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Summer Qigong with Zhou Shifu

Location

Zoom

WHEN: July 1 – 29
Every Tuesday and Friday; 8:30 – 9:30 PM EST
DURATION: One Month, 9 Sessions


What is Summer Qigong?
In this Summer Qigong set, we will enhance our immune system to prevent dizziness, and stabilize our heartbeat; mitigate joint swelling and pain. Summer Qigong practices include massage, meditation, qi regulation, meditation, and breathing exercises.

What Will You Learn?

Summer Qigong is a combination of different movements and breathing, which facilitates the natural progression of our bodily functions through the five organs. For example, the smooth flow of food through the digestive system, efficient waste management from our kidneys into the bladder, etc. These require free-flowing meridians, enhancing the “Yang Qi,” the driving force of our biological activities in the human body, which prevents diseases.

For 20 minutes, we will start with meditation and then proceed with the massage. In traditional Chinese medicine, the five internal organs of the human body are directly connected to the acupoints of our palms. The heart, lungs, liver, spleen, and kidneys are these five organs. Therefore, as a traditional way of health care and auxiliary treatment of diseases, massage is essential by repeatedly rubbing and pressing our palms to help nourish our five internal organs.

Regulating our Qi is another way to adjust our mental and body relaxation. When meditating and exercising Qigong, we will learn the proper way of deep breathing, which is crucial in storing positive qi. The rhythmic control of breathing is a technique to restore energy and maintain a regular sleep pattern, among the many positive results of Qigong.

More Information on Summer Qigong

During Summer, the Yang Qi of the Heavens will have risen to its apex and then begin descending to the Earth. Through the meeting of the Heaven and Earth “Qi” (the two quintessential facets of Yin and Yang), the Yang “Qi” acts as the catalyst to allow all living things to achieve their full potential and prosper. Because the Yang “Qi” is exuberant and hot, all living things will also experience a surging yang character. The “Qi” and blood circulation of the body will become strong, metabolism will be at its peak, and as a result, the pores of the body will open to allow the yang “Qi” to vent outwards. Thus people will sweat more during the summertime. 

Summer is represented by the fire phase and thus its character is heat. This is evident in the season’s hot climate and thus we must be wary of heatstroke by ensuring a careful balance of hydration (yin) in the body. Because of the climate, it is very easy to feel overwhelmed by the natural world’s hotness and to try to balance it out with cold. This can be done through either ingesting cold things or especially in our modern society, sitting in air-conditioned areas. However, we must be careful to achieve this slowly. If we sit in the cold for too long or we ingest too much cold too fast, then there is the risk of overwhelming the “qi” of the body and collapsing the Yang “qi”. Additionally, the natural world’s yang “qi” may seem overwhelming to the point that we feel we cannot exert any yang “qi” in our own bodies without feeling overwhelmed. 

This expresses when we feel that it is so hot outside that there is no desire to exercise at all and a lethargic sensation arises. However, it is important to ensure that some exercise is still enacted. While we must ensure that we don’t hit the opposite end of adding too much Yang Qi to our body, we must at least exercise so that the body continues to circulate its vital substances. The organ that corresponds to the fire phase is the Heart. Thus, it is a time to nourish the heart. The Heart is responsible for the emotion of joy and thus if it is not properly nourished and we allow ourselves to languish from lack of exercise, it is possible for sullen and depressive thoughts to foster themselves within. Because the Yang Qi helps to warm and circulate the “Qi” and blood within the meridians naturally, it is a prime time to bolster and strengthen the ligaments, tendons, and bones.

Important

Please read the Liability Waiver and Photo & Video Release. At Check Out, you will need to indicate that you have read and agree to the terms provided.

Pricing

9 Sessions: $140.00

The Zoom link will be sent to you one week before the class starts.

Questions?

If you have any questions, please email us at: info@daoistgate.com.

July 1, 2022 @ 8:30 pm July 29, 2022 @ 9:30 pm EDT