meditation

Can meditation be fun?

By Cindy Black / October 15, 2015 /

Meditation – let’s have some fun! It doesn’t look very fun from the outside – the closed eyes and expressionless faces. You’re sitting in an uncomfortable position, wondering what to do, and hoping not to break the silence with a fart. Add in the somber direction to let go of who you think you are, in order…

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What is Dao Yin?

By Cindy Black / May 7, 2015 /

Dao Yin is an ancient movement practice from China. This is a reconstruction of a “Guiding and Pulling Chart” excavated from the Mawangdui Tomb 3 (sealed in 168BC) in the former kingdom of Changsha. The original is in the Hunan Provincial Museum, Changsha, China. (1) The words “Dao Yin” in this context means “guiding” and…

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Moving at the speed of breath

By Cindy Black / November 20, 2014 /

Lately I’m lost in fast moving thoughts, agitated by endless “to do lists,” rushing through traffic to get to a yoga class.  Catching up with myself this morning, bringing my attention to my breath, a familiar  sense of settling slowly seeps into my cells. From stillness I begin familiar movements. But now I am present…

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Qi Gong

What is Qi Gong?

By Cindy Black / May 16, 2013 /

Qi (“chee”) is our Life Force, or energy. Gong means “skill.” Qi Gong is a practice of developing sensitivity to Qi and building an ability to manage or use Qi. The practice comes from China where it was developed thousands of years ago. Qi Gong exercises are part of Chinese Medicine, and can be used…

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