What is yoga?
Yoga is Sanskrit for ‘Union” – bringing the mind,
body and spirit together in harmony. Yogic postures are gentle exercises
that increase circulation, strength and flexibility, all the while
providing the opportunity for a mindfulness experience which can
lead to a greater power of concentration.
What is tai chi?
Tai chi originated in China as a martial art. It is now practiced
mainly to enhance physical and emotional health. Gentle flowing
movements of the arms and legs encourage relaxation, improve balance
and enhance muscle strength and flexibility. Tai chi is regarded
as a ‘moving meditation’ helping the practitioner to
find emotional balance as well.
What is pranayama?
Prana is Sanskrit for vital breath or life force. Pranayama is the
art of breath awareness. Your breath is always with you. Conscious
breathing is a key aspect of minimizing the impact of our daily
stresses. Conscious breathing also increases one’s power of
What is energy medicine?
Energy flows through our bodies just as breath and blood do. Energy
medicine is a term used to describe easy techniques an individual
uses on him or herself to promote physical health and emotional
balance. Assuming simple postures and tapping on certain points
of the body can help release tension, ease headaches, calm inner
chaos, promote clear thinking and more.
What is qi-gong?
Qi-gong originated in communal healing dances and shamanic practices
5000 years ago. It persists as a mainstay in Chinese health care.
Qi-gong refers to ancient Chinese exercises which are simple to
do yet can have profoundly vitalizing effects on our mind and body.
Qi-gong movements boost the immune system, help to get chi (life
energy) flowing, stretch ligaments and strengthen muscles along
with encouraging the practitioner to quiet the mind . Qi-gong exercises
are considered to be a healing art rather than a martial art. Tai
chi practitioners will find Qi-gong movements familiar and will
notice that the practices complement and enhance each other.
What is meditation?
Meditation is a process whereby one’s thoughts lose their
claim on us. Through meditation we ‘do by non-doing.’
Meditation is an ‘allowing’ that enables one’s
mind to quiet, resulting in an alert, calm awareness.
What is polarity therapy?
Polarity therapy is a way of working with the fundamental energies
of life. Light touch, at specified points on the body, relieves
obstruction of energy flow and brings these energy currents to a
state of balance. You may experience emotional release and physical
relaxation as energy flows more freely in you own energy field.
Loose fitting clothing is worn during the session.
What are Chakras?
There are 7 major chakras in the human body. Each is a vortex of energy, colorful and whirling. Each chakra resonates with different organs and endocrine systems in the body and with different energetic principals of human existence. These areas process energy from your current surroundings and your past experiences.
Do I need experience?
Unless specified, all classes welcome beginners. Those who do have
knowledge of these art forms will have a chance to deepen their
What do I wear?
Comfortable, loose fitting clothing is appropriate. For sessions
held on the beach, you may wish to bring a towel. Wear a hat or
visor and sun screen if desired.
What if I cannot make all 6 sessions of the stress reduction
through mind body awareness?
Each session offers something different so it is best to attend
all 6 sessions of the series. The group dynamic thrives if all participants
attend all sessions. Missing more than 3 session could significantly
diminish the value you might obtain from the gatherings. All participants
will be charged the full fee regardless of the number of sessions
they actually attend.
Do I need to be a guest at the Buccaneer to attend?
No. St. Croix offers numerous wonderful places for vacationers to stay. Local
Crucians are also welcome to attend all of our sessions.