Our best time to gather Qi at Sligo Creek is early in the morning. Just as the sun peeks through the trees and touches the rocks and flowing water of the creek, we begin “Worship,” the fourth movement of Sunlight Qi Gong. We recently taught these six slow, gentle movements which energize Yang, vibrant summer energy and practice them often upon awakening. The gently changing light and sound of the creek enhance the waking energy in our bodies. This morning, just as I raised my arms into the “prayer” position and lifted my left leg, the sun burst through the trees onto the rock in front of me, resulting in this photo. One morning we were joined by a tiny deer curled among the rocks on the other side of the creek watching our movements, other mornings people passing by have joined. Often cardinals, ducks and sometimes an egret will appear, giving us a chance to observe their gentle, concentrated motions, following nature rather than trying to dominate it. All are welcome.
If you would like to join us, we are usually near Kennebec Ave between 7:00-8:00am. We enjoy working with our students at Takoma recreation center, but our “Five Animal Play” class doesn’t begin until October 10.