Join us for a refreshing afternoon combining yoga and qi gong, two ancient practices that complement each other beautifully. Both traditions strive to cultivate and balance our life-energy: prana or qi. In this workshop, we will learn the qi gong sequence known as Eight Movements to Fortify the Spine, a set of flowing movements coordinated with the breath as practiced by Buddhist monks for over a thousand years at the Shaolin Temple in China. We will also learn rejuvenating yoga breathwork (pranayama) and yoga movements led by the breath, exploring how the yoga and qi gong approaches to cultivating vitality enhance and deepen each other. All levels welcome.
Thara Srinivasan, PhD, teaches at The Yoga Room. Yoga has been a strong tradition in her family for generations. She learned pranayama (yoga breathwork) and meditation from her grandfather, a lifelong yogi, and viniyoga (a style of yoga movement with the breath) from her father, a student of T.K.V. Desikachar. Her classes also incorporate qi gong, which she studied at the Wen Wu School in El Cerrito and with Master Shi Yong Yao, former Grand Master of qi gong and kung fu at the Shaolin Temple in China.
Loc Huynh has been studying martial arts at the Wen Wu School of Internal Arts for over 25 years and teaching there for 20 years. He is proficient in Northern Shaolin kung fu, Guang Ping Yang taiji, Internal White Crane, and Wild Goose and Shaolin qi gong. He is also a licensed acupuncturist and practitioner of Chinese herbal medicine.
15 or more days in advance: $20 service charge | 14 to 8 days in advance: 50% charge | 7 days or less: no refund | Fees are non-transferable | Checks must be received within 7 days to hold your registration