Tag Archives: Qigong

Drunken Tai Chi

Yesterday in my tai chi class our teacher was telling a story about her teacher who liked to drink wine and was quite the connoisseur. She said he loved to meticulously pore over a wine encyclopedia when he was not … Continue reading

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100 days to reach enlightenment!

  Today in Tai Chi class our teacher taught us “Swimming Dragon.” “You do this nine times a day for 100 days in a row and you will reach enlightenment,” she said. “If you do this exercise for nine times … Continue reading

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“Ten thousand times and much more slowly”

“Ten thousand times and much more slowly.” These are the words of my qigong and T’ai chi teacher. It is often the intent of exercise in our culture to work quickly, working up a sweat, getting the heart rate to speed … Continue reading

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The hardest qigong and t’ai chi posture

There’s a woman in my qigong and t’ai chi class who usually drives me crazy. Every time she comes into the class she goes straight to the temperature control to make sure the room is warm enough for her which is way … Continue reading

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Dragon Flies throughout the Heavens

It happened right during Dragon Flies Throughout the Heavens, right at the end of the form and just before relaxation. My eyes were tearing. I guess I was crying. It was like an obstruction or a locked gate or a solid … Continue reading

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White Crane

Today in Qigong class, our teacher explained the eighth treasure of the form, the white crane series. This series of exercises, she said, stimulated the kidneys which is the center for health and longevity and for which the white crane … Continue reading

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Melting at Qigong

Out of the window today at Qigong, the ice was melting. Rapidly. The long frozen needles representing the past months of bitter winter were succumbing to the brilliant sunshine. Inside too, my muscles were softening and thawing to the loosened … Continue reading

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Qigong is not for everyone

Last week in Qigong a new person showed up to participate in class. She was young, talkative, and shared a lot about her previous yoga experience before our qigong teacher came into the room. Once class began, this young woman … Continue reading

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Jade Plate – ready for take-off

Since the beginning of September, my qigong teacher has selected a different exercise out of the form to focus on at the beginning of each class. In this way we can refine the movement and discuss its benefits without breaking … Continue reading

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Flexibility and reach

In my Qigong class today there were several people I know from my work and community– a grandmother of a former student, the mother of a present student, and an acquaintance from my synagogue. Usually I like to be totally … Continue reading

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