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.)

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.

5 Elements of Qi
A qigong method focusing on movement connected to transforming emotions with focused movements related to organs and the five elements (metal, water, wood, fire, and earth).

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.

 

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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PREVIOUS CLASSES:

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.

“Relaxing and Stretching”
Using both chair and standing Qigong practices, these two classes will focus on a simple practice to remember how your body, mind and breath can remember to relax, with a little help.

“Meditative Movement”
For the last two weeks of February, it will be a practice of moving, quietly with intention, integrating breath-mind-body with as little verbal clues as possible, to allow for getting back to center.

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.

Healing Sounds of Qi
A qigong method uses sounds to release inner toxins, and gentle movements to exercise internal organs. Counter indicated for pregnancy and illness.

5 Elements of Qi
A qigong method focusing on movement connected to transforming emotions with focused movements related to organs and the five elements (metal, water, wood, fire, and earth).

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.

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