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Qigong consists of simple, natural, slow body movement combined with deep breathing and focus to produce numerous health benefits, from lowering blood pressure to improving immune status to reducing stress and creating a tranquil outlook on life. This gentle practice is good for young and old, those "in shape" and those who are not. To maintain a peaceful, healthy, safe, and welcoming environment, we ask that you: * do not bring firearms into the practice space * avoid using strongly scented personal products before practice * turn off the ringer on your phone before we begin

Congregation Beth Israel

3901 Shoal Creek Boulevard · Austin, TX

$10.00

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Qigong is an ancient Chinese form of moving meditation, promoting ease of movement, balance, stamina, improvements in musculoskeletal and systemic health, and a peaceful sense of presence through gentle movements coordinated with breathing. Practice involves repetition of various movements while remaining in one place - activating, stretching, and finally creating a flow within the body. No equipment or special clothes are necessary; all levels, from no experience to years of practice, are welcome.

Tai chi springs from qigong, incorporating qigong and "walking" movements in a choreographed sequence. Tai Chi Easy is a 5-movement tai chi form designed to be a fun introduction to tai chi while adhering to all the principles of traditional tai chi practice.

Qigong class is Wednesdays at 11 a.m. at the Congregation Beth Israel chapel. The fee for the hour is $10.

On Sundays, we will meet for qigong and Tai Chi Easy practice at 9:00 am (summer) or 10:00 am (winter) at either Bull Creek Park (off Lakewood Drive, by the large rock near the bridge, on the east side of the creek) or at Third Coast Martial Arts (8127 Mesa Dr., Unit A-105, 78759) if there is inclement weather. There is no charge when we meet at Bull Creek, but a $5 or $10 donation is requested when we meet at Third Coast to defray the cost of renting the space. Please email me (diane@qiplayers.com) to be put on the email list for updates on the Sunday Meetups.

To maintain a peaceful, healthy, safe, and welcoming environment, please:

* do not bring firearms into the practice space

* avoid using strongly scented personal products

* turn off the ringer on your phone

I have been practicing Tai Chi and Qigong since 2001, and hold a 4th degree Black Sash in Tai Chi from GrandMaster Gohring’s School of Tai Chi in Austin, Texas. While I love to learn new forms, practice with weapons, and practice push hands (tai chi "sparring"), I enjoy teaching meditative qigong as well as simple, short tai chi forms as an easy introduction to tai chi. I am certified to teach Tai Chi Easy, Integral Tai Chi, and Qigong by the Institute for Integral Qigong and Tai Chi (IIQTC). My lifelong focus has been on helping others heal themselves. —Diane Graves

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