Anthem Qigong

Anthem Tai Chi – October Newsletter


The class focuses on cultivating your energy to get it flowing in your body. Each exercise is performed within your own physical abilities, gradually improving over time. Some members of the class are already talking about the effect it has had on their body and meditation practice - after just one class!

Cultivate the vision of health that you want, now and in the future.

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Anthem Civic Center: During October and November Only
Fridays from 8am to 9am
Cost: $35/month or $10 Drop-In.

Call 623-742-6000 for more information

The first set we are learning is the Eight Pieces of Brocade, a well-known Chinese health practice. It is a set of eight exercises that focus on body alignment, movement, breath-work and focused intention. The set is one of the the simplest and easiest to understand, and is a good place to start for a Qigong beginner.


The set can be practiced by anybody, regardless of age or health. Starting out, don’t worry if you cannot do the full stretch, as over a period of weeks, with slow gentle practice you will improve and become more flexible. Qigong sets often have 4 to 12 repetitions of each exercise, but start out with just a few repetitions of each exercise, trying to complete the entire set. Over time you can gradually lengthen the number of sets you do.

Standing Meditation

We begin each class with a standing meditation. Meditation practice trains your mind to focus. It can help you relax and reduce stress - and can even heal and strengthen your life force. It can also strengthen your character: your personal qualities and virtues, such as love, patience, generosity, and forgiveness. Meditation is also a powerful tool for accessing your creativity, your inner wisdom, and developing your  intuition. All of these are examples of what happens when you cultivate your life energy - your Qi.

The focused deep breathing that accompanies our standing meditation lowers stress in the body. When you breathe deeply, it sends a message to your brain and body to calm down and relax, lowering your heart rate and blood pressure.  Some words that are used to describe your breath include:

* Calm * Slender * Deep * Long * Continuous * Uniform *Slow * Soft.

What Happens During Meditation?
If you are a newcomer to meditation, begin with the goal of focusing on one thing so that everything else begins to drop away. Breathing is a good place to start. During meditation, your mind quiets. When you begin meditating, you may notice that your mind will wander. This is ok. Remember: Meditation takes practice.

Upcoming Events 
 2019 American Martial Arts Championship
November 10th - 8am to 4pm

Hosted by the Shaolin Temple Cultural Center in Chandler, this competition is focused on traditional Chinese martial arts.

The competition includes:
Wushu & Traditional Kung Fu Forms
Tai Chi Forms and Weapons 
Kung Fu Sparring
Karate and Sanda

If you are interested in commuting, mention it in class or email.

Next Month

In November I will be compiling a list of select tai chi and qigong books and movies for students to check out for free.  These will help you learn more about specific aspects of tai chi or medical qigong that may interest you.

American Martial Arts Championship