Yoga and Qi Gong to Fortify the Spine

with Thara Srinivasan
Saturday, November 9th | 2-4pm

The ancient practices of yoga and qi gong both seek to cultivate our vitality. Over a thousand years old, the Zhuang Yao Ba Duan Gong form of qi gong is translated as the Eight Movements to Fortify the Spine. These slow, flowing movements are believed to strengthen and massage the kidneys, which according to Chinese medicine are considered not only to be the root of life but also govern the health of the spine and the lower back. Come for a refreshing afternoon in which we will learn this qi gong set and practice yoga movement with the breath and yoga breathwork, exploring how qi gong and yoga complement and deepen each other. All levels are welcome.

Thara Srinivasan, PhD, teaches at The Yoga Room and is a graduate of The Yoga Room’s Advanced Studies Program. 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, and she studied the Eight Movements to Fortify the Spine with Master Shi Yong Yao (former Grand Master of qi gong and kung fu at the Shaolin Temple in China). With deep experience using yoga therapeutically, Thara is dedicated to creating a safe environment for a joyful practice.

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