Tai Chi/Qigong

Our tai chi and qigong classes use these Chinese practices to boost your energy, improve your health and reduce your stress.

Overview

Tai Chi/Qigong

Whether you choose the simpler movements of qigong or the more complex choreography of tai chi, these Chinese mind/body practices will have a profound effect on your entire being.

You can register and join the qigong or tai chi classes by calendar quarter. Cost for each class, each quarter (12 classes), is $144. Pre-registration and advance payment in full is required. Check, cash and credit cards are accepted. Sorry, no refunds.

For more information or to register, call Jeff at 617-643-6089 today.

Qigong Sessions 2013

All qigong classes are held Tuesday mornings, 8:00 - 9:00 AM, at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, 151 Merrimac Street, 4th Floor, Boston.

Session 1 (Therapeutic Qigong)  January 8 - March 26
Session 2 (Back Care Qigong) April 2 - June 25

Session 3 (Short Qigong Sets)

July 9 - September 24
Session 4 (Advanced Qigong) October 1 - December 17

Tai Chi Sessions 2013

All tai chi classes are held Thursday mornings, 8:00 - 9:00 AM, at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, 151 Merrimac Street, 4th Floor, Boston.

Session 1 January 10 - March 28
Session 2 April 4 - June 27
Session 3 July 11 - September 26
Session 4 October 3 - December 19

Qigong

Qigong (chi kung) is a Chinese system of health that is frequently practiced hand in hand with tai chi, but is an extremely powerful tradition in its own right.

These slow, mindful exercises, combined with breathing and imagery, encourage physical relaxation, plus mental, emotional and spiritual calm. This in turn allows for enhanced flow of internal energy (qi), all of which can boost daily energy, reduce stress and increase longevity.

Session 1 will cover the Therapeutic (Liangong) Qigong set, a very famous routine created in China. This set of 36 exercises strecthes, strengthens and tones the entire body, plus improves balance. Many of the exercises address musculoskeletal issues in the neck, shoulders, spine, back, hips, knees, ankles and feet. Other exercises target qi meridian points to aid your body's systems (immune, digestive, etc.), as well as ailments such as headaches, insomnia and more.

Session 2 will cover Back Care Qigong, a comprehensive program of warmups, qigong exercises and cool-down stretches designed specifically to maintain back health and alleviate minor back pain. Note: this program is not designed for people with severe back pain or significant vertebral complications.

Session 3 will cover Short Qigong Sets, the instructor's preferred method of practicing qigong. These shorter sets are easier to memorize and allow the practioner to go deeper into the body's energy systems. Among the sets that will be covered are Six Harmonies Qigong, Heaven and Earth, Swimming Dragon, Yin/Yang Merging, Six Circles Qigong, and more. Basic seated meditation will also be introduced.

Session 4 will cover Qigong for Balance, one of the most critical benefits of qigong practice. We will examine all the factors that contribute to poor balance and falls, and explore how qigong's mind-body approach can lead to a more supple body, greater confidence and a more finely tuned sense of balance.

Tai Chi

Tai chi is a Chinese martial art that employs slow intentional movements, coordinated with breathing and imagery, to strengthen and relax the physical body and mind. It enhances and balances the flow of internal energy (qi), resulting in improved health, personal development, and self-defense.

Not just for the fit and able-bodied, tai chi is also famous for its healing applications. Medical research suggests tai chi may have therapeutic benefits for:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Balance disorders
  • Low bone density
  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Stress
  • Attention deficit disorders
  • Sleep disorders
  • Depression

The class introduces students to Cheng Man-Ching’s 37-Movement Short Form, one of the most popular tai chi forms in the West. Emphasis is placed on proper structural alignment, relaxed and mindful movement, and efficient breathing.

Instructor

Stanwood Chang is a fourth-generation lineage holder in Yang style (Cheng Man-Ching) and Sun style tai chi. He is a graduate of the Teacher Training Program from the Tree of Life Tai Chi Center.

Stanwood is also founder and director of two of his own tai chi schools, the Sun Tai Chi Institute of Boston and Silk Reeling.

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