Winter Qigong and Dao Yoga series (January 14 – March 21, 2020)
Join Sandra for a winter practice. This season is for slowing down, rejuvenating, and replenishing the stores of energy that will be needed for spring and summer. We work with the water element and the yin organ, the kidneys–our energy batteries and the home of peace, calm, gentleness, and will power. In addition to specific work for the kidneys (which feel sooooo good and soothing) we will practice the eight movements of Pal Dan Gum–a thousands-year-old practice from Korea. “Pal Dan Gum” means “eight silken movements” and help to promote radiant health and vitality, longevity, and spiritual development. The results, from just five to ten minutes of practice a day, include a surprising level of refreshment, relaxation and increased energy and awareness. The list of physical benefits from doing Pal Dan Gum regularly is very long, but includes strengthening the kidney’s jing (original essence), balancing all the qi (life force energy) in the body, and promoting organ health, muscle endurance, resilient tendons and bones, increased circulation, flexibility, and so much more. Pal Dan Gum is simple, but powerful and I’m excited to share it with you. We will also practice bone marrow cleansing, which is extremely helpful for not only bone health, but the brain and nervous system as well.
Tuesday Qigong: 10 – 11:15 am (Jan 14 – Mar 17)
- Guided meditation (10 min.) / Daoist yin yoga (10 min.) / Qi self-massage (10 min.) / standing flow qigong (45 min.) (Chairs available if sitting is preferred.)
- $140 for 10 weeks or $17 drop in. (Register for a Saturday class as well for only $10 each for a discounted payment of $240 total for 20 classes.)
Saturday Qigong: 10 – 11 am (Jan 18 – Mar 21)
- Meridian tapping and standing flow qigong (Chairs available if sitting is preferred.)
- $120 for 10 weeks or $15 drop in. (Register for both Saturday classes for a discounted payment of $220 total for 20 classes.)
Saturday Dao Yoga: 11:15 am – 12:15 pm (Jan 18 – Mar 21)
- Qi self-massage (10 min.) / Daoist yin yoga with the Six Healing Sounds (40 min.) / guided meditation and relaxation (10 min.)
- $120 for 10 weeks or $15 drop in. (Register for both Saturday classes for a discounted payment of $220 total for 20 classes.
Notes for all registered and drop-in students:
All classes are held at Cranberry Community Hall (6828 Cranberry St., Powell River)
Saturday Qigong: Please bring indoor shoes and/or socks.
Saturday Dao Yoga: Please bring two blankets to use for comfort and as props. A mat and block will be provided.
Tuesday: Bring a blanket for the first part of class (mat provided) and bring indoor shoes and/or socks for the standing portion of the class.
All classes: Please arrive scent-free and dress in layers. The room will be well heated, but windows will be cracked open for fresh Qi to circulate.
Payments: Cash, cheque, or e-transfers are accepted. Students who know ahead of time that they will be away for a specific date(s) can contact Sandra before the first class about make-up classes on other days and/or request a payment adjustment prior to registration.
Class size is limited. To register email Sandra.
Qigong for Digestion workshop
When you improve digestion you improve overall health and vitality. This workshop will introduce meditation, Qi-self massage (acupressure), Dao yoga stretches, and qigong movements to move stagnant and blocked Qi, so health can flow. We will focus on the five yang organs, including the stomach, as well as the yin organs associated with digestion: the liver and spleen.
Inner Smile Meditation workshop
Join Sandra as she guides you through the complete Inner Smile meditation. Relax, enjoy, and develop a new relationship and understanding with your body, its organs and their energies. This meditation can transform held or blocked emotional energy, boost immunity, increase heart health, effectively release stress and anxiety, cultivate true peace and harmony, and nourish your body, mind and spirit. Learn how to bring this simple and powerful practice into your daily life.
Qigong for Women workshop
Join Sandra as she guides you through a meditation, Qi self-massage, and standing Qi flow movements with a specific focus for supporting women and their requirements to be healthy, balanced, and confident in their body and life. The practice will include techniques and movements for hormone balance, true energy, organ health, calm, confidence, energy protection, and joy. We will explore how we lose energy, how to cultivate it, the energy gates along the front and back energy channels, and how to use the microcosmic orbit for health, balance, and protection. Find your centre.
Qi Self-massage workshop
This workshop introduces the traditional practice of Qi self-massage to improve overall physical, emotional, and spiritual health by clearing energy blockages and stagnation from the meridians (energy pathways) and rejuvenating the body’s senses and organs. In qigong, the organs are associated with both acquired emotions and natural energies. For example, stuck or stagnant anger or frustration (emotions held in the liver) may cause blockages or depletion in one’s energy and therefore in one’s body and life. By working with this organ and emotion via the acupressure points along the liver meridian, the energy can be moved or transformed, allowing for new, fresh Qi (life-force energy) and the liver’s natural energies of kindness and creativity to flow and expand. You do not need to understand traditional Chinese medicine or even qigong to experience significant benefits.
Qigong for Stress and Anxiety workshop
Join Sandra as she guides you through a meditation, Qi self-massage, and standing Qi flow movements for extra care of ourselves and our emotions. Learn how to calm, smooth, and move stress and anxiety. Relax into a simple daily practice that can support, soothe, and uplift the body and soul.
Home Practice Qigong workshop
For students who have been attending classes regularly and want to add a home practice to their routine this workshop is for you. Sandra will guide you through an effective routine with options to choose from to open, clear, purge, cultivate, and circulate Qi. Inviting qigong into your life on a daily basis brings tremendous rewards in the form of emotional stability, increased health, present moment experience and awareness, rejuvenation, energy, and more.