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What is Qigong?


Gentle Qigong:

Yi Jin Xi Sui Jing Classic Qigong

Ba Duan Jin Qigong

Hun Yuan Gong


Soaring Crane Qigong

Essence Qigong

Standing & Walking

Dynamic Qigong:

Hands of the 18 Luohan

Siu Luohan



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What is Qigong?
pron. chee-Gung
alternative spellings: Chi Kung, Chi Gung
 
Qigong translates as the study or work of “Qi,” (chi) or “life energy,” and dates back 5,000 – 7,000 years. Originally named “pushing and pulling” or Dao-Yin, Qigong is the deep study of the relationships that exist within all of life. The early study gave rise to the discovery of and laid the foundation for an entire system of Chinese medicine & philosophy. Of primary significance was the intuitive detection of the meridians, the internal energy ‘highways’ of our bodies, their relationship to the internal organs of the body, and the entire unified relationship to general health and longevity. Through the millennia, many thousands of systems evolved to explore and cultivate these initial discoveries, each with breathing, meditation, philosophy and movement at their core. Qigong remains the root energy practice that underpins all Chinese martial, meditative and health systems and the feeling of the practice: slow and meditative, can be found through many internationally recognized systems of health and well-being.
 
Qigong practice naturally integrates and enhances the functions of our body and mind. The internal organs, the immune and endocrine systems, the musculo-skeletal systems, cardiac fitness, blood and energy flow, among others, are all supported and healed. The scientific benefits of Qigong have been studied in China for decades and the positive findings are now coming under equally positive scrutiny in Europe and the West. Qigong is a key to unlock many things: health, intuition,
self-reliance. With Qigong, people of all ages and fitness levels may find peace, joy and a sense of profound connection.
 
New York Times Features Qigong & Embrace the Moon
 
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Yi Jin Xi Sui Jing Classic
(Muscle Tendon Changing, Bone Marrow Washing Classic Qigong)
 

Yi Jin Xi Sui Jing Classic Qigong set is one of the oldest traceable Qigong forms. For over 2000 years, the 13 gentle movements have been practiced for muscle and tendon strength and flexibility, for general circulation of blood and Qi, and to calm and prepare both mind and body for meditation and spiritual development. The movements also tonify the stomach, spleen, pancreas and liver and strengthen the overall posture and constitution. As with many Qigong forms, the movements are based on nature (Pick Stars & Replace the Dipper) and animals (Blue Dragon Outstretches Claws) and it is a beautiful and graceful form of exercise to practice.

w/Kim
Thursdays 12:00 - 1:00 pm w/Laura

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The Ba Duan Jin (Eight Treasures) Qigong
 
(Also referred to as the Eight Pieces of Brocade and the Eight Jewels)
For nearly a thousand years, Eight Treasures Qigong has been passed down to maintain overall health and increase vitality. There are many versions of this form, but all rely on the same basic principles and theory of Qigong practice. The Eight Treasures is effective in building up energy throughout the body, and particularly in the limbs, where it will then flow into and circulate supporting the internal organs. It thoroughly works all the energy channels in the body in a precise and effortless way. Practitioners of the Eight Treasures will enjoy the gentle stretching and twisting movements to release and relax the entire body, to increase blood and energy circulation and to strengthen their internal organs. The best thing about the Eight Treasures however, is that it is very simple to learn, easy to practice and good for you!

 
Integrated in many classes, workshops, or Private Lessons

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Hun Yuan Gong

Integrated in many classes or Private Lessons

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Soaring Crane Qigong

Soaring Crane Qigong is an elegant, peaceful form that is one of the most famous in China for its overall healing capabilities. For over 20 years it was the single most practiced Qigong form. There are many individual reports that this form is successful as a complementary method in treating cancer and other serious illnesses. Still practiced by over 20 million people in China, as well as millions more throughout the world, the benefits of Soaring Crane are an overall energetic balance, greatly improved physical health and an accompanied liveliness of spirit. Study Soaring Crane at Embrace The Moon if you want a medically based Qigong form, if you are new to Qigong and wish to gain a clear theoretical & physical understanding of basic Chinese medicine, and if you wish to have a practice that methodically develops mindfulness and intent.

Tuesdays 5:15 - 6:15 pm w/ Kim

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Essence Qigong
 
Essence Qigong is one of the many modern forms of Qigong. It was developed about 25 years ago by Chen, Fu-yin as a method for practicing and experiencing the ‘essential’ traits of Gong Fu. It is delightfully simple and restorative and very good for those wishing a deeply meditative and intuitive approach to their practice. Practicing Essence Qigong is like taking an internal bath. It purifies your meridians, nourishes your internal organs, tonifies qi and opens spiritual centers. Take an Essence class with Embrace The Moon if you are a beginner who would like to gain a tool to easily practice on your own. Or, take an Essence class if you are an advanced student who wishes to deepen your experience of qi without learning another complex form. Essence Qigong is offered in the winter syllabus of ongoing classes as well as throughout the year in workshops.

Back later this year.
w/Kim

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Standing & Walking

Standing Meditation, also known as Zhan Zhuang is the crown jewel of all Taijiquan and Qigong practices. There is nothing better to achieve both mental and physical relaxation, correct alignment, energy flow and innate strength. Zhan Zhuang perfectly combines with Walking Meditation to take the results of stillness into movement. These very simple practices, The Yin & Yang of each other make for a perfect complete practice in all ways accessible to most people. Try this class on its own or as part of your program and see how quickly your forms and your daily life improve.

Integrated in many classes or Private Lessons

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