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Qigong at a Glance
Elements of a Class
My Qigong Journey
Classes in Denver
Qigong at a glance
Qigong includes movements, breathing, meditation and cultivation of the body's own natural healing energy.
It’s a practice of feeling, circulating and accumulating qi, chi or life energy
Qigong is considered the grandmother of Tai Chi. While Tai Chi consists of forms, like a dance routine, qigong is a series of simple movements making it very assessable.
Qigong is the cousin to acupuncture; both practices are based on similar principles. Qigong unblocks, calms, energizes and rebalances your energy field and nervous systems, similar to acupuncture but without needles.
5 branches of qigong: medical, vitality, scholarly, martial, and spiritual Qigong
There are thousands of different styles of qigong and thus exercises.
Qigong is considered a moving meditation in which the mind and body are led to a state of balance and equilibrium also known as homeostasis
Improves vitality and increases sense of physical energy
Relieves stress by activating your parasympathetic nervous system, thus relaxing your nervous system
Contributes to feeling centered and grounded and feelings of inner peace
Connects mind-body-spirit providing feelings of wholeness and connectedness
Calming the mind and calming the body allows for the body to fully rest and initiate its healing response (versus staying in continually stimulated/fight or flight response)
Practicing qigong gives insight into how your mind and body works and with this understanding you can relate to emotions and stress with more ease
(There are many more articles that go deeper into the benefits, including the scientific evidence)
Here are the elements of My 60min class
1. Open up the body (13min)
Class begins by opening the joints and meridian channels. This consists of simple exercises that open the main joints: neck, shoulders, hips, knees, ankles.
When joints are open qi or life energy can more easily move through the body.
2. Awaken the body (5min)
Tapping the body and creating vibration increases blood flow and stimulates the acupressure points and chi or life energy within.
Exhale to release tension, stress or stagmant energy.
3. Release tension (3min)
Through gentle “shaking” breathing or sighing out. It helps release any remaining stagnant energy that got aroused from tapping.
Relax, let go, be free. Find a rhythm that feels good.
4. Flowy Movements & Meditative State (24min)
Now that you have opened, awakened and released blockages chi energy can more easily and freely move throughout the body increasing your awareness and ability to feel
Next is the flowy movements. These simple exercises are repeated which create a meditative state. The mind and body become one through movement and breath.
There are a variety of flowy movements and opportunities for free qigong movements
5. Accumulation (7 min)
Create a condition “water up, fire down” which essentially helps you gather energy into your core. In doing so you will feel grounded and centered while the mind feels relaxed and calm. This state is often achieved in “sleeping tiger position” with emphasis on belly breathing.
6. Integration & Relaxation (6min)
Chavasana “laying down on the ground” is 10% of the class designed to help you integrate all the elements of the class while relaxing in stillness and the state of just being.
I emphasize making the movements your own by connecting to your rhythm and what feels good in the moment. This strengthens the connection to your intuition and your ability to self-heal.
Qigong can help you experience the difference between thinking/emoting and being/feeling. All are normal functions but sometimes in our everyday life you maybe thinking or are experiencing more emotions than you would like. Qigong is the practice of being/feeling; this practice can help you relate to your thinking and emotions with more ease and this ability bleeds into all areas of your life.
The focus is not on technique but the breath. There is no right or wrong. And you are encouraged to find your rhythm through your breath which deepens your meditative state. A big aspect of qigong is movement meditation.
Know that every teacher will have their emphasis and not every teacher is for everyone. I recommend trying qigong a few times to really get a sense if its for you.
Some exercises you may connect with more than others, then those things you can do at home as part of your exercise routine or getting ready for the day routine.
“Do you need to know how your phone works to use it?” Answer is no, right?” This is true for Qigong, you don’t have to fully understand it, but just to receive good instruction and then to practice it, to try it.
My Qigong Journey
I was introduced to qigong in 2011 through a Sundo Tradition in Denver. I practiced and studied in Denver, Sedona, New York and South Korea. Through Qigong inspired classes and workshops I released old traumas and crippling anxiety that trapped me from living authentically. I began to understand how my mind and body worked and created more space between me and stimuli. I cultivated more inner peace and freedom to be me.
In 2013, I helped open a little studio, Chakra Healing Arts Center, in Boulder, CO. For roughly two years, I taught 12 weekly qigong inspired classes at our studio and in the community (including churches, spiritual centers, and corporate businesses like Lockheed Martin and Oracle).
I continue to study through an online community called Flowing Zen and take qigong classes and workshops with people at a variety of studios in Denver.
In 2018 I became certified in yoga which actually connected me more deeply to Qigong. I feel the two practices co-exist well together. I’m so very passionate about sharing qigong and meditation for it’s benefits have contributed to my transformation and overall wellness.
Qigong in Denver
I teach Mondays 8:30-9:30am at Elevate Yoga Studio. $16 Drop in. New Students get 1 week of unlimited classes for $16
January 26th Workshop Qigong + Breathwork @ Communitas Movement 2-5pm For more information on this awesome workshop that I’m so very excited about click here
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