What we're about

Welcome! We are a group of taiji (tai chi) and qigong (chi kung) enthusiasts who gather together in beautiful outdoor settings in different towns in the SF peninsula area to practice the arts of taiji and qigong for health, and meditation.

The practice of qigong includes various different postures, movements, breath and energy awareness, self-massage, and meditation. One could say, qigong in its highest expression, is for mind, energy, and form, to become more fully aligned and integrated with the wholeness of Spirit.

Taijiquan is a form of martial qigong, which can be practiced solely for it's health and meditative benefits, and/or as an internal martial art. When practiced with consistency, these exercises help to relax and strengthen the body, the internal organs, and the immune system, improve balance and agility, build up the protective qi (energy) field, and bring quietude to the mind. This ultimately helps promote longevity and an increased quality of living, as well as a clearer attunement of vital essence, energy, and Spirit (Jing, Qi, Shen). No taiji, qigong, or meditation experience is necessary, all are welcome attend.

(Note: The number of people who sign up for classes in this meetup group is usually not reflective of the actual number of people attending, as most people who attend the classes are not in this meetup group. Classes usually average 5 - 20 people, and class size also varies a bit depending on the location offered)

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Silk Reeling Exercises & Chen Taiji 48 Form

Woodside Library Garden

What We Practice: Silk Reeling Exercises: Relaxed circular and spiraling movements from the Chen Taiji tradition. These exercises work to energetically lubricate and coordinate the root, waist, spine, and upper torso, and integrate all parts with the body's physical and energetic center, helping to promote harmonious energy flow through the different energy centers and meridians in the body. Chen 48 Form: "The Chen-Style 48 Taijiquan Form is derived from the Xin Jia Chen Taijiquan First Form (the 83-posture Yi Lu) compiled by Feng Zhiqiang, the 18th generation master of Chen-style Taijiquan. The 48 Form contains approximately 95% of the First Form combined with a few postures from the Second Form (the 71-posture Er Lu or "Cannon Fist"). This combination gives a more yin and yang balance to the form. Within this form are influences from Feng Zhiqiang's martial arts background prior to his study of Chen Taijiquan." - (From the Chen Family Taiji website) When: - Ongoing Classes Wednesdays: 10 - 11am Where: Woodside Library Garden 3140 Woodside Rd. Woodside, CA. 94062 (Class meets behind the library in the garden area) (Class will meet inside the library, on days that it is raining) Cost: Free

Qigong for Health and Meditation

Portola Valley Library

What We Practice: Qigong: We practice a variety of qigong exercises for health and meditation, including exercises from the Chen Taiji 'Silk Reeling Exercises', the Guang-Ping Yang Taiji 'Long Life Exercises', and Hunyuan Qigong (a Taoist based system of qigong). For more information on any of these exercises, please feel free to visit http://www.wakefulway.org. When: - Ongoing Classes Fridays: 10 - 11am Where: Portola Valley Library 765 Portola Rd. Portola Valley, CA. 94028 (Class meets in the redwood grove behind the library, near the soccer field) (Class will meet inside the library, on days that it is raining) Cost: Free

Silk Reeling Exercises & Laojia Yilu Form

Twin Pines Park

What We Practice: Silk Reeling Exercises: Relaxed circular and spiraling movements from the Chen Taiji tradition. These exercises work to energetically lubricate and coordinate the root, waist, spine, and upper torso, and integrate all parts with the body's physical and energetic center, helping to promote harmonious energy flow through the different energy centers and meridians in the body. Laojia Yilu Form: "This form (1st form of Chen Taiji) is used as a tool to help develop a practitioner's strength, balance, coordination, and understanding of basic Taiji principles. The strength of the form is based on the basic "Chan Si Jing" (spiral energy/force). Because of these characteristics, the first form is essential for beginners to learn. It is also beneficial for those who want to practice Taijiquan for health reasons." - (From the Chen Family Taiji website) When: - Ongoing Classes Sundays: 10:30 - 11:30 am (class will not meet if it is raining) Where: Twin Pines Park 1 Twin Pines Ln. Belmont, CA. 94002 (Class meets in the lower, grassy picnic area, across from the stage. On days that area is occupied we will meet further into the park, on side of the main path, just past the playground area) Cost: Donation-based ($10 recommended donation, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds)

Silk Reeling Exercises & Chen Taiji 48 Form

Woodside Library Garden

What We Practice: Silk Reeling Exercises: Relaxed circular and spiraling movements from the Chen Taiji tradition. These exercises work to energetically lubricate and coordinate the root, waist, spine, and upper torso, and integrate all parts with the body's physical and energetic center, helping to promote harmonious energy flow through the different energy centers and meridians in the body. Chen 48 Form: "The Chen-Style 48 Taijiquan Form is derived from the Xin Jia Chen Taijiquan First Form (the 83-posture Yi Lu) compiled by Feng Zhiqiang, the 18th generation master of Chen-style Taijiquan. The 48 Form contains approximately 95% of the First Form combined with a few postures from the Second Form (the 71-posture Er Lu or "Cannon Fist"). This combination gives a more yin and yang balance to the form. Within this form are influences from Feng Zhiqiang's martial arts background prior to his study of Chen Taijiquan." - (From the Chen Family Taiji website) When: - Ongoing Classes Wednesdays: 10 - 11am Where: Woodside Library Garden 3140 Woodside Rd. Woodside, CA. 94062 (Class meets behind the library in the garden area) (Class will meet inside the library, on days that it is raining) Cost: Free

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