A little background…
Last year for the ODTUG Kscope conference, then-president Mike Riley asked me if there was something from my martial arts training that I could offer to Kscope attendees that would enhance their conference experience.
I proposed doing some Chi Gung moving mediation exercises in the morning, something I had started teaching at summer martial arts camps about 20 years ago.
The ODTUG Board accepted the proposal and the rest, as they say, is history.
We introduced Morning Chi Gung at Kscope11 in Long Beach, California with great success and reviews.
We did it again for Kscope12 at the beautiful JW Marriott in San Antonio, Texas, with another great turn out. I lead sessions every day, Sunday through Thursday at 7 AM. (It went so well a few folks even joined me on Friday morning after the conference for one more session.)
This year we also added organized running groups and a running meet-up sign up board to encourage attendees to network in a new way.
Fitness activities are fast becoming a ODTUG tradition, so we plan to do them again at Kscope13 in New Orleans.
As far as I know, ODTUG is the first, and maybe only, Oracle user event to offer organized fitness activities for attendees. It may be the only technology conference doing so.
Pretty cool. Hopefully we will inspire other events to add similar activities.
My morning Chi Gung group
Chi Gung – The Video
Several of the attendees this year wanted to be sure they could continue to practice the meditations after the conference was over. So they asked if I had any videos of the routines available. There are a few clips from KScope11 but none with audio instructions.
Thanks to Lori (ODTUG Social Media Maven) and her digital video camera, we have a brand new instructional video to share with everyone. Now I had to work around having a microphone with a short cord attached to my jacket, but the audio is really good so you will have no problem hearing my instructions and descriptions of the various exercises.
The video is now live online on the ODTUG YouTube Channel over here.
In the video you will see me give detailed instructions and explanations of several Chi Gung “still stance” breathing meditations. I lead the group in doing Upward-Downward, Inward-Outward, Raised Hands Stance, Tai Chi Ball, Four Forms, and the Warrior Energy Form. Each of these moving meditative sets can be done individually or in the series as demonstrated, depending on your available time and fitness level.
So if you were in my classes, I hope you find the video useful to help you continue your practice.
If you weren’t there, I hope the video will inspire you to start a new practice.
Either way I hope you will all join me at KScope13 next year in New Orleans.
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