Qigong Stretching has open enrollment anytime and includes gentle, easy-to-follow stretching movements that reduce stress, increase range-of-motion and improve health.
Qigong (pr. ‘chee-gong’) has been practiced for thousands of years in China as a means of healing the body and revitalizing the spirit. Qigong is a moving meditation that serves as the perfect stress-management tool and mind-refreshing tonic after long hours of work. In addition to deep breathing and graceful movements, qigong uses concentrated imagery to guide qi throughout the body. In this way, qigong “washes” the body with the mind using intrinsic energy-flow to restore organ function and strengthen the mind-body connection. Qigong movements originated from dao-yin stretching, or “Taoist yoga.” They differ in that qi-gong’s soft movements focus on gathering qi to rejuvenate the body, whereas dao-yin aims to improve flexibility and release energy blockages by stretching the muscles, tendons and ligaments. Together, dao-yin warms-up the body for more efficient cultivation in qigong; and qigong gathers energy for more effective qi-flow during tai chi practice.
Beginners can immediately enjoy the benefits of qigong breathing and dao-yin stretching, while learning the fundamentals of tai chi movement. Dao-yin and qigong movements are easy to follow, but with profound results. In addition to self-relaxation, these classes serve to increase strength and flexibility, support the spine and restore the body in preparation for more difficult tai chi forms. Kaikudo makes qigong fun and relaxing while enabling students to practice at home and build a strong foundation. Beginners can attend any of the “All Levels” classes held weekly.