I was intrigued to start an internal practice because I heard about the benefits of having a meditative practice, but I knew I needed something physical as well. Little did I know, that even in a year so much could change within my body and my relationship to my holding patterns. After class I feel magical. As if my body is a rag, I feel like I have just wrung out all the gunk. Throughout my day I can start to sense when I am tensing my shoulders - I can’t maybe control what stressors are making me tense, but I now have the ability to relax my muscles, creating less aches and pains later. I finally feel like I understand how to breath and my breathing is so much deeper. I have so far to go in this life long practice, but I am truly grateful for all I have discovered thus far.
The way they present the material allows us to focus on the movements and our breath which I find carries over to the rest of my day. They make it incredibly easy to understand. I highly recommend this to any company looking to institute a wellness program or even just a workshop.
When I started taking class with Root of Movement I was in constant pain from an old ankle injury that kept getting re-injured. It had been treated by acupuncturists as well as Western doctors, but the relief was only temporary. It has now been six months since I started taking class and I rarely think about that injury. I am almost never in pain. Beyond that, Qi Gong and Ba Gua have released tension that I didn’t know was there before. I highly recommend these classes!
I started training with Root of Movement several years ago without any prior knowledge about the internal arts or what they had to offer. Since then, every training session has been a rewarding experience that’s carried over to the rest of my day.
Jonathan is an exceptional teacher and his classes are a highlight of my week. My relationship to my body has changed immensely since studying Ba Gua with him - I feel stronger, more resilient and have greater awareness of my body’s structural integrity, balance and gravitational dynamics. Practicing Ba Gua and Qigong also compliments my sitting practice. Ba Gua was challenging from the beginning, but it quickly revealed a range of motion and movement that I was not accessing and have since begun to enjoy.
I have been taking classes with Root of Movement for about 2 years. As a person with significant health issues, I felt the need for a form of exercise that would help me keep in touch with my body and help to compensate for its limitations. Jonathan has been a sensitive and knowledgeable teacher. His enthusiasm for qigong and the internal arts is contagious. I always feel more centered and balanced when our sessions are over. I highly recommend this!
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