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Ba Duan Jin: Yang Gathering and Storing Qigong
October 17, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am MDT
An event every week that begins at 9:30am on Tuesday, repeating until November 14, 2017
What is it?
The Ba Duan Jin is probably the most famous piece of traditional Qigong that there is in China. It has even has made the list of the 4 different Qigong methods that are still legal to be practiced in modern China today. The title refers to the eight movements, stretching of connective tissue and fascia, and valuable and refined exercise.
Traditionally, the Ba Duan Jin have been used to increase strength, boost vitality and energy, open connective tissue and pathways of flow, increase joint flexibility and “grease,” and prevent osteoporosis in the elderly.
In general, the form tonifies and strengthens those with diminished yang energy, such as those who have “burnt the candle at both ends,” those with joint problems, and those recovering from chronic or complex illness.
Why it works:
After the summer solstice, the hours of sunlight begin to dwindle. Trees lose their leaves. But they don’t die! Their buds will emerge in the Spring as a testament to the vitality stored in their roots.
In the Fall, we see it in both plants and animals: a turning of energy inwards, a reflection of the natural movements of yang energy. Many animals prepare for hibernation; Perennial plants drop their “superficial” aspects and store their energy in their roots and bulbs.
As humans, we are expected to “go-go-go!” 24-7, even in winter. Such a lifestyle, however, is simply unsustainable for those who have dealt with chronic illness. It is a fact that many persons with declining energy and health feel even worse in the Fall, Winter, and Spring. This is because their yang energy, or vital force, is simply not strong enough to power them through the demanding energetic shifts of Fall and Spring, and it is too weak to keep them functional in Winter.
How this Qigong form helps:
With this qigong form, we can help ourselves have more energy and better health even in the darkest and most difficult months of the year. We practice this form in the Fall. As the yang energy returns to earth’s inner resources, we move with it — connecting with and harmoniously capturing it, consciously and lovingly storing it within us.
Vitalizing yang energy will make us feel more uplifted, energized, free, and powerful. But its most important purpose will be for it to power our health through the difficult winter months — keeping illness at bay and providing us the strength we need to emerge like healthy plants in Spring.
The Jin Ba Duan is very special. In Erika’s understanding, it is a powerful healing practice for those who have declining or injured yang, such as those who have suffered from abuse, trauma, autoimmunity, depression, or other chronic and debilitating disease. It is also ideal for those who naturally have less yang energy, such as women and persons over 50 years old.
Who is it for:
Because this form involves storing yang energy, it is considered a more advanced form. It would be best to have some experience with qigong prior to doing it. Those whose bodies are deficient, cold, or otherwise more “yin” tend to enjoy this form. It is not appropriate for children. It is contraindicated for pregnant women. It may be appropriate for post-partum women. If you have any questions about whether or not this form is appropriate for you, please contact Erika prior to signing up. Must be over age 18 to participate. A waiver must be signed by all participants.
Please note that Erika is the sole determinant of whether or not a person may participate and reserves the right to deny anyone admission to this class for any reason. All prospective participants are encouraged to consult their doctor prior to participation in this or any other exercise class.
This class is sold as a series of 8 or 16 classes.
Eight classes are $96 ($12/class). Twelve classes are $132 ($11/class)
Classes will be held at Roosevelt Park
To Reserve your Spot:
Contact us at email@example.com or 720.593.1593. A waiver must be signed by all class participants. Must be over age 18 to participate.