Thursdays Jan 29 - March 26 (no class 3/19) 7:00 - 8:00 pm $150 $10 - $20 first timers Preregistration recommended. Checks can be mailed to Dr Pea's 1309 Singleton Ave Austin Texas 78702 Beginner's mind welcome. For continuity, a commitment to at least 6 classes is required. This series will focus on creating an intimate connection with the flow of energy, aka "chi", using specific postures and exercises, breath, sound and attention. Our health and well being can be measured by our chi, blood and organs...intimately connected and interdependent. Chi Gong, like acupuncture, facilitates this flow and ongoing creation of abundant chi for living. What is Qi? It’s the force that moves things through our body. Over millennia in China, doctors, scientists, monks, and philosophers discovered the patterns in which Qi moves in the body, its rhythms and flow. Over time, they identified a system of Qi flow they called “Mai” which is commonly translated as “meridians” or “channels.” Fitting in with the Chinese naturalistic philosophy, the language used to describe the flow of Qi in the meridians is like that used to describe water, it “pools” and it can “stagnate.” Along these meridians, they found that the Qi pools at predictable locations, which are where your acupuncturist places the acupuncture needles. By subtly manipulating the needle, your acupuncturist is able to affect the Qi flow. Your acupuncturist may be stimulating the flow of Qi where it has become stuck or stagnant, or they may be redirecting it if it is flowing the wrong way.