White Crane Qigong
Focus: Chinese Medicine & Lung Health
YMAA Boston Special Classes

March-June 2020 | Tuesdays & Thursdays | 6:00-7:00PM EDT

  • Exercises for mental & physical health
  • White Crane Qigong emphasizes lung health
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine theory

White Crane Qigong is a set of traditional Chinese exercises based on the graceful movements of the White Crane designed to help improve the body's energy flow and promote mental/physical harmony. White Crane Qigong emphasizes lung health in particular. Concepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture will also be introduced in this class session.

Tai Chi with Tai Chi Ball
Focus: Tai Chi Ball for Building Immunity
YMAA Boston Special Classes

March-June 2020 | Tuesdays & Thursdays | 7:00-8:30PM EDT

  • Calm your mind & relax your body with Tai Chi as a moving meditation
  • Strengthen your torso, condition your muscles, and increase physical power
  • Improve your energy, balance, flexibility and breathing

Tai Chi is a sequence of postures connected by flowing movement, practiced with focused breathing and a calm mind—a type of moving meditation. Practicing Tai Chi can reduce stress, increase energy, balance, and flexibility, and ease symptoms of many health problems such as high blood pressure, asthma, back pain, and arthritis.

Tai Chi Ball is a Qigong training and a very important part of Tai Chi practice as it builds the roundness and softness of the body structure. This training can also strengthen the torso, condition the muscles, and increase physical power.

Four Seasons Qigong & Food as Medicine
YMAA Boston Special Class

Focus: Summer (Heart Health)

Summer Qigong Set—Heart Health:

1. Forward and Backward Swing Arms (Qián Hòu Shuǎi Bì) 前後甩臂
2. Left and Right Turn Windlass (Zuǒ Yòu Lu Lu) 左右轆轤
3. Feudal Lord Pulls the Bow (Bà Wáng Lā Gōng) 霸王拉弓
4. Immortal Pushes the Stone Tablet (Xiān Rén Tuī Bēi) 仙人推碑

5. Large Roc Arcs Its Wings (Dà Péng Gǒng Chì) 大鵬拱翅
6. Large Roc Spreads Its Wings (Dà Péng Zhǎn Chì) 大鵬展翅
7. Sway the Head and Swing the Tail (Yáo Tóu Bǎi Wěi) 搖頭擺尾
8. Baby Bird Receives the Food (Yòu Niǎo Shōu Shí) 幼鳥收食
9. Crane Shakes Its Wings (Bái Hè Dǒu Chì) 白鶴抖翅

This 8-week course will be half theory and half exercise focusing on the summer season Qigong exercises (heart health) as well as a discussion of eating properly to treat illnesses and prevent disease in the late summer & autumn.

Four Seasons Qigong is a well-known traditional medical Qigong practice in which one learns how to regulate the body from one season to the next to avoid common illnesses. This Qigong specializes in training the five internal Yin organs; heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, and spleen, which correspond to the four seasons of the year.

It is believed that when we get sick, it is often due to the body’s difficulty in adapting to the changes from one season to another. For example, when Fall arrives, it is easier to catch a cold, and when Summer comes, the heart can be too excited. By practicing Four Seasons Qigong, you are able to adjust your body’s Qi during the change of seasons so your health can be maintained.

Food as Medicine: Healing begins with an optimal diet and balanced overall nutrition. Chinese food therapy is a practice of healing that uses natural foods instead of medications to correct imbalances and disharmonies in the body’s Qi (vital energy). Eating properly according to the seasons can treat and prevent illnesses and disease.

Tai Chi Sequence—2nd Part
YMAA Boston Special Class

Focus: Body Structure

This 8-week course will examine the fundamental body structures of Tai Chi and the postures and movements of the 2nd part of the Yang style form.

  • Learn to calm your mind and relax your body with Tai Chi
  • Practice gentle breathing, stretching and strengthening movements
  • Improve your flexibility and balance as well as your mood and sleep
  • The Yang Style Tai Chi Sequence (Traditional Long Form—108 movements) is commonly practiced for relaxation and numerous health benefits
  • The Tai Chi Sequence—2nd Part will be covered in this 8-week course (#23-33 of 41 movements) and the focus will be on regulating the body structure
  • This course is open to all levels—especially for beginners—and it is not necessary to know the 1st Part of the Tai Chi Sequence to begin the 2nd Part

Tai Chi Sequence—2nd Part (#23-33 of 41 movements)

  • Transition Form to 2nd Part
  • 23. Wardoff, Rollback, Press, and Push Forward (Peng Lǚ Ji An)
  • 24. Single Whip
  • 25. Punch (Fist) Under the Elbow
  • 26. Step Back and Repulse the Monkey: Left
  • 27. Step Back and Repulse the Monkey: Right
  • 28. Step Back and Repulse the Monkey: Left
  • 29. Diagonal Flying
  • 30. Lift Hands to the Up Posture
  • 31. The Crane Spreads Its Wings
  • 32. Brush Knee and Step Forward: Left
  • 33. Pick Up the Needle from the Sea Bottom
  • Review & Conclusion
  • Next course: Tai Chi Sequence—2nd Part (Movements #33-43)

YMAA Boston Classes

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Special Classes in Qigong and Tai Chi hosted by YMAA Boston

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4 Seasons Medical Qigong
Focus: Summer Set—Heart Health & Food as Medicine
YMAA Boston
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July-August 2020 (8 weeks)
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Tai Chi Sequence—2nd Part Course
Focus: Movements #23-33
YMAA Boston
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July-August 2020 (8 weeks)
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Tai Chi with Tai Chi Ball Qigong
Focus: Vertical & Horizontal Circling Patterns
YMAA Boston | Special Classes

March-June 2020 (3.5 months)
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White Crane Soft Qigong
Focus: Chinese Medicine & Lung Health

YMAA Boston | Special Classes
March-June 2020 (3.5 months)
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