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 often involves varying proportions of body movement and stretching, regulated breathing and the mind.
There are hundreds of qigong exercises. The exercises can be grouped into external and internal practices. External exercises tend to focus on strengthening the body, while internal practices tend to focus on developing the spirit.
The focus of this class, Qigong for Seasonal Health, is to improve and/or maintain health by being in harmony with the energies of nature. It includes both internal and external exercises that come from a variety of sources, some of them very old. The benefits of this practice are multi-layered. Physically, the gentle exercises move and stretch the body; breathing is deeper, fuller.
Energetically, the exercises encourage the energies in our bodies to move in ways that are similar and complementary to the current season. Think of an apple tree, the energy rising up in spring as it awakens from winter slumber. In summer that same energy moves out; new leaves and flowers develop, eventually fruit grows and ripens. In autumn, the energy in the tree starts to retract from the extremities, the leaves dying, branches becoming brittle. In winter, the tree’s energy condenses into its core, there to sleep until the cycle repeats in spring.
In Chinese medicine, Autumn is the season of Gathering Yin, the time when the plant growth slows, the energy within begins to withdraw and descend. In people, we may feel it is time to slow down, to consider our future, to re-evaluate what is important to us. Autumn is the season that relates to the Lungs and the Lung Network. It is the time to focus our attention on nourishing the Lungs through exercises, meditation and diet.
In this class, you will learn and practice:
- Selections from Ba Duan Jin, the Eight Brocades (12th century)
- The Crane Frolic, one of Hua Tuo’s Five Animal Frolics (2nd century)
- The essential exercise for Autumn
- Two meditations that focus on breathing
Suggestions for your autumn diet and herbs to support the lungs will be offered.
All ages are welcome and no experience is necessary. We recommend you wear clothing that is conducive to movement and sitting. A handout with room for notes, will be provided.
Saturday, August 24, 9:00 AM–1:00 PM
$65.00 for the 1-Day Course