Classes

Qi Fit  is the foundation of tai chi and of all martial arts. It is a practice of breathing, alignment and movement practices that prepare the body to move effectively with greater strength and clearer state of mind needed for any tai chi practice. 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. We also use healing sounds to regulate emotions that get stuck in our bodies and allowing them to move through us.

Through gentle movement protocols, particularly the Golden Chi Ball, the 8 Brocades, and the healing sounds we enable our body’s own resources helps to restore the spine, joints, ligaments, muscles, connective tissues and the functions of our organs. Using TCM techniques including the use of healing sounds, we can ease the internal stress modern society puts on us. This simple practice helps us to enjoy our life with less stress and more ease.

 

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. 

 

ZenWellness Master’s Path is for those interested in a more in-depth Qigong practice and understanding of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). We learn more about the Chinese 5 Element Theory and advanced protocols which lead to a solid foundation for Tai chi practice. We follow a seasonal approach working within the cycles of nature. For example, spring being a time of renewal, 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 exercise and cardio movements. When was the last time you did hand exercises in a class? When was the last time, your hands moved 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  mediation, bones strength and tai chi foundational movements. This is a 2 year commitment with online classes and lectures as well as 5 day immersion in Phoenix, AZ or Nashua, NH.

 

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 Melnik, 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.

 

 

 

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Happy New Year 2018 – The Year of Balance

Winter is time for rebirth of sorts. After cutting away what we no longer need in the fall, we look to winter for a chance to renew ourselves. That’s why we talk about making new year’s resolutions in order to be a better person. But most of us fail when we have not gotten rid of the things that are in our way.

 

For me, there were a lot of events in my life forcing me to let go of things that were no longer serving me. And while it has taken a while to adjust to the change in energy, I begin to set the intention of manifesting a community of people who are ready to let go of unproductive stress, excessive workouts that really only aggravate the body instead of rejuvenating it and are ready to be happy! And I mean truly happy which implies being grateful for each and every moment (good or not so good), focus on the present, and being content with whatever comes our way. And I am truly grateful for all the events of 2017 even though it made me uncomfortable and angry sometimes. Those events forced me to look inside and see what part I played in my own stress and discomfort.

 

Moving out of downtown Peekskill where we were located for over 8 years into our new space at Go No Sen Karate center allowed me to let go of extraneous expenses, parking problems, and noise! Thank you Renshi Adam McCauley and your staff for welcoming us so warmly and graciously! We feel so at home here. I look forward to seeing some old and new faces and introducing you all to the people here at Go No Sen Karate.
My hope for this year is to see more of you at our new location. We are enjoying our bigger and better space that has lots of free parking so we can better offer more New and Free Classes and workshops!
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