Rooted in Chinese medicine, Qigong is a practice designed to increase energy flow through the meridian channels of the body. The movement is slow, yet complex, integrating spiral patterns through the hands, arms, shoulders and hip joints. It is beneficial for all levels, including the beginner. The challenging, yet gentle flow is meant to a build strength, increase energy, and cultivate a meditative breath.When you think of exercises that can help you relax, yoga is often the default. This is because yoga is all about remaining calm while maintaining some uncomfortable positions that slowly become more comfortable the longer you practice. Yoga is even a great way to help kids relax, as it can decrease stress and improve attention and behavior, according to a study by Wayne State University. And heck, if yoga can help even children find their calm, then you know that’s powerful stuff! Calming yoga is wonderfully beneficial in clearing the cobwebs from your mind and helping you to find your center. Taoflow: 40 min. Basics by Cain Carroll
1. Taoflow: Squat Sequence
This is a forty-minute Taoflow where you will learn proper alignment and breathing techniques for overall health. Class begins with a few minutes of free-style Shaking to clear the mind and warm up the body. Then, follow Qigong Expert Cain Carroll to move into Joint Opening exercises to increase circulation and awareness of the joints in preparation for in-depth study and practice of Womb Squat. Students of all levels are welcome to check out this Grokker Premium video.
2. Taoflow: 40 min. Nourishing Life Practice
Cultivate optimal health and longevity with this 40-minute session of Taoflow nourishing life practices. Class begins with the six healing sounds to cleanse and strengthen the internal organs, followed by a series of pressure point self-massage and meridian washing. The practices you will learn here have been used for thousands of years by yogis in India and Taoist sages in China to prevent injury and dis-ease, and promote radiant health of body and mind. No experience necessary. Students of all levels are welcome (yes, total beginners too).
3. Shake and Flow: 40 min. Basics
This is a forty-minute set of Taoflow essentials. Class begins with traditional Shaking to clear the mind, detox the cells and rejuvenate the whole body. Follow Qigong Expert Cain Carroll through this series of powerful energy activation exercises to open the joints, scrub away tension, and get the life-force flowing in this Grokker Premium video. This is a standing practice you can do anywhere.
4. Taoflow: 40 min. Basics
This is a forty-minute set of Taoflow basics. Class begins with traditional Shaking toclear the mind, detox the cells and rejuvenate the whole body. Then, the sequence movesthrough some of the basic Taoflow standing postures and movements, followed by gentlefloor work to open the hips, unwind the spine, and chill the mind. Students of all levelsare welcome.
5. Taoflow: Stability
This is a forty-minute set of Taoflow Yoga that fosters stability and centeredness in body and mind with our celebrated Qigong Expert Cain Carroll. This all levels class begins with free-style shaking to clear the mind, detox the cells and rejuvenate the whole body. We then work with longer holds of specific postures to calm the nervous system, balance emotions, and strengthen the feeling of somatic presence in this Grokker Premium video. No props needed.