How should I prepare for my class?
Wear lightweight, comfortable clothing that does not restrict movement. Qigong is practiced in bare feet.
Please bring your own water bottle. Yoga blocks, bolsters, and blankets are provided depending on the form you will practice. We do have filtered water in the studio for a refill.
Be sure to eat a snack or small meal one to two hours before your class.
Avoid caffeine and alcohol prior to class.
Do drink plenty of water before and after your class.
What does the class consist of?
Originating from China, Qigong (Chee-Kung) is an ancient philosophy and practice of relaxation, movement, and healing. Qigong translates into Qi or "subtle breath," and Gong means "skill cultivated through steady practice," and some say the translation is simply put as "energy work." Qigong improves mental and physical well-being by integrating posture, movement, breathing techniques, self-massage, sound, and focused intent. There are many QiGong styles, schools, traditions, forms, and lineages, each with its unique practical application and theory.
Depending on class size, students create half circles around the instructor, with some space for expansion. Once in the studio, quietly find your space, bring in your bottle of water, and settle into your space, bringing your awareness into the room and your breath - we will take it from there.
You can practice Qigong even if you have very limited mobility. A beginning practice can begin with visualizations of the movements in mind, then slowly, as mobility returns, physical movements can be added. Much of it is performed while standing, but there are a number of seated forms, and classes can be modified for a seated position - the class description will tell you which is used in that form.
Stuff happens - we totally get it! But unfortunately, we cannot let latecomers in once the class has started. Every class starts and ends on time in order to provide a peaceful experience for all.
What about after?
The more you practice, the quicker you will notice the benefits of qigong. It is recommended that a healthy qigong practice is daily, so you can cultivate your Qi at home or with us! The key is to find an amount of practice that feels balanced for you - balance is as critical as consistency is.