Begins September 14
Thursdays, Noon (50 minutes)
Tapestry Dance Center
3748 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis
NOTE: This class is designed for people who identify within LGBTQA+.
Our Thursday noon class focuses on stress reduction through breath work that promotes strength and agility. This class introduces Floating Monk Qigong (Jook Lum Ting Sing Tong Long Pai) and the dance elements of Shaolin Kenpo karate.
Qigong promotes clear thinking and concentration, and readies the body for an active afternoon. Practicing qigong at this time can lengthen the activation of the spleen, which works with your liver and your immune system. Noontime Qigong also activates fire energy connecting to the heart, giving it vital space for strength and energy. We recommend planning for your mid-day meal after class, or eating a light meal one hour or more before class begins.
In this class, you will learn the art of working with your body and breath to promote internal vitality and wellness.
This class blends together movements from Qigong, which focuses on the rise and fall of energy in the body guided by breath. The class includes high intensity movements from Shaolin Kenpo karate which are traditionally referred to as dances. The attention state training associated with karate is particularly beneficial for mind-body connection, and elements of self-defense will be studied.
The movements of the Qigong are very concentrated and minimal, activating a great deal of internal energy using muscles of the core and legs. The Eight Pieces of Brocade are introduced, as well as meditation techniques.
New students are welcome join an ongoing class at any time. The movements are easy-to-follow and the guided practice will provide all the cues you need to follow along. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely. Please bring clean dry shoes for class. No street shoes are allowed on the dance floors so we can keep them clean and safe!
Tapestry Dance Center has installed state-of-the-art HVAC which circulates all of the air in the studio 5 times per hour. However, Shaolin Kenpo and Qigong is an exercise of deep breath work, high intensity training and meditation. The deeper your breath, the more you benefit. Additionally, students work closely with partners, and social distancing is generally not possible. That's why we require all participants to be vaccinated. These parameters may change along with the impact of COVID variants. Learn more about COVID policies.
In accordance with our mission, Dragon Crane opens doors to movement arts regardless of ability to pay. To that end, simply place what you can into the red envelope at the beginning of class.