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I have three weekly classes in Qigong and Taiji that run year round. The classes are ongoing. You can start Qigong anytime, and Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) on the first class of the month. The Qigong classes cycle through a half dozen or so basic practices that I teach, so depending when you start you may come in "in the middle of something". This is fine with me, and though it may seem a little confusing at first, you will quickly catch on. There are always beginners and more seasoned students in all my classes. The class size is small and everyone gets personal attention. For location and cost details, go to the– Class Page.

Monday Evening Qigong, 5–6 PM

    In the summer, we always spend more time with movement forms. In terms of Chinese medicine, this is working a more yin element- our body, using a more yang method- movement. Yang qi is strong in the environment with long, hot and sunny days and it is a good time to practice and take in that yang.

    This summer we will work on our daoyin, or guiding and leading qi and blood, learning the body skills inside the 8 Healing Sounds and 8 Storing Qi and Developing Sensitivity Exercises of Yin-style Bagua, and Swimming Dragon Qigong. In Bagua practice we develop the body first  to help us find our qi tangibly. We'll also keep in touch with the Flying Crane qigong form, one of my favorites, which has a lot of large opening movements and especially works the arms, chest and lungs.

    A major focus this summer will be on unifying the body in movement and stillness. We will break down the movements of the arms, torso and legs and then put them back together to work as one. We'll learn to move from our dantian or legs, as well as our chest and arms/hands. Discover the differences between segmented or sequential movement, and "all at once" movement. Good qi practice requires using our bodies, and we must develop our logic/brain and its thinking, as well as our heart and its ability to feel.  By connecting your full body to move flexibly and as a unit, you can strongly flow qi and blood everywhere in your body for healing or strength.

    There is a tradition in qigong and the martial arts to mimic the movements of animals. Wild animals were always considered to be vital and natural, and man has  sought to emulate them and adopt their powers. Swimming Dragon feels as good as it sounds, and the Flying Crane set lets you practice being a big regal bird with many different "wing" movements, balance poses, and far seeing focus.

Wednesday Morning Qigong, 9–10 AM

    Wednesday morning class will be much the same as the above description for Monday. Though covering most of the  same material, this class is always a bit more oriented towards personal qi development. Thus we spend  less time on the external forms and more on internal qi strengthening and sensitivity.  We also consider and define our practice within the parameters of classical Chinese thought. This summer we will continue to work on the unified body and movement. We also practice "listening" with our hands  to build tangible and reliable qi. Bagua medicine required it's practitioners to have and maintain strong and sensitive qi through daily practice of it's 8 functions. This class is well suited to bodyworkers and therapists of all sorts and open to anyone with an interest in learning about and experiencing qi from a classical perspective.

Saturday Morning Yang-Style Taijiquan, 8–9:30 AM

    This is an ongoing class in the Yang-style long form, also called the slow set. I teach a traditional form that comes through the Dong (Tung) family lineage, though to be honest, my form has been influenced by years of training on my own and exposure to Bagua, so I am not a true representative of these families styles. I do seek to adhere to their foundation and principles.

    The class starts with some warm-ups and drills, continues with the form, and when we have time we practice some push-hands. The drills teach the basics of taiji movement in simpler repeated sequences and develop the foundation of the taiji body. The form develops strength, co-ordination, focus and health through more complex movements. My focus is more on getting some taiji into your body than learning a lot of movements, so we take the time to let you loosen up and then start building up your structure and form.  Solo practice teaches you about your own qi, and push hands teaches you about your qi and movement in relationship with another person's qi and movement.

    We are serious about our practice and we have a lot of fun! Expect the form to take six plus months to learn the basic sequence. From there you can go as deep as you like. Taijiquan is a great, balanced exercise for your body, mind and spirit that you can practice throughout your life.

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