Relax, focusing on sinking and spiraling. Observe your body in motion and at rest. How does it expand – contract?
Hope this can help your practice.
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.
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.
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,
No bootcamp or insanity. Just nearly daily showing up for some aerobic work and some light weights. Fitness walking with my husband, which is a real challenge, because for every one of his steps, I need to take like, three. But we’re learning how to adjust for each other. It’s fun.
Why am I do this? Because it really has been hitting me how much it seems that we tend to treat the body as if it was just a convenient vessel for toting our brains around. But, the body is so much more and sometimes, it can feel like so much less. When we are in even basic shape or fundamentally fit, the body is our gateway to so much enjoyment in life. It just makes doing everything easier and more pleasurable, from getting out of bed in the morning to being with friends and family, even going to work! But when the body is out of shape, unfit, it affects everything we do in the negative. Everything becomes physically harder and more tiring. In this state, our mind can not function well either, because the un-ease of te body pulls the mind down, constantly pestering it with a pantheon of troubles and pains.
Of course, the mind screams at us then, suffering the terrible injustice of physical suffering. And we tend to identify with our physical suffering, don’t we? We become our un-ease or dis-ease. We say things like, “My arthritis, my diabetes, my aching back,” and so on. And that, changes us from merely having some physical discomfort to full-on suffering.
Alas. So what’s a poor body to do?
A couple of things maybe. How about some modest exercise and meditation?
Through mindful attention to the body we can rediscover that the body can be our friend again. We need to proceed, step by step and we need to have a goal. I believe in gentle challenge, reasonable goals that slowly take us towards our destination. While in meditation, we let go of ideas about getting anywhere, because what we need is actually already right here inside us, with getting the body fit (as with other sorts of goals) it helps to know where you want to go.
How you define that is up to you. Maybe you want to climb the stairs without strain and feeling winded. Maybe you want to lose weight. I’d suggest that even if you think you want to lose a lot of weight that you start by breaking your big goal down into smaller, manageable goals so you can see, measure, know your gradual success. It’s not wrong to aim high, but realize that even Olympic athletes get to such levels of achievement through years of steady, determined application of effort of the body and mind.
And where does meditation fit in all this? Very simple, a little meditation helps you let go of stress by giving you a chance to stop thinking all those stressful thoughts, worries and obsessions. It’s also a lot easier to let your mind go quiet after some physical activity. Just sit and breathe. Try to just be aware of the feelings of the body, just as they are. Sensations that will come and go. Try to breathe and observe the sensations without any judgement of like or don’t like. See if you can resist the urge to scratch every itch. Wiggle in place. When I first started to meditate, I felt awfully itchy suddenly. No sudden bug attack, only the mind wanting to distract me from what I was doing.
With this, as with the physical activity, start small. Try one minute. Then two. Go for three if you are up to it. Step by step. Add time as you feel comfortable.
So, be patient. Be determined. Set a schedule for your exercise and meditation plan. Then, go for it. Step by step. Take action and as the saying goes, be the change you want to see in the world.
Let me know how it’s going? What works for you? How do you keep moving toward your goals?
And if you think you need some help, give me a shout. I’m glad to help. You can try a group class if you like or a private or semi-private training for your body and your mind.
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