According to a recent article from the Pew Research center, 95% of Americans own a cell phone and 77% of those are smartphones. Many of us would be lost without our smartphones. They perform so many important tasks. But all this technology in a relatively small device comes with some consequences.
What is qigong? How can it help? Here is a brief introduction to qigong. Learn with us at our weekly qigong classes on Wednesday at 6:30pm in Portland or Thursdays at 10:30am in Brunswick. For a full class schedule, click here!
Hello and welcome to the first in a series of posts designed to assist dancers in maximizing performance while achieving and maintaining wellness. This first installment is about preventing injury. Due to the high impact of an injury to a dancer’s life, a holistic approach to a preventative program is important.
Finding time to develop a daily (or at least frequent) meditation practice can be a challenge for many people. Our schedules are filled with so many things that taking time to meditate, let alone relax can seem daunting. If you are looking for a way to have the benefits of meditation (improved concentration and stress reduction just to name a few) as well as a way to allow for your body, mind and spirit to receive deep rest, then Yoga Nidra can be a beautiful practice for you.
Nearly everyone has had the experience of an unpleasant or disturbing emotion that persists so long we wonder or even doubt it will ever change. We can forget what it was like to be without the feeling and believe it’s just the way it is, a part of us - like a body odor. We can try to cover it up like using deodorant but perhaps we would rather discover the cause and change it. This month we dive deeper into compassion meditation and how it can help us in our every day lives.
The Chinese New Year falls on Friday, February 16th this year. Also known as the Spring Festival in China and Taiwan, it is celebrated for the entire week and is a good time for spring cleaning and wearing bright red for good luck. On this special day it is wise to avoid accidents and focus on gentleness and appreciation to create a beneficial influence for the rest of the year.
Qigong (pronounced che-gong) is a form of gentle exercise that is a fundamental component of self-care in traditional Chinese medicine. Less acrobatic than many yoga forms and more active than most meditation practices, this movement therapy gently strengthens, calms, and supports both body and mind. It involves meditation and repeated movements that improve circulation and increase qi (energy), encouraging an overall sense of well-being.