February 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27
at Hudson Valley Midwifery
14 Hurley Ave, Kingston, NY 12401
$90 for six week series, $15 QiGong book (optional)
Register with Corinne at 845-331-0536, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
or at HVMidwifery.com
This six week series invites participants to explore the adaptable, gentle practice of QiGong. Many people are familiar with Tai Chi, a form of QiGong, which focuses on linking breath and movement much like yoga does. QiGong is rooted in Chinese Medicine and brings attention to the many pathways of the body, specific acupressure points, and finding our connection to the five elements within and around us. Each class will begin with self-massage acupressure and simple instruction to learn One Thousand Hands Buddha QiGong. This is a *seated* QiGong form focusing on the health of the heart and mind – a vital resource during pregnancy and birthing. Participants of all stages of pregnancy are welcome. People who are not pregnant and are curious about QiGong are welcome too.
Other ways to practice QiGong together:
Schedule individual or group sessions to learn an entire QiGong form or a two-hour QiGong Foundations introductory session. QiGong can also be included in Individual Sessions.
QiGong is one way to connect with the vitality within and around you.
There are standing forms, seated forms, and forms for medical application.
Practicing QiGong often involves making slow movements, being still, stimulating and stretching parts of yourself- all with relaxed attention. Every form is simply a structure that allows you to practice a state of being- a QiGong state of being.
What does this mean?
Explore for yourself! QiGong is different for every person. There are a lot of ways to talk about QiGong, but the best way to learn more about it is to practice. For thousands of years we have used QiGong to improve circulation, increase self-awareness, and cultivate self-acceptance.
Regular practice is important. Find ways to connect with Corinne through ongoing classes or seasonal series, schedule a group session, or make it a part of your individual Chinese Medicine session.
About Turtle Longevity QiGong
This form of QiGong is inspired by turtle nature- slow movements, slow breath, stable emotions. Why do turtles live to over a hundred years old? We connect to the wisdom they have to share.
“As my grandfather Wang, Shao Shan told me:
The life span of the golden turtle is many times longer than that of human beings. The secret is that turtles connect with the heavens and the earth all the time. How can the turtle connect with the heavens and the earth? It actually does this through exchanging qi with the universe. The more it does this, the stronger it becomes. By practicing Turtle Longevity QiGong, we can imitate the turtle in exchanging qi with the universe. In this way our health can be improved and life prolonged. ” — Master Wang, Zhe Zhong
For nineteen generations Grand Master Wang, Zhe Zhong’s family practiced Turtle Longevity QiGong before introducing the family heirloom to the public in the 1980’s. Students of this form have the opportunity to study a booklet by Grand Master Wang, Zhe Zhong and support their practice with a DVD and an audio recording by lineage holder Professor Chen, Hui Xian.
There are four parts to Turtle Longevity QiGong including two standing forms and two seated meditations. There is also an acupressure self-massage form.
About One Thousand Hands Buddha QiGong
What is the “Art of the Heart?” We experience the importance of the heart in nourishing beats, it’s link to breath, in bravery, resilience, receptiveness. Cultivate the Heart! your connection to yourself. Enhance your ability to be present with what is, and develop clarity about your wants and needs.
One Thousand Hands Buddha QiGong is a seated form that uses symbolic hand positions (called mudras) to cultivate the “Art of the Heart.” This is a safe, adaptable form suitable for any level of mobility ability, and any or no experience in self-awareness practices. We will also learn a self-massage acupressure form that can be used daily for opening, cleansing, and vitality.
This QiGong form is from The Ling Gui International Healing Qi Gong School. It is taught by Master Liu He and Dr. Liu Dong after being developed for several generations in their family. They write:
“Practicing these simple, elegant mudra movements quickly leads to a sense of being connected with the energy of the universe and a feeling of physical, emotional, and spiritual opening. This practice helps us to rediscover our innate, noble heart, eliminate fear and suffering in our daily lives, and develop true happiness.”
More reading here: http://www.linggui.org/one-thousand-hands-buddha-eight-treasures-qigong/