November Qigong Class
December 5 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm PST
Mondays Nov 14 – Dec 5, 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm
Energetically speaking, November is a quiet month with an inward-leading energy. This is good news in a year that has been very eventful, chaotic, and polarizing. To optimize grounding and centering energy it helps to have a practice that calms body and mind and opens us to the greater field of insight and vitality that surrounds us. This combination reduces stress and helps transform fear and stagnation so we can channel our freed-up life energy in productive ways.
Qigong practice meets these needs by focusing our minds on its graceful, dance-like movements and slow, regular breathing which releases tension, increases awareness, and takes you into an open and fluid meditative state where insight abounds. The harmonious rhythm of breath, movement and visualization helps regulate our nervous systems and balance heart and brain.
Quiet November energy correlates to the subtle Triple Warmer meridian. This meridian has a name and function, but no specific organ related to it. It is the name for the source energies and mechanisms that operate in the background to keep us in homeostasis and balance. In addition to our qigong form which zeros in on the Triple Warmer (or three burning spaces), we will learn more about this meridian and its partners along with some acupoints we can stimulate to support its functions. It is especially useful when we feel stressed and out of balance.
Our form, Tian Dao Shen Ming Gong from the Mt Emei school, encourages looseness and flexibility of the spine and enhances our awareness of the subtle circulation of spiritual energies within. The spine is a key element in the regulation of the whole bodymind.
We are also in the transitional season of autumn heading into winter. There is abundance, but also the need to let go and reorganize. This critical function helps us reduce stress and feel more productive as we reorient and refocus. As a part of that, I will encourage us to become more aware of the effects of fearful and limiting patterns in our lives and bodies and use the practice and insights we receive to help us feel clear and vital.
All levels, beginning to advanced, are invited.
Fee: $120. Includes optional Thursday morning qigong practice (the Thursday morning practice is a women’s group)