Tai Chi (taijiquan) and Qigong are ancient Chinese practices that involve slow, graceful movements, steady breathing, and an open awareness, providing physical, mental, and emotional benefits to individuals of all ages and fitness levels. These practices have been proven to improve balance, flexibility, cognitive function, and also to reduce stress and anxiety. Tai Chi and Qigong can also boost the immune system and promote overall well-being leading to a greater sense of relaxation, revitalization, and renewal after each session.
In this 8-week self-paced class we will become connoisseurs of relaxation. We will learn the “first road” of the Yang Short Form. Consisting of 15 movements it is a complete practice in itself. We will also learn the Qigong standing and walking meditation.
Standing meditation, also known as Zhan Zhuang, has been described as the secret of the martial arts by many practitioners and experts in the field and is believed to be the key to developing strong internal energy, or Qi.
In the Qigong walking meditation, we focus on our breath, and the sensation of our feet on the ground. This practice involves taking slow and deliberate steps, while maintaining a calm and centered mind. In addition to the benefits of qigong standing meditation practice, qigong walking meditation also provides physical exercise and improves circulation, balance, and coordination.
One of the most important keys in Tai Chi is the Taoist principle that softness overcomes hardness, yet it is one of the most neglected when put into action. We will learn to practice softness in daily life, even when getting dressed, making breakfast, or typing an email. It can be extraordinarily relaxing, rejuvenating and nurturing.
Tai chi needs no equipment and can be done in a very small space.
If you don’t devote
your daily practice
to complete relaxation
you’ll never get it.
You must achieve relaxation,
but without forcing it.
When you practice,
think of relaxation,
the concept or even the word,
with your whole heart and mind.
Li Yaxuan, Tai Chi Chuan master (1893-1976)
- Chapter One: Embodiment Basics
- Chapter Two: Flowing Movements
- Chapter Three: Cultivating Energy
- Chapter Four: Rooting and Centering
- Chapter Five: Mindful Movement
- Chapter Six: Rest and Restoration
- Chapter Seven: Mindful Mastery
- Chapter Eight: Unifying the Practice
Facilitated by Paul Kaye
Live Class Dates: Monday, April 24 – July 17*, 2023, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, PT.(Recordings can be accessed any time to fit your schedule)
*There will be no class on May 8, May 29, June 5, June 26, July 3.
Prerequisites: None – Open to all
Questions about the class? Email Paul Kaye at firstname.lastname@example.org