This practice is both energetic and healing as it condenses Tai Chi into standing postures, walks and shifting movements. By integrating principle, breath and focus in the “tan tien” with awareness of the Chinese Five Elements, this work generates, circulates and unblocks “chi” (vital energy) allowing it to nourish us at the very deepest level. Valuable work for students of all experience levels, and open to both complete beginners and non Tai chi practitioners.
Roots & Branches is both the simplest and deepest work in our tradition. Accessible to the athlete as well as the bedridden, to those who wish to study deeply, and those with no time at all. It can restore health and strength, emotional equilibrium, mental clarity and spiritual awareness.
Patrick Watson was intitiated into this work when Cheng Man-Ching gave him postures and movements for his health. In the mid 1970s Patrick decided the School of Tai Chi Chuan should preserve this work and asked Pat Gorman to interview everyone Cheng Man-Ching had worked with in this way: their illness, Chinese diagnosis, assigned work and results. A Five Elements acupuncturist and one of the School of Tai Chi Chuan’s legacy holders, Gorman has worked with fellow legacy holder Gerrie Sporken to transform this information into the Roots & Branches Qigong program.
For an introduction to our Roots and Branches 5 Element Qi Gong program, go to: http://youtu.be/pob1tA497Vg