Qigong has been a part of Chinese culture for about 2,000 years. Along with acupuncture and herbology, it’s one of the three main branches of Chinese medicine. Qigong typically involves varying proportions of body movement and stretching, regulated breathing, and mindfulness.
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 more in sync with energies of nature. It includes both internal and external exercises that come from a variety of sources, some originating hundreds of years ago. The benefits of this practice are multi-layered. Physically, the gentle exercises move and stretch your body while your breathing is deeper and 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, and branches becoming brittle. In winter, the tree’s energy condenses into its core, there to sleep until the cycle repeats in spring.
The practices in this class help participants to develop the spirit and the potential of spiritual awakening—a genuine sense of connectedness with all things.
Qigong for Seasonal Health—Summer, based on Dr. Ronald Davis’ program, Qigong Through the Seasons, is part of a series of classes that incorporates gentle exercises, meditations and suggestions for diet and herbs to assist the body to adjust to the summer season. As a participant, you will learn the components of this seasonal practice so you can adapt them to fit your schedule, your needs.
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.
Sunday, June 2, 1:00–5:00 PM
$65.00 for the 1-Day Course