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An introduction to Taoist healing arts: Qi Gong & Acupressure Massage

Qi Gong exercises cultivate and distribute Energy/Qi throughout the body and are a powerful tool that have been used for thousands of years to promote health and longevity. The immediate effects are an invigorating burst of physical energy and extreme mental clarity, while the long term effects gradually boost the immune system and increase stamina and will power. Participants will be taught a specific set of exercises, first learning each one step-by-step, then practicing them linked together in succession, using the group energy to create a palpable swell of energy.

The acupressure portion of the workshop will include a brief overview of the Chinese meridian system, while spending the majority of the time focusing on hands-on, practical applications of the theory. Students will work individually and with partners, learning to apply the healing massage techniques to both oneself and to others. No previous bodywork experience is required.

Investment: $40

YMS Tribe Members: $35


About Ari Halbert:

  My first memories of yoga are from childhood, practicing asana alongside my dad, and watching him sit for long periods every morning to meditate. These influences acted as a seed that was planted in me—one which began to blossom over a decade later when I gained an affinity for books on Western Esotericism, and found myself learning yoga postures yet again, but this time under the tutelage of many great LA and New York based yoga teachers. I received my 200-hour certification at Atmananda Yoga in 2008, and shortly thereafter completed an advanced teacher training with Schuyler Grant at Kula Yoga, and studied with Nevine Michaan to become a Katonah Yoga certified instructor.

     In my classes I strive to help students explore the inner realms though the forms and expressions of the physical body. I enjoy focusing on the intricacies of precise alignment and at the same time crave the immense sense of freedom, which comes from letting that go to flow intuitively from movement to movement. It is my opinion that through the grace of the movements of the physical body, one can imbue the same sense of grace and peace within. In the words of the ancient adage: as above, so below; as without, so within.