1pm–4:30pm SATURDAY MAY 19
PĀHOA MUSEUM (map)
The concept of Iron and Silk lends a lyrical context to the study of Taiji (or Tai Chi) and Qigong. Great masters of the inner martial arts exhibit the softness of silk while simultaneously displaying the strength of iron.
Through patient, consistent practice we explore and develop these qualities. We seldom experience growth where we feel strongest. Rather, by seeking to strengthen the softest, most vulnerable areas of ourselves, we achieve the mastery of the iron. Within the practice of Qigong, we confront the dualities of iron and silk – active and quiet movement, outer and inner awareness, and strength within vulnerability.
About Qigong Practice
Qigong (氣功, 气功, qì göng), a health exercise developed in China, coordinates deep breathing with slow simple movements. You don’t need a lot of space nor a lot of time to practice Qigong. You can do this either by yourself or with a group.
When you practice Qigong, you cultivate Qi (氣,气, qì) or life energy. Exercising the internal body by practicing Qigong helps to improve health and prevent illness.
Fundamental harmonization of the elements takes place when you ride the energy of the breath. By stirring the vital force, Qi, and moving it throughout your body, you exercise your organs. This improves blood circulation and metabolism, activates the brain, and produces energy. This form of moving meditation can eliminate tension, reduce stress, and refresh the spirit.
In this workshop
We’ll focus on the form of Qigong know as Baduanjin (8 Pieces of Brocade). David includes an introduction to Taiji pushing hands practice as a means of learning to focus and understanding the concept of Qi with a partner.
Laurie Kali and Deborah Masterson accompany you with meditative music. The floor is carpeted. Bring a yoga mat if you like and water to drink. Wear comfortable clothes along with an open mind.
About the Instructor
David Jones has been a student of martial arts since 1974. In 1984, David earned his instructor’s certificate in the Northern Shaolin style of martial arts which included the study of Taiji. Since then, David has taught Shaolin 少林 martial arts including self-defense.
A committed Buddhist, David leads regular meditation sessions –at his teacher’s request– for inmates at the Utah State Prison.
David welcomes any questions you have.