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“Maintaining order, rather than correcting disorder, is the ultimate principle of wisdom. To cure a disease after it has appeared is to practice mediocre medicine. To heal a disease before it appears is to practice Superior Medicine.” ~ The Nei Jing 2nd century BC.
If you were to invest one hour per week, (cost @ living wage = $33.00 hr.) coupled with a 20 min. practice per day (without exception) and thereby guarantee graceful aging -free of dis-ease, loss of faculties or strength and flexibility, and active healthy sexual function and vitality for life…
would you invest?
Please keep in mind, Tai Chi is a “high” form of Qigong, in form it is 108 moves linked together into something that looks like slow dancing. It is practiced by more than 2 billion people every day!
Qigong is more like mindfulness in motion, action meditation, mindful movement, dynamic meditation, meditation in motion, etc. This is the radical breakthrough of qigong. The intentful integration of body focus and movement, purposeful breath awareness, and meditation optimize what Norman Cousins called the “healing system,” which is the integrated function of all body–mind systems— including the nervous, endocrine, immune, circulatory, and digestive systems with the psyche ~ called “Soul” in the original translations.
The practices are integrated so that, from the beginning, it is very easy, accessible, and fun with gentle progress toward deeper practice states and more subtle levels of healing. The gentle body–mind practices of qigong and t’ai chi can be implemented by anyone, even those in wheelchairs or hospital beds. No matter what disease one has, what medicine one takes, or what sort of physician is managing the case, mindful and relaxed body movement with breath practice and a focus on present-moment awareness make medicine within.
The Three Treasures of cultivation (or the three levels or stages) start at *body healing, progress to *longevity and vitality enhancement (which science has discovered is largely related to the state of the heart and mind), and, ultimately, evolve to sustained awareness of one’s eternal nature. This is spiritual realization, the highest form of personal integration, also called “healing,” which was held in high esteem in China even by politicians and military leaders, –called “immortality” by the ancients because it implies that the life of our eternal self is boundless—immortal.
You don’t need to subscribe to or learn much about tai chi’s roots in Chinese philosophy to enjoy its health benefits, but these concepts can help make sense of its approach:
- Qi — an energy force thought to flow through the body; tai chi is said to unblock and encourage the proper flow of qi.
- Yin and yang — opposing elements thought to make up the universe that need to be kept in harmony. Tai chi is said to promote this balance.
Tai chi in motion
A tai chi class might include these parts:
Warm-up. Easy motions, such as shoulder circles, turning the head from side to side, or rocking back and forth, help you to loosen your muscles and joints and focus on your breath and body.
Instruction and practice of tai chi forms. Short forms — forms are sets of movements — may include a dozen or fewer movements; long forms may include hundreds. Different styles require smaller or larger movements. A short form with smaller, slower movements is usually recommended at the beginning, especially if you’re older or not in good condition.
Qigong (or chi kung). Translated as “breath work” or “energy work,” this consists of a few minutes of gentle breathing sometimes combined with movement. The idea is to help relax the mind and mobilize the body’s energy. Qigong may be practiced standing, sitting, or lying down. Still meditations usually.
Sat. 9:00 am – 10:30, Indoor in winter, call for location.
Classes OUTSIDE *spring *summer & *fall Meet @ Smith Market, Main St. Utica
(Advanced Yang Long form practice is Mon. 12-2:30 pm -experience required)
Qigong (chee kung) integrates what Chinese medicine calls the Three Treasures —Body-mind + Emotions + Spirit (Jing, Qi and Shen in Chinese). The T’ai Chi’ Kung integral model I teach integrates ancient qi sciences with contemporary physiologic and quantum sciences. Studies are current.
Guidance by Dae Anderson 315~542~6261