Qigong Workshop for February 26 CANCELLED--Pushed back to March 26, 2017

Registration numbers are not quite where I need them to be for the workshop coming up this Sunday, February 26. I'm going to push this workshop back to Sunday, March 26th. 

Please let me know ahead of time, preferably by email, if you would like to attend. These Qigong workshops are open to all levels, from beginner to advanced. We work very deeply on the energy aspects of Qigong, sinking into ourselves and connecting with Spirit. 


Sunday, March 26, 2017
1-5pm
Regent Health Centre Studio
Fee: $60 for those who are not regular Tai Chi or Qigong Regent Centre students
$40 for regular Regent Centre students

Open to all

This Qigong workshop will focus on working with the gentle, whole-body movements of Qigong exercises to relax and invigorate the body and focus the mind. We will return once again to shamanic trance journey to help us connect with spiritual and energetic forces that guide all processes of healing and our life's direction. The workshop will include sitting and standing meditation.

Qigong Workshop, Sunday, February 26, 2017


NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED. NEXT WORKSHOP WILL RUN SUNDAY, MARCH 26.


Sunday, February 26, 2017 
1-5pm
Regent Health Centre Studio
Fee: $60 for those who are not regular Tai Chi or Qigong Regent Centre students
$40 for regular Regent Centre students
Open to all

This Qigong workshop will focus on working with the gentle, whole-body movements of Qigong exercises to relax and invigorate the body and focus the mind. We will return once again to shamanic trance journey to help us connect with spiritual and energetic forces that guide all processes of healing and our life's direction. The workshop will include sitting and standing meditation.

No Classes Family Day

There will be no classes this upcoming Family Day: Monday, February 20, 2017. All other classes will run as scheduled.

Thanks, and I hope everyone has a great holiday.

TAI CHI / PUSH HANDS WORKSHOP 29 January 2017

Workshops are a wonderful opportunity to set aside an afternoon for focusing on yourself and your practice. The first workshop of 2017--and the first workshop of the new Rooster Year!--will take place on the 29th of January.

This workshop is only open to current Tai Chi students who have completed learning the Tai Chi set. Details below. 



TAI CHI / PUSH HANDS WORKSHOP
Sunday, January 29, 2017
1-5pm
Regent Health Centre Studio
Fee: $60

This workshop will focus on Push Hands and the Tai Chi set.

Push Hands is both a partner exercise, and the sparring form associated with Tai Chi and other internal martial arts. Learning Push Hands is absolutely key to understanding correct Tai Chi movement, as well as the art of dealing with another person's force, and energy. Practicing Push Hands can enormously benefit self confidence, deepen your practice, and teach you how to tell when your technique is correct, and when it needs adjustment. It moves chi, or energy, like no other discipline we study. At its best, it is deeply invigorating and uplifting, and can help the practitioner conquer common fears, and inspire new approaches to daily challenges.

This workshop will help participants master Push Hands fundamentals, and include instruction on how Push Hands practice relates to Tai Chi technique. We will also be working with Qigong sitting meditation, in order to integrate the body and energy changes that accompany Push Hands.

Participants must have completed Beginner's Tai Chi and be familiar with the Tai Chi set. To register, contact Melissa at smithmk2@gmail.com or (905) 521-0043.

Coming up in January 2017

I trust everyone is having a wonderful break, and looking forward to a shiny new year. This January is going to bring some great shifts in the Tai Chi and Qigong program, as we look forward to celebrating the incoming Rooster Year on January 28th!

Classes will resume with Gillianne Shaver's Wednesday afternoon class on January 4th. My regular classes will begin on Friday, January 6th.

I'll be adding a new class on Friday afternoons, from 3-4pm: Qigong for Health Recovery. More details to follow, but the basic idea of this class is to spend focused time working with individual students who are dealing with particular issues with health and mobility, and to talk about how we can use qigong meditation and exercise to approach healing. We'll be covering everything from working with injuries to specific conditions. You do not have to have a health condition to attend this class. Everyone is welcome to come, learn, and to bring any issue to the table they wish to understand better or to workshop for themselves. My hope with the class is that everyone will come away with a better understanding of how Qigong and Qigong meditation can be used as a tool for healing, and how to approach challenges with skill and persistence.

The Qigong for Health Recovery class will start Friday, January 6th, and will run from 3-4pm.

Tai Chi for Beginners is Rebooting! Both the Monday (12:30-2pm) and Saturday (2-3pm) classes will be starting from scratch! If you missed your chance to start learning Tai Chi this fall, or if you feel like you fell off the track with classes, then now's your chance for a fresh start.

Workshops! We'll be ringing in the energies of the new year with a Tai Chi workshop on Sunday, January 29th, 1-5pm. Keep your eyes on this space for more info.


Qigong Workshop, Sunday, December 4, 2016

Note: I will be keeping a stricter-than-usual limit on enrollment in this workshop to keep its size manageable. Please register early to save your spot! If you plan to come, as a courtesy to me and to others who wish to attend, I do need a heads up beforehand. If you are registered and you find you cannot come, please let me know as soon as you do--I will be keeping a waitlist if the workshop fills up. 

QIGONG WORKSHOP
Date: Sunday, December 4, 2016
Time: 1-5pm
Location: Regent Health Centre, 150 Locke Street South
Fees: $50 for regular tai chi / qigong students; $75 for non-students

For our final workshop of 2016, we'll be working with foundation qigong exercises and sitting and standing meditation, as well as guided visualization, to help us transition into the winter months. Winter is the time for quiet contemplation and introspection, time to slow down and experience peace, restfulness, and calm. It's an ideal time to increase your meditation practice. This workshop will be an excellent way to set yourself up for a beautiful winter. 


Fall 2016 News

It's fall! Which means cooler weather (at long last), a return to routine for many of us, and, in energetic terms, the descent of the warm, active energies of summer, and the rising of the cooler, calmer yin energies, which will culminate in the restfulness and introspection of winter. 

In the shamanic traditions I've studied, fall is a time for beginning to look within, and for planting seeds for the year to come. This is the time when many plants have already borne fruit, and their seeds, in some cases having become food for animals, are in the process of being released into the earth, so they can be tempered over the winter, and will be ready to emerge in the spring, as the cycle of new growth begins yet again. 

In human terms, this means that the fall is an excellent time to set intentions, and to set the stage for new projects and new energies to come into our lives. 

In other words, it's a wonderful time to learn Tai Chi, or to recommit to your practice. It's a great time to sit for a moment and consider the directions in which you'd like to move in the coming year, and think about how your practice can benefit you, and what you'd like to get out of it. 

If you're looking for more physical benefits, or more inner peace, or more ways to tell yourself that you matter (you do), now is an excellent time to take a hard look at your schedule and see if you can't carve out a small daily commitment to go over the moves you've learned, or do some sitting or standing meditation. Of course, one of the main ways to increase your weekly practice time is attending class! It never hurts to help refresh your understanding and immerse yourself in a community of like minded people. 

If you're looking to start lessons, now is the time! 

In the name of helping people begin and deepen their practice, I've expanded the class schedule this fall.

Friday afternoons, from 1:10-2:40, starting October 14th, will see us continuing to study Tai Chi and Lok Hup Ba Fa.

Saturdays, the Tai Chi beginner's class will run from 2-3pm. We'll be starting entirely from scratch this Saturday, October 15th. (Continuing folks, if you're so inclined, this is your chance to brush up on your basic foundation skills!)

Saturdays from 3-4:30, also starting on the 15th, we'll be exploring intermediate / advanced Tai Chi foundation, and starting the Tai Chi Sword set (note: this has been changed from Tai Chi Sabre, which we'll explore at a future date). 

On Mondays, beginning October 17th, we've got intermediate Tai Chi from 9:30-11am. We'll be polishing the Tai Chi set for the next few months, going over those sequences you might feel less confident with, and working on strengthening foundation. 

On Mondays from 11:15-12:15, we'll be studying Qigong exercise and meditation. This class is open to all levels, from beginners to advanced. This fall, we'll be returning to foundation exercises and working on Eight Silk Brocades, before returning to the Five Element set we were working on last season. We're going to be placing more emphasis on sitting and standing meditation in these classes.

Also on Mondays, from 12:30-2pm, I've added a brand new beginners Tai Chi class. The same as the Saturday beginners session, this class will offer instruction on the Tai Chi set and foundation exercises from scratch. 

I hope you'll feel inspired to join us this fall, or return for more training. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact me at (905) 521-0043 or smithmk2@gmail.com. See you in a few days!