Descriptions

Class Descriptions

(Note: North Star Qigong and Tai Chi classes all done either seated or standing, with no floor work … wear any type of loose clothing and either stocking feet or flat-bottomed shoes. Bring a water bottle to each class.)

“Deepen Your Energy Practice: Nine Phases of Qi”
A qigong form of nine movements creates intentful movements to enhance free circulation of energy within muscles, tendons, and internal organs. This internal energy exercise accelerates lymph, which, with regular practice, develops the immune system. Practice optimizing posture, deepening the  breath and clearing the mind. This form is meant to deepen your energy practice by allowing development of Qi from discovering energy to purifying and directing and transforming energy.

“Explore Your Life Force with 5 Elements Qigong”
Qigong to connect elements in nature, emotional growth and internal organs. . . Finding, through this ancient system, a way to explore your life force with connection between natural elements, internal organs and corresponding emotions. From the water of the kidneys, you may search within yourself to see how to find trust from fear. From the natural element of wood connected with the liver, discover how to look for forgiveness within anger. Allow yourself to move from obsession to reflection with movements connecting the earth element of the spleen.

 

 


Qigong or chi kung
literally “Life Energy Cultivation” is a practice of aligning breath, movement, and awareness for exercise, healing, and meditation. With roots in Chinese medicine, martial arts, and philosophy, qigong is traditionally viewed as a practice to cultivate and balance qi (chi) or what has been translated as “intrinsic life energy”.

From a philosophical perspective, qigong is believed to help develop human potential, allow access to higher realms of awareness, and awaken one’s “true nature”.

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Vitality Qigong
Re-discover your flexibility while staying in your comfort zone. Designed as a foundation class for those new to qigong and/or who would benefit from slowly strengthening flexibility of core muscles. Also, develop early awareness of breath movement and thought coordination.

Qigong for Health
Gentle stretching, breath work, and meditative core body movements. Designed as a foundation class for those new to qigong and/or who would benefit from slowly strengthening flexibility of core muscles. Also, develop early awareness of breath movement and thought coordination. Additional Qigong exercises for fun.

Tai Chi Eight
An eight-movement practice designed to help with coordination, balance and focus. Beginning with qi warm ups, this form takes you through learning a short tai chi form with long health benefits.

Healing Sounds
Qigong with sounds to release inner toxins, and gentle movements to exercise internal organs. Begins with whole body breathing for releasing tension and energy blocks.

9 Phases of Qi
A qigong form of 9 movements to create optimized posture, deepened breath and a more clear mind. Create intentful movements to enhance free circulation of energy within muscles, tendons, and internal organs. This internal exercise accelerates lymph, which, with regular practice, develops the immune system. Good for a beginning or follow up class.

Tai Chi Five +
A five-movement practice designed to help with coordination, flexibility and balance. Beginning with qi warm ups, each class takes you easily through learning a short form with long health benefits. Excellent beginning/review class.

7 Precious Gestures
A sequence of seven meditative qigong to initiate a relaxed healing state and to allow for a deeper internal dialogue. The movements are a tool for exploring your own eternal nature.

Qigong – Tai Chi Easy(tm)
A foundation or continuing class for those new to qigong and tai chi. Benefit from slowly strengthening core muscles with gentle movements. Also, learn to coordinate breath movement and meditative thought with the movements for a whole approach to relaxation.

Stretch Your Qi: Meditative Movements
A foundation or continuing class for those new to qigong and tai chi. Benefit from slowly strengthening core muscles with gentle movements. Also, learn to coordinate breath movement and meditative thought with the movements for a whole approach to relaxation.

Moving with Nature
Move with a smile through nature connections – as a tiger, a bear, a crane or a monkey. Some moves are graceful, some grounded, some just fun and even a little silly, but each movement offers our bodies a chance to move freely, with a lightness we may have forgotten.

Healing Sounds of Qi
A qigong method uses sounds to release inner toxins, and gentle movements to exercise internal organs. Begin each class with whole body breathing for releasing tension and energy blocks. End with tai chi walking meditation. Good for a beginning or better as a follow-up class.

Gentle Qi-Tai Chi
Reduce stress and increase your vitality through alignment and gentle qigong and tai chi movements coordinated with deeper breathing and focused intention. Great way to move towards health through Qi (life force) cultivation. Excellent beginning class.

Moving Meditation for Beginners
Profoundly simple alignment and movements, breathing and relaxation techniques to plant the seeds of your own personal “moving meditation” practice. Discover and cultivate your life force with meditation in motion. Find or deepen the tools of tuning into your body-mind-breath connections. Practice daily with intention, allowing the benefits to grow.

Health through qi