Sunday, January 15, 2012

Keweenaw Krayons to offer winter Tai Chi, Qigong Wellness classes

MOHAWK -- Back by popular demand, Darlene Basto is scheduled to teach Tai Chi and Qigong Wellness classes at Keweenaw Krayons this winter. An experienced instructor, Basto is certified by the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi (IIQTC).*

Both classes begin their six-week run on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at Keweenaw Krayons’ facilities in Mohawk. Qigong Wellness runs from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tai Chi 8 commences shortly after, at 6:45 p.m., and ends at 7:45 p.m. Participants can register for both courses by visiting www.keweenawkrayons.org and clicking on "Calendar of Events" to view the schedule.

Each course costs $75 separately, or students can sign up for both classes and pay $125. The optional companion book for both classes, The Healer Within, is $15. Those who wish to register for both classes at the discount rate should contact Keweenaw Krayons Director Elise Matz at (906) 934-3824.

About Qigong

While reducing stress, the Qigong Wellness techniques also increase vitality. These gentle but effective mind-body exercises are done seated and standing, with a focus on breathing, meditation and self-massage techniques. Core-strengthening, this ancient Asian practice deepens breathing and relaxation, which assists the body in healing itself. The method, with continued practice, aids in enhancing the immune system. No floor work. Other benefits include balance (falls prevention), increased flexibility and clarity of thought.

About Tai Chi 8

Tai Chi 8 includes an eight-movement "Tai Chi EasyTM" practice developed by the IIQTC, as well as some mind-body strengthening qigong exercises. No previous tai chi or qigong experience is necessary, but it is helpful for deepening the practice. These movements increase coordination and focus while also enhancing balance, flexibility, and relaxation.

* Click here to learn about the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi.

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