Tai Chi & Qi Gong, a ritual of relaxed action:
Wednesday 6PM to 8PM
5841 Geary Street, @ 23rd Avenue (above Thom's Health food store)
The next group of five classes is Nov. 17, 24, Dec. 1, 8, 15 (5 classes for $125).
The last week of the 8 week session is next week and new students are welcome to drop in on that to get a senses of what we are up to before signing up for a whole session.
(There will be no classes Dec. 22 & 29) The next 8 week session will begin Jan 5th.
In this class I have broken amazing new ground, mostly thanks to my amazing students.
I have been using the Daoyin Cat and the Daoyin Dog movements as a way to introduce people to Taijiquan. Since Daoyin starts from an animal-mind on all fours in a very theatrical way, it is an easy way to make an experiencial bridge between the yogic hermit practices of Taijiquan and its theatrical ritual practices.
The studio has a beautiful foor for rolling around on. The cat and dog movements are also much easier to relate to as types of aggression than the classic yet abstract peng, ji, lu, & an. I have discovered the obvious; some people are more dog-like, and some people are more cat-like, and some people are more cat in their legs and more dog in their torso...Cool right? My theory is that each Taijiquan movement needs a balance of cat and dog, so if it's too dog we add a little cat, and if it's too cat we add a little dog.
This is more Monkey than Dog, and what we are doing in class is only on all fours, but still a fun video.