Hey everyone, I’m excited to announce that I’m teaching classes with Dabble now! Starting in August, I’ll be offering Mind Body Mindfulness on Saturday mornings. I hope you will join me for a little qigong and tai chi. Come back Sunday and visit the Pilsen Community Farmers Market for fresh organic fruits and veggies. First class is Aug 3rd! Please use this link to register : http://bit.ly/1bbUksf
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It can be very helpful to know the names of each posture. One reason is that it make it easier to ask your teacher questions about the posture. For example, you can ask your teacher about, “White Crane Spreads It’s Wings,” instead of hoping that your teacher will know which posture you mean when you move your arms about in some not clearly definable way.
Another benefit, is that it helps you remember the forms, becoming like a sort of muscle memory nemonic. Knowing the name, moving the body, remembering and feeling your way become one integrated process.
So, above is my list. Please know that I have played some with the names. Since they arte translated by others from Chinese, I have tried to make them simple, memorable and sensible. They are only my take on it. You may have different and even better ideas. Love to hear them.
WHEN: EVERY THURSDAY EVENING IN MARCH AND APRIL 6-7 pm (The first class meets March 7)
WHERE: 1839 S HALSTED
HOW MUCH: $80 (cash, check or cc)
SIGN ME UP! Pre-registration is required. Class size limited, so reserve your spot now!
Come learn what thousands around the world know. Tai chi and qigong is good medicine for body, mind and heart! You will learn 2 postures a week from the 18-form qigong (shi ba shi) and some Yang tai chi basics. Just enough to help you warm up and de-stress and get ready for spring. So come on in and leave all that stress at the door, build up your immune system with these smooth and flowing mind/body exercise. No prior experience needed at all. Just bring yourself in your ordinary clothes and get ready to smile. Ladies if you wear heels to work, just bring a pair of sneakers or any other soft-soled shoe to wear.
Here’s a great story from NPR, about how tai chi is like a “medication in Motion” for those suffering from heart failure or other heart troubles. Side effects? Increased peace, feeling of well being, greater capacity to breathe, handle stress easily and over all good feeling in the body and mind. Hmmm… a lot different from all those drugs out there which despite their potentially beneficial qualities, come with warnings, like, your head might blow off! And, tai chi and qigong work with your body and mind holistically, integrating the various parts as opposed to a more traditional allopathic approach which in the west tends to slice and dice the human body as if the old song, The leg bone’s connected to the thigh bone…” wasn’t true. All our different parts are interconnected and the best treatment acknowledges that. So, of course you should see your doctor and get what ever treatment you need. I’m just suggesting what Dr. Andrew Weil and others advocate, the use of a more integrative approach.
So where ever you are, find a good teacher and start to go with the flow.