Qi Gong and Yoga
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At Octagon, we recognize that moving your body is a crucial aspect of promoting and maintaining your health. To this end, we offer Qi Gong, Yoga, and Tai Ji classes at our North Oakland location.
Qi Gong perhaps the oldest and most widely practiced health method in the world. Of course, the fact that it comes from China, with the longest continual history and largest population, helps with the statistics!
Qi Gong is a broad term, describing any number of exercises that connect mind and body, usually with the use of breath. Generally these exercises are done relatively slowly and smoothly, so that the practitioner can really connect with the sensations of the body while doing the movements
Some Qi Gong sets are very simple, with four to ten movements done about a dozen times each. Other sets are more involved, almost like a Tai Chi long form, with little repetition. All sets aim to cultivate the vitality of the body by directly working with the Qi (energy, life-force) in the channels of the body. The beautiful thing about a well-designed qi gong set is that even if you don’t at first feel anything magical happen in the energetic channels of the body, continued practice will automatically open up these channels and increase your energy! This is because “a moving hinge never rusts, and flowing water never sours.” Just moving all the joints and lengthening the tendons of the body releases the major areas of stagnation in the body, allowing greater free flow.
At our North Oakland location we offer drop-in classes in the mornings. We also have regular evening courses, where the material is presented systematically over several weeks.
Wednesday 9-10 AM: Tibetan Yoga with Susi
Friday 9-10 AM: Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan and Qi Gong with Joseph
All classes $10-$15. Please pay the instructor directly when you sign in.
Tibetan Yoga is a term used to describe the various Yoga traditions coming from the Indo-Tibetan region. Compared with common Indian Hatha Yoga, the Tibetan versions place a greater emphasis on warming up the joints before moving into the asanas, and develop to a greater degree the use of the breathing within the practices.
Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan This art is a set of no-impact, graceful, slow-motion movements. The health benefits of Tai Chi are increasingly recognized by both modern and traditional medical practitioners, developing balance, relieving chronic joint and back pain, settling the mind, and relieving stress. In this class we learn a genuine Long Form, which can serve as a foundation for health for the rest of your life!