Roots and Branches™ 5 Element Qi Gong

R&B Water Generate Qi, and experience the wonder of T’ai Chi in a new and exciting way. Roots & Branches can be experienced by everyone, young and old, with or without T’ai Chi experience. Come for one hour or subscribe for a longer stretch of time. What is Roots & Branches all about and what makes it so exciting? You may read the words below, but be warned; the words only hint at what can be better experienced at one of our R&B – classes.

R&B Wood

Roots & Branches consists of moves that generate Qi, circulate and unblock Qi, apply the Qi to nourish the system, and return the Qi to the deepest level, that of Jing Qi, associated from time immemorial with health, spirit, and longevity.

In Chinese Medicine, Qi is the energy of life which is present in every living thing. The unimpeded and balanced circulation of Qi is considered essential for our mental, physical and spiritual well-being.

In this course we will practice relaxing tai chi postures and movements, plus self-care exercises to maintain or regain your health. You will experience the five phases of Qi energy (also known as the Five Elements: Water, Earth, Wood, Fire and Metal) and learn how to keep them healthy in your life.

R&B Fire

Combining T’ai Chi and the Theory of the Five Elements, Roots & Branches is a series of exercises to generate, circulate and utilize the Qi to tune each of the five energies in a direct and profound way. The course includes awareness of the specific Qi of each season and how it can enliven us.

So this work is called “generating Qi” and it is precisely that. It generates, circulates, and protects Qi, and can, over a period of time, restore Jing and help heal illnesses and traumatic experiences.

Each hour in this course is a complete unit in itself, but we recommend to help you get the optimum benefit and experience the energetic qualities of all the 5 Elements that you complete an entire term of classes.

R&B Earth

By the end of this course, you will be able to practice on your own to support your well-being and health for the rest of your life.

Roots & Branches™: 5 Element Qi Gong, Generating Qi is excellent for:

  • easy practice, making you want to continue with it
  • fun, generating a pleasant mood
  • breathing naturally from the tan tien

The course can be joined by anyone, no prior training is required. If you next class in T'ai Chi is not available to you in a current term Roots and Branches is an excellent opportunity for you to continue your study of T'ai Chi helping to circulate and generate your Qi!. R&B Metal

Your experience on this course is enhanced as two of our senior teachers, Declan Rothwell and
Seán O'Neill are trained Classical Five Element Acupuncturists.

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