In-Person and Online/Hybrid Classes

Wednesdays: Tai Chi Made Simple 10-10:30 am and Qigong 6-7 pm
Thursdays: Qigong 2:30-3 pm and Tai Chi Long Form 3:10-4:10 pm

Unless otherwise stated, no previous experience is needed for any classes. 
Course schedule and descriptions below.

Covid policy: Masks are no longer required during in-person classes. If you have a cold or any sign of communicable illness, please stay home and participate through the online option or watch recordings of class later.

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Meditation Classes

What is Qigong Meditation?

Qigong Meditation is a special category within meditation. Qigong meditation is not only relaxing but it also enhances healing by increasing Qi flow within the body. Qigong literally means Qi or energy cultivation. Qigong meditation combines relaxation with mental focus to lead the Qi for specific goals that are unique to each particular meditation.

Some examples of the energy goal of specific Qigong meditations:

  • Dantian Meditation: Longevity
  • Buddha Mind Meditation: Spiritual growth and awareness
  • Four Tones Meditation: Releases blockages
  • Spontaneous or “Free Form” meditation: Unwinds tight energy patterns in the body and mind
  • Yin Essence Meditation: Longevity and building yin
  • Microcosmic Orbit Meditation: Strengthens the 12 organs and balances yin and yang
  • Grand Circulation: Heals the joints, muscles, and bones and enhances martial arts power
  • Many of these meditations are available on CD here: Qi Gong Institute Meditation CDs

Qigong meditation includes many visualizations and breathing patterns to focus the mind on a simple healing task which crowds out the mental clutter of our busy lives. As you reduce the number of things your mind is focused on, the body relaxes more and more. The Chinese call this “trading ten thousand thoughts for one thought.”

Tips for making meditation easier:

Meditating can be frustrating if your mind is too cluttered. Try picking a time of day where your mind is already slower. For some people that is the morning just after they wake up, for others it is at night before bed. Don’t worry if you fall asleep, even one minute of meditation is helpful.

When you meditate, your mind does not have to be completely blank. Just lowering the volume of your thoughts a couple of percent is beneficial.

If sitting to meditate makes you antsy or uncomfortable, try standing and taking one slow step with each inhale and one slow step with each exhale.

Just taking a few mindful breaths throughout the day can be helpful.

Meditation Classes:

Many of the Qigong exercise courses taught at our Rochester location include various meditations that pertain to that exercise program. There is also a complete online recorded Qigong meditation program offered as individual volumes (1-5) that can be taken in any order. Click on the course titles below for the exact listing of meditations covered.

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Daoist Qigong and Meditation

Thursdays 2:30-3 pm EDT, beginning May 9, 2024. In-person and online!  Learn a fun and short Qigong routine! Daoist Qigong will cover a simple series of movements to relax the body and focus the mind. It is accessible to people of all ages and abilities and can be done standing or sitting. Healing Meditations will also be practiced as well as discussions on principles from the Dao De Jing. No experience needed! 10 week program, a half hour per week. Only $60 if taking another class!
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