Qi Fit is a practice of breathing, alignment and movement. We learn to regulate the breath to not only heat up the body and have an effect on physiology, but to regulate the mind and introduce clarity and tranquility. Through standing postures, we learn correct alignment to both relax the body, at the same time, making it more pliable and acceptable to movement. Through gentle movement, particularly the golden chi ball, our body restores the spine etc.
Zen Wellness Qigong practice follows the cycles of nature. As spring is followed by summer, summer by Indian summer, Indian summer by autumn and autumn by winter so to we have cycles of youth, maturity and old age. For example, spring being a time of renewal and the new, we work on the small muscles, tendons, ligaments and sinew. This gets the body ready for summer when our energy is at its highest and we are able to do more strenuous and cardio movements. When was the last time you did hand exercises in a class? When was the last time, your hands didn’t move as freely as you would have liked? On the other hand, in the winter, nature’s energy is low and so is ours. We work on breath, bones and holding poses.
Qi Yoga/Stretch to Strength : Combines the breathwork and principles of Qigong and Yoga to familiar yoga sequences. Also known as Stretch to Strength, a class developed by Darby uses the concept of contracting muscles while lengthening them results in affecting a specific muscle or muscle group to effectively and efficiently get into an area of weakness or ‘emptiness’ thereby strengthening the body and correcting imbalances. We understand that certain positions or poses affect specific organs thereby affecting personality. So, by stretching in this way we open up energy pathways that lead us to physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental wellbeing.
Tai Chi: This class is based on what many consider the original form of Taijiquan, developed in the early 17th century at the Chen village and known as the Chen style. This form is practiced with slow graceful movements with sudden bursts of energy release known as “Fajing”. In addition to learning a basic form, the class will include various warm up and meditative exercises centered around basic movements including a series called “silk reeling”. The class will be an introduction to what is hoped to be a lifetime of discovery of movement, balance, the body, mind and spirit of the practitioner. Wear loose, comfortable clothes. Prerequisite: 6 Weeks of Qigong training or previous experience in martial arts.