Chi is a Chinese word that translates to “life force energy”. Life Force Energy is said to ride on the breath and flows through energy pathways in the body called meridians. These pathways can become sluggish or even blocked resulting in dis-ease of the body, mind, and spirit. The practices of Tai Chi and Qi Gong are slow, mindful movements designed to remove blockages and open up these energy pathways allowing this life force energy to flow freely. Like a river, when flowing freely, the water is fresh, and nourishing, when blocked, the water becomes stale, and stagnant. Tai Chi and Qi Gong also provide gentle stretching and range of motion to the muscles and joints of the physical body, and participants will quickly notice an improvement in their balance, and a lift in their mood.
The exercises, in this introductory course, are gentle, repetitive, and very easy to follow. Tai Chi is usually a series of movements, whereas Qi Gong is individual, repetitive movements. We will learn some of each discipline. The key to our practice is slow, mindful movement. Slowing down the body, slows down the mind. Mindfulness is a natural byproduct of this moving mediation. In this face paced world, the benefits of mindfulness are many, and more precious than gold (in my humble opinion!)
Cindy has been teaching Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Yoga for over five years now. She lives in Newark with her husband Ron. Cindy is a retired cardiac nurse and finds blending her Western Medical knowledge with the ancient Eastern practices to be the perfect fit in her life. She loves to introduce these ancient practices to beginners and watch the smiles come as her students experience first-hand the peace and serenity that just seem to happen naturally while one learns the movements. The practice is calm, but energizing. The classes are fun, and always sprinkled with lots of laughter and camaraderie!