Welcome

 

Join us for fun and mindful exercise in our welcoming studio!

GateWay is a beautiful center for learning and practicing taiji (tai chi), qigong (chi kung), yoga, meditation and the martial arts located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  What connects all of our classes is a focus on energy and mindfulness.  You'll never find anyone here with headphones on!  Click here for our online calendar.  Try us out with our $25 Introductory membership.

Chinese New Year Celebration

It's the Year of the Dog, and we had a great time on Saturday February 18 celebrating the start of the Chinese New Year with horoscope readings, Chinese calligraphy, taiji and qigong demos, fan making and the ceremonial burning of the Seacoast Prayer Flag.  Thanks to everyone who joined the fun!

 

More Evidence That Mindfulness is Good for the Heart

"The mind-calming practice of meditation may play a role in reducing your risk of heart disease, according to a scientific statement published in the Sept. 28, 2017, Journal of the American Heart Association." - from Harvard Health Publishing.  Read the full article online.  

And join us on Tuesday and Friday mornings at 7:30 as we meditate together for 40 minutes.  Warning:  It's a lively bunch and there's a lot of laughter and conversation before and after we meditate.  Chairs, cushions, bolsters and blankets are provided, so drop in anytime for these by-donation sessions.

Buckley Named Qigong Master

We're pleased to announce that GateWay founder, Bill Buckley, has been promoted to Qigong Master by Grandmaster Yang, Jwing Ming, founder of YMAA.  Achieving this top rank reflects Bill's several decades of Qigong training, study and teaching.  In the Spring of 2017, Bill was also named an Instructor by Mantak Chia, a master qigong teacher with an extensive worldwide following.

Qigong Focus in January & February:  8 Pieces of Brocade

Join us on Thursday mornings at 9 for one of the oldest and most widely practiced Qigong sets, the 8 Pieces of Brocade.  It's invigorating and easy to learn.  Our Tuesday 9am Qigong focus is currently YogaQi, a unique blend of yoga postures and qigong movements. 

Taijiquan:  Moving for Better Balance

Beginner Class:  Mondays & Wednesdays at 9am.  Continuing Balance:  Tuesdays & Thursdays at 10:15am.   The medical benefits of taiji continue to attract media attention, and numerous studies indicate that taiji is the most effective form of exercise for improving balance. The beginners class follows the nationally acclaimed curriculum developed by Dr. Fuzhong Li and a group of researchers at the Oregon Research Institute:  Taiji Quan:  Moving for Better Balance.  Students in the continuing balance class move beyond that curriculum to learn the Yang Style Taiji Long Form – with a focus on balance and strength-building movements.  Learn more - and read what current students have to say about this fun and effective class!  Watch Bill's short explanatory video.

Taiji or Tai Chi?  Qigong or Chi Kung?

You’ll notice that we generally use the less common spelling: “taiji” and “qigong,”   which is now more broadly accepted within the international Taiji community.