Winter is the season when the sap and energy in trees has withdrawn from the branches into the roots. In people the energy (Qi) concentrates in the bones, kidneys and lower dan tian.
In Chinese medicine, winter is the season of Ultimate Yin. In the Five Phases paradigm, it relates to the Water Element. The focus of our practice is on supporting the Kidneys and Kidney Network with gentle exercises and meditations, also consuming a seasonal diet and herbs to support the body. In this class you’ll learn:
- Exercises for spinal flexibility and movement of Qi and Blood;
- The Bear Frolic, part of the Five Animal Frolics originally developed by Hua Tuo in the 2nd century;
- Bone Marrow Cleansing, created in the 5th century by Bodhidharma;
- The essential exercise for the Kidneys;
- Lake and Geyser Meditation to move the Qi internally;
- Seven Stars of the Microcosmic Orbit meditation to move the Qi externally;
- Suggestions for your Winter diet and herbs to support your body.
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, eating foods and herbs 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.
All ages are welcome and no experience is necessary. Wear clothing that is conducive to movement and sitting. A handout with room for notes will be provided.
Saturday, November 9, 1:00–5:00 PM
$65.00 for the 1-Day Course