Eternal Strength classes offer personalized instruction, hands-on corrections and a joyful, respectful learning environment.  In addition to form instruction, our classes focus on neigong (inner work) components for health, vitality and internal power cultivation, including:

  • Bending, Stretching, Twisting and Alignments – Safely increase tone, structural integrity, energy flow, graceful movement, balance and resilience.
  • Whole Body Breathing for Long Life – These simple, profound practices will calm your nervous system and enable you to deeply relax, improve the functioning of your internal organs and cell metabolism and increase the felt-sense of chi (energy) in your body.  Breathing well will help you effectively manage stress and dramatically increase your health and well-being.
  • Opening and Closing (Pulsing) – The process of expanding (opening) and condensing (closing) energy, is a naturally occurring phenomenon that occurs throughout the macro and micro universe. We will bring the process of pulsing energy to the joints and cavities of the body which positively stimulates the interstitial and synovial fluids. Learning the process of pulsing will help you to release layers of tension and create improved resilience and health, restoring balance, harmony and integrated wholeness.
  • Embodying the Five Elements – Develop a ‘felt-sense’ of these elemental forces, and bring balance and harmony to the Five Elements within your body, mind, emotions, energy and spirit.
  • Inhabiting Joy – Cultivating the quality of joy is a simple practice that profoundly transforms ones life.  This practice infuses everything we teach as it establishes a healing, expansive atmosphere within and connects us with our true self.
The study and daily practice of Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong will dramatically enhance your health and well-being.  Whether you are a beginner or an experienced practitioner, we invite you to join us for classes, workshops or private instruction and become a part of our vibrant Eternal Strength Tai Chi Chuan & Qigong community.
View our weekly class schedule below.
Monthly Fees and Special Offers are listed at bottom of page.
UPDATES: September 24, 2020–
OUTDOOR CLASSES RETURN!**  Delighted to announce the Tai Chi & Qigong for Wellness and Primordial Qigong classes are now back at Gerstle Park, San Rafael.  The class descriptions and schedule are listed below.
LIVE STREAM QIGONG CLASSES VIA ZOOM:  We currently offer two ongoing Live Stream Healing Movement Qigong classes on Wednesdays and Fridays at 11:00am.  The Healing Movement class description is listed below.
**INCLEMENT WEATHER: Should the weather or air quality require us to be indoors, the classes scheduled to meet outdoors will instead meet online via Zoom.  Please register to receive notifications.
Register for any of our classes by sending an email request from the Contact Us page of the website.  Thank you!
Each new and returning student will also be asked to fill out a registration form that includes a waiver for Covid-19.

Our Classes

Tai Chi and Qigong for Wellness

Tai Chi and Qigong for Wellness

Wednesdays (beginning September 30)
8:30 – 9:30am
Gerstle Park, San Rafael (Corner of San Rafael Ave. and Clark St.)  Directions

Taught by Elizabeth Meloney

Registration required.  Join anytime.  First class is free!

Release stress, enhance immunity, improve balance and coordination, increase joy and vital energy!

Qigong is one of the most powerful self-healing traditions developed in human history. Those who use Qigong faithfully tend to need less medication, less acupuncture and heal faster. The primary mechanism that is activated by one’s practice of Qigong is a spontaneous balancing and enhancing of the natural healing resources in the human system. Over thousands of years, millions of people have received the benefit of these gentle practices, believing that improving the flow and function of the chi (life force energy) reverses the effects of aging and empowers you to reclaim health and joy in your life.

Tai Chi Chuan translates as “Supreme Ultimate Boxing.”  Practicing Tai Chi Chuan builds health, vitality, joy, meditative focus, inner peace, flexibility, resilience and internal power. Because Tai Chi deeply relaxes and releases the nervous system, it is the perfect remedy for stress and stress-related disease. Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong movements powerfully increase the circulation and nutritive flow of blood, fluid and energy to all the connective tissues, increasing tone, elasticity, flexibility, and bone, joint and organ health!

This class is taught in the traditional manner of our lineage.  The internal energy work–invisible to the eye of the novice–is clearly explained and demonstrated, and each student is instructed at a pace best suited to their individual needs.

Daily practice of the component practices and forms taught in this class will promote the unobstructed flow of chi (vital energy) and stimulate the internal hydraulic systems of the body. These exercises will also slow the aging process by stimulating the natural healing functions of the body, calm the mind and central nervous system, strengthen the body, tone and vitalize the internal organs, loosen the joints, increase energy, improve balance and enliven the spirit.

Practicing Tai Chi and Qigong is highly beneficial as a means of maintaining optimal health and healing from injury or illness.  It is a great complement to your other sport and life activities.

Appropriate for any age or fitness level. Beginners welcome!

First class is free.

Special monthly savings available to our students taking more than one weekly class!

Due to Covid-19:  Classes will observe social distancing guidelines.  The county does not require masks for outdoor activities, but please have one with you at all times.  Class size is limited so please reserve your space early.

Register for classes by sending an email from the Contact Us page of the website.  Thank you!

Each new and returning student will also be asked to fill out a new registration form that includes a waiver for Covid-19.

Get Started!

Primordial Qigong

Primordial Qigong

Saturdays (Beginning September 26, no class 10/10/20)
8:30 – 9:30am (Class)  *  8:15 – 8:30 (Standing/Dissolving Practice)
Gerstle Park, San Rafael (Corner of San Rafael Ave and Clark St.)  Directions

Taught by Elizabeth Meloney

Registration required.  First class is free!

Out of the mists of time, from ancient China, comes one of the most comprehensive systems of Qigong ever taught. . .

Primordial Qigong is a profoundly beautiful and powerful system of health and wellness developed by Chang San Feng (the creator of Tai Chi Chuan) during the 13th Century. Primordial Qigong encompasses all of the primary aspects of Taoist philosophy: the concepts of yin and yang, the Taoist trinity (heaven, earth and man), the Five Element theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the I Ching, the Bagua and the mystical aspects of numbers. Primordial Qigong harmonizes and strengthens the flows in your body, regulates all internal systems and brings you to optimum health, wellness and internal power.

Some of the many benefits of practicing Primordial Qigong:

  • Reverses the effects of aging
  • Improves the flow and function of the chi (life force energy)
  • Calms and regulates the central nervous system
  • Increases vitality
  • Stills the mind and opens the heart
  • Lowers high blood pressure
  • Improves immunity, balance, circulation, physical coordination and flexibility
  • Deepens intuition and spiritual connection
  • Increases healing power
  • Reclaims health and joy in life!

Primordial Qigong is taught as an art, in the traditional manner of our lineage.  Each student is instructed at a pace that is best suited to their individual needs, learning both the physical movements of the form, as well as the Neigong (components of internal power generation for health, vitality and wellness).

As a student, you will also be guided to simultaneously cultivate an effortless and tireless aspect to your practice as you safely increase your health and well-being over time.

Appropriate for any age or fitness level – beginners are welcome!

Special monthly savings available to our students taking more than one weekly class!

Due to Covid-19:  Classes will observe social distancing guidelines.  The county does not require masks for outdoor activities, but please have one with you at all times.  Class size is limited so please reserve your space early.

Register for classes by sending an email from the Contact Us page of the website.  Thank you!

Each new and returning student will also be asked to fill out a new registration form that includes a waiver for Covid-19.

Get Started!

Guang Ping Yang Tai Chi Chuan

Gerstle Park, Corner of San Rafael Ave. and Clark St., San Rafael, CA

Release stress, enhance immunity, improve balance, flexibiity and coordination, increase joy and vital energy!

Tai Chi Chuan translates as “Supreme Ultimate Boxing.” The Supreme Ultimate refers to the Tao (Dao), the framework within which Yin and Yang manifest in nature. Tao is the Path or the Way. Tai Chi Chuan is a profound martial and healing art, and Guang Ping Yang Tai Chi Chuan is a rare and powerful form of self-defense and internal energy cultivation.

Practicing Tai Chi Chuan builds health, vitality, joy, meditative focus, inner peace, flexibility, resilience and internal power. Because Tai Chi deeply relaxes and releases the nervous system, it is the perfect remedy for stress and stress-related disease. Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong movements powerfully increase the circulation and nutritive flow of blood, fluid and energy to all the connective tissues, increasing tone, elasticity, flexibility, and bone, joint and organ health!

At Eternal Strength Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong, each student is instructed at a pace that is best suited to their individual needs. As a student, you will learn the physical movements of the form–including an understanding of the martial applications–and Neigong (components of internal power generation for health, vitality and wellness). You will also be guided to simultaneously cultivate an effortless and tireless aspect to your practice as you safely increase your health and well-being.

Appropriate for any age or fitness level. Beginner’s welcome!

Get Started!

Healing Movement

Healing Movement – Meditation in Motion

Wednesdays – Live Stream Class on Zoom
11:00 – 12:00pm

Fridays – Live Stream Class on Zoom
11:00 – 12:00pm

Taught by Elizabeth Meloney

Suggested donation: $10.00 per class (first class is free!)

Register for this class by sending an email from the Contact Us page of the website.  Thank you!

Healing Movement is a fitness program developed to incorporate gentle, flowing, low-impact forms of exercise to maintain and improve health and well being, strengthen immunity, increase lung capacity, improve balance, let go of stress and reverse the effects of aging.

The exercises are grounded in the ancient healing systems of Tai Chi (Grand Ultimate) and Qigong (Vitality Cultivation), and have been translated into a joyful program ideally suited to modern needs.  This program is open to everyone, and is particularly suited to older adults.

Harvard Health Publications states:  “In the slow-motion, mind-body practices of Tai Chi and Qigong, you move without pausing through a series of motions.  As you move, you breathe deeply and naturally, focusing your attention–as in some kinds of meditation–on your bodily sensations.  Tai Chi and Qigong differ from other types of exercise in several respects.  The movements are usually circular and never forced, the muscles are relaxed rather than tensed, the joints are not fully extended or bent, and connective tissues aare not stretched.  Tai Chi can be easily adapted for anyone, from the most fit to people confined to wheelchairs or recovering from surgery. . . .Tai Chi could be the perfect activity for the rest of your life!”

The Healing Movement class is excellent for all ages and fitness levels and helps to:

  • Improve the function of the organs
  • Reduce pain, anxiety
  • Increase immunity, balance, vitality
  • Deeply relax mind and body and let go of stress
  • Improve quality of sleep
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Dramatically improve wellness and joy in life!

Appropriate for any age or fitness level.

Beginner’s welcome!

Register for classes by sending an email from the Contact Us page of the website.  Thank you!

Each new and returning student will also be asked to fill out a registration form that includes a waiver for Covid-19.

Get Started!

Qigong for Healers

Coming Spring 2021!

Fridays
8:00 – 9:00am (Class)  *  7:45 – 8:00am (Standing/Dissolving Practice)
Gerstle Park, San Rafael (San Rafael Ave and Clark St.)  Directions

Taught by Elizabeth Meloney

Registration required.

Cultivating and maintaining vibrant health of body, mind and spirit, having the ability to release and let go of stress and calm the nervous system are important for everyone, especially those in the healing professions. This special program is open to everyone interested in cultivating expansive healing energy for themselves and their loved ones, and is especially designed for Health Care Professionals and anyone acting in the capacity of a care giver.

For additional information on the Qigong for Healers program, please click here.

Due to Covid-19: Classes will observe social distancing guidelines.  The county does not require masks for outdoor activities, but please have one with you at all times.  Class size is limited so please reserve your space early.

Register for classes by sending an email from the Contact Us page of the website.  Thank you!

Each new and returning student will also be asked to fill out a new registration form that includes a waiver for Covid-19.

Eternal Strength Tai Chi Chuan & Qigong offers classes on an ongoing basis throughout the year.

Following in the healing traditions of our teachers and lineage, our classes are held outdoors at beautiful Gerstle Park in San Rafael.

Gerstle Park is located on the corner of San Rafael Ave. and Clark St. Please enter the main entrance to the park on San Rafael Ave.  Walk up the steps and follow the path to the top of the grassy area.  Please email ahead.

During the winter months (December – March), our Saturday and Wednesday classes are held at Suzie’s Studio, 425 Irwin St. #B, San Rafael, CA.  Please email to confirm.

Please email us prior to class for location confirmation.

MONTHLY CLASS FEES  *  AUTUMN 2020

SPECIAL OFFER: First Group Class Is FREE For New Students!

Primordial Qigong – $20.00 per class, $75.00 per month.

Tai Chi & Qigong for Wellness – $20.00 per class, $75.00 per month

Qigong for Healers – $150.00 for 8-week series, or $20.00 per session

Healing Movement – Suggested donation of $10.00 per class

**SPECIAL MONTHLY SAVINGS**
Unlimited weekly classes – $120.00 per month.