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Qigong

About Qigong

We’ve placed our Qigong classes on hold until Fall 2019 due to our full farming schedule this spring and summer.

Qigong is an art that coordinates breath and movement (or sometimes visualization) to enhance the body’s vital energy, or Qi (pronounced “chee”). The word Qigong itself can be translated loosely as “energy cultivation,” and forms of Qigong have been practiced in China for thousands of years. These Qigong forms can range from sitting or standing meditations to a series of continuous movements, as in Taiji (or T’ai chi).

Curtis has studied Qigong under Master Lisa O’Shea (YMAA) and Master Zhong Xuechao (Wudang). He offers classes throughout the midcoast Maine region in various forms of Qigong movement and meditation. Private sessions are also available upon request. See the schedule page for a full list of class locations and information, or contact Curtis directly with questions.

Curtis has also studied Medical Qigong under Master O’Shea and Paul Fraser (Pangu Shengong) in Asheville, NC. In Medical Qigong, or Qigong Healing, the practitioner directs Qi to the recipient (in a fashion similar to Japanese Reiki). For more information about healing sessions, please contact him.

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Qigong Class FAQ

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Classes are on hold until Fall 2019. If you are interested in Qigong and in the midcoast Maine area, feel free to reach out. I also teach private lessons tailored to particular needs.

In a typical hour-long Qigong class, we begin with a brief warm-up and meditation before performing a full form together. Students follow the instructor's movements and verbal cues, much like in a yoga class. Qigong postures are frequently fluid, coordinated with the breath. The forms we cover in class are typically performed standing and can be modified for those with limited mobility (or even performed sitting down).

To offer you a better sense for what Qigong looks like, here is a video of Master Zhong XueChao performing The Eight Pieces of Brocade, a famous form traced back to 12th-century China:

"Qigong" means energy work or energy cultivation and can therefore encompass a variety of activities involving physical movement or internal cultivation. Modern Qigong forms ultimately descend from ancient Chinese healing and energy practices. Tai Chi (T'ai chi ch'üan) is a martial art that's frequently practiced for its health benefits. It can be placed under the Qigong umbrella.

In general, Tai Chi forms are comprised of longer sequences of postures with motions calibrated for martial applications. While Qigong also involves flowing motions, its movements are designed not for fighting but for health benefit. Qigong forms can often be performed simply by following the instructor's cues, so it's easier to participate or drop into a class without any experience. You need not have studied Tai Chi to perform Qigong, though those with a regular Tai Chi practice often find Qigong to be an excellent supplement and means for deepening their practice.

For more details, see the "Overview of Qigong and Tai Chi" section of the Comprehensive Review published by Jahnke et al (2011).

Wear comfortable clothing that you can move freely in. Qigong can be performed in bare feet or socks. If you prefer wearing some sort of shoe for support or stability, please keep in mind that many of the studios we practice in do not allow street shoes; thus, you'll need to bring another pair.

New students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Even if you're just curious, please stop by and try a class out. Many Qigong forms employ simple motions that are beneficial to the body and spirit.

Unlike Tai Chi, Qigong movements allow more variation if we need it. In class I regularly offer modifications to movements and am happy to answer any questions you might have about a certain posture. Many Qigong forms can be performed sitting down, and for this reason I try to have at least a couple chairs available during each class (depending on the venue's supplies).

If you have a persistent injury or any concerns about movement please inform the instructor before class. And ultimately listen to your body. Perform only those motions that you feel to be comfortable and feasible. It is important in Qigong not to strain yourself because the point is to allow Qi to flow. For this to happen we must release tension.

Regular weekly classes typically cost $12 for drop-ins. Bulk class passes can be purchased for $10 each (groups of 5 or 10). Accommodations are available upon request for those who need them. For more information on class costs please consult the class or workshop's description (which can be found on the calendar or on this page, above).

At this time we only accept cash and checks. If you'd prefer some other means of payments please contact us.

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Content for Current Students

The following password-protected pages contain resources intended for students currently working on these forms.

  1. Shiba Luohan (1-9)