Down Under Yoga, Newton, MA
Qi Gong is an ancient practice from China which enhances life force for health, vitality, and peace of mind. A gentle moving meditation, it integrates posture, breath, and mental focus, balancing the energies of earth and heaven in the body. Meridian Yoga opens the acupuncture channels that carry these universal energies, and is a wonderful complement to Qi Gong.
In this series of four classes, we will explore Qi Gong and Meridian Yoga, with the goal of improving flexibility, gathering and circulating life-force energy, and helping bring the mind to stillness. Among other Qi Gong exercises, The “Eight Brocades”, “Swimming Dragon”, and “Phoenix Rises from the Ashes” will be taught. These classes are appropriate for all levels of students, from beginners to advanced.
The Kripalu Center, Lenox, MA
While yoga has its roots in Indian Vedic scriptures, Qi Gong grew out of the Chinese Taoist pursuit of longevity. Over five days we will explore the Taoist concept of “effortless flow” through Qi Gong exercises, and then bring the same ease of motion into sequences from Yoga of Energy Flow. While the movements in both forms are graceful and gentle, the effects are powerful, detoxifying the body while increasing strength, flexibility, and peace of mind.
This program focuses on
• Breathing exercises to enhance life energy
• The Eight Brocades, Swimming Dragon, and other qigong practices to open the meridians
• Meditative flow in yoga asana
• Concentration techniques for mental clarity.
• Recommendations for a simple and transformative home practice
Central Mass Yoga, West Boylston, MA
Meditation has numerous benefits. It increases cognitive function, improves digestion and sleep, and activates the parasympathetic nervous system, reducing stress, which helps to boost the immune system. And meditation cultivates joy. This workshop, appropriate for beginners, will explore three styles of meditation – breath meditation, mantra meditation, and silent sitting practices. We will begin by warming up the body with slow flow yoga and Qi Gong which prepares us to comfortably sit in stillness. Each meditation will be 10-15 minutes in duration, with structured rest periods between; handouts for each of the meditations will be provided.
Asana Charlestown, Charlestown, MA
While yoga has its roots in Indian Vedic scriptures, Qi Gong grew out of the Chinese Taoist pursuit of longevity. In this workshop we will explore the Taoist concept of “effortless flow” through Qi Gong exercises, and then bring the same ease of motion into sequences from Yoga of Energy Flow. While the movements in both forms are graceful and gentle, the effects are powerful, detoxifying the body while increasing strength, flexibility, and peace of mind.
Whitman Wellness Center, Whitman, MA
Using gentle pressure, body weight, and skillful touch to open the body’s energy pathways, we will work with a partner to increase our range of motion and perfect our alignment in yoga asanas associated with the fourteen meridians of Chinese medicine. A modern stretching method called resistance/PNF stretching will be taught, along with shiatsu and Thai Yoga massage. When we release the tensions that we store in our bodies, we experience a profound alignment of body, mind and soul. Feel free to attend by yourself, or with a friend.
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Whitman Wellness Center, Whitman, MA
"Our health is dependent on the free flow of chi/prana in our body, mind, and soul."
When our meridian pathways are blocked, we experience emotional, physical and even spiritual malaise. But when these pathways are opened, prana - universal life force - flows though us, bringing harmony, lightness, and joy to our being, aligning us with heaven and earth, sun and moon, wind and sky.
From yoga asana, to resistance stretching, Chi Gong, to Oriental bodywork, Meridian Yoga artfully blends ancient and modern techniques that activate and balance the body's meridian pathways, releasing blocked energy and bringing us into a profound connection with life.
You will learn:
• A Meridian Yoga asana practice
• PNF/Resistance Stretching - a modern, safe and effective stretching method
• Partner assists that open the 14 basic meridians
• Hands-on shiatsu and Thai yoga massage techniques that deeply release tension from the body
• Acupressure’s “potent” points for optimal health
• Pranayama (breathing exercises) that enhance life energy
Friday, 6:30-9:00 pm, Saturday / Sunday, 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
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