What we're about

This group is for anyone interested in mindbody fitness. We offer a wide range of tai chi and qigong classes that are suitable for the health challenged as well as the seasoned athlete. Whether you're new to these types of exercises or have practiced before, there is something in our class offerings that will suit your needs. Our teachers are certified and experienced so you get professional instruction for maximum benefit.

Having been around for thousands of years, these slow motion therapies have stood the test of time. Not a fitness fad, tai chi and qigong are heavily researched and endorsed by the Mayo Clinic, Arthritis Foundation, Harvard Health, the Centers for Disease Control, Dr. Oz, Dr. Andrew Weil and numerous other respected global health organizations. All the research shows that if you practice, you will benefit not only in numerous areas of physical health but also mental health as well. In fact, the Veterans Administration now endorses qigong for the management of PTSD. There is virtually no chance of injury from engaging in the chi arts making them the most beneficial forms of exercise on the planet. Our outdoor classes are all by donation so you have nothing to loss by coming to check it out.

Most classes are led by certified instructor ShiFu Lea Williamson who has over 20 years of chi arts training and over 10 years of teaching experience. You will become a chi lover from your first session! You can find out more detailed information about each class on our website: www.BeachsideQigong.com. Here you can find general information on qigong and tai chi, individual class descriptions, view training videos and see loads of photos from our past sessions. Looking forward to practicing with you soon!

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Restorative Qigong

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This qigong class is designed to restore and re-balance the mindbody at the end of the day. It offers simple and effective techniques to cleanse away any unwanted energy that might accumulate throughout the work day. Qi=breath or life energy. Gong=work or skill acquired through practice. So qigong is working with the life force energy and is more about intention than using muscle or force. In these Monday and Wednesday evening sessions we will focus on light stretching, cleansing the mindbody and resetting the energetic system. We will also be using techniques that help to fortify eyes that may be tired and strained from daily computer work. This class is suitable for anyone at any level of fitness. No mat required. Dress weather appropriate as we meet outdoors in Gleason Park. If the weather doesn't suit you, it might not be a good day to come. Class is led by certified qigong teacher and certified ShiFu (expert) of qigong with over 10 years teaching experience. You will leave refreshed and renewed. Your $5-10 donation per class makes it possible for me to continue sharing these ancient bio-technologies that fortify modern day health. You can find out more about qigong and videos of some of what we practice on the website: www.BeachsideQigong.com. Looking forward to practicing with you soon.

BaMen Tai Chi/Qigong - Traditional Temple Training

W Lansing Gleason Park

This is traditional temple training. It is an honor to be able to share this very ancient style of tai chi that pre-dates most tai chi being taught in the US. The BaMen "I" class is for those new to this style. BaMen (8 Gates) is passed on through me by Grand Master Jeffery B. Cook who is a lineage holder. It is 2,300 years old and comes from the Wu Dan Temple of central China. This class is appropriate for anyone, but if you are athletically inclined and more accustomed to Western styles of exercise, this will probably be the class for you. It utilizes three primary exercises: 1) Dao Mo's 18 Muscle Tendon Changing Classic (Yi Jin Ching) - a qigong routine that dates to the 5th century Shaolin Temple which uses bi-lateral, isometric training, visualizations, and balance combined with intense breathing techniques for a full mindbody work out. 2) Five Beasts at Play (Wu Xian) - a complex qigong routine that looks more like tai chi than qigong from 206 BC that combines flowing movements, agile steps, balance and intense breathwork to balance the five elements within the body. 3) BaMen - 2,300 year old tai chi routine that is designed to activate the flow of chi in the mindbody using complex, flowing movements. ​ This class requires commitment and at home practice. There is no video support for this traditional temple training. It is taught as it has been for thousands of years requiring the student to fully engage the mind to remember the forms. This is the most complex class I teach. It is my personal favorite and I find it more beneficial to my own health and well being than any of the other things I teach. I am certified to teach this class by martial arts Grand Master Jeff Cook. The day time class meets outdoors in Gleason Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays; there are also evening sessions that meet indoors in Melbourne (see schedule). Your $5-10 donation per class makes it possible for me to continue teaching these ancient bio-technologies that fortify modern day health. Looking forward to practicing with you soon.

BaMen Tai Chi/Qigong - Traditional Temple Training

W Lansing Gleason Park

This is traditional temple training. It is an honor to be able to share this very ancient style of tai chi that pre-dates most tai chi being taught in the US. The BaMen "I" class is for those new to this style. BaMen (8 Gates) is passed on through me by Grand Master Jeffery B. Cook who is a lineage holder. It is 2,300 years old and comes from the Wu Dan Temple of central China. This class is appropriate for anyone, but if you are athletically inclined and more accustomed to Western styles of exercise, this will probably be the class for you. It utilizes three primary exercises: 1) Dao Mo's 18 Muscle Tendon Changing Classic (Yi Jin Ching) - a qigong routine that dates to the 5th century Shaolin Temple which uses bi-lateral, isometric training, visualizations, and balance combined with intense breathing techniques for a full mindbody work out. 2) Five Beasts at Play (Wu Xian) - a complex qigong routine that looks more like tai chi than qigong from 206 BC that combines flowing movements, agile steps, balance and intense breathwork to balance the five elements within the body. 3) BaMen - 2,300 year old tai chi routine that is designed to activate the flow of chi in the mindbody using complex, flowing movements. ​ This class requires commitment and at home practice. There is no video support for this traditional temple training. It is taught as it has been for thousands of years requiring the student to fully engage the mind to remember the forms. This is the most complex class I teach. It is my personal favorite and I find it more beneficial to my own health and well being than any of the other things I teach. I am certified to teach this class by martial arts Grand Master Jeff Cook. The day time class meets outdoors in Gleason Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays; there are also evening sessions that meet indoors in Melbourne (see schedule). Your $5-10 donation per class makes it possible for me to continue teaching these ancient bio-technologies that fortify modern day health. Looking forward to practicing with you soon.

BaMen Tai Chi/Qigong - Traditional Temple Training

W Lansing Gleason Park

This is traditional temple training. It is an honor to be able to share this very ancient style of tai chi that pre-dates most tai chi being taught in the US. The BaMen "I" class is for those new to this style. BaMen (8 Gates) is passed on through me by Grand Master Jeffery B. Cook who is a lineage holder. It is 2,300 years old and comes from the Wu Dan Temple of central China. This class is appropriate for anyone, but if you are athletically inclined and more accustomed to Western styles of exercise, this will probably be the class for you. It utilizes three primary exercises: 1) Dao Mo's 18 Muscle Tendon Changing Classic (Yi Jin Ching) - a qigong routine that dates to the 5th century Shaolin Temple which uses bi-lateral, isometric training, visualizations, and balance combined with intense breathing techniques for a full mindbody work out. 2) Five Beasts at Play (Wu Xian) - a complex qigong routine that looks more like tai chi than qigong from 206 BC that combines flowing movements, agile steps, balance and intense breathwork to balance the five elements within the body. 3) BaMen - 2,300 year old tai chi routine that is designed to activate the flow of chi in the mindbody using complex, flowing movements. ​ This class requires commitment and at home practice. There is no video support for this traditional temple training. It is taught as it has been for thousands of years requiring the student to fully engage the mind to remember the forms. This is the most complex class I teach. It is my personal favorite and I find it more beneficial to my own health and well being than any of the other things I teach. I am certified to teach this class by martial arts Grand Master Jeff Cook. The day time class meets outdoors in Gleason Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays; there are also evening sessions that meet indoors in Melbourne (see schedule). Your $5-10 donation per class makes it possible for me to continue teaching these ancient bio-technologies that fortify modern day health. Looking forward to practicing with you soon.

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Tai Chi for Arthritis 2

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