Chi Kung

Taoist Arts Center:
Chi Kung

Chi Kung (also known as Qigong,Nei Gung, Chi Gung or Taoist Energy Arts) is the basis of Tai Chi Chuan and Taoist Meditation. Like acupuncture and all Chinese medicine, Chi Kung is based upon the idea that smoothly flowing Chi or life force is essential to health.

Chi Kung (energy work) practices balance and increase the body’s energies and develop feelings of health, strength and well being. Chi Kung uses the natural functions of your body to release stress, develop flexibility, stamina and coordination, and to heal chronic joint and back problems. The central idea of Chi Kung is to develop and store Chi

Chi Kung is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine and is commonly used for its beneficial healing effects. (You may read more on this subject on our News and Research page).

Chi Kung techniques are cumulative. As you continue through the year the effects of the exercises will increase. As you practice Chi Kung your body will become more relaxed and stronger, your health will improve and your spirits will lift.

Here are some Chi Kung courses we teach:

The Spirit of Chi Kung
Swimming in Air Chi Kung
Gathering Essence Chi Kung
The Yi Jin Jing Muscle Classic

Blue Heron Chi Kung
The Ten Taoist Chi Kung
The Eight Pieces of Brocade
Gods Playing in the Clouds Chi Kung

Dragon and Tiger Chi Kung
Finding Your Root Chi Kung
Bend the Bow, Shoot the Arrow
Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body

We offer these Chi Kung courses in varying forms to fit individual needs. We begin in the fall with simple yet effective Chi Kung exercises. Gradually throughout the year the exercises increase in complexity. For a list of offerings see our Class Schedule.

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Susan Rabinowitz performs Dragon and Tiger Chi Kung in front of  New York City's Empire State Building .

What an amazing thing - in just 6 months at the Taoist Arts Center my overall cholesterol has dropped 50 points and my ‘bad’ choldsterol had dropped 25 points. I thank Susan and Sara for their inspiration and for setting me off on what I hope to be a long journey to continued health and well being. Barbara R.

More About Our Chi Kung Program

Bend the Bow and Shoot the Arrow
Bend the Bow and Shoot the Arrow gives students entry to areas of major blockages and enables them to clear those blocks and realign the spine for optimal health and movement. It connects the arms and legs to the spine, energizes the internal organs and improves digestion. Bend the Bow and Shoot the Arrow is healing, relaxing and a great practice for everyone who wants to feel more flexible and at ease.

Blue Heron Chi Kung
Blue Heron Chi Kung is a medical form of Chi Kung that enhances the energy of the entire body for health and well being. Heron Breathing strengthens legs and improves balance while relaxing the breath, invigorating the internal organs and calming the mind. The gentle energizing movements of Blue Heron make it an excellent introduction to the healing aspect of Chi Kung and a great set for everyone who wants to feel healthier and more alive.

Coiling Hands Chi Kung
Coiling Hands Chi Kung (often called Yin Yang Hands) will help students activate the bodies natural spiraling pathways, loosen the joints and tone the muscles. These coiling movements are the key to the internal power of Tai Chi and Chi Kung and will help students bring energy outward from their center to their fingertips where it may be used for health, work, or martial readiness.

Cool Summer Chi Kung
Ease into summer with this low stress  approach to the Chinese way of health and harmony. These flowing  movements cool, calm, and relax body and mind, while increasing  strength, balance and energy. Summer Classes are modular yet connected and may be taken individually or in combination. Take them all, or  drop-in when you can.

Chi Kung Meditation
Chi Kung Meditation brings 'motion to stillness and stillness to motion' and  brings meditation into daily life. Students will learn standing, sitting and moving exercises that will help them to energize their body, relax their nervous system and calm their minds. These gentle techniques combine physical movement with use of the breath and relaxation of the mind to produce a unique whole body experience that balances the energies of the lower, middle and upper energy centers (tantiens). Chi Kung Meditation will be useful for meditators, healers, martial artists  and everyone who wants to be stronger, calmer and more centered and  balanced.
      
Chinese Bodywork for Health and Healing
These traditional Chinese techniques release pain and tension. The practice  will help you to free your own energy and the energy of others by opening blocked energy channels and meridians. It presents techniques for self-massage and two person practices as well as several psychic self-defense exercises designed to prevent burnout. It is helpful for  all people interested in health, relaxation and massage.

Circling Hands Chi Kung
Circular motion is the key to releasing stress and improving health. Circling Hands Chi Kung will help students to raise body awareness and increase energy circulation for physical, mental and spiritual vitality. Circling Hands Chi Kung helps activate the bodies natural spiraling pathways, loosen the joints and tone the muscles. These coiling  movements are the key to the internal power of tai chi and chi kung and will help students bring energy outward from the center to the fingertips where it may be used for health, work, or martial readiness. The  techniques taught in this class will benefit dancers, athletes, martial artists and anyone who wants to be healthy, vibrant and relaxed
  
Dragon and Tiger Chi Kung
Dragon and Tiger Chi Kung is a medical form of Chi Kung that is especially  helpful for those recovering from illness or injury. It is appropriate  for students at all ages and levels of fitness. Easy to learn, it  can be used to relieve stress, increase flexibility and enhance well-being. Those interested in this subject are encouraged to attend  our Dragon and Tiger Chi Kung Classes. You may read about Dragon and Tiger Chi Kung in Susan Rabinowitz
’s article in Inside Kung-Fu.(NEED NEWS PAGE AND LINK TO IT)

Eight Pieces of Brocade
The Eight Pieces of Brocade is one of the oldest and most commonly practiced chi kung sets in the world for health and longevity. Athletic and energizing, it strengthens the legs, stretches the ligaments and energizes the entire body. An excellent transition from external to internal movement, the Eight Pieces of Brocade is appropriate for students at all levels of experience.
      
Energy of Healing
The Energy of Healing turns Chinese medical theory into chi kung practice for health and well being. Students will use the insights of Chinese medicine to improve the circulation of blood and chi, aid delivery of oxygen to the cells and stimulate the immune system. This workshop will show students how to achieve optimal health by practicing Chi Kung in a way that opens their acupuncture meridians, clears their internal organs and balances the 5 elements that compose the universe and flow through  the body. A terrific introduction to chi kung for beginners and a great way for continuing students to
increase their understanding. Energetics of Healing is open to students at all levels..

Energy, Circulation and Vitality
Energy, Circulation and Vitality will help students to circulate their energy through the Macrocosmic and Microcosmic orbits of energy that unite their bodies with the energy of the universe. This course will help students to move energy smoothly and freely throughout their entire body to enhance the circulation of blood and chi  for increased energy, vibrant health and  feelings of unity with all that is.
        
Entering the Gate: Chi Kung Meditation
Harmonize your body, energy, heart and mind through this introduction to Chi Kung and Taoist Meditation. This low stress beginning to Chi Kung (energy  work), consists of easy-to-learn movements that are the basis of Tai Chi and Chinese medicine, combined with instruction in Taoist Meditation. Chi Kung Meditation is a safe, relaxing and effective way to practice spirituality in daily life while refining body, mind and emotions.

Essentials of Healing
The techniques in this course promote efficient movement of chi throughout  the body and are widely used in China to relieve back, neck and joint  problems. Merging and circulating the energies of body and mind, opening the joints and balancing the meridians, these ancient practices help ward off disease to create a feeling of relaxation and harmony  oneself and with the universe around us. Essentials of Healing is easy to understand for beginners and invaluable for established  practitioners.

Finding Your Root
Like a tree on a mountain the Chi Kung practitioner stands between heaven and earth and is nurtured by both. Rooting - connecting with the energy  of the earth - helps develop strength, balance and harmony. In this course students will learn Taoist breathing and dissolving techniques to help them receive energy from the universe and send it  downward to their roots in the earth. We will also learn standing techniques, to provide a solid base for the Tai Chi form, Push Hands and overall good health.

Freeing Your Chi
Freely flowing of chi (life energy)  increases flexibility, releases stress and improves overall health. In this course students will learn  traditional medical chi kung techniques to help them release bound chi in their muscles and joints and add flexibility to their back, neck,  shoulders and arms. The exercises taught in this workshop will help students reduce repetitive stress injuries, enhance range of movement and ward off disease. A great practice for martial artists, healers and all who would like to feel healthier, more relaxed and vital Freeing your Chi is open to all..

Gathering Essence
Gathering Essence cultivates and circulates chi (life essence) throughout the  body for health, strength and vitality.  This smoothly flowing one-movement exercise strengthens the muscles, stretches the ligaments, tones the internal organs, sends chi to the fingertips and energizes and relaxes body and mind. A great addition to anyones daily routine, Gathering Essence is open to all.

Get More Chi In Your Tai Chi
Get More Chi In Your Tai Chi will teach students techniques that will help  them to coordinate physical movement and energy. expand and compress all their joints and learn subtle alignments that will increase their  health and vitality.
         
Get More Chi Now
This combination of the Ten Taoist Exercises and the 3 Energy Gates swings will tone your organs while  relaxing and strengthening your body and mind. The perfect way to enhance any exercise routine this course will be  helpful for all those interested in improved performance and vibrant health

Grounding, Balance and Structure
Traditional Taoist standing, breathing and movement practices will help students release tension and become more balanced and energized. Heron Breathing helps individuals to relax their breath, strengthen their body and create a  grounded and balanced structure that will invigorate their internal organs and calm their mind.

Gods Playing in the Clouds
This powerful chi kung set features flowing movement and vibrant energy. The bridge between chi kung and Taoist meditation, Gods Playing in the  Clouds is famous for strengthening the bones, clearing the emotions, energizing the brain and opening the heart. This graceful set includes many healing techniques of the Chinese masters and was the personal chi kung set of Taoist Master Liu Hung Chieh.
      
Gods Meditating in the Clouds
This powerful chi kung unites the techniques of Taoist Meditation with the motions of Gods in the Clouds, to help enhance and circulate energy throughout the body, strengthen the internal organs and open the heart, while simultaneously balancing the energies of the body, mind and spirit.
       
Gods Spiraling in the Clouds
This set unites the natural spiraling pathways of people's energy body with the motions of Gods Playing in the Clouds to provide a meditative chi kung set with flowing movement and vibrant energy. These 6 fluid exercises enhance and spiral energy throughout the body to strengthen the bones, open the heart and lift the spirits.
     
Healing Your Joints
Increase the flexibility in your back, neck, shoulders and arms by adding spring to  your joints. Traditional Chinese medical theory believes many illness begin when we loose elasticity and become rigid, and that the joints of our body are the first place to suffer. Healing Your Joints will teach  students to reduce unwanted pain and tension, enhance their range of  movement and restore the free flow of chi for improved health and  mobility. Open to All..

Inside the Ten Taoist Exercises
Move beyond the externals and into the heart of The 10 Taoist Exercises to energize your internal organs, increase your stamina, strengthen your  immune system and relax your mind. Open to students at all levels of  experience.

Longevity Breathing
Breath is life. Many spiritual traditions maintain that better breathing is the key to a healthy body and a clear and calm mind. Taoist Full Body Breathing will teach students to reduce stress and tension and prevent and heal illness. An excellent skill in itself and an essential prelude to Tai Chi, Chi Kung and Meditation, this course will be useful for  meditators, martial artists and all those who wish to feel healthier, more balanced and relaxed. Beginners Welcome.

Marriage of Heaven and Earth 
This 4000 year old exercise is famous as a one-movement health practice. Uniting all the Taoist body practices in one smoothly flowing movement, The Marriage of Heaven and Earth helps people to breathe fully, heal the internal organs and release energy for relaxation, strength and  calmness. It gently but fully stretches, soothes and massages  all of the muscles and joints of the body and helps individuals to  access and fix areas of discomfort or injury.

Medical Chi Kung
Medical Chi Kung is the part of traditional Chinese medicine that cultivates and controls energy for increased health and well being. Practiced by  millions of people throughout the world it improves the circulation of  blood and chi, aids the delivery of oxygen to the cells and stimulates  the immune system. This course turns Chinese medical theory into chi  kung practice. Students will use the insights of Chinese medicine to improve circulation of blood and chi within their bodies, aid delivery of oxygen to their cells and stimulate their immune systems. A great introduction to Chinese medicine, Medical Chi Kung will be helpful for all those who want to feel more healthy, relaxed and vital.
       
Opening the Energy Gates of your Body
Part 1. Dissolving, Cloud Hands, Spine Stretch

Part 2. The Three Energy Gates Swings
The exercises in Opening the Energy Gates of your Body enable students to bridge the gap between body and mind, focus on internal processes, eliminate blockages and maximize energy. Energy Gates exercises consist of Standing-Outer Dissolving, Cloud Hands, the 3 Swings and the Taoist spine stretch. Outer Dissolving is a standing meditation practice that uses the mind to release pain and tension from the body. The Cloud Hands exercise joins the arms and legs to the spine and  focuses on the internal body alignments necessary for increased energy, health and vitality. The 3 Swings help students balance the energies of the lower, middle and upper internal organs. They help to improve the health of the entire body, lubricate the joints and relax the mind. The unique Taoist Spine Stretch reduces stress and trauma, increases energy and lifts the spirits.
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The Power of Circles
Circular motion is the key to releasing stress, improving health and the internal power of Tai Chi and Chi Kung. In this workshop Circling Hands Chi Kung helps students activate the bodies natural spiraling pathways, loosen the joints and tone the muscles. These traditional coiling  techniques help students bring energy outward from their center to the  hands and fingertips where it may be used for health, work  or martial  readiness. Great for reducing pain and repetitive stress injuries, The Power of Circles, helps students raise body awareness and increase energy circulation.
     
Psychic Self Defense
Psychic Self Defense can help you to dissolve your troubles away. Psychic Self  Defense will offers traditional Taoist techniques to help students dissolve unwanted energies in their environment safely and peacefully. These gentle techniques show them how to resist  manipulation and control, be less fearful and more at ease with themselves and the world around them.

Secrets of Tai Chi and Chi Kung: The Internal Arts from the Inside Out
This course guides students beyond the externals into the heart of Tai  Chi and Chi Kung. Students will learn to power their moves by stretching inward, opening and closing joints, coiling muscles and directing  energy. They will go beyond the physical postures and focus on learning  tai chi and chi kung from the inside out to bring more chi into their chi kung and tai chi for increased power, health and relaxation. Designed for students at all levels of experience, Secrets of Tai Chi and Chi Kung is a must for everyone who wants effective chi kung and the
real Tai Chi.
      
Sleeping Chi Kung
Widely practiced for health and rejuvenation, Sleeping Chi Kung is based upon the circulation of internal energy. The relaxed postures help students sleep more restfully, relieve pain and tension and correct chronic conditions. A great addition to anyone's daily routine, Sleeping Chi Kung can be helpful for all who wish to feel healthier and more at ease with themselves and the world around them.
      
Spinal Chi Kung
Spinal Chi Kung increases the flexibility of the spine and strengthens the physical and energetic links between the spine and the internal organs. By freeing the energy between vertebrae students learn to clear blockages and realign their spines for optimal health and movement.

Spiraling Energy Body
Spiraling Energy Body Chi Kung reinforces the natural spiraling pathways of energy in the body. These exercises focus on delivering energy to any part of the body at will, so it can be used to do work, issue  power or heal illness.
      
Swimming in Air: The Eight Taoist Exercises
Swim in the energy of chi while practicing this graceful chi kung from ancient China. The sinuous and flowing moves strengthen and relax body and mind while simultaneously extending your range of motion. Swimming in Air strengthens the legs, flexes the spine and unites the  entire body for increased heath and energy. An excellent set for beginners and advanced students alike.

The Spirit of Chi Kung
Renew, restore and refresh yourself with these easy to learn exercises from ancient China that relax the breath, stretch the muscles and harmonize the entire body. Open to students at all levels, The Spriit of Chi Kung will increase your strength, expand your endurance and add zip to your  step.

The Ten Essential Chi Kung
The Ten Essential Chi Kung is relaxing, strengthening and calming. It contains many essential health techniques used by traditional Chinese medicine for centuries to relieve back, neck and joint problems. The 10 Essential Chi Kung helps people ward off disease and creates a feeling of comfort and harmony themselves and with the universe. A great addition to anyone's daily routine, the Ten Essential Chi Kung is open to students at all levels.

The Tao 10 (The Ten Taoist Exercises)
Athletic and energizing, these Ten Taoist Exercises tone the internal organs and strengthen and relax your body and your mind. A favorite with Taoist Arts Center students, the Tao 10 are the perfect warm-up for Tai Chi and will  benefit all those interested in health and fitness.

Taoist Energy Cultivation
Energy (chi) is basic to all Tai Chi, chi kung and Taoist meditation. In this course Taoist breathing, awareness and movement practices teach students ways toi develop, store and increase their internal  energy. Taoist Energy Cultivation will be helpful for all those who wish to deepen their practice of Tai Chi and Chi Kung, and all who wish to feel more healthy, grounded and relaxed.

Taoist Stretching
These unique stretches begin where others end, relaxing and connecting all  parts of the body, balancing its energy and creating deeper more comfortable movement. These gentle stretches calm the nervous system, increase relaxation, and help students to enjoy easier, more pain-free action and a greater range of motion.

Ten Chi Kung for Health and Balance
This combination of Better Breathing and the Daily Dozen Chi Kung promotes efficient movement of breath and chi through the body and helps students be more grounded and balanced. Used in China to relieve back, neck and joint problems, these ancient practices help ward off disease and create a feeling of relaxation and harmony with oneself and the universe around us.

The Foundations of Chi Kung
This trio of the Tao 10, Chi Kung Outer Dissolving and the unique Taoist  spine stretch will help you reduce stress and trauma, increase your  energy and lift your spirits.
     
The Opening of Yin and Yang
Without Yin there is no Yang, without Yang there is no Yin. These universal  energies circulate through all things and endlessly transform into one another. In this course students will learn techniques to circulate and balance the energies of the Yin and Yang meridians within their bodies for increased comfort and a sense of universal oneness.

The Yi Jin Jing Muscle Washing Classic
The Yi Jin Jing Muscle Washing Classic (aka Changing the Ligaments) is a 1500  year old chi kung that strengthens tendons and ligaments, opens the meridians, increases flexibility and empowers students to emit energy from their hands. The active yet gentle exercises help students release blocked chi, balance the internal organs and enhance the immune system. The Yi Jin Jing is attributed to Bodhidharma, the founder of Chan  Buddhism, who taught it to the monks at the Shaolin Temple for their  health and self defense. This classical set will be useful for all those interested in health, strength and flexibility.
      
Walking Chi Kung
Walking Chi Kung is a medical form of chi kung that helps students release pain and tension, strengthen their immune systems and feel better fast. The  gentle energizing movements are easy to learn and can be practiced by  those at all levels of health and fitness. Developed by Madam  Guo Lin  in 1970, Walking Chi Kung has become so popular that it is used in hospitals throughout China to help their patients with recovery from life threatening diseases and to enhance their immune system. This simple system includes the energy building Chi Kung Walk, techniques for  self-massage and methods of balancing the yin and yang energies of the body. An excellent introduction to medical chi kung, Walking Chi Kung is a great set for everyone who wants to feel healthier and more vibrant.

Please see our Class Schedule page for information about when our classes meet.

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