Qigong & Taijiquan Classes
Meet The Team
Dr. Robert J. Woodbine
Dr. Woodbine is the Founder of Urban Qi FIT and its curriculum which is the culmination of over 36 years of training in Qigong and Taijiquan.
Mr. Norman Spiller
Mr. Spiller has studied with Dr. Woodbine for over 20 years. Additionally, he has studied with other notable teachers: Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, Grandmaster Roosevelt Gainey, Jonathan Chang, Michelle Lin, Quentin Lopes, and Addison Martin.
Mr. Spiller is a New York State Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) and has trained in Cranio-Sacral Therapy as well as Shiatsu.
Due to the current COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, all classes are taught online until further notice.
Unless otherwise stated, class fees are paid monthly and are due the first of each month.To see the cost for the class you are interested in, click its Pay Now button.
The online Zoom login information will be emailed to you after your payment is confirmed.
Qigong (Chi Gong)
Qigong is the conscious cultivation of one's intrinsic life force, Qi (Chi), to promote longevity for spiritual growth, to enhance health and well-being, and to increase strength and power for martial efficacy.
A. Qigong Basics is a weekly class for the beginner with little or no experience. The focus of class is to learn proper structural alignment, optimal breathing strategies, Qi Self-Massage, and "Closing the Gate of Life and Death" technique. Additionally, three sitting meditations that cultivate internal harmony of the organs and their energetic functions to promote health and well-being will be learned: The Inner Smile, The Six Healing Sounds, and the Microcosmic Orbit.
Tuesdays: 9:00am - 9:45am
B. Four Seasons Medical Qigong is a weekly class suitable for beginners to learn and practice the routines associated with its four parts- the Spring, the Summer & Fall, Winter, and the year-round Triple Warmer sequences. The movements of the Four Seasons Medical Qigong are designed to help adjust and balance our Qi to harmonize our body with the seasonal changes that affect the Qi, the organs, the emotional mind, and the spirit in different ways.
Tuesdays: 10:00am - 10:45am
C. 8 Pieces of Brocade Qigong is a weekly class and consists of learning a sequence of 8 patterns, designed by Marshall Yue Fei, to strengthen the body. There is a standing and a sitting version. This series focuses on the standing version. The patterns are easy to learn and result in an overall sense of physical well-being when practiced consistently.
Mondays: 8:30am - 9:30am
Other available Qigong classes/workshops
5 Animal Sports Qigong - The 5 Animal Sports Qigong exercise routine is designed to prevent, recover and rehabilitate from illness. The movements emulate the observed habits of the Tiger, Deer, Bear, Ape, and Crane.
Swimming Dragon Qigong - Swimming Dragon Qigong is a stationary continuous spiraling sequence of movements that benefits all our internal organs, improves Qi and blood circulation, and increases joint flexibility.
JinJing Shisi Shi Qigong - The JinJing Shisi Shi Qigong is a complete system of external and internal exercises, combining both Yin and Yang tonifying, strengthening and harmonizing methods able to strengthen the physical body and cultivate the mind without the need for supplemental exercises.
Cultivating Male Sexual Energy Qigong -Several sitting, standing, breathing meditations are coupled with aspects of Iron Shirt Qigong to cultivate, harmonize, and conserve the vitality of the creative Jing Qi energy.
Taijiquan (Tai Chi)
Taijiquan is a traditional Chinese martial art designed for medium to close range engagement. Based on the 13 Patterns "Shi San Shi" (8 Patterns and 5 Steppings "Ba Men Wu Bu" ), the Yang Family Style Long form is comprised of 113 movements. Taijiquan is also highly regarded for its documented myriad health benefits.
A. BSECS™ Training is a weekly class for the beginner with little or no experience. The class focus is to learn a variety of Breathing strategies, efficient Structural alignment, Energy awareness and cultivation, and Spinal flexibility.
This includes learning the 4 sets of the Taiji Qigong sequence in preparation for learning the Yang Family Style Long
Form of Taijiquan (Tai Chi). The 4 sets of Taiji Qigong are: the Primary set, Coiling Set, Rocking set, and the Walking set.
Mondays: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
B. Taijiquan/Qigong Training is a weekly class for those who have been studying with Dr. Woodbine for at least one year. While the fundamentals are always emphasized and reinforced, this class focuses on developing the interactive sensitivities required in Taijiquan as a martial art. These include a variety of partner drills (Pushing Hands, Yin-Yang Symbol, Peng Lu Ji An, Da/Xiao Lu, Fighting set), applications, Qi Na, and continual refinement of the Yang Family Style Long Form.
Mon/Wed/Sat: 10:00am - 11:30am
C. Tai Chi for Arthritis & Fall Prevention(TCA) is an evidence-based program designed to teach Tai Chi for seniors or individuals with joint mobility restrictions or pain. The system was developed by Dr. Paul Lam and has been proven to improve gait stability, overall well-being, stamina, and mental focus in seniors. It is a derivative of the Sun style of Tai Chi and includes gentle movements as well as a warm up, stretching, and cool down sequence. Dr. Woodbine is a Certified Instructor of TCA.
Monday: 3:30pm - 4:15pm
In addition to the above-listed classes, Dr. Woodbine is available to teach group workshops on a variety of health and wellness topics as well as provide one-on-one Qigong and Taijiquan sessions. He can also create and deliver program design and content for wellness initiatives to help meet organizational health goals. His years of clinical experience in Naturopathic and Chinese medicine broaden and deepen his teaching style and its effectiveness.
6% of class and workshop fees is donated to the following organizations:
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