Explore kung fu’s meditative roots while mastering its fundamental principles of strength, focus, and discipline. In China, legend has it that Da Mo, a monk travelling from India, introduced yoga to the Shaolin Temple to help the Shaolin monks keep their bodies in shape for long periods of meditation. In order to defend the temple, yoga was combined with movements observed in the animal kingdom to create fighting techniques. The contemporary practice of kung fu stays true to these original intents. Training methods emphasize the development of physical attributes such as strength, flexibility, coordination and balance, in conjunction with the knowledge of techniques and the cultivation of a calm and centered nature. This class is suitable for beginners.