Heaven & Earth Qigong with Craig Barnes – Saturday June 20

Energy Arts Senior Instructor Craig Barnes will continue teaching Heaven & Earth Qigong at Brookline Tai Chi Saturday, June 20.   Craig will explore one of several topics in Heaven & Earth, depending on the group of students and his judgment about what will be the most useful.  The following are several of the possible topics: lower body lengthening opening and closing the joints working with the etheric chi circularity Saturday June 20, 2:30-6:30pm $95 ... [Continue Reading]

Tai Chi Jibengong Boot Camp

Start the Summer by taking your Tai Chi to the next level, with an intensive half-day of "old school Tai Chi" basic training, including: root and jing training stance and posture work equipment training two-person exercises form movement repetition internal circuit training, ... and much more. This is not a class, or seminar where you will be instructed in the subtleties of form, qigong, or two-person practices. It is a concentrated experience of jibengong, the foundational ... [Continue Reading]

Circling Hands: Ligamental Spring and Bowing the Spine

An important goal and skill in Tai Chi and Chi Gung is to develop spring in the ligaments of the body, especially in the arms, legs and spine. In this one day workshop, Energy Arts Senior Instructor Eric Peters will use Circling Hands Chi Gung to teach the “C curve” of bowing and stretching the spine to develop the anterior and posterior ligaments of the spine. Circling Hands is a simple one movement chi gung exercise. It is the easiest way to learn how to bow and stretch the spine while ... [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]

Chinese Healing Exercises in Energy Arts Practices

 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, acupuncturist and Energy Arts-certified ... [Continue Reading]

Tai Chi Jibengong II Intensive/Teacher Training

Jibengong, or Fundamental Training, is a term used in all Chinese martial arts to describe the foundational skills required to become an accomplished practicioner, whether of Tai Chi, Bagua, Xingyi, Tongbei, Shaolin, or any other internal or external art. Traditional Tai Chi has a very specific Jibengong curriculum, including stance work, posture holding, equipment training, specialized chi kung, single move power training, 2-person posture testing and jing training, footwork, sensitivity ... [Continue Reading]

Pulsing the Cavities and Gods Playing in the Clouds, with Eric Peters

March 28-29, 2015 with Energy Arts Senior Instructor Eric Peters An important goal of the Taoist chi gung taught by Bruce Frantzis is the internal releasing, opening and lengthening of the soft tissues of the body. One critical method of this practice is pulsing the joints and cavities of the body. The cavities of the body are important fluid and energetic centers. The kwa, midriff and armpits help regulate the flow of energy up and down the side channels of the body. There are also the ... [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]

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]

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]

The Nei Gung of Xing Yi, Part 2 with Marcus Opalenik

He Bei Style Xing Yi with Marcus Opalenik: Nei Gung, Part 2 Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 3:00pm - 6:00pm $75/$65 for members Open to everyone (no prerequisites) For centuries the internal work ("Nei Gung") of Xing Yi has been regarded as the quickest way possible to develop internal skill. The process and step-by-step method has historically been shrouded in secrecy and thus hard to come by. Yi Zong New England is pleased to announce the continuation of our series in the Nei Gung of Xing Yi. ... [Continue Reading]

New Classroom Space on Brington Road

We are upgrading our space! We will be swapping our smaller room (355 Boylston Street) for the space adjacent to our larger room (4 Brington Road). Once renovations are complete, double doors will connect the two classrooms, allowing for easier connections between classes and a better sense of community.  In addition to the doorway, we'll be refinishing the hardwood flooring, painting the room, and doing bathroom upgrades. This unexpected opportunity will allow us a larger, quieter, more ... [Continue Reading]

The Nei Gung of Xing Yi, Level 1 with Marcus Opalenik

He Bei Style Xing Yi with Marcus Opalenik: Nei Gung Level 1 Saturday, Nov 08, 2014 3:00pm - 6:00pm $75/$65 for members Open to everyone (no prerequisites) For centuries the internal work ("Nei Gung") of Xing Yi has been regarded as the quickest way possible to develop internal skill. The process and step-by-step method has historically been shrouded in secrecy and thus hard to come by. Come learn the methods for developing internal skill on the vertical, horizontal, and diagonal ... [Continue Reading]

Xing Yi: 5 Elements Series – Earth element, Oct 11 with Marcus Opalenik

He Bei Style Xing Yi with Marcus Opalenik: Earth Element Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 3:00pm - 6:00pm $75/$65 for members Open to everyone (no prerequisites) Invented by the famous General Yu Fei, Xing Yi or "form mind" boxing is designed to enliven the body, making it internally flexible and elastic. It strengthens the mind and sharpens the intent, giving one a vibrancy into old age. In this seminar we will focus on Heng Chuan - the Neutraling Fist of Xing Yi Chuan. Heng belongs to the ... [Continue Reading]

Spinal Qigong & Ting Jing (“Listening Energy”) Workshops with Robert Tangora, October 18 & 19, 2014

Spinal Qigong The more subtle aspects of Spinal Qigong include the bowing and lengthening of the spine in conjunction with the rotations of the vertebrae. Controlling these combinations give rise to the internal spirals in the spine. Without both components, the internal spirals are much less pronounced. The combination of rotations with bowing and lengthening allow a subtle balancing of the spirals which greatly improve the deep healing, meditation and martial aspects of spinal ... [Continue Reading]

Yin-Yang Lengthening and Gods Playing in the Clouds – Sept 27-28 2014

Yin-Yang Lengthening and Gods Playing in the Clouds Qigong Brookline Tai Chi, September 27-28, 2014 with Energy Arts Senior Instructor Eric Peters   An important goal of the Taoist qigong taught by Bruce Frantzis is the lengthening of the soft tissues of the body. As the body bends and stretches, it should also lengthen in and out. Over time, internal space is created in the body by releasing the nerves and lengthening muscle fiber, fascia and connective tissue.   The yin ... [Continue Reading]

18 Ways To Do The Form with Don Ethan Miller (part 3 of 3) – Sept 21, 2014

Sunday Sept 21, 2014, 10:00am – 1:00pm Early registration (before Sept 14): $90, $75 for members Late registration (on or after Sept 14): $100, $85 for members Limit: 20 participants   18 Ways To Do The Form, Part III: A Half-day Workshop in Expanding Form Practice with Don Ethan Miller   "The utility of a vessel is in its emptiness"       -- Lao Tzu   Every Tai Chi form is a vessel, which can be "filled" with a variety of energetic qualities, jings, activation ... [Continue Reading]

Xing Yi: 5 Elements Series – Fire element, Sept 13 with Marcus Opalenik

He Bei Style Xing Yi with Marcus Opalenik: Fire Element Saturday, Sept 13, 2014 3:00pm - 6:00pm $75/$65 for members Open to everyone (no prerequisites) Invented by the famous General Yu Fei, Xing Yi or "form mind" boxing is designed to enliven the body, making it internally flexible and elastic. It strengthens the mind and sharpens the intent, giving one a vibrancy into old age. In this seminar we will focus on Pao Chuan - the Explosive Fist of Xing Yi Chuan. Likened to a cannon ... [Continue Reading]

Taoist Breathing with Bill Ryan and Ana Popa, Sun Dec 14, 2014

TAOIST LONGEVITY BREATHING The Core Inner Practice within Brookline Tai Chi's Qigong, Tai Chi, Meditation, and Bagua with Bill Ryan and Ana Popa Sunday, Dec 14, 2014 Please Note: In these workshops we will review the material we taught in our November workshops. Registration Level 1: Breathing to Relax Where You Hold Your Stress, Breathe Into and Relax Your Upper Lungs 12:30-4:00 PM Level 2: Breathe Energy Through the Core of Your Body 4:15 - 5:45 PM REGISTRATION You may ... [Continue Reading]