Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Tai Chi and Qigong but Were Afraid to Ask!
Cari Shurman has been studying and teaching Tai Chi and Qigong for over 20 years. She works with children and adults, adapting her classes for the needs and abilities of each person. Tonight she will give you an introduction to these movements that have been practiced in China for millennia, as well as an explanation of their basis in the meridian system of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The group will participate in a some movements appropriate to the evening for calming down and relaxing to get a better night’s sleep. You will begin to understand chi and feel it in your body.
Cari’s specialty week at the Ranch is divided into two sessions: Tai Chi and Qigong.
Active Tai Chi Movements for improved circulation, energy, flexibility, balance and well-being. We will learn ways to relax as we move with greater efficiency and less tiredness. We will do movements such as BOW AND ARROW, DRAGONS PLAY IN THE CLOUDS, THE FISHERMAN, BIRDS’ BEAKS, and THE TIGER STRIKES. These movements can be adapted for practice in a seated position if preferred. Class will end with meditative movement to focus the chi inside and feel centered for the rest of the day. All of the movements involve focusing the mind on the movement of chi in the body. I hope you come every day, but you may drop in any day. Each day will be slightly different.
In the afternoon Qigong session we will focus on energizing the internal organs with specific movements for each one. The practice will allow us to move the energy to tight or painful parts of the body for relaxation and healing. Abdominal breathing sends extra oxygen to each cell for relaxation, clarity, peace and balance. We will learn FIVE ELEMENT QIGONG, which focuses on the connection of the organ systems, colors, and the elements in nature and MERIDIAN STRETCHES. I hope you come every day, but you may drop in any day. Each day will be slightly different.
Cari Shurman has studied Tai Chi and Qigong for 25 years in the US and China, having made five trips to China. She has completed two courses in Qigong at the Medical Institute of Qigong in Beijing. She lectures on Qigong and Tai Chi in schools throughout the US and has taught at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and the National Qigong Association. Cari co-founded and co-directed the Within Wellness Center in Miami. She teaches adult classes in her hometown of Aspen, CO. The children’s program she developed, Tai Chi for Kids©, taichiforkids.com, is now taught at thousands of schools around the world. Cari trains teachers in the New York City Public Schools to implement her Tai Chi program and bring peace and focus to school children throughout the city. Cari recently trained the South African Police Department, Juvenile Division in Cape Town to use Tai Chi in their programs for prevention of violence. She has also worked with schools in Myanmar showing teachers how to improve focus and health with their students. She loves to travel and spread the benefits of Tai Chi to all ages, everywhere.