Qigong Studio of Colorado
Mary M Foster, MA LPC Westminster, CO 80031 303-947-6847
Qigong Bone Marrow Cleansing
The series of exercises that make up the Bone Marrow Cleansing Qigong set were traditionally for the purpose of rejuvenating the bone marrow and making bones stronger. Through the use of breathing techniques and movement, the more practical application of this set is its use as a tool for calming and energizing. The benefits of this group of exercises is magnified when combined with T'ai Chi practice because of the weight bearing focus on preventing bone loss.
Five Animal Frolics
The Five Animal Frolics are very ancient Qigong exercises based on the movements and postures of five animals: The Crane, Bear, Monkey, Deer and Tiger. They were created by a famous Chinese Medicine practitioner named Hua Tou. The movements mimic the attitude of these animals and also correspond to the Five Elements, as well as the Five Yin Organs.
Qigong Eight Brocades
A brocade is a beautiful piece of fine silk cloth, and in practicing the exercises that make up the group called the Eight Brocades, it is believed that one can make the body as refined and as beautiful as if it were covered in brocade. Qigong exercises such as the Eight Brocades have been handed down from teacher to student for thousands of years.
Coiling Silk, also called Silk Reeling, is a relaxing and fun form to learn and practice. It gets its name from the idea of pulling on the single thread within a silk worm cocoon. If you pull it too fast, it breaks. If you go slow and allow it to unravel slowly, smoothly, and gently--with constant movement and intention, letting it turn on its axis like pulling the string of yarn on a ball, it won't break. Sometimes the form is called "Pulling Silk".
Qigong Eighteen Luohan
This series of 18 exercises was taught long ago by Bodhidharma to the monks of the Shaolin Monastery in China when it was realized that they were weak and tired during their meditation practices. The movements of these forms works to improve circulation, build leg strength, stretch tendons, and improve balance and focus.
Private T'ai Chi and Qigong Lessons
New incoming students are welcome to attend Qigong classes after registering with the instructor. New Tai Chi students are required to complete the pre-paid ($300), non-refundable, 6-week, BASICS OF TAI CHI course before they can be considered for readiness to begin learning the Yang Style 24 Forms Tai Chi set.
The current rate for private lessons is $50/hour and by appointment only. Group class rates are listed on the schedule and vary depending on location.
T'ai Chi Yang 24 Posture Short Form
In 1956 the Chinese National Athletic Association organized a team of some of the finest T'ai Chi masters of the time, to standardize, shorten, and simplify the traditional 108 movement Yang style T'ai Chi long form. The goal was to find a way to promote interest in T'ai Chi, while also developing a standardized T'ai Chi form for use as a health promoting exercise. The end result was the development of this simplified 24 movement short form, which has become one of the most popularly practiced T'ai Chi forms in both China and the United States. This form is simple, easy to learn, and a nice introduction to the exciting world of T'ai Chi.
T'ai Chi Fan Form
The Fan has typically been considered a more feminine and less aggressive object, but in reality it can be a very effective martial arts weapon. It can be used to block objects, as well as hide objects and movements. T'ai Chi Fan is a fun form to learn and the student will understand the basics of holding, opening, and closing the fan while incorporating these actions into T'ai Chi movements.
Qigong Healing Sounds
The basic Healing Sounds have been used for thousands of years to focus on the internal organs such as the Lungs, Heart, Spleen, Liver, and Kidneys. The movements and sounds that correspond with them, also corresponding to the 5 elements. Students learn the healing sounds and their associated exercises, so named the Lion, Dragon, Owl, Monkey, and Bear.
Yi Jin Jing (Transforming Muscles and Tendons)
This is a series of dynamic Qigong breathing and stretching exercises in which emphasis is placed on applying and releasing tension to the muscles and tendons in order to strengthen and increase flexibility in them. It is frequently traced back to the Shaolin monks who would sit for long hours in seated meditation and therefore would use these exercises to help loosen their muscles and increase range of motion in the joints. However, it is believed that these exercises trace back long before their use by the Shaolin monks, who inaccurately credited the creation of these exercises to their well known founder, Bodhidharma. One thing that should be pointed out is that the main emphasis on this particular set of exercises is breathing exercise techniques that I would highly recommend for students with COPD or emphysema.