Starts Sep 14
Weekly Classes at the Tao Space Include:
Tai Chi: Classical Wu Style Long Form
For the first time in over a decade, Bruce will be leading students through the Wu Style Long Form, including lessons on Push Hands and martial applications. During each workout, the movements of tai chi exercise every muscle, ligament, tendon, and joint of the body. Tai chi is renowned for increasing and balancing the circulation of the body’s energy. The flowing, continuous movements create a deep relaxation in the nervous system and mind. Wu Style is particularly applicable to meditation and healing.
Taught by Master Bruce Frantzis, Tao Yoga is a unique practice that allows you to circulate and build Chi without ever over-stretching your muscles and tendons. Learn gentle postures that are combined with Taoist Breathing methods. This soft yet powerful practice will develop internal awareness and the neigong techniques underlying qigong and meditation.
These classes teach the Water Tradition of Lao Tzu, a specific branch of meditation used to help students delve deeper inside themselves. These ancient meditation methods (Inner Dissolving) of Taoism have been used for thousands of years to help cope with stress and flow smoothly through challenging moments and times. These meditation classes will help bring you into a higher state of awareness and being and give you the skills to apply your meditation to the practical experiences of daily living. The specific focus of the Fall Session will exploring breath within Taoist Meditation.
Tai Chi Push Hands & Fighting Applications
Before becoming famous for health and healing, Tai Chi was recognized as a powerful martial art. Learning the basic fighting applications of the form helps a student remember the movements of tai chi and direct their energy more clearly. The two person exercise of Push Hands is an effective bridge between the form and fighting. It teaches how to embody the neigong principles of tai chi while interacting with another person.
Bagua Circle Walking & Arm Postures
Bagua creates a healthy, fluid body and mind. Bagua can also be learned as a powerful method of Taoist meditation emphasizing the principles of the I Ching and embodying the nature of change. This class will help students explore the circle walking practices of Bagua Zhang including an introduction to held static arm postures having the capacity to systematically and rapidly open your whole body.
Heaven & Earth Qigong
This simple two-movement qigong is a fantastic full body exercise that emphasizes the openings and closings of the body, lengthening and unbinding the connective tissue, and balancing the up and down energy currents. This qigong set is a student favorite. It is easy to learn yet yields profound health benefits, especially for the joints and spine!
Dragon & Tiger Qigong (German)
Dragon & Tiger works primarily with the acupuncture meridian lines of the body and is known for its ability to quickly give students a felt sensation of qi. This enjoyable seven-movement set is one of the best entry points into a qigong practice for new students. This class is an exciting international collaboration with Senior Instructor Elisabeth Wörsing, and will be taught in German with English translation available.
Tao Space Guided Practices
Regular practice is the cornerstone of getting the most out of your study of qigong, tai chi, and meditation. Guided practices with friendly, knowledgeable instructors are an integral part of the Tao Space that supports the instructional classes. This helps you build a healthy practice rhythm and gain the most benefit.