Morning Qi Gong
On Saturday and Sunday mornings, you are invited to get together for 45 minutes or an hour of doing some Qi Gong together. You don't need to sign up - just show up.
Qi Gong refers to the practice of slow stylized movements, deep breathing, and calm mental focus. There are many dozens, maybe hundreds, of forms of Qi Gong, of which Tai Chi is probably the best known. Many millions of people, overwhelmingly Chinese, practice it daily.
My sister-in-law Laurie Steese introduced me to The Dragon's Way of Qi Gong years ago, and that's what we'll be doing at Menucha. It consists of a series of ten repeated movements, all very easy, and all with zany names, like "Rocking the Baby Dragon". Nothing is difficult, it's slow and focused, and anyone can do these. I always feel better after I do these - a little more relaxed, focused, limber, and energized. I have old person's aches and stiffness, and this helps a lot.
I am an intermittent practitioner, not an expert and certainly not "a teacher". I'll share what I know. If you want to get an early start, here's a link to a short description of the Dragon's Way
; you don't need to read this beforehand, and I can't promise that we'll do it exactly
the way the pamphlet describes.
I did this a lot when I was traveling around the world professionally, and I introduced colleagues to it in various countries. Everyone has enjoyed it. It's just the thing after traveling all day over bumpy roads, which I used to do a lot. The picture shows me doing this with some Kenyan friends, and of course some kids came over to join us!