Embodying the Light

Embodying the Light Class: Tai Chi, Qigong, and Yoga
a woman doing the "bow" tai-chi pose while standing on the lawn in front of a lake
Doing Tai Chi in a local park

Rhonda Ashurst leads the “Embodying the Light” class as a service to Reno Friends and the community. This class draws from Eastern practices with the intention of embodying the Light in our physical bodies and our daily lives. Learn about becoming a clearer vessel for the Light, clearing blocks, releasing tension, being present in the moment, feeling the flow of inner energy, improving balance and breathing, and strengthening the muscles that carry us through physical life. Movements are gentle and easy so anyone can do them. We also take time for questions, discussion and reflection.

Rhonda usually holds the class on Zoom; see our newsletter for the dates and times for upcoming classes. The class Zoom link will be sent out with the weekly email update to the Reno Friends email list.

Zoom Instructions: You’ll need a 4 by 4-foot space in front of your computer (or other device) in which to do the practice. For the yoga and meditation portion, have a chair or yoga mat handy (you will need a 4X6 foot space if you use a mat). Set up your computer/device so you can see the screen while standing, sitting or lying on the mat. The larger the screen, the easier it will be to see. Rhonda will open the Zoom meeting 15 minutes before class is scheduled to begin and lock it at 5 minutes after, so please be sure to connect in time. Click this link for instructions on using Zoom. When class begins, you will be instructed to select Speaker View so you can see Rhonda. This means class participants won’t see each other and Rhonda can’t see you. If you prefer not to be seen at all, turn your video off. Rhonda will mute everyone before class begins to prevent interruptions by background noise. If you have questions, Rhonda would be happy to answer them after class. After we practice the forms and poses, we will have a brief meditation and then return to Gallery View so we can see each other. There will be time for questions, discussion and reflection before closing.

Outdoor classes: In the summer months, Rhonda occasionally holds a bonus class at Lake Park; keep an eye on the newsletter and weekly emailed updates for the date and time. This quiet park is at the intersection of Wesley and Coleman Streets, off Keystone Avenue in Northwest Reno. There is adequate parking on both streets, on the park side. We will do our Tai Chi/Qigong practice standing, but please bring a folding chair or mat for our brief meditation. There is no bathroom at the park, so plan accordingly.

Videos: If you cannot attend Rhonda’s class or would like to do the practice on your own, you can watch one of her videos of the complete practice on Google Photos:

If you would like to do just a few forms or part of the class, shorter videos and written instructions are available on Rhonda’s website: https://rhondaashurst.com/embodying-the-light/