These are questions that I have been asked many times. The answer to both questions is "Not anymore".
When I first began teaching qigong in 2009 each practice group - every week - looked the same. While I was teaching qigong, as taught by Master Chunyi Lin of Spring Forest Qigong, I was also learning it. I was deepening my qigong experience and my understanding of it as I helped others to do the same.
In time I learned to listen with my heart. Things began to change and I no longer followed a standard routine syllabus of what a qigong practice should look like. We still did the movements taught by Master Lin but the order in which we did them would change or some days we would only do a select few. When I stopped planning what we would do in qigong practice that day, the energy of the practice group flowed more easily and was stronger. Many found that the healing benefits were amplified as they had new experiences.
Practice groups today
The majority of the qigong movements we do at a practice session are those taught by Master Lin but recently I have incorporated movements from Tiger and Dragon Qigong - seasonal movements from Deborah Davis - and ones taught by Gary and Daisy Garripoli.The qigong movements we do at a practice session are the ones I feel would be the most beneficial for the group that particular day.
Three practice groups
Beginning in January I will be facilitating three practice groups a week. Tuesdays in Baraboo- Thursdays in Mauston - and Fridays in Oxford. Each one will be a little different from the others. If you find yourself with post holiday blues or cabin fever, I suggest you come to qigong practice. Remember, practicing qigong helps us to heal on a physical, emotional and Spiritual level.
One thing is the same
There is one thing that remains the same no matter which practice group you attend.
Do you know what that is?
We begin by bouncing. Why is that?
Because when we bounce:
we loosen and warm our muscles
get our blood and energy flowing
begin breathing more fully
and it makes us smile.
I've read that bouncing is included in some weight loss exercise programs and that school teachers will have their students bounce to release pent up energy so the students can more easily focus on their studies. Bouncing is fun and fundamental!
And the answer is....
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