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"Qigong for Spring: Transformative Dragon Flows and Nourishing Eye Qigong"

Friday, April 5, 2024

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Sacred Fire in Bellwood, PA

Tai Chi Practice on the Waterfront

We will begin our Qigong Class for Spring with a flow routine designed to purify, nourish, and balance the liver and gallbladder. These beautiful movements will include the ancient swimming dragon style of Qigong, which uses spirals and twists to release tension, detoxify the liver, nourish the tendons, and get the Qi flowing in beneficial ways throughout the body. 

 

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the liver resonates with the "wood element" and is most influential in the season of Spring. Cultivating your internal wood energy creates resiliency, compassion, and a happy and healthy liver. Physically, this routine is perfect for detoxification and longevity. Energetically, this routine is great if you are seeking new perspectives and personal growth. 

We will build our momentum in class with a dynamic and invigorating Qigong set that includes a peak flow called Flying Dragon.  These Dragon flows cultivate strength and flexibility, characteristics of the wood element, that support your ability to grow and take action in life. This routine can assist you if you are feeling stuck or experiencing any agitation in life. It's also great to boost your inspiration and access your inner vision.  Other benefits include: clearing stagnation, building Qi in the limbs, cultivating flexibility, creativity, confidence, core strength, stamina, and will power.

We will finish class with a series of exercises to boost our eye vitality.  It is said that “the eyes are the windows to the soul”.  Spiritual traditions around the world all recognize the connection between our eyes and our spirit. In Traditional Chinese medicine, the health of a person’s spirit is connected to the health of their organs. Eye Qigong is the Daoist method to cultivate Qi in the eyes and nourish the spirit.

 

Our eyes are also connected to the Wood Element and our Liver energy. When our Wood Element is strong, we have better eye health and vision. Therefore, our eye exercises will focus on cultivating the Wood Element and channeling Wood’s energy directly to our eyes. When it comes to eye health, it’s important that energy is flowing properly in your face, thus we will be activating various advantageous acupressure points to stimulate healthy Qi flow to our eyes and face.

The benefits of Eye Qigong truly are many. Physically, Eye Qigong strengthens the physical eyes and ocular muscles to relieve tired and weak eyes from over strain and tension. Since the eyes are an extension of the brain, the repetitive shifting and spirals of Eye Qigong clear stagnant energy, and circulate healthy energy. Spiritually, Eye Qigong is an effective training method to activate your intuitive center and nourish the Hun spirit.

More about the Dragon:

Since the beginning of humanity, the dragon has been a symbol of the transformation of consciousness and evolution. In Chinese astrology, the Dragon is the only mythical creature among the twelve zodiac signs. Its energy brings power, ambition, movement and manifestation.

We all have an inner dragon spirit called the Hun. The Chinese texts say that our Hun dragon resides in the eyes in the day and rests in the liver at night.

Your inner Hun dragon likes to be free. Connecting to your inner dragon is an important practice to support your goals and life purpose. A healthy Hun gives you a sense of direction and purpose in life. It is the source of your creative projects and plans. The power of the Hun enables you to inspire and lead others through a greater vision that includes all beings. When Dr. Martin Luther King said, “I have a dream”, his Hun soul inspired millions and changed the world.

(Excerpts above taken from Qigong Masters, Marisa Cranfill of YOQI and Lee Holden)

Qigong, pronounced “chi gong,” was developed in China thousands of years ago as part of traditional Chinese medicine.  It involves using exercises to optimize energy within the body, mind, and spirit, with the goal of improving and maintaining physical, mental, and emotional health. Breathing is slow, long, and deep, and movements are gentle and smooth, aimed for relaxation.  No previous experience is required, and movements can be modified for the individual participant.  (Click here to learn more about Qigong and its benefits.)

Date/Time:  Friday, April 5, 2024  (6:30 pm - 7:30 pm)

 

Location"Sacred Fire"  (1 Main Street, Bellwood, PA, 16617)

Important DetailsPlease wear comfortable clothing for movement, and bring a water bottle.

Class Fee:  $15

 

Registration & PaymentTo register & pay for Terri's Qigong class at Sacred Fire, please click the "Register Now" button below.  (You will be booking the workshop through the Sacred Fire website.  When booking, please note you will need to click "next available" and the April 5th date will come up.)

For More InformationPlease email Terri at spiritguidance33@gmail.com with any further questions!

Learn More About Qigong...
An Ancient Healing Art from China

What is Qigong?

Qigong (pronounced "chee-gong") is an ancient Chinese practice that combines physical postures, gentle movements, breathing techniques, and meditation to cultivate and balance the body's vital energy, known as "qi" or "chi." The word "Qi" refers to the life force or vital energy that flows through the body, and "gong" means skill or practice, so Qigong can be loosely translated as "cultivating and working with one's vital energy” or simply “energy work.”

This holistic system has a long history in Chinese culture and is considered an integral  part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).  It is rooted in the belief that when the flow of qi within the body is harmonious and balanced, it promotes health, vitality, and a sense of well-being. Qigong exercises are designed to enhance this flow of energy and promote physical, mental, and emotional health.

Key Aspects of Qigong include:

  1. Breathing: Proper breathing techniques are a fundamental part of Qigong. Practitioners learn to control their breath, often emphasizing slow, deep, and coordinated breathing patterns.

  2. Posture and Movement: Qigong involves specific postures and movements that are designed to promote the flow of Qi within the body. These movements are typically slow and gentle, with an emphasis on relaxation and fluidity.

  3. Mindfulness and Meditation: Qigong includes meditative components, where practitioners focus their mind on the movement, breath, or a specific intention. This helps to calm the mind and enhance the mind-body connection.

  4. Energy Flow: The underlying concept of Qigong is that the body has a vital energy (Qi) that flows through specific pathways or meridians. Qigong practices aim to balance and enhance this energy flow, which is believed to be essential for health and vitality.

(It's important to note that while many people find Qigong to be a valuable practice for enhancing their physical and mental health, it is not a replacement for medical treatment. If you have specific health concerns, it's advisable to consult with a healthcare professional before beginning any new exercise or wellness regimen.)

What are the Benefits of Qigong?

Qigong offers a wide range of potential benefits for both physical and mental well-being. Here are some of the common benefits associated with Qigong:

  • Improved Physical Health: Qigong can help increase flexibility, strength, and balance. It also supports the body's natural healing processes and boosts the immune system.

  • Stress Reduction: Qigong incorporates deep, slow breathing, mindfulness, and relaxation techniques, which can help reduce stress levels. It promotes a sense of calm and tranquility.

  • Enhanced Flexibility and Balance: Qigong movements involve gentle stretching and postures that can improve flexibility and balance. This is especially beneficial for older adults in maintaining mobility.

  • Better Posture and Body Awareness: Qigong emphasizes proper body alignment and posture, leading to improved body awareness and reduced risk of musculoskeletal issues.

  • Improved Breathing: Qigong practices focus on controlled, deep breathing, which can enhance lung capacity, oxygenation of the body, and overall respiratory health.

  • Better Sleep: Practicing Qigong before bedtime can improve sleep quality by relaxing the body and calming the mind.

  • Digestive Health: Some Qigong exercises target the abdominal area, potentially aiding in digestion and promoting gut health.

  • Improved Circulation: The gentle movements of Qigong can promote blood circulation, which is essential for overall health.

  • Increased Energy Levels: Qigong stimulates the flow of Qi (life force energy) in the body, which can lead to increased vitality and energy levels. Many practitioners report feeling more energized after a Qigong session.

  • Improved Mental Clarity and Focus: Regular practice of Qigong can enhance mental clarity, concentration, and cognitive function. It encourages a clear and peaceful state of mind.

  • Emotional Balance: Qigong can help individuals manage their emotions and develop emotional resilience. It may be particularly helpful for those dealing with anxiety and mild depression.

  • Spiritual Growth: For some practitioners, Qigong is a spiritual practice that fosters a deeper connection with their inner selves and the universe. It can be a tool for spiritual exploration and self-discovery.

  • Self-Awareness: Qigong encourages self-reflection and introspection, promoting self-awareness and personal growth.

  • Community and Social Connection: Joining Qigong classes or groups can provide a sense of community and social connection, which can be beneficial for mental and emotional well-being.

What is Terri's Qigong Background & Experience?

  • Certified Qigong Associate Instructor; Marisa Cranfill's YOQI Program Certification (2023)

  • Cultivate Energy Wisdom for Health, Healing, & Happiness; Master Mingtong Gu, Kripalu Center (2023) 

  • Tap Your Way to Health: Pai Da; Master Kenneth Cohen, Online (2023)

 

  • Become a Qigong Healer: An Intensive 14-Day Professional Training; Master Robert Peng, Omega Institute (2022)

 

  • Super Qi Weekend: Energy Flow for Healing, Happiness & Creative Resilience; Ken Cohen, Robert Peng, Michael Gelb, Omega Institute (2022) 

 

  • Animal Frolics Qigong; Master Kenneth Cohen, Omega Institute (2022)

 

  • Qi Activation Online Course (Level 1); Master Chunyi Lin, Spring Forest Qigong (2022) 

 

  • Radiant Lotus Women's Qigong; Daisy Lee, Kripalu Center (2022) 

 

  • Wuji Hundun Qigong: An Ancient Healing Practice; Daisy Lee, Kripalu Center (2022)

 

  • Healing Qigong Retreat; Master Bama Kim, Honor's Haven Retreat Center (2021) 

 

  • Numerous Online Trainings with the Following Master Teachers: Dr. Roger Jahnke, Kenneth Cohen, Robert Peng, Daisy Lee, Chunyi Lin, and Grandmaster Mantak Chia, as well as programs with the NQA.

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