Qi is commonly translated as “energy” and can be thought of as the motive force intrinsic to all things in the universe
Qi Gong: Cultivating strength from within
Qi gong or “Qi cultivation” involves a series of breathing exercises coupled with movement and visualization to regulate specific systems of the body. Qi gong may be practiced as a daily exercise or used during treatment when necessary. These exercises are typically learned and practiced as a set or series, with the intended purpose of regulating the whole body, mind, and spirit. When used as a treatment modality, the patient will be prescribed parts of a series of exercises to perform on their own. These exercises can be as simple as standing in place while diaphragmatically breathing, or can be as complex as a sequence of coordinated movements of the arms and legs with varied breathing techniques.
We offer Group Classes as well as Private Lessons for those interested in learning how to cultivate their own Qi to strengthen the body and mind.
Dao Yin: “Chinese Yoga”
Dao Yin, often referred to as Chinese Yoga, is a form of exercise that combines body movements and breathing. The word Dao 導 means “to guide” or “to direct”, in this case to regulate the Qi or vital energy of the body by guiding its flow. The original meaning of Yin 引 is “to draw a bow”, and indicates the pulling and activating of strength and inner tension as well as the opening of a space between the bow and the string. Nowadays, it can mean “stretch”, “pull out (pain)”, or “release/relieve blockages”.
A seventh-century medical handbook Zhubing yuanhou lun 諸病源候論 (Origins and Symptoms of Medical Disorders) says: “The practice consists of drawing together in one’s body all the bad, the pathogenic, and the malevolent forms of Qi. Then one follows them, pulls them in, and guides them to leave forever. This is why it is called Dao Yin.”
We offer Group Classes as well as Private Lessons for those interested in learning Dao Yin practices.
Yoga is an ancient Indian system of techniques and guidance for physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Here in New York, the most well-known aspect of yoga is Hatha yoga, focused on the Asana or postures in physical practice. The various styles of yoga that you may encounter – such as Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Kundalini, etc – fit under the umbrella of Hatha yoga in terms of the focus on physical posture practice. Yoga itself is step-by-step guide on how to live life, with physical fitness being one of the eight limbs of the practice. In the two best known source texts, the Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita, the nature of—and obstacles to—higher awareness and fulfillment are explained, as well as a variety of methods for attaining those goals. Besides movement through physical postures, yoga practice can include breathing exercises, chanting, and meditation.
Here at Evolve we offer a variety of group yoga classes, including Ashtanga Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and our Back To Health: Yoga for Back Pain series, designed by Boston University and put to the test through clinical trial.
We also offer private small group and individual instruction.