Chi Gong Yoga?

We just got back from the beautiful state of Colorado and now I need a vacation from my vacation.  Vacationing is not as relaxing as you would like it to be with a 14 month old.  Nevertheless, we were fortunate to be able to take a break from the scorching 100-degree summer days of Dallas and we had a nice time.  I hiked, biked, played tennis and found a place to practice yoga.  I went to a studio called Yoga For the Peaceful in Crested Butte, Colorado.  “What a nice name for a Yoga studio,” I thought.  I looked at the schedule and found a class called “Chi Yoga Flow.”  By definition, it seemed similar to the Vinyasa flow classes, which I’ve always done and I figured that they just added the word “chi.” I was in Crested Butte after all where the force is one of light and positivity.

I walked into class, introduced myself to the teacher and she said, “Have you ever done Chi Gong?”  I thought, “What on earth is Chi Gong and did I just walk into a martial arts class?”  I said, “Not exactly Chi Gong, but I have practiced yoga for years.”  The teacher said to me, “This class integrates Chi Gong movement forms with heart opening yoga postures.”  I thought, “I don’t know what Chi Gong movements are.  I get an hour and a half to myself and I get stuck in a Chi Gong class?  What am I doing?”  No offense to any of those who practice Chi Gong, but time is of the essence when you’re a mom.  You simply don’t have all day.  You have snippets of time and you want to use those snippets wisely.  Can you imagine me talking about not having a lot of time on a vacation?  This statement seems full of irony, but when you have a baby, relaxation usually comes at night, after you put your bundle of love down.

I started off with a bad attitude as the first 10 minutes of this class passed, and then, I thought, “You are defying what yoga is all about.  You’re ridiculous.  Yoga is tranquility, peace and spiritual insight.  Enjoy your time here.”  So, I gave myself a little attitude adjustment and I ended up enjoying the class.  It was not as vigorous a class as what I am used to, but it was good for me mentally, as Chi Gong is a series of movements where you rock back and forth, which helps with energy, balance and coordination.   Chi Gong means “energy cultivation” or “working with the life energy” and it has healing benefits.  I was on vacation to heal and rejuvenate my mind and body from the everyday stress of life and so the Chi Gong class was perfect for me at that time.  There truly is a time and place for everything and you can see this clearly if you open your heart and mind.  It’s amazing what a little attitude adjustment will do for you.