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We all want to have less stress, more resilience, better vitality. We need more alternatives on the path to promoting our own individual health and the wellness of our community. Learning Tai Chi can give you practice that you can start at any age and continue to cultivate throughout life! The intention of this group is to give you a place to start, try things out and see if this is a practice for you to continue. The current plan has two parts: First, offer regular sessions that are open to total beginners throughout the summer in our beautiful parks. This will be a fun introduction and a way to start to build a practice. The other part is to invite teachers from some of the many established institutions to demonstrate. They will introduce us to what Rochester has to offer for those who want to deepen and broaden their practice. These type of practices are too beneficial not to share! There is already a free session on Wednesday's that has been running since April. Are you ready to try it out?

Is there anything I need to sign? I know some clubs have liability forms and such.
Tai Chi is generally considered a safe and effective gentle activity and can be modified so people in virtually any condition can participate. However .....
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Upcoming events (4+)

Memorial Day Session - 9:30-10 Sleep late!

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Note - New Zoom link is visible for those who RSVP. The new passcode is "metta"

These morning sessions are popular, fun and free! We have been running these for several months now and have a pattern for the week. Feel free to drop in on any session.

Metta Mondays - Metta is a kindness intention practice and we combine it with movements in a way that gets you ready to take on Mondays.

Tai Chi Tuesdays - We review and use Tai Chi movements to start the day. This practice promotes flow and coordination.

Wu Xin Xi Wednesdays - these are the popular and fun animal frolics movements. It is a surprisingly complete set for loosening, stretching, balance and flow exercises that mimic the movements of animals.

Throwback Thursdays - We review some of the standard sets that we started earlier in the year. Easy to follow along and learn some well known practices.

FreeForm Friday - The instructor picks pieces as needed from the different practices.

You can find a breakdown and instructions for all the forms we practice here

https://datastudio.google.com/u/0/reporting/06334ad4-2d8f-41f8-a897-d4287f1c2279/page/fGbZB

Over the past several weeks we have learned several Qigong routines. Over the next few weeks we will be taking these apart and creating our own group routine, based on these and other practices that we find.

Here are the main forms we have been working with...
Wu Xin Xi - (5 Animal Frolics)
Ba Duan Jin - (8 Piece Brocade)
9 Phases of Qi
Tai Chi Ball basic exercises
Yi Jing Jing - (Muscle/Tendon Changing Classic)
Tai Chi forms used as Qigong

Please RSVP so we have a good count and can notify you in case of schedule or Zoom room changes. New Zoom link and password will be provided for those who RSVP.

8:25 - 8:30 Participants join in the Zoom session.
8:35 -9:00 AM - Guided session
9:00 - 9:10 Optional - Feedback and chat for those sticking around.

Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is Qigong?
A. Qigong (Pronounced 'CheeGong' or 'CheeKung') roughly translates to energy cultivation. It usually refers to exercises that come from the Chinese traditions for health maintenance and vitality.

Q. What do I need for Qigong? What shape do I need to be in?
A. As with any physical activity, if you have any medical concerns you should get clearance from your own doctor. Qigong, as we practice it, is about as strenuous as going for a walk. You can also modify the activities to your own comfort level or restrictions and still get a lot of benefits.
Qigong has few requirements. In our sessions, you will probably want enough room to take 3 or 4 steps forward and a couple of steps of space on either side.

Q. What is the difference between Tai Chi and Qigong?
A. Qigong refers to a very broad range of practices and Tai Chi is usually associated with specific forms rising from martial arts traditions.

Many think of Tai Chi as a specialized branch of Qigong. They are often taught together, with Qigong often used as a warm-up for a Tai Chi session. While there is a large overlap in the benefits to the practitioner, Tai Chi is generally more demanding mentally because the movements are combined into longer forms.

Q. What's the difference between Qigong and Yoga?
A. They are actually quite similar in goals and benefits to the practitioner but come from different cultures. In practical terms, Qigong is done sitting or standing, and Yoga is done standing and on the ground on a mat.

Q. What is the 'Woo' level of Qigong?
A. This depends on the intent of the practitioner. If one is interested they can dive pretty deep into these. Or you can simply use these as exercises without any thought.

In our sessions, I go very light on the Qigong theory. It is, however, very helpful to use the imagination along with the movement to get some benefit of the mind/body practice, so you will often hear visualization suggestions.

Q. What is better: Yoga, Tai Chi or Qigong?
A. The one you actually do and enjoy.

Morning Tai Chi Qigong Zoom Session 8:30am - 9:00am

Link visible for attendees

Note - New Zoom link is visible for those who RSVP. The new passcode is "metta"

These morning sessions are popular, fun and free! We have been running these for several months now and have a pattern for the week. Feel free to drop in on any session.

Metta Mondays - Metta is a kindness intention practice and we combine it with movements in a way that gets you ready to take on Mondays.

Tai Chi Tuesdays - We review and use Tai Chi movements to start the day. This practice promotes flow and coordination.

Wu Xin Xi Wednesdays - these are the popular and fun animal frolics movements. It is a surprisingly complete set for loosening, stretching, balance and flow exercises that mimic the movements of animals.

Throwback Thursdays - We review some of the standard sets that we started earlier in the year. Easy to follow along and learn some well known practices.

FreeForm Friday - The instructor picks pieces as needed from the different practices.

You can find a breakdown and instructions for all the forms we practice here

https://datastudio.google.com/u/0/reporting/06334ad4-2d8f-41f8-a897-d4287f1c2279/page/fGbZB

Over the past several weeks we have learned several Qigong routines. Over the next few weeks we will be taking these apart and creating our own group routine, based on these and other practices that we find.

Here are the main forms we have been working with...
Wu Xin Xi - (5 Animal Frolics)
Ba Duan Jin - (8 Piece Brocade)
9 Phases of Qi
Tai Chi Ball basic exercises
Yi Jing Jing - (Muscle/Tendon Changing Classic)
Tai Chi forms used as Qigong

Please RSVP so we have a good count and can notify you in case of schedule or Zoom room changes. New Zoom link and password will be provided for those who RSVP.

8:25 - 8:30 Participants join in the Zoom session.
8:35 -9:00 AM - Guided session
9:00 - 9:10 Optional - Feedback and chat for those sticking around.

Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is Qigong?
A. Qigong (Pronounced 'CheeGong' or 'CheeKung') roughly translates to energy cultivation. It usually refers to exercises that come from the Chinese traditions for health maintenance and vitality.

Q. What do I need for Qigong? What shape do I need to be in?
A. As with any physical activity, if you have any medical concerns you should get clearance from your own doctor. Qigong, as we practice it, is about as strenuous as going for a walk. You can also modify the activities to your own comfort level or restrictions and still get a lot of benefits.
Qigong has few requirements. In our sessions, you will probably want enough room to take 3 or 4 steps forward and a couple of steps of space on either side.

Q. What is the difference between Tai Chi and Qigong?
A. Qigong refers to a very broad range of practices and Tai Chi is usually associated with specific forms rising from martial arts traditions.

Many think of Tai Chi as a specialized branch of Qigong. They are often taught together, with Qigong often used as a warm-up for a Tai Chi session. While there is a large overlap in the benefits to the practitioner, Tai Chi is generally more demanding mentally because the movements are combined into longer forms.

Q. What's the difference between Qigong and Yoga?
A. They are actually quite similar in goals and benefits to the practitioner but come from different cultures. In practical terms, Qigong is done sitting or standing, and Yoga is done standing and on the ground on a mat.

Q. What is the 'Woo' level of Qigong?
A. This depends on the intent of the practitioner. If one is interested they can dive pretty deep into these. Or you can simply use these as exercises without any thought.

In our sessions, I go very light on the Qigong theory. It is, however, very helpful to use the imagination along with the movement to get some benefit of the mind/body practice, so you will often hear visualization suggestions.

Q. What is better: Yoga, Tai Chi or Qigong?
A. The one you actually do and enjoy.

Morning Tai Chi Qigong Zoom Session 8:30am - 9:00am

Link visible for attendees

Note - New Zoom link is visible for those who RSVP. The new passcode is "metta"

These morning sessions are popular, fun and free! We have been running these for several months now and have a pattern for the week. Feel free to drop in on any session.

Metta Mondays - Metta is a kindness intention practice and we combine it with movements in a way that gets you ready to take on Mondays.

Tai Chi Tuesdays - We review and use Tai Chi movements to start the day. This practice promotes flow and coordination.

Wu Xin Xi Wednesdays - these are the popular and fun animal frolics movements. It is a surprisingly complete set for loosening, stretching, balance and flow exercises that mimic the movements of animals.

Throwback Thursdays - We review some of the standard sets that we started earlier in the year. Easy to follow along and learn some well known practices.

FreeForm Friday - The instructor picks pieces as needed from the different practices.

You can find a breakdown and instructions for all the forms we practice here

https://datastudio.google.com/u/0/reporting/06334ad4-2d8f-41f8-a897-d4287f1c2279/page/fGbZB

Over the past several weeks we have learned several Qigong routines. Over the next few weeks we will be taking these apart and creating our own group routine, based on these and other practices that we find.

Here are the main forms we have been working with...
Wu Xin Xi - (5 Animal Frolics)
Ba Duan Jin - (8 Piece Brocade)
9 Phases of Qi
Tai Chi Ball basic exercises
Yi Jing Jing - (Muscle/Tendon Changing Classic)
Tai Chi forms used as Qigong

Please RSVP so we have a good count and can notify you in case of schedule or Zoom room changes. New Zoom link and password will be provided for those who RSVP.

8:25 - 8:30 Participants join in the Zoom session.
8:35 -9:00 AM - Guided session
9:00 - 9:10 Optional - Feedback and chat for those sticking around.

Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is Qigong?
A. Qigong (Pronounced 'CheeGong' or 'CheeKung') roughly translates to energy cultivation. It usually refers to exercises that come from the Chinese traditions for health maintenance and vitality.

Q. What do I need for Qigong? What shape do I need to be in?
A. As with any physical activity, if you have any medical concerns you should get clearance from your own doctor. Qigong, as we practice it, is about as strenuous as going for a walk. You can also modify the activities to your own comfort level or restrictions and still get a lot of benefits.
Qigong has few requirements. In our sessions, you will probably want enough room to take 3 or 4 steps forward and a couple of steps of space on either side.

Q. What is the difference between Tai Chi and Qigong?
A. Qigong refers to a very broad range of practices and Tai Chi is usually associated with specific forms rising from martial arts traditions.

Many think of Tai Chi as a specialized branch of Qigong. They are often taught together, with Qigong often used as a warm-up for a Tai Chi session. While there is a large overlap in the benefits to the practitioner, Tai Chi is generally more demanding mentally because the movements are combined into longer forms.

Q. What's the difference between Qigong and Yoga?
A. They are actually quite similar in goals and benefits to the practitioner but come from different cultures. In practical terms, Qigong is done sitting or standing, and Yoga is done standing and on the ground on a mat.

Q. What is the 'Woo' level of Qigong?
A. This depends on the intent of the practitioner. If one is interested they can dive pretty deep into these. Or you can simply use these as exercises without any thought.

In our sessions, I go very light on the Qigong theory. It is, however, very helpful to use the imagination along with the movement to get some benefit of the mind/body practice, so you will often hear visualization suggestions.

Q. What is better: Yoga, Tai Chi or Qigong?
A. The one you actually do and enjoy.

Learn Tai Chi - Highland Park Overlook

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Hooray! We are practicing outside for the summer season again!
Please see the map and directions on how to find the group. You will want to park near the reservoir and walk up the sidewalk to the top of the hill to the overlook area.

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