In the fourth of four videos, to slip into a deep and pleasant and wonderful repose, draw your Qi down to your feet.
Archive for August, 2010
Here I present the third (of four) videos on using Qigong methods to reduce, repel, repulse and remove insomnia.
This is the second of four videos, detailing a Qigong method for alleviating insomnia, that aggravating sucker of energy.
Schedule for Weekly Qigong Classes with Robert Bates
September 2010 to August 2011
Each class series will have as a foundation some practice and training in the Five Flows Set. For overviews and detailed descriptions of the Five Flows Set, please refer to the pages section to the right of this text.
Classes Are Held
- Mondays from noon to 1:00
- Mondays from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
- Fridays from noon to 1:00
Prices come out to about $80 per 8-week series.
Come to one, two or three classes a week for the same price!
The Eight Brocades
Monday, September 6th to Friday, October 29
These famous and widespread Qigong exercises are about 800 years old. They are used for gently training the intrinsic health of the muscles, joints, connective tissues, digestion, the spine, and more. The Eight Brocades engage the physical body wholly, bringing flowing, resilient, flexible, strength.
Preventing Colds and Flu
(Six Healing Sounds and Hun Yuan Qigong)
Monday, November 01 to Friday, December 17 (no class Friday, Nov 26)
The Six Healing sounds clear the organs and tissues of stagnant Qi, open blocked Qi channels and reinvigorate sluggish lymph. Passageways are opened so fresh energy can then enter, circulate and be refined. Hun Yuan Qigong consists of slow, gentle movements that move the Qi. This set is a marvelous way to stave off getting sick Whenever I start to feel rundown—maybe on the verge of getting sick—I practice the slow motion Hun Yuan set for about 30-40 minutes. By the end of the practice I can feel a pulsing, whole-body empowerment. I get a strong sense that the healing forces in my body have been renewed and reinvigorated.
Taoist Yoga and Healthy Breathing
Monday January 03 to Friday, February 25
Taoist Yoga is a term often used to describe the many and varied stretching practices found in the vast cornucopia known as Qigong. Taoist Yoga—rather than being long-held postures—is always in motion. Stretches are expressed, then released after a breath or two. It is Qigong stretching. Taoist Yoga puts emphasis on growing flexible strength in the joints, ligaments, tendons and fascia than the more muscle-focused Indian Yoga. Breathing Practices are some of the most powerful and all-effecting healing exercises you can do. Our focus will be on building the all important belly breath, then working up to full-vase breathing.
Healthy Joint Qigong
Monday, February 28 to Friday April 22
In Healthy Joint Qigong you will learn:
- Joint Rotation exercises for clearing the joints and increasing range of motion
- Joint Expansion practices for increasing the space between bones
- Joint Pulsing practices for building Qi in your joints
- Joint Strengthening exercises to add more resilience to your joints
- Joint Massage techniques for bringing blood, Qi, and lymph through joints
- Bone Breathing meditations for clearing the joints and charging them up
(Taoist Five Yin, Taoist Five Yang, and Johnsonian Purging)
Monday, May 02 to Friday, June 24
These movements are great for improving the health and strength of your internal organs, especially the essential five that Chinese Medicine focuses on. Simple Taiji will also strengthen your whole body, lower your blood pressure (if needed), improve the health of your spine, replenish your energy resources, improve your breathing, aid your digestion and elimination, and release tension.
Qigong in the Gardens
Monday nights only: July 04, 11, 18, 25
Free classes offered to the greater Whatcom community. This will be the eighth annual series. These Qigong classes are introductory. For those who haven’t done any Qigong before, it is a chance to experience a little of its joyful, internal healing power. For everybody it is an opportunity to practice, refine your skills and to share a healing experience with others in a beautiful garden setting amidst nature.
No scheduled Qigong classes
Here is the first of four videos, detailing a Qigong method for alleviating insomnia, that thief in the night.