November 15--evening classes will be held as usual.
Life-Enhancing Taijiquan Classes in Herndon, VA
Tai Chi, or Taijiquan, is among the most used martial arts forms on the planet. Not only does it allow for a formidable form of self-defense, but it also promotes a healthy lifestyle, self-discipline, and self-improvement. Qi Elements is proud to offer a full range of Taijiquan classes in Herndon, VA, for those experienced in the art and for beginners. From helping you to channel the body’s vital energy (Qi) to reducing stress, you can better yourself and focus your energies.
For Health or Martial Arts
No matter what you seek to achieve from Taijiquan, we can help. There are various schools of martial arts that have been in use for thousands of years. We teach multiple disciplines in order to ensure that you can get the most out of your experience. Turn to one of our Qigong instructors if you are looking for a healthful exercise that improves blood flow and breath control while toning muscles and enhancing flexibility. We can help you learn a practice that will better your life for years to come. Practice a relaxing-yet-invigorating method of improving your health. Our Saturday Qigong classes meet from 11 a.m. to noon, with Wednesday evening classes lasting from 6:30 p.m. to 7:25 p.m. and 7:35 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
We offer a variety of self-defense classes focused on Taijiquan. These help you to face the challenges that the world throws at you, allowing you to feel safe in your own body wherever you go. These classes are Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for beginners and intermediate students and 8:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. for intermediate and advanced students. These classes are perfect for getting in shape, controlling one’s energy, and learning self-discipline all while learning to defend oneself should it be necessary.
Improve your physical coordination.The simple, gentle and flowing movements of the Pri-mary Set will help you learn to coordinate the movements of your body so that you will be able to connect each part of your body into one, integrated unit. With practice the Primary Set will enable you to move with smoothness and grace.
Experience the feeling of your body’s vital energy.This set will help you feel and under-stand your body’s vital energy (Qi). This benefit is particularly im-portant to Taiji and Qigong students to improve the internal side of your practice.
Relax your muscles and reduce stress. The movements of the Pri-mary Set help your loosen and relax the muscles of your torso, in-cluding those surrounding your internal organs. When these muscles relax, you will benefit by the removal of energy stagna-tion and improved circulation to support organ functions.
Learn to improve your vital energy circulation with Four Gates Breathing. You will also receive instruction on how to use Four Gates Breathing to improve energy circulation in your limbs and promote Qi circulation in the twelve channels that support the healthy functioning of your organ systems.
When: Wednesday Nights 6:30-7:25 PM November 1-December 19. Where: Qi Elements Center, 464 Herndon Parkway, Suite 215, Herndon, VA 20170 How much? $18 a session to drop in. $99 for all eight sessions.
Sitting Meditation and Small Circulation
In this class you will begin with basic techniques for sitting meditation. Then you will move on to the technique for building up your vital energy, (Qi), circulating your Qi.
Improve mental focus and reduce stress. Research shows that simple sitting meditation practice can improve memory and mental. Meditation also helps to reduce stress by calm-ing the sympathetic nervous system, which creates the “fight or flight” response. This class will also cover deep breathing techniques that help to calm your mind and increase oxygen flow to your brain.
Strengthen your Qi and improve its circulation with the Small Circulation meditation tech-nique.From basic meditation, we will move on to the more advanced technique of Small Circulation. With this technique, you will learn how to build up your Qi storage in your Qi battery—the lower Dantian—and to improve the circulation in your body’s main conduits of Qi, the Governing and Conception Vessels. Small Circulation is the foundation for Grand Cir-culation and the internal side of Taiji (Tai Chi) practice.
Improve your overall health and prevent premature aging.Since the Governing and Con-ception Vessels supply the Qi to the twelve channels that regulate your organ networks’ functions, the Small Circulation practice is a key technique for improving your health and combatting aging.
When: Wednesday Evenings: 7:35-8:30 PM, November 7-January 9, no class on December 26. Where: Qi Elements Center, 464 Herndon Parkway, Suite 215, Herndon, VA 20170 How much? $18 a session to drop in. $99 for all nine sessions.
Taijiquan Martial Art
Our regularly scheduled Taijiquan classes are Tues. and Thurs. 10:00-11:30 AM and 6:30-8:00 PM for beginners and intermediate students and 8:00-9:15 PM for intermediate and advanced students. There is also a class on Saturdays 9:00-10:30 AM for beginners and intermediate students and 11AM-12 Noon for intermediate and advanced students.
For more information on our martial Taijiquan program see our program page here.
Qigong Exercise for Health
Saturday Qigong for Flexibility and Toning--meets regularly 11 AM - 12 Noon. Suitable for everyone ages 12 and over. If you can climb a flight of stairs, you can do these exercises. Drop-ins welcome. The drop-in fee is $18 per class. You can purchase packages of classes starting with 10 classes for $150 (to be used within 15 weeks).
Wednesday Evening Taiji-Qigong and Medical Qigong classes--6:30-7:25 PM and 7:35-8:30 PM cover topics on a rotating basis. Check our home page for current and upcoming topics.
For more information on our Qigong program and classes click here.
Taijiquan: "if we ask what is the use of this art, it rests on not using strength, and yet not fearing the strong. If someone with great strength comes to attack me, I rely on the greatest pliancy. That will be sufficient to prevail, for I just follow his tendency and take it from him." Yang, Chengfu, The Essence and Applications of Taijiquan
Qigong: "With the life-style changes of the last one hundred years, Qigong is more necessary today than ever before in its two thousand five hundred year history." Dr. Yang, Jwing Ming.
Whether you want a challenging, intense class or a relaxing, stress-relieving practice, we invite you to join us. You can either observe or try a beginner's class. We do not require annual contracts, just dedicated training. Just drop by or contact us.
We enroll new students at any time. You are always welcome to stop in to observe any of our regular classes. If you wish to take a trial class come 15 minutes before the scheduled start time, and wear loose, comfortable clothing and flat, indoor shoes. The fee for trial classes in Taijiquan is $25 per class. Drop-in classes for Qigong are $18. Please note that some of the Wednesday evening Qigong classes are not suitable for drop-ins. Our Taijiquan program is traditional, comprehensive, and challenging and requires a serious commitment to attendance. After the initial trial class or classes, drop-in attendance is not suitable for Taijiquan.