for our next Sunlight Qi Gong class which begins Tuesday April 4th, 2017 at the Takoma Park, MD Community Center.  Class size is limited.

Spring Into Health

春天健康

Renewal is the hallmark of Spring.

Everywhere we look, we observe new sprouts rising out of the Earth, buds and flowers on trees and the birds returning from there winter havens.

Where have you been all winter?

More importantly, how have you been cultivating your health during the cold days of winter?

Tap into the powerful vital energy of spring by joining our Sunlight Qi Gong class which begins Tuesday April 4th at 7pm in the Dance Studio of the Takoma Park Community Center.  When we use a serene focused mind to guide our movements in this beautiful flowing form, our energy soars.  Besides the energy boost, participants report improved health and productivity, better sleep and emotions, and a slowing down of dis-ease.  Your Health Is In Your Hands.

 

 

 

Happy New Energy

 

Happy New Year!

At this time of reflection & celebration how many of us yearn for better health?  We resolve to loose weight, exercise more or to eat better.  Worthy resolutions indeed.  How often do we fail to achieve these goals?  How do we unlock these old habits and build new ones?

What is a habit - a conditioned response to stimuli, situations and perhaps even society.  Frank Sheldon, a friend and Alexander Technique Teacher, once told me:  Our habits have kept us alive this long. The nervous system is, therefore, loath to give them up without an overwhelmingly good reason. Create the conditions that give the nervous system an overwhelmingly good reason.

Photo Courtesy of NASA Gooddard Space Flight Center

The first question I ask myself is why do I want to cease a particular habit or to cultivate a new one.  In and of itself this answer while founded in my heart is not enough to facilitate the change.  Change requires energy. Qi Gong cultivates energy, increases health and calms the body.  A gentle way to enliven our health in the New Year.

For myself the change really began when I took a class.  Taking a class is a longer term commitment to the practice.  Coupled with the collective energy cultivated from a group doing Qi Gong together and the changes is accelerated.  New energy patterns have been developed and ripples throughout our being.  I have seen this throughout my studies and now with teaching.  Curious?

Our next class:  Moon Light Qi Gong begins January 10th at the Takoma Park Community Center.  Class size is limited.  Sign up here today.  Let us create the conditions together to give our systems & our health the energy needed to change.

Photo courtesy of NASA Gooddard Space Flight Center

The Paradox of Qi Gong

The beautiful gentle flowing movements of Qi Gong are incredibility powerful and nourishing.  Why is this?  The understanding beneath these movements guide and assist the practitioner to open & unblock the meridians or energy pathways of the body.  Simple yet profound changes ensue.  As one practices over time, these subtle energy shifts continue to foster peace in our body and mind.  Practicing Qi Gong allows us to care for both the physical and the psychological aspects of our stressful lives.

Photo by Jason Goodger

Learning Never Ends

Today I practiced with Master Li in the park.  Always a wonderful way to begin a Sunday, any day.  We were practicing the 12 Postures which is a form I learned from him many years ago and practice regularly.  Today I was able to observe progress I have made with these exercises and also where I need to deepen my learning.  Subtleties of form are frequently missed and I can see after I have worked with them.

I've seen this in other Qi Gong form and also in music.  I learn. I think I know what I am doing. Then with another lesson, I see more.  Over and over, this wheel of learning turns.  Dedicated disciplined daily practice makes this possible.  Slowly the energy blockages are released. 

                                                                                        Photo by Irene D'Auria  

                                                                                        Photo by Irene D'Auria