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]

Gods Playing in the Clouds as a Meditative Exercise

Gods Playing in the Clouds is the most advanced chi gung taught by Bruce Frantzis. After learning the six movements of Gods, one begins to integrate the elements of Bruce’s 16 neigung into the practice. In addition, Bruce Frantzis has described Gods as a bridge to meditation. In this afternoon workshop, Eric Peters will help you explore various ways to experience your mind in your body, develop and maintain presence and find stillness in motion. This workshop is recommended for anyone with ... [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]

Immersion Week 2015 with Craig Barnes – Tai Chi Short Form and Heaven & Earth Qigong

Energy Arts Senior Instructor Craig Barnes will teach workshops in Wu Style Short Form Tai Chi and Heaven & Earth Qigong this year for Immersion Week, April 20-26, 2015. Studying with an experienced instructor like Craig often makes it possible to delve into material that would otherwise be inaccessible, and studying in an immersive fashion (multiple hours per day, multiple days in a row) can afford similar depth.  Combine both and upgrade your Tai Chi and/or Heaven & Earth in ... [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]

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]

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]

Tai Chi Jibengong I Teacher Training

  An 8-week, 24-hour training leading to certification in Tai Chi Jibengong I: (Foundational Practices / Solo)   COURSE DESCRIPTION: Jibengong, or "Foundational Work", is the basis for complete development in all traditional Tai Chi (and other Chinese Martial Arts, both Internal and External). Jibengong builds the physical structure, basic mental states, and primary energetic patterns that form the basis for form work, push hands, and applications in Tai Chi. In this 24-hour training, ... [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]

Wu Style Tai Chi Long Form with Craig Barnes

with Energy Arts Senior Instructor Craig Barnes September 13-14, 2014 The weekend of September 13, Craig will continue this spring's Long Form workshop series and will teach from the 2nd and 3rd sections of the Long Form.   Craig will help you learn to improve your tai chi by emphasizing and teaching the following topics: unifying the body balancing top, bottom, left, right, front and back developing greater fluidity of movement releasing the shoulders This ... [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]

Taoist Breathing with Bill Ryan and Ana Popa, Sun Nov 9, 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, November 9, 2014 Please Note: In these workshops we will review the material we taught in our October workshops. Registration Level 1: Breathing to Calm Your Mind, Breathe Into and Relax Your Upper and Middle Back 12:30-4:00 PM Level 2: Let Go of Your Breathing Expectations and Beliefs 4:15 -5:45 PM REGISTRATION You may ... [Continue Reading]

Taoist Breathing with Bill Ryan and Ana Popa, Sun Oct 5, 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, October 5, 2014 This Sunday's workshops are part of a four-month series this Fall to help you learn to breathe better - with deeper, longer, more relaxed, and more relaxing breaths. You may attend any of these workshops even if you missed those in September, as long as you otherwise meet their prerequisites. In these workshops we will ... [Continue Reading]

Taoist Breathing with Bill Ryan and Ana Popa, Sun Sept 7, 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, September 7, 2014 This Sunday's workshops are the first in a four-month series this Fall to help you learn to breathe better - with deeper, longer, more relaxed, and more relaxing breaths. Registration Introduction 12:30 - 1:30 PM Level 1: Breathing to Relax Your Nervous System, Breathe Into and Relax Your Abdomen and Lower Sides ... [Continue Reading]