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Dao Yin Yoga

Dao Yin- Movement Therapy for the Soul!
THIS CLASS STARTS JANUARY 2017!
Dao Yin Yoga classes at Spa Balanz -2020 east 3300 south.  9-10am.
Offered every Monday & Wednesday. No experience necessary.  1st class FREE!
This is a donation based class. $5-$25/class recommended.
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What is Dao Yin?  It literally means 'guiding & pulling' as in guiding & pulling or leading the ch'i (life energy).  It is a series of exercises (mainly in lying & sitting positions, but also standing) practiced to cultivate Ch'i- the internal energy of the body. The main goal is to create balance between internal & external energies and to revitalize the body, mind & spirit, developing strength and flexibility in muscles and tendons. - description adapted from Wikipedia. 
Please join us & experience Healthy Serenity. Boundless Energy &
Extraordinary Health & Vitality!
Big Ch'i to You All.
Scott
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Qigong- Mindfulness in Motion

NEW CLASS:
  • What:  Mindfulness in Motion thru Simplified Tai Chi, Qigong. & Therapeutic exercise at Tracy Aviary for all ages & levels. 
    Where: Tracy Aviary in Liberty Park – come practice Mindful Exercise in a secure garden oasis.
    When: Every Monday from 8:30-9:30am starting Monday, January 9, 2017-- doors will open at 8:15am. This is an 8 week class.
    Price: Classes are $40 for members & $45 for non-members for 8 classes. Memberships start at $24.95.
    Please RESERVE YOUR SPOT BY YOUR RSVP ON MEETUP or email Scott at taichiutah@gmail or call/text 801-556-5964
    Hope to see you there!
FORMULA FOR CHI FLOW:
Practice  Intention = Inner Harmony = Chi Flow = Health & Longevity 
Qigong WILL BE EVEN BIGGER than yoga- click below to read the article!
Qigong article

1. What is Qigong?
  By Sifu Anthony Korahais of Flowing Zen
If I had to describe qigong in 23 words, I would say:
Qigong (pronounced “chee gung”) is an ancient Chinese mind-body practice that restores wellness, builds mental and emotional strength, reduces stress, and increases vitality.
 If I had another 40 words, I’d add the following:
Qigong, sometimes called the grandmother of tai chi, is one of the four major branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Because Qigong incorporates a variety of gentle breathing methods, flowing movements, and mindfulness meditation, it can be practiced by absolutely anyone, regardless of their age, health, religion, or fitness level. 
For most people, these descriptions are enough. But if you want to know more, read on!

2. What Does the Word Mean?

Qi means “vital energy”, and gong means “cultivation”.  The Chinese characters are as follows:

氣    功
qì gōng


In essence, it means “vital-energy cultivation”. To make it more poetic, we might translate Qigong to “the art of vital-energy cultivation”.

3. What is Qi?

You’ll find all sorts of definitions out there.
Me, I like things simple.
Qi is energy.
Whether it is the energy that moves food through your digestive system, or the energy that mobilizes your immune system, or the energy that powers your cells — all of that is qi to me.

4. How Do You Spell It?

The transliteration of the Chinese word 氣功 varies. The main variants that you’ll see are:
  • qigong
  • qi gong 
  • chi gong 
  • chi gung
  • chi kung 
Of these variants, the 1st one (qigong) is now considered the official transliteration.

5. Why So Many Different Spellings?

Remember that there is no alphabet in Chinese.The Chinese use logograms (or characters).
Also remember that there is a difference between translation and transliteration.
For example, the translation of 氣功 is “life-energy cultivation”.
The transliteration of 氣功 is “qigong”.
When we transliterate a Chinese word into English, we must use our alphabet to approximate their characters and syllables.
Anyone who can only think of one way to spell a word obviously lacks imagination. – Mark Twain. 
So we must choose a way to spell it. Before an official system was adopted, people chose differently.
And some still choose differently.

6. What’s With That Confusing “Q”?

Short answer: The “Q” was chosen to represent an aspirated “ch” sound that doesn’t exist in English.
The modern transliteration system, called Pinyin, aims to be 100% phonetic. And it gets pretty damn close — closer than any previous system.
The problem is that there are several “ch” sounds in Chinese —  more than we have in English.
The officials who created the Pinyin system probably chose “Q” because they ran out of ways to spell the various “ch” sounds.
It’s confusing. I know. We see the Q as a “k” sound. That’s why many people pronounce “qigong” as “key gong” instead of “chee gong”.
They’re wrong, but you can hardly blame them.

7. How Does Tai Chi Fit In?

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In a nutshell, tai chi is a martial art, and qigong is an umbrella term for any form of qi cultivation.
There’s a lot of overlap though, especially in the 21st century.
For example, tai chi is often practiced in a non-martial way, making it similar to qigong. And qigong is typically incorporated into tai chi.
Qigong is the art of energy cultivation. Since energy is useful for martial arts, many martial arts other than tai chi have adopted qigong.

8. How Old Is Qigong?

Qigong history dates back at least 3000 years.
The early era of qigong history began in roughly 1100 B.C.
Tai chi came much later. There are endless debates about the origins of tai chi, but the 2 main arguments either put the origins in 12th century or the 17th century A.D.
Either way, qigong is older than tai chi by a few thousands years.

9. Is it Like the Force?

Actually, George Lucas loosely based his concept of the Force off ancient kung fu legends. So the connection is not coincidental.
Just about every superpower you see in Star Wars can be found in the old kung fu novels.
Whether these powers are real or fantasy is another subject.
The superpowers that I’ve developed — health, vitality, mental clarity, resilience, fortitude, happiness — are enough for me.

10. Is it Religious?

Short answer: no.
In the early days of qigong (1100 B.C. to 206 B.C.), the art had zero religious flavor to it.
Later, some of the techniques were picked up by Buddhist and Taoist schools to be used for spiritual cultivation.
The qigong that I teach is 100% non-religious. The same is true for may of the qigong teachers you’ll find in the West.
I have taught Catholic priests, Protestant ministers, Muslim Imams, Zen and Taoist priests, and Jewish Rabbis.
I doubt these people would have learned from me if I was teaching religion.
Don’t get me wrong. What I teach can absolutely be spiritual. Meditation and mindfulness are spiritual because they allow us to look more deeply at ourselves and the world around us.
Some schools of qigong will have more of a religious tinge to them. If this makes you uncomfortable, then you should clarify this with the teacher before joining.

11. Is Qigong Hard?

No. Anyone can do it.
And that, my friend, is one of the best things about qigong.
I’ve taught all kinds of amazing humans — people in wheelchairs, stroke victims (with limited mobility), people with severe hearing impairments, and people with learning disabilities.
I’ve taught students as old as 91 and as young as 6.
I’ve taught professional athletes and professional couch potatoes.
That’s not to say that ALL qigong exercises are easy. They aren’t.
But with Qigong, you can get amazing results even with the simplest, easiest exercises.
Which is awesome.

12. Does it Work?

I dedicated my life to this art precisely because it has worked for me.
Oh, and millions of Chinese also swear by it.
My attitude is that you should give it a try, and see for yourself if it works. It’s safer than getting in your car, and most people find it really enjoyable.
There’s a catch though: you have to practice, or else it definitely doesn’t work.

13. How Much Do You Have to Practice?

This depends on the style of qigong, and the teacher.
Some masters ask you to practice for 2 hours per day.
I ask my students to practice for 10-15 minutes, preferably twice per day.
This sounds easier than it actually is.
Although 15 minutes is definitely doable, it is harder than it sounds. If you struggle to make qigong a daily habit — welcome to the club.
Although I myself have solved this problem over the years, I would estimate that 90% of my students struggle with it sooner or later. So you’re in good company!

14. Where Can I Learn the Traditional Way?

Oh, so you want to learn the traditional way?
Okay. Let me paint a picture for you.
Imagine a stricter version of Mr. Miyagi from The Karate Kid. Now imagine washing the car and painting the fence every day for 3 months before learning a single qigong technique. Imagine enduring verbal and even physical abuse from Mean Mr. Miyagi.
And then imagine washing Mean Mr. Miyagi’s feet every evening.
That’s the traditional way!
Being a traditional disciple of qigong or tai chi is not a walk in the park.
My own discipleship was not like the picture above  — but it was still incredibly difficult. If people knew the sacrifices I had to make during 17 years of discipleship, they wouldn’t be so keen on “the traditional way”.

15. How Do I Find a Teacher?

In the old days, finding a master was difficult. (Apparently, there was no Internet 500 years ago!)
Once you found a master, he or she would continue to make your life difficult (see the previous question).
It’s tempting to think that things have changed in the 21st century. Certainly, there are more qigong teachers than ever before. And there’s more information too, which is a good thing.
But percentage wise, your chances are probably about the same.
Here's a good place to start to find a good teacher. www.iiqtc.org
Qi Rush!

HOW TO FLOW WITH CHANGE


Taiko Drumming & Tai Chi- click this link for the article- Taiko Tai Chi

Tai Chi Qigong gives you the tools to flow with change in all areas of life.
BRACE YOURSELF, THE WORLD IS ABOUT TO BECOME A ROLLER COASTER OF CHANGE THAT WILL SHAKE YOU APART ... 
you are trained in the flow of change (see Tai Chi, below)




The coming global changes, as the 1-2 punch of a rapidly growing population and the increasingly fast technological revolution hit us all, change will be the order of the day. There is no technology on the planet that can help human beings practice loosening around constant flowing change the way Tai Chi can. This skill will be invaluable to ours and coming generations.

Tai Chi and Qigong could not have expanded around the planet at a more perfect time in human history.

Indeed, humanity is going to have to rethink and rewire the way we look at the world, ourselves and our place in it. From economics to environment, from production to distribution, our society is about to change vastly because our times are demanding it.

THE GOOD NEWS: If you look at the scientific research on mind-body meditative practices, you quickly realize 2 vastly important things:

1) Mind-body Meditative Practices like Tai Chi and Qigong can save society TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS in saved future health costs, year after year after year.

2) Science shows that Mind-Body Meditative Practices can increase brain size and mental acuity, improve creativity, adaptability, and also decrease the fear/stress part of the brain while actually physically enlarging the "empathy/compassion" parts of the brain.






Did you know that it would only cost about $30 billion per year to "end world hunger"? If Mind-Body Meditative Practices like Tai Chi, Qigong, Yoga, Transcendental Meditation (TM trademarked) were made part of public education worldwide, global society would save trillions upon trillions of dollars year after year after year. $30 billion in spending to end world hunger would be PEANUTS.




By Bill Douglas

Qigong for Anxiety

FROM ANXIETY TO INNER PEACE--
QIGONG Strategies for Managing STRESS & ANXIETY

Overcoming anxiety after it's developed into a major difficulty in your life can often be confusing and upsetting. However, anxiety disorders are very treatable problems. 
Here's the first of 4 effective strategies to help you relax & overcome anxiety.
1). 5 Finger Qigong Meditation- click this link- http://youtu.be/cQs5NmrSvKA
PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR THE FULL ARTICLE---
  • DO YOU WANT TO LEARN HOW TO MOVE IN CALM & PEACEFUL STILLNESS?
  • Class Saturday July 16th at Evergreen park CANCELLED. Class time changed for Sunday July 17th to 8:15-9:15am  at Wheeler Farm.
  • WANT TO PRACTICE QIGONG DAILY?  When you can't make it to a class, follow along with one or more of the short videos I have posted here. Click on the 'video' link above to see over a dozen videos that are 5 minutes or less in length. Enjoy!  Feel free to contact me with any questions. Ch'i Blessings, Scott. 
  • ADDITIONAL Tai Chi Qigong CLASSES:
  • Qigong this Sunday July 17th at 10-11am. For more info go to Ecstatic Dance
What: Tai Chi at Tracy Aviary for the 55 and over community. Where: Tracy Aviary in Liberty Park – come practice Tai Chi in a secure garden oasis.When: Every Monday and Wednesday from 8:15 to 9:15 starting Monday, June 20 – doors will open at 8am.Price: Classes are free for members and $5 for non-members. Memberships start at $24.95. 
HELLO & WELCOME TO QIGONG TAI CHI UTAH. PLEASE BROWSE OUR SITE & FEEL FREE TO CONTACT US WITH ANY QUESTION.  WE OFFER LIFE ENERGY EXERCISE & MOVING MEDITATION PROGRAMS LIKE QIGONG/CHI KUNG (pronounced chee gung), CHINESE YOGA, MERIDIAN STRETCHING, SIMPLIFIED TAI CHI, DAO YIN, LAJIN,  Chi Hikes, Tai Chi Fitness (Tai Chi Strength, Tai Chi Cardio & Tai Chi Restore) & MORE!  I LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING YOU SOON.
LIVE SIMPLE. MOVE WITH ENERGY & VITALITY. LOVE BIG!. Sifu Scott White.
FOR OUR CURRENT CLASS SCHEDULE GO TO http://www.taichiutah.com/p/schedule.html
Or join Salt Lake City Qigong Tai Chi Meetup.

"Inhaling and exhaling helps to rid one of the stale and take in the fresh.  Moving as a bear and stretching as a bird can result in longevity." - Lao Tzu

Qigong for Anxiety (continued)

2). INSTANT RELAXATION:  1.  Take a deep breath & hold it in. 2.  Tense EVERY muscle in your body for 5-10 seconds.  3.  Release & relax every muscle as you slowly exhale.

3). 1-3-2 BREATHING:  Example-  inhale through your nose deep into your belly  (expanding your belly)  for 6 seconds. Hold your breath for 18 seconds. Exhale for 12 seconds drawing your belly in & up contracting your abdominal muscles to fully exhale all the spent air out of your lungs. Repeat 6-12 times. NOTE:  ON ALL BREATHING EXERCISES PAY PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO FULLY EXHALING. ONE OF THE SYMPTOMS OF ANXIETY IS FEELING LIKE YOU CAN'T BREATHE. THE KEY TO CHANGING THIS PATTERN IS TO FULLY EXHALE. ONCE YOU HAVE FULLY EXHALED, IT BECOMES EASIER TO TAKE A FULL INHALE.

4). GLOBAL HEALING AFFIRMATION:
All Energy Channels are OPEN. Vital Energies are ABUNDANT. My Health is VIBRANT. OUR EARTH IS HEALTHY. OUR WORLD IS AT PEACE. ALL IS WELL & SO IT IS.
Inhale slowly through your nose, deep into the lowest part of your belly.  Exhale slowly.  Pause. Repeat often.
Try these strategies & practice the ones you find most helpful DAILY or whenever you begin to experience symptoms of anxiety. I hope you find inner peace with these practices.
Take great care. Ch'i Blessings. Scott

The Three Intentful Alignments

  • DO YOU WANT TO LEARN HOW TO MOVE IN CALM & PEACEFUL STILLNESS?
  • CLASS CANCELLATIONS:  July 4th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th & 13th.
  • WANT TO PRACTICE QIGONG DAILY?  When you can't make it to a class, follow along with one or more of the short videos I have posted here. Click on the 'video' link above to see over a dozen videos that are 5 minutes or less in length. Enjoy!  Feel free to contact me with any questions. Ch'i Blessings, Scott. 
  • ADDITIONAL Tai Chi Qigong CLASSES:
What: Tai Chi at Tracy Aviary for the 55 and over community. Where: Tracy Aviary in Liberty Park – come practice Tai Chi in a secure garden oasis.When: Every Monday and Wednesday from 8:15 to 9:15 starting Monday, June 20 – doors will open at 8am.Price: Classes are free for members and $5 for non-members. Memberships start at $24.95. 
HELLO & WELCOME TO QIGONG TAI CHI UTAH. PLEASE BROWSE OUR SITE & FEEL FREE TO CONTACT US WITH ANY QUESTION.  WE OFFER LIFE ENERGY EXERCISE & MOVING MEDITATION PROGRAMS LIKE QIGONG/CHI KUNG (pronounced chee gung), CHINESE YOGA, MERIDIAN STRETCHING, SIMPLIFIED TAI CHI, DAO YIN, LAJIN,  Chi Hikes, Tai Chi Fitness (Tai Chi Strength, Tai Chi Cardio & Tai Chi Restore) & MORE!  I LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING YOU SOON.
LIVE SIMPLE. MOVE WITH ENERGY & VITALITY. LOVE BIG!. Sifu Scott White.
FOR OUR CURRENT CLASS SCHEDULE GO TO http://www.taichiutah.com/p/schedule.html
Or join Salt Lake City Qigong Tai Chi Meetup.

"Inhaling and exhaling helps to rid one of the stale and take in the fresh.  Moving as a bear and stretching as a bird can result in longevity." - Lao Tzu

THE THREE INTENTFUL ALIGNMENTS  by Dr. Roger Jahnke & Rebecca McLean

FIRST MINDFUL ALIGNMENT- adjust & regulate your posture & body movement


Sit or stand upright, or lie outstretched. Visualize a connection lifting the top of your head into the heavens. Next visualize a connection from your sacrum to the center of the earth. The upward lift and downward pull opens the center of the body and fills the body with life-force energy. Aligning the spine creates spaces between the vertebrae, helping to release any compression on the nerves, which can cause pain or discomfort. Adjusting your posture allows for the space your organs need to function optimally and also optimizes the inner flow of blood and lymph. 

SECOND Mindful Alignment -- Adjust and deepen your breath.
The breath is the most powerful tool for gathering life-force energy and mobilizes the body’s healing and revitalizing resources. Plus it is the easiest to practice. Inhale slowly through your nose, and hold your breath for a count of one, one thousand; two, one thousand; three, one thousand. Allow your breaths to be deep, slow and relaxed, but not urgent. On the exhalation, relax even more. 

Third Mindful Alignment -- Clear your mind.
An ancient healing proverb states, “When the mind is distracted, the energy scatters.” Briefly, or for as long as you wish, focus your mind on something simple like clouds drifting across the sky, water flowing in a river, or as waves against the shore. Let go of any thoughts of the future and the past. Simply become mindful or present noticing with where you are, what you are doing, and what you are sensing.

To conclude the Three Mindful Alignments, smile gently to yourself. This gentle smile engages the limbic portion of the brain, the part of the brain and its neural structures that are involved in emotional behavior. This supports the brain chemistry for feelings of well-being