Opening the Body and Mind in Gods Playing in the Clouds Qigong workshop with Eric Peters [Eric is the third from the left in the YouTube thumbnail above.] Gods Playing in the Clouds ("Gods") is the most advanced qigong set taught by Bruce Frantzis. It was the only qigong set practiced by his teacher, Liu Hung Chieh, at the end of his life. After learning the six movements of Gods, one begins to integrate the elements of the 16 neigung into this practice (neigung is found in all other Taoist tai chi, qigong, and meditation ... [Continue Reading]

Tai Chi Sword and Staff

Weapons have been part of the tai chi curriculum since the beginnings of the art in ancient China. Traditional Yang family tai chi for example, includes straight sword and broadsword forms, double sword, staff, and spear forms, as well as extensive internal training methods using staves and swords of varying dimensions. Weapons training improves root, whole-body integration, extension of yi and chi (intention and energy) beyond the body, fluidity, and jing development in a way that empty-hand ... [Continue Reading]

Cheng Man Ching Tai Chi

Cheng Man Ching (1900-1975) was one of the most remarkable figures of 20th century tai chi, a “master of five excellences” who brought authentic tai chi to the US and also taught extensively in Taiwan and Southeast Asia. A disciple of the legendary Yang Cheng Fu, Cheng also studied Taoist neigong, and modified the traditional Yang Style to reflect this influence. Cheng style tai chi emphasizes rooting, complete release of tension from body and mind, and fluid, effortless movement. The Cheng 37 ... [Continue Reading]

Chinese Healing Exercises – Further Explorations

Chinese Healing Exercises have been used for thousands of years as prescribed or self-directed practices to promote health, increase functionality, improve energy levels, relieve aches and pains, and treat many common ailments. Easy to learn, simple to do, and very effective, they are drawn from acupressure, medical qigong, paidagong, Daoist yoga, warm-ups for taiji and various qigongs, and other related practices.   In this four hour workshop we’ll further some of the practices ... [Continue Reading]

Foundation Training or “Jibengong”

Many of our Tai Chi courses focus on learning the “form.” We do this to help you improve your coordination, learn to let go of overt tension, and encourage relaxation of the body and the mind as you move. Classically, there were additional practices, called “jibengong” or basic, foundational training exercises, that were used to prepare the body for more advanced training, including self-defense, meditation, and weapons sparring. Jibengong basic training exercises help you build leg and ... [Continue Reading]

Dragon & Tiger Qigong – 2015 Sunday Series with Bill Ryan

In 2015, Bill Ryan will continue to teach monthly Dragon & Tiger Qigong workshops at multiple levels. These workshops are designed to allow you to learn and train Dragon & Tiger qigong in a systematic and progressive manner - on whatever Sundays fit your schedule and learning speed. They are also designed to complement Brookline Tai Chi's weekly (level 1a and 1b) Dragon & Tiger classes, so that you can study a topic in depth with Bill in a workshop format and then unpack it ... [Continue Reading]

Brookline Tai Chi and LivingSocial

“What got me is that after three days of doing tai chi, though I didn’t know what I was doing and felt totally inadequate, my energy was up. I had the feeling, ‘There’s something going on here; this is doing something for me.’ Now I’ve been doing this for a long while and it’s still working. I’m 83. I should be going downhill but I’m not.” — from a BTC student Brookline Tai Chi has been teaching Chinese movement arts for 23 years to people of all ages, skills, and fitness levels. Located in ... [Continue Reading]

New Meditation Classes for Winter 2015

We are pleased to be able to offer two new classes in Taoist Water Method Meditation beginning in January 2015: Introduction to Meditation and Inner Dissolving Mentoring.  Energy Arts-certified instructor Janak Sanariya will teach both classes - please see his writings below on meditation in general and the scope of these two classes specifically. What is Meditation? Introduction to Meditation 101: Description and Registration Link Inner Dissolving Mentoring: Description and Registration ... [Continue Reading]

Tai Chi Jings Training: New Winter Course with Don Ethan Miller

JING TRAINING Jing (or jin, or ging) is a term in Chinese Martial Arts for an expression of energy with a particular pattern or quality, as distinguished from ordinary, untrained force. There are the Four Primary Jings ( Peng, Lu, Ji, and An) as well as kao jing, chan su jing, fajing, ting jing, kong jing, and many more. Many Tai Chi players learn the physical movements of their forms, but do not understand the specific qualities and energies that are meant to be associated with them. In ... [Continue Reading]

Introduction to Yiquan: A New Winter Course with Don Miller

INTRODUCTION TO YIQUAN Yiquan is a unique internal martial art/qigong system developed in the last century by Wang Xiang Zhai, a Xingyi master who combined the most powerful and direct methods of all the Chinese internal martial arts and qigong systems, including Xingyi, Bagua, Tai Chi, Shaolin, Taoist and Buddhist methods. Yiquan is a formless art, containing no fixed, choreographed sets of movements or techniques. Rather, it works to develop one's natural vitality, strength and mobility ... [Continue Reading]