Time-Lapse of Qigong Meditation & Posture

Here’s an amazing video clip of a 10-minute meditation, compressed to 30 seconds.  Watch as my posture is naturally corrected during this time.

This particular meditation was focused on the first two of five ‘Regulations’ in Qigong… 1) regulate the body and 2) regulate the breath.

To regulate the body, you simply identify tension and give the thought of ‘letting go’.  There are other techniques which I’ve spoken about in earlier posts to assist in regulating the body.  You can read about them here.

To regulate the breath, I used Natural abdominal breathing during this meditation.  Natural breathing is when the abdomen expands as you breath in and compresses as you breath out.  This added intention allows the muscles of the spine and thorax to assist in releasing postural tension.

Visit during any Qigong class to learn more about regulating the body.


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World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Event

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day (WTCQD) is an annual event held the last Saturday of April each year to promote the related disciplines of Tai Chi and Qigong in nearly eighty countries since 1999.

Darold Starliper, Jr. will be leading a basic qigong sequence on the West Lawn of Liberty Place in Lancaster from 10am – 11am on Saturday, April 28th.

Geared to improve overall health, flexibility and strength, Qigong helps to boost and balance the body’s energy system.

This FREE community event is open to all ability levels. Participants will easily be able to follow along, mirroring safe and simple Qigong movements.

Again, this is a FREE event, but please be sure to register.

Rain location: Liberty Place, suite 263.

Eight Brocades Qigong – Workshop Series

A 4-Class Introductory series held Wednesday evenings, April 25 – May 16, from 6pm – 7pm.

The ‘Eight Brocades’ is a popular qigong set, perfect for anyone looking to improve overall health.  Practicing this set will tonify and regulate qi flow throughout the body as well as improve flexibility and stability and increase strength. These easy to follow movements make a great starting point for anyone interested in Qigong and a great foundational practice to build on.

Sign-up now for this 4-class Introductory series.

Date:     Wed, April 25 – Wed, May 16
Time:     6pm – 7pm
Cost:       $40 (cash/check)
Where:  Liberty Place, 313 W. Liberty St, suite 263

Workshop includes:
— detailed instruction of physical movements
— explanation/discussion of healing benefits of each movement
— general purging and regulating exercises to practice with the Eight Brocades
— practice time and refinement to help with retention of the set
— easy to follow Instructional Sheet, complete with pictures and directions.

* Please note, no refunds will be available if you are unable to attend a specific date.  Every effort will be made to help you ‘catch-up’ on material that may be missed.

A Few Small Changes You’ll Notice

The name ‘tai chi’ refers to a philosophy linking two concepts together ‘wuji’ and ‘yin/yang’.  Wuji, which means ‘no extremities’, is a state of emptiness or no boundaries.  Yin/Yang paints a picture of balance between two extremities or opposites (ie:  hot/cold, black/white, summer/winter).  So within the transition from wuji to yin/yang is the creating force of ‘tai chi’.  Tai Chi is translated as ‘Grand Ultimate’, meaning a force so great and powerful, that it can create something (yin/yang) out of nothingness (wuji).

The nickname of ‘tai chi’ has become associated with the art of tai chi, but rather it should be called by its full name, “tai chi chuan”, meaning “Grand Ultimate Fist”, referring to the martial art system created from the philosophy of tai chi.

Along with the shortened nickname, tai chi is also an older Romanization of the Chinese word, but because of its popularity, tai chi has remained.

In interest of preserving the true meaning of the art and accuracy of translations, you’ll now find the word “taijiquan” (pronounced ‘tie jee chwan’), in place of ‘tai chi’.  This new spelling is the more modern Romanization of the full name and correlates with the current Romanization of the word “qigong“, vs the older version of ‘chi kung, (pronounced ‘chee gung’).

Another change you’ll notice when scheduling, is that ‘taijiquan’ and ‘qigong’ are offered separately.  Many students are progressing and require more time for refinement, so combining the two topics is not ideal.  As students continue to progress, class schedules and offerings will continue to change.  As for now, all are welcome.  Classes are structured toward individual instruction, so you’ll never feel like you’re behind.



Intro to “Stretch & Condition”

Learn to eliminate, everyday aches and pains through stretching and strengthening the body’s muscles and joints. The human body is a complex machine that, like all other machines, require basic maintenance in order to run correctly. Stretching is the basic maintenance the body requires. During this intro workshop, you’ll learn basic movement concepts and techniques to immediately begin applying to your daily routine and quickly gain control over the aches and pains that you thought you would ‘just have to live with’. “Stretch & Condition” is more than just touching your toes, it’s a complex movement concept designed to increase mobility and suppleness of muscles while creating more flexibility and eliminating pain.

When:  Thursday, Feb 22nd
Time:    6:30pm – 7:30pm
Where:  Liberty Place, 313 W Liberty St, suite 262

This is a FREE event, but please respect the limited availability. Only register for this event if you are committed to attending.

Click HERE to register.

Additional Class Times Added

Many of you have asked for class times with Qigong only and Tai Chi only instruction, as well as later evening times.  Beginning this coming Monday, Jan 22nd the following classes will be available:

Monday 6:30pm Qigong
Monday 7:30pm Tai Chi
Tuesday 12:00pm Qigong
Thursday 6:15am Qigong

Be sure to register right away.  As class sizes grow, I’ll continue to offer a wider variety of offerings.

For now, all Tai Chi instruction will be based on Yang Form 24.  The ‘Tai Chi only’ class will be open to all students and offers deeper instruction, refinement and application of the Yang Form 24.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

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