It was a beautiful day for Qigong in the park. In honor of the birds in McGolrick, I am posting some pictographs of various birds found on oracle bones of the Shang period (1600 BC to 1046 BC) from, Nature in Chinese Art drawn by Harry E. Gibson.
The birds seem to really appreciate a certain qigong movement we are doing. So if you want to find out what that is…well come and join us!
These images represent some of the earliest forms of Chinese writing and indeed one can see a visual relationship with the more recent characters (more pictographs below). Qigong's origins are ancient as well, but all the living creatures from which many of the movements are taken are still alive on Earth today.
For many of us it has been a long, cold winter and now that summer is soon to arrive it is time to unfurl our limbs and senses to take in the fresh air, light and energies of the animals, plants, earth and sky. After our first class, people expressed to me that it was such a pleasure to see the great trees of McGolrick Park as they practiced their head rotations! It was a lot of fun and it would be wonderful if you could join us.
Qigong originates from Daoist practices, and for most people it is done to develop and maintain a healthy organism. This introduction is intended for everyone. Qigong is similar to acupuncture in that it balances the body by activating the energy pathways. In this class, we will explore both moving and standing qigong forms as well as the healing sounds.
This introductory group class is designed to give a taste of Qigong. Sessions will take place outside under the shady trees of McGolrick Park in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Both new and experienced Qigong students are welcome to join. Classes are weather dependent, so please check the website in case of cancellation.
(New to Qigong, your first class is FREE!)
Visit the home page to view the schedule and register to receive updates.
has studied qigong and taiji with Sat Chuen Hon, a Taoist and native of China for several years. Mr. Hon has asked her to carry on this Taoist healing tradition to help benefit others. Ms. Fox received her MFA in painting from Yale University in 1997. Her studio practice, writing as well as her study of dance and movement have been woven together over many years into a rich exploration and inner search. She is a published poet and has recently helped prepare and edit Sat Hon's writings on Qigong and Taoist stories for publication.