Hey everyone, I’m excited to announce that I’m teaching classes with Dabble now! Starting in August, I’ll be offering Mind Body Mindfulness on Saturday mornings. I hope you will join me for a little qigong and tai chi. Come back Sunday and visit the Pilsen Community Farmers Market for fresh organic fruits and veggies. First class is Aug 3rd! Please use this link to register : http://bit.ly/1bbUksf
Kristoffer’s Cafe and Bakery in Pilsen, is teaming up with Calm Chicago: mind & body center to help feed your body and your spirit.
Enjoy 10% off at Kristoffer’s when you take a soothing stress-reducing mind/body class at Calm Chicago. When you order delicious drinks and food at Kristoffer’s, you’ll also get 10% off a class at Calm Chicago.
Next class at Calm Chicago starts Thursday, March 7. Visit calmchicago.org for details and to register today. Please present your receipt to get the deal! Expires March 7. — at Calm Chicago: Tai Chi, Qigong & Meditation.
- Lifting arms through water
- Opening the chest
- Painting a rainbow across the sky
- Separating clouds/taiji closing
- Backwards monkey
- Rowing the boat
- Carrying the ball up to the sky
- Gazing at the moon
- Pushing palm, turning the the waist
- Wave hands like white clouds
- Scooping up the sea and gazing to the horizon
- Pushing the waves
- Dove spreads it’s wings
- Punching in horse stance
- Butterfly dries it’s wings
- Turning wheel round and round
- Bouncing the ball, softy, softly
- Settling and balancing to close
It can be very helpful to know the names of each posture. One reason is that it make it easier to ask your teacher questions about the posture. For example, you can ask your teacher about, “White Crane Spreads It’s Wings,” instead of hoping that your teacher will know which posture you mean when you move your arms about in some not clearly definable way.
Another benefit, is that it helps you remember the forms, becoming like a sort of muscle memory nemonic. Knowing the name, moving the body, remembering and feeling your way become one integrated process.
So, above is my list. Please know that I have played some with the names. Since they arte translated by others from Chinese, I have tried to make them simple, memorable and sensible. They are only my take on it. You may have different and even better ideas. Love to hear them.
I hope you can enjoy learning these postures somewhere. If you are in Chicago, maybe come give Calm Chicago a visit. We are the only qigong, tai chi center on the near south side; convenient for South Loop, UIC, Chinatown and Pilsen residents. We have an 8-week Intro Class starting the first Thursday in March. Hope you can join us.
Till next time, practice well. Enjoy the journey.
Are you feeling a little mid-winter blah?
Wondering just how many more days of mind numbing cold one simply must endure?
Well, just for you, I’m opening a new qigong/tai chi Intro class here at Calm Chicago!
WHEN: EVERY THURSDAY EVENING IN MARCH AND APRIL 6-7 pm (The first class meets March 7)
WHERE: 1839 S HALSTED
HOW MUCH: $80 (cash, check or cc)
SIGN ME UP! Pre-registration is required. Class size limited, so reserve your spot now!
Come learn what thousands around the world know. Tai chi and qigong is good medicine for body, mind and heart! You will learn 2 postures a week from the 18-form qigong (shi ba shi) and some Yang tai chi basics. Just enough to help you warm up and de-stress and get ready for spring. So come on in and leave all that stress at the door, build up your immune system with these smooth and flowing mind/body exercise. No prior experience needed at all. Just bring yourself in your ordinary clothes and get ready to smile. Ladies if you wear heels to work, just bring a pair of sneakers or any other soft-soled shoe to wear.
Here’s a great story from NPR, about how tai chi is like a “medication in Motion” for those suffering from heart failure or other heart troubles. Side effects? Increased peace, feeling of well being, greater capacity to breathe, handle stress easily and over all good feeling in the body and mind. Hmmm… a lot different from all those drugs out there which despite their potentially beneficial qualities, come with warnings, like, your head might blow off! And, tai chi and qigong work with your body and mind holistically, integrating the various parts as opposed to a more traditional allopathic approach which in the west tends to slice and dice the human body as if the old song, The leg bone’s connected to the thigh bone…“ wasn’t true. All our different parts are interconnected and the best treatment acknowledges that. So, of course you should see your doctor and get what ever treatment you need. I’m just suggesting what Dr. Andrew Weil and others advocate, the use of a more integrative approach.
So where ever you are, find a good teacher and start to go with the flow.
Photo by Robert F. Bukaty/AP from NPR web page.
RoK Teasely drew the night away at Calm Chicago as part of last night’s 2nd Friday festivities.
All you had to do was give him three words and he’d make you a drawing, an idea he calls, “Drawing Out Souls.”
He made some lovely pictures and people really seemed to love the work made just for them on the spot.
If you missed your chance to get a drawing, no worries. RoK will be back next month for 2nd Friday, July 13th 6-10pm!
Also, don’t forget, tomorrow Calm Chicago has 18-Form Qigong from 9:30-10:15, then tai chi from 10:30-11:30 in the morning. Hope to see you there.
This is the first in a series of 18-videos breaking down how to do the form, along with tips on how to learn, practice and make the lessons of qigong practical and accessible in your every day life.
I hope this may help you on your journey to your best self as you learn to exercise both the body and mind. And of course, I use the word “self,” as a practical matter of speaking. I’m not suggesting that we get too attached to any form of exercise as a way of making our Self Bigger and having a big ego only that, in order to really enjoy life, living wisely, compassionately and with clarity borne of confidence, having health in mind and body is highly recommended.
When the body is out of shape or in pain, it really brings the mind down.
Let know what you think? I hope this proves useful.
Peace and happiness for all,
We’re doing a bit of a schedule change to adapt to you all.
The Intro Qigong class will start this Thursday evening at 5:30-6:15.
Join us in the Chicago Arts District for 2nd Friday festivities this week.
You can enjoy mini-meditations and qigong sessions every 30 minutes. It’s important to know I think that these practices are super portable. You don’t need special equipment or hours of time to enjoy the benefits. Of course, doing more is going to be even better for you but even 5 minutes of practice two or three times a day can make a big difference in helping you dump some of that nasty stressed out feeling.
Sessions will be at:
Meditation: A simple yet profound practice. Learn to quiet the mind by focusing on the body and breath. When the mind becomes still, the fog of our emotions drops away. We can see reality more clearly and make more informed decisions. We experience life’s ups and downs, with greater balance emotionally, mentally and physically.
18-form Qigong: Coordinate the breath with gentle movements to revitalize body, breath and mind. Often prescribed as part of a program of treatment after illness, trauma, accident or surgery, and as a support for those suffering chronic disorders like diabetes, hyper-tension, asthma, depression. These movements are also ideal preventative medicine. Perform the complete set or pick a few favorites do throughout the day to stay fresh, loose and relaxed.
- 18-Form Qigong for Good Health/18-Formulario de Qigong para la buena salud (lvbm.org)
- May 11th is Stress Relief All Night Long (calmchicago.org)
- Mayo Study Finds External Qigong Relieves Chronic Pain (prweb.com)
Medical studies continue to show what thousands have known through their own experience, qigong is good for you.
- bone density
- cardiopulmonary effects
- physical function
- falls and related risk factors
- quality of life
- patient-reported outcomes
- psychological symptoms
- immune function
found demonstrated consistent, significant results for a number of health benefits in RCTs, evidencing progress toward recognizing the similarity and equivalence of Qigong and Tai Chi.
So, wouldn’t you rather beat back say, loss of bone density with exercise instead of expensive medicines with toxic side effects? I thought so. *(Qigong practice should not replace consultation with your doctor or medical treatment.)