Meridians in Motion

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Qi Gong for Health & Vitality

Qi Gong (Chi Kung) is an ancient form of exercise used in China for thousands of years to improve and maintain health and vitality. Through simple movement, breath and visualization exercises, you can reduce stress and improve strength, balance, immunity, organ function, mental clarity and emotional health. Revive, Rejuvenate, Rejoice!

Weekly classes offered by donation.

Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:30-9:30am Instructor’s choice from the following:

5 Dao Yin is a set of exercises for each of the 5 major organs: Lungs, Kidneys, Liver, Heart, and Spleen. Improve organ function, and gain physical strength and flexibility, and feel great!

5 Animal Frolic Emulating movements & attitudes of the Bear, Crane, Monkey, Tiger and Deer, this form improves strength, flexibility, stamina, and organ health. Come play!

Open-Heart This set of standing meditations develops strength and balance, aligns the spine, enhances self-awareness, opens the heart, and reduces the effects of stress and emotions held in the body. These open-body postures reverse the effects of our daily forward posture activities.

The Eight Brocades (also called the Eight Pieces of Silk Brocades) is a set of focused exercises that gently train the muscles, joints, spine and connective tissues and improve digestion and organ health.

…and more!


 Workshops

Foundations of Qi Gong

Qi Gong means “Energy Skill” or “Energy Work”. An important aspect of Qi Gong is the cultivation of awareness and the ability to move energy within your body. This workshop will deepen your Qi Gong practice, creating heightened awareness of your physical, energetic and spiritual being. You will learn to use your body in a fully integrated manner, creating fluidity of movement, which can be applied to all forms of exercise and daily activities.

This workshop will take you on an exploration into the wonderful world of qi! Covers foundational principles, such as purging, regulating, rooting, and standing in Wu Ji (the Void).  Fine tune your practice with in-depth instruction on rippling the spine, full-body integration through the fascia, and more.

Qi Explorations – Five Animal Frolic

Five Animal Frolic is a form of Qi Gong, that emulates movements and attitudes of the Bear, Crane, Monkey, Tiger and Deer. This form improves strength, flexibility, balance, stamina, and organ health.

This series is an in-depth exploration, applying subtle mechanics to create an integrated flow and better execution of the movements. We will also follow the movement of Qi through the body, to enhance our understanding and experience of the form.

This is one of my favorite forms of Qi Gong, as we embody the grace, power, and attitudes of the animal world within each of us. Although more rigorous than the other classes I teach, it can still be adapted to any level. Let’s play!

 

Taming the Po:  Qi Gong to Soothe the Soul

According to ancient Chinese philosophy, humans have 7 Corporeal Souls, called ‘Po’, which are connected to our physical survival. The Po stir up our emotions and inner dialog, thus influencing the way we interact with the world.

We also have a True Spirit, the ‘Shen’, which carries a spark of the Divine, and resides in the Heart. Optimally, the Po inform the Shen of our survival needs, while the Shen keeps the Po in check through its connection to the Divine, and the heavenly virtues we brought with us.

Emotions are stored in our physical tissues and greatly impact the function of our organs, and therefore life-force and vitality. It is through our connection to the Divine, that we can release stored emotions and experiences, and truly heal.

 

Qi Explorations – The Eight Brocades

The Eight Brocades (also called the Eight Pieces of Silk Brocades) is a set of focused exercises that gently train the muscles, joints, spine and connective tissues and improve digestion and organ health. Through regular practice, you will find your body moving in a more integrated, flowing, silken manner, with true resiliency, flexibility and strength.

This series is an in-depth exploration, applying subtle mechanics to create an integrated flow and better execution of the movements. We will also follow the movement of Qi through the body, to enhance our understanding and experience of the form.

There are many variations on the movements, including a seated version, and it can be adapted to students with varying levels of physical abilities.

This class will be especially helpful for those with chronic musculo-skeletal issues, as well as those seeking a more holistic approach to gaining and maintaining strength and flexibility.

 

Walking – Between Heaven & Earth

How we stand and walk affects everything going on inside us and sends energetic messages to our surroundings. We can either expend energy or gather energy – it’s a matter of focused intention and the creation of new muscle memory. By tapping into the energetic channels of our bodies, you will learn to walk with purpose, to energize your organs, strengthen your feet and re-balance your muscles. You will be AMAZED!  Pre-requisites: Foundations of Qi Gong (above). 

 

AcuDance

Come Play! Learn to follow and lead in this “dance”, where your “dance” partner is the energy in your body. (Great for “non-dancers” – this is not really a “dance” class.)

Discover! The energetic pathways have been mapped for thousands of years. Experience these pathways for yourself, and discover an aspect of your being you may never have paid attention to.

Release, relax & rejoice! By creating smooth flow of energy through your body, you will release tension, relax into your body, and your spirit will sing with joy.

AcuDance is a form of mindful movement that Linnie O’Flanagan, L.Ac. has been developing and teaching, based in her experience and knowledge of acupuncture and qi gong. The basic concept is to move with awareness and intention to open the energetic pathways (meridians) of the body. Maintaining a smooth flow of energy is key to alleviating pain, reversing disease processes and creating radiant health.

AcuDance Workshop Topics

  • AcuDance Theory:
    • Energetic Pathways – Major, Muscle & Luo/Connecting Channels
  • Meridians in Motion:
    • The 8 Extra-Ordinary Channels
    • The 12 Primary Meridians in Motion
  • Explorations by the Season: In-Depth Focus of Organ Channels:
    • Fall: Lungs & Large Intestine Channels
    • Winter: Kidneys & Urinary Bladder Channels
    • Spring: Liver & Gallbladder Channels
    • Summer: Heart, Pericardium, Small Intestine & San Jiao Channels
    • Harvest Time: Spleen & Stomach Channels
  • Exploring the Network:
    • Transitions: Connecting the Channels
    • Patterns of Pairing Channels