Three Things Every Student Should Know About Kundalini, Tai Chi and Qigong
By Brynn Cunningham
First, I'll give you the standard Wikipedia definition of these movement-based, meditative, healing practices.
Kundalini Yoga derives its name from a focus on awakening kundalini energy through regular practice of meditation, pranayama, chanting mantra and yoga asana (postures). Called by practitioners "the yoga of awareness," it aims to cultivate the creative spiritual potential of a human to uphold values, speak truth and focus on the compassion and consciousness needed to serve and heal others.
Tai Chi is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits. The term refers to a philosophy of the forces of yin and yang, related to the moves. Though originally conceived as a martial art, it is also typically practiced for a variety of other personal reasons, including achieving greater longevity. It is purported that focusing the mind solely on the movements of the form helps to bring about a state of mental calm and clarity.
Qigong is a holistic system of coordinated body posture and movement, breathing and meditation used for health, spirituality and martial arts training. With roots in Chinese medicine, philosophy and martial arts, qigong is traditionally viewed as a practice to cultivate and balance qi (chi), translated as "life energy." According to Taoist, Buddhism and Confucian philosophy, qigong allows access to higher realms of awareness, awakens one's "true nature" and helps develop human potential.
Now, here are some things every student should know about these practices:
1. Your Teacher Matters. Most yoga instructors receive the same 200-hour training, but true, quality Kundalini Yoga instructors receive a separate Kundalini Yoga teacher certification. Furthermore, an authentic Kundalini instructor has a direct relationship with a guru or teacher who guides them on their path toward sharing such a sacred practice. Similar qualities of standard are true for Tai Chi and Qigong. So, do your research - ask your teachers about their practices and training, read their bios and seek out the best!
2. You Can Do It! These are gentle, progressive practices suitable for every single BODY - from the very physically active to the older body with physical restrictions, from the advanced power yogi or gym rat to the novice who detests exercise. Each one provides just enough challenge to create positive change, whether in the form of mind, body or soul. And that change, that transformation, is where the power of the practice lies.
3. Different Journey, Same Destination. In other words, the actions and movements of each practice - Kundalini Yoga, Tai Chi and Qigong - differ from one another in a big way, but the end result of each is similar. Each is a system toward complete health - mental, physical, emotional and spiritual. They all soothe the nervous system, work the energetic, subtle body and life force and balance the anatomical structure. All three provide a sense of calm, clarity and connectedness. They improve livelihood and quality of life, decrease stress, increase happiness, and give the practitioner a means toward wholeness and radiant health, from the inside out.
With that said, join us! We offer you the best instructors, those with decades of experience and dedicated to their art. We want to share these healing systems with all shapes, sizes, ages, levels and walks of life. And we want to provide you with a journey toward a fulfilling, blissful destination.
Tai Chi - 4:45-5:45 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 19 with John Jarboe/ $15
Kundalini Yoga Workshop: Grounding to the Earth Element - 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21 with Peggy Pavlik/ $35
Qigong - 6:30 p.m. Fridays with Alik Minikhanov/ $12/ regular class passes apply/ check for change in weekly schedule based on special events