Hello everyone! I hope this letter finds you all healthy and happy at the close of our beautiful northwest summer. I'm writing to you from the hills of Virginia as the cooler breezes of autumn slowly roll in.
I find this time of year particularly uplifting and rejuvenating. The clean, crisp energy of autumn calls to me like no other time of the year and I relish practice out of doors and mountain hikes as often as I can get them.
The transition into autumn can also be a good time to pull back in a little and revisit our roots: the core of what we know and believe about ourselves and those aspects of our practice that serve us in clear and reliable ways. Strengthening the roots of our practice also offer us a powerful way to enter into the season of winter.
Whatever your practice may be, whatever speaks to you and helps you to stay centered and happy... may I encourage you to take this autumn to delve even deeper. This season, my main focus turns to qigong. I've always found these holistic exercises to be deeply uplifting and they lend themselves wonderfully to practice out of doors whether it be on an invigorating mountaintop, in a deep forest clearing, or in the company of the ocean.
For those of you interested in qigong, I'll be offering a weekly two month series on qigong fundamentals beginning on Monday, October 7th. This class will be a precursor to a brand new Taiji series which will begin in December and is open to all levels. Details below.
Wishing you all a wonderful autumn!
I'm happy to announce two new beginning level classes and a workshop coming up soon...
Qigong I: Core Principles and Practice Description: Qigong translates as energy (and consciousness) cultivating practice. It is an excellent way to supplement a more vigorous exercise program or a more internal meditation practice as it combines elements of both. Learning the basics of qigong is also a great way to begin the study of Tai Chi Chuan.
In this series, we will look at the fundamental principles of qigong and some core techniques that are both enjoyable and effective to practice. We will study posture, deep breathing, movement coordination, physical and mental relaxation, and focusing techniques that add depth to physical movements. We will also learn the Eight Pieces of Brocade set, Heaven and Earth qigong, and more...
Begins: Wednesday, October 7th Ends: Wednesday, November 25th Time: 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm Place: The Majestic (Corner of Maple and Forest) Tuition: 110 for the full series Space is limited... Please call to reserve your place.
Beginning Tai Chi Chuan: Foundations for Practice
Description: In this class we will explore key principles of stance, balance, breath, coordination, and awareness. We will learn Tai Chi walking exercises, Grasp the Bird's Tail, and other core practices, We will also look at the Ten Important Points of Yang Style Tai Chi and introduce the 37 Postures. From that point, we will begin our study of the traditional Tai Chi long form. If you are new to Tai Chi or wanting to refresh your practice, now is the time to jump in! I look forward to working with you!
Beginning Date: Wednesday, December 2nd
Time: 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm Place: The Majestic (Corner of Maple and Forest) Tuition: 55/month Space is limited... Please call to reserve your place
Moving Step Pushing Hands Workshop
My friend and training buddy, Michael Blackburn, is hosting this event in beautiful Vancouver, BC. Description: Nimble, rooted and mobile — traditional Yang style T’ai Chi’s moving step drills begin with simple advance and retreat and develop organically into the effective and beautiful study that is Tai Chi footwork. Walking drills eventually incorporate previous pushing hands patterns and provide the essential ability to move freely within the framework of good Tai Chi principles. Join us for this unique and fun workshop!
Hosted by Vancouver
Date: Sunday, November 21st and 22nd
Call or email Art for more details or to reserve your space
other ways to learn ...
small group and private lessons: If you would like to learn Tai Chi and/or qigong but have schedule conflicts with group classes, I offer private and small group study options. I've done much of my own study this way and find it a very effective and enjoyable way to learn. Location can be either at my office or at your home. Call for more information or to schedule...
Art Baner, LMP CHt Integrative Bodywork and Transpersonal Hypnotherapy Cell: (360) 318-4433
Mailing/Office Address: 1111 W. Holly St., Suite F
Bellingham, Wa 98225