"Progress comes to those who train and train; reliance on secret techniques will get you nowhere." -Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido
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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.
Currently Available Classes
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. The Medical Qigong Series is an ongoing weekly class exploring a variety of medical Qigong practices to optimize health and well-being. In addition to continuing the refinement of the Four Seasons Medical Qigong routine, students will learn and practice the little known JinJing Shisi Shi (Muscle-Tendon Change) sequence of the Jin Jing School of Qigong.
Tuesdays: 10:00am - 10:45am
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.
8 Pieces of Brocade Qigong - The 8 Pieces of Brocade Qigong is a well known sequence of movements to strengthen the body. There are two versions: standing and sitting. The sitting version is well-suited for seniors.
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.
Currently Available Classes
Taijiquan/Qigong Training is a weekly class. Wednesday classes meet online. In-person classes meet in two locations-Harlem and Brooklyn. Enrolled students can participate in any of the three classes. While the fundamentals are always emphasized and reinforced, these classes focus on developing the interactive sensitivities required in Taijiquan as a martial art. These include various 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.
Wednesday (online): 10:00am - 11:30am
Thursday (Brooklyn): 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Saturday (Harlem): 10:00am - 12:00pm
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.
Schedule To Be Determined
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. There are two levels of practice: Basic and Advanced.
Schedule To Be Determined
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.
2% of class and workshop fees is donated to the following organizations:
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