Class Descriptions

All Classes are held at the Healing Arts Studio in Chestnut Hill unless noted.

 

Tai Chi Class Descriptions

24 Movement Simplified Form

This is a Beginners form of Tai Chi that was developed in China to promote Tai Chi to the masses. It is a condensed version of the 108 Movement Yang Style Long Form. The Simplified Form takes about 6 minutes to complete whereas the Long form takes about 20-25 minutes. This an excellent introduction to Tai Chi and great lead-in to the 108 Movement Long Form You will also learn the Martial Applications, basic QiGong warm up/warm down exercises, Taoist Meditation and Self-Massage. Loose, comfortable clothing is worn and flat shoes are recommended. Classes are 60 or 75 minutes.

108 Movement Yang Style Long Form

This is the most common form of Tai Chi in the West. Due to the length of the form (20-25 minutes) the class is broken down into 3 sections (3 separate class series). You must complete each section before moving on to the next. Once you have completed all 3 sections you may join the on-going advanced classs. You will also learn the Martial Applications, basic QiGong warm up/warm down exercises, Taoist Meditation and Self-Massage.Loose, comfortable clothing is worn and flat shoes are recommended. Classes are 60 or 75 minutes.

Golden Tai Chi For Seniors

This is a very basic form of Tai Chi that is designed especially for Senior Citizens. There are 5 warm up exercises called The Five Gold Coins and 10 Basic Tai Chi movements. The biggest difference between Golden Tai Chi for Seniors and regular Tai Chi is that the movements in Golden Tai Chi are done individually rather than connected like a choreographed dance. Often Seniors get overwhelmed beginning a regular Tai Chi class and will drop out. Golden Tai Chi is an excellent way to gently introduce Seniors to the basic fundamentals of Tai Chi. Loose, comfortable clothing is worn and flat shoes are recommended. Classes are 30-45minutes.

Tai Chi At Work

This is an introduction to Tai Chi movements and principles that can be done at work (small spaces) to help reduce stress and increase energy during the work day. It is a one-time, hour long class offered at the workplace. There will also be a brief, guided meditation and self-massage at the end of the class.

Tai Chi For Bodyworkers

This is a workshop for Massage Therapists and other Bodyworkers to learn body mechanics based on Tai Chi movements and principles. Learn how to optimize your flow of Chi (vital energy) and feel energized! You will also learn Self-Care Techniques including Breathing, Self-Massage (Do In), Energetic Protection and Meditation. Loose, comfortable clothing is worn and flat shoes are recommended. The workshop is 4 hours.

Basic Push Hands Tai Chi

This is the two-person form of Tai Chi. Push Hands takes your Tai Chi practice to the next level. You get to apply the solo movements and principles of Tai Chi with another person. It is an excellent way to cultivate your energy. It is also a great metaphor for relationship with others. Learning to "listen" to and yield to others. We highly recommend Push Hands for couples. You will also learn the Martial Applications, basic QiGong warm up/warm down exercises, Taoist Meditation and Self-Massage. Loose, comfortable clothing is worn and flat shoes are recommended. Classes are 60 minutes.

Taoist Meditation

This is based on the ancient Taoist Philosophy which is a way of life that the Chinese have practiced for thousands of years. The class is part guided meditation and part quiet meditation. The focus is on grounding your body, breathing techniques and quieting your mind. Loose, comfortable clothing is recommended. Feel free to bring your own mat or cushion. On-going classes are 30, 45 or 60 minutes and drop-ins are welcome.

QiGong Class Descriptions

Six Goose QiGong

A system of low impact exercises that specifically target to enhance the following energy meridians:

  1. Overall Body
  2. Lung
  3. Heart
  4. Kidney
  5. Liver
  6. Spleen
  7. Triple Heater (San Jiao)-regulates the flow of water and blood in the body.

The Standing Eight Pieces of Brocade (Ba Duan Jin)

An ancient system of 8 low impact exercises targeting various areas of the body and energy meridians:

  1. Two Hands Hold Up Heaven-Triple Heater (San Jiao)
  2. Drawing The Bow- Waist, Kidney and Spleen
  3. Separate Heaven & Earth-Stimulates Stomach
  4. Looking Back-Stretches Neck
  5. Sway The Head And Wag The Tail- Heart and Lungs
  6. Gliding Hands Down Back Of Legs- Waist and Kidney
  7. Punch Fists With Glaring Eyes- General Vitality And Muscle Strength
  8. Bouncing On The Heels- Stimulates hormones And Disperse Energy

Muscle & Tendon Strengthening Change Classic (Yi Yin Jing)

An ancient system of 12 low impact exercises used to strengthen muscles and tendons throughout the body.

The Five Animal Frolics QiGong

An ancient system of 10 low impact exercises (2 for each animal) that mimic 5 different animals with each exercise targeting various parts of the body and energy meridians.

  1. Tiger-Lungs
  2. Deer-Liver
  3. Bear-Kidney
  4. Monkey-Stomach
  5. Crane-Heart

QiGong For Seniors

A combination of 4 different QiGong systems of exercise that are geared specifically to aging adults. All movements are modified for ease of all participants.

QiGong Meditation

A guided meditation used to quiet the mind, relax the body and enhance the energy meridian system.

Yoga Class Descriptions

Hatha Yoga Fundamentals:

This Hatha Yoga class is designed for individuals who have never experienced yoga or need a refresher of breath work, basic meditation, and the specifics of every pose. During this series we will do an entire fundamentals series in every class at a beginner pace with a few poses or principles of yoga highlighted and detailed each class. This is an ongoing class so you can join at any time. Class is 60 minutes.

Beginner-Intermediate:

This is an ongoing Hatha Yoga class you can come to at any time that focuses on the next level of developing a consistent yoga practice. We will flow more with our basic level poses while adding new poses, introduce therapeutic breath work, increase our knowledge of yoga philosophy and practice meditation techniques. As we increase the pace and difficulty of our poses we learn about the upper limits of our body, emotions, mind, and spirit-and also learn how to move to the next level of health and wellness. You will be supported and encouraged to stretch to reach the next level of your practice. Intermediate level work will be introduced weekly. Class is 75 or 90 minutes (check schedule).

Chair Yoga:

A perfect class if you can't get on the floor and a gentle workout too! We will use a chair and standing with a chair support to move through yoga postures modified for sitting and standing. The entire series can be done while in the chair for those unable to stand or bear weight. We incorporate breath work with flow of poses to provide an overall gentle body workout. Perfect for all beginners, individuals at work in corporate settings for stress relief and health support, seniors and anyone with health and wellness issues that limit physical activity. Class is 60 minutes.

Open Up Yoga:

This is our "before asanas" (yoga postures) 6 week yoga class designed for individuals who need to get in the flow of breath and opening up joints and the body to prepare for postures. Gently opening up your joints releases old toxic energy, increases range of motion and helps to bring in new energy for healing, vitality, and life! A perfect class for someone who has never tried yoga, desires more energy, focus and free movement in their body, has limited range of motion, or anyone with illness of a body system that makes traditional yoga especially challenging. This class can be done on the floor or in a chair. We will flow with meditation, breath and a joint freeing series to prepare the body for our next level-Yoga Fundamentals. Class is 60 minutes offered weekly with home practice encouraged between sessions.