Spring is the season when the energies in nature begin to rise. Tree sap moves upward from the roots. In people, the energy moves from the kidney area upward to the liver.
In Chinese medicine, Spring is the season of Rising Yang. In the Five Phase paradigm, it relates to the Wood Phase. The focus of our practice is on supporting the Liver and Liver Network that includes the gall bladder, muscles, tendons, fascia and eyes. The practice for this season will include gentle exercises that move and stretch your body, encourage you to breathe deeply and visualizations to enhance the effectiveness of the exercises. We’ll include foods that relax and detox the Liver and move Qi. In this four-hour class you’ll learn:
- The Eight Brocades (Ba Duan Jin);
- Crane Meets the Morning Sun from the Five Animal Frolics;
- The essential exercise for the Liver;
- Inner Nourishing meditation;
- The Colors of Health meditation;
- Suggestions for your Spring diet.
Qigong has been a part of Chinese culture for about 2,000 years. Along with acupuncture and herbology, it’s one of the main branches of Chinese medicine. Qigong usually involves varying proportions of body movement, regulated breathing and the mind. Some exercises emphasize strengthening the physical body, while others emphasize developing the spirit.
The purpose of the Qigong for Seasonal Health series, is to improve our health by being in harmony with the energies of nature. This is done by considering The Five Phases paradigm, understanding how the seasonal energy of Nature influences our health, then practicing exercises and meditations, also eating foods that support the organ that is most affected during the current season. The qigong practice includes both internal and external exercises that come from a variety of sources, some of them very old.
As a participant, you will learn the components of this seasonal practice so you can adapt them to fit your schedule and your needs, whether you have five minutes or an hour available.
This class is based on Dr. Ron Davis’s program, Qigong Through the Seasons and he is the author the book by the same name.
This class is appropriate for beginning and experienced students of qigong. Wear clothing conducive to sitting and movement. A handout with room to write notes will be provided.
Saturday, February 29, 1:00–5:00 PM
$65.00 for the 1-Day Course