schedule

 

THERE ARE NO QIGONG CLASSES THE SECOND AND THIRD WEEKS OF JUNE.

See below for details on summer classes beginning JUNE 25 (Tuesday) AND JUNE 29 (Saturday).

 

 

 

Outdoor Summer Qigong (Tuesdays and/or Saturdays, June 25 – Sept 14, 2024)

Work with the expanding energy of the fire element (heart and small intestine organs and meridians) and the gathering energy of the earth element (spleen and stomach organs and meridians) over 12 weeks of summer qigong practice. We will enjoy Compassionate Heart Qigong, Crane movements, Earth Qigong and more to activate flow, balance, grounding and health on all levels of being.

Everyone welcome. No fitness level or prior experience required. Please bring a chair if standing/movement for one hour is challenging.

When weather is likely to cancel plans for outdoor class, registered students will receive email notification by 8:30 a.m. on the day of class with an invitation and link to attend class via Zoom. If you do not want to attend online, you will receive an email with the class video replay by noon. (Students will not be visible in the video.) Alternatively, you may make up a missed or “weather” class by attending an outdoor class in any other week during the outdoor season (summer or early fall).

Please note: Sandra has obtained and paid for a City of Powell River business license, 3rd party insurance, and an annual City permit to reserve our times and teach at this City park.

REGISTRATION:

  • One class a week (Tuesday OR Saturday): $204 (12 classes total) or $225 (12 classes total including 6 meditation recordings over the space of 12 weeks)
  • Two classes a week (Tuesday AND Saturday): $324 (24 classes total including 6 meditation recordings) (total discount equals $105)
  • Meditation recordings only: $30 total (6 recordings over the space of 12 weeks)
    Payment via installments is accepted.
    If you know ahead of time that you will miss a specific class(es) and provide date(s) at registration and your total will reflect a deduction. When registering, please indicate the day (Tuesday or Saturday that you plan to attend, so you will be on the email list for weather notifications for that day.

DROP IN: $20 per class

PAYMENTS: Cash (exact amount) or e-transfer preferred. Payment due by first day of series, Tuesday, June 25 or Saturday, June 29.

For more information or to register please send an email to: email@qisandra.ca

Summer Qigong Online Series (Saturdays, June 29 – Sept 14, 2024)

  • Live Zoom class, Saturdays, 8:30 – 9 a.m.: $180 (12 classes total including 6 meditation recordings over the space of 12 weeks, and weekly access to the Zoom class recording) ($305 per couple Zooming from the same device)
  • Weekly access to the Zoom class recording only: $120
  • Weekly meditation recording only: $60 total (6 weeks).

PAYMENTS: Cash (exact amount) or e-transfer using the email address below, please. Payment due by first day of your series, Saturday, June 29.

 

Outdoor Fall Qigong (Tuesdays and/or Saturdays, Oct 1 – Oct 26, 2024)

Transition to fall and work with the descending energy of metal element (lungs and large intestine organs and meridians) through qigong practice.

Everyone welcome. No fitness level or prior experience required. Please bring a chair if standing/movement for one hour is challenging.

Tuesdays and/or Saturdays, 10 – 11 a.m., outdoors at Lindsay Park (7179 Cranberry St., East of Marlatt) weather permitting.

When weather is likely to cancel plans for outdoor class, registered students will receive email notification by 8:30 a.m. on the day of class with an invitation and link to attend class via Zoom. If you do not want to attend online, you will receive an email with the class video replay by noon. (Students will not be visible in the video.) Alternatively, you may make up a missed or “weather” class by attending an outdoor class in any other week during the outdoor season.

Please note: Sandra has obtained and paid for a City of Powell River business license, 3rd party insurance, and an annual City permit to reserve our times and teach at this City park.

REGISTRATION:

  • One class a week (Tuesday OR Saturday): $68 (4 classes total)
  • Two classes a week (Tuesday AND Saturday): $108 (8 classes total including) (two times per week total discount equals $28)
  • If you know ahead of time that you will miss a specific class(es) and provide date(s) at registration and your total will reflect a deduction. When registering, please indicate the day (Tuesday or Saturday that you plan to attend, so you will be on the email list for weather notifications for that day.

DROP IN: $20 per class

PAYMENTS: Cash (exact amount) or e-transfer preferred. Payment due by first day of series, Tuesday, October 1 or Saturday, October 5.

For more information or to register please send an email to: email@qisandra.ca

 

Indoor Fall Qigong (Tuesdays and/or Saturdays, Oct 29 – Dec 14, 2024)

Work with the “letting come and letting go” energy of metal element and the season of fall at Cranberry Hall 10 – 11 a.m. More details to come.

 

 

 

10-week video link Qigong at Home series

Join Sandra to welcome Qigong into your home or yard. With pre-recorded video links you can watch any time and as many times as you wish. Videos include guided meditation, Qi yoga movements, self-acupressure instruction, and flow qigong for a total of 1.5 hours each week for 10 weeks.

The first five weeks Sandra brings participants through the five elements to restore, balance and activate the health and harmony of the entire organ and meridian network. Classes will include the classic and powerful Inner Smile Meditation as well as the Six Healing Sounds and movements to tonify and regulate the yin and yang organs. The classes are created to open, relax and restore the body and nervous system and calm the mind.

The second five weeks will focus deeper into the wood element–the energy of creativity and kindness, which is so necessary during challenging times. We work with the wood animal, the dragon, to move out anything old, stale, or stagnant, including the emotions we hold in the liver—anger, resentment, and impatience. We activate kindness and the power of clear vision and creativity.

Qigong is also a wonderfully accessible practice for those needing to calm the nervous system and release tension. We will do movements and access acupoints to help with digestion, insomnia, anxiety, immunity and more.

Start the series any time. For more information or to register please send an email to: email@qisandra.ca

The payment for 10 classes (15 hours of practice not including bonus videos and links) is only $120.

For free videos of Sandra teaching and demonstrating qigong and self-acupressure, see the “about classes” page.

WORKSHOPS:

 

Working with the Energy of Emotions

This workshop is completely done on the mat and includes: Qi Nei Tsang, Dao Yoga, and the Inner Smile Meditation. These practices empower and complement your standing qigong and are a powerful way to understand and transform the energy of emotions. The workshop will be a relaxing and powerful way to transition from winter to spring and includes a 10-page Inner Smile booklet plus a two-page handout including Qi Nei Tsang and Dao yoga.

 

Cultivating Perspective and Practice 

This workshop will be part theory (sitting in chairs or on mats as you prefer) then part practice (both lying and standing). Delve into the powerful philosophy of the Five Elements, and all its associations including yin and yang, the dantians, meridians, sounds, seasons, tastes and more.  Discover how the Five Elements (and you and your practice) fit into the creation cycle and the big picture of the Dao. Put your qigong knowledge and experience into a routine to empower both your group practice and a regular home practice, if you wish. A wonderful time and way to start a fresh season and take advantage of the ascending and creative energy of spring. This workshop includes a 16-page printed booklet, which will be used during the workshop and will assist you in your home practice afterwards.

 

Qigong Sound Healing

Learn and practice the long form of the Six Healing Sounds, through purging imbalanced and contracted energy (including emotions), transforming outdated energy patterns (including memories, emotions and traumas), tonifiying the organs, and cultivating higher frequency organ energy for overall balance, harmony and vitality. This will be a powerful way to begin the new year. A handout will be provided. In addition, Sandra will guide some quick and practical qigong sound healing techniques–some deeply moving and some fun, but all powerful and shifting of energy and life from the inside out.

 

 

 

 

Vagus Nerve Reset

A growing body of scientific research is concluding that stimulation of the vagus nerve, through the ears
especially, produces positive outcomes in people with depression, anxiety, epilepsy, inflammation, tinnitus, and pain. We also know from its 5,000-year tradition that qigong and acupressure help to reset the nervous system to cultivate the deep calm, relaxation and healing required for the recovery of trauma, anxiety, insomnia, pain and the many other ailments and diseases caused in full or part by imbalance.

The vagus nerve’s effect on the nervous system affects many automatic functions in the body, such as the beating of the heart, breath rate and quality, constriction and dilation of blood vessels, detoxification, digestion and so much more. This wandering nerve’s intimate connection with the parasympathetic part of the nervous system also affects your ability to move out of stress (fight, flight, freeze) and into ease (rest, digest, heal, relax, recover, sleep etc.) Mentally, emotionally and spiritually, this nerve is deeply connected to your conscious awareness for shifting old patterns and for resolving trauma. It helps you to be relaxed and socially engaged. It helps you align with your Shen, your true essence and inner nature, to activate the powers of deep inner knowing and creativity for the flow and unfolding of your journey. Our workshop will focus on specific acupressure and breath techniques for vagus nerve stimulation to reset for deep healing and relaxation.

Qi Nei Tsang workshop 

Qi nei tsang is a powerful, ancient Daoist internal organ massage technique to clear and transform blocked energy so that life force  can move through the body’s internal energy channels, nervous system, blood vessels and lymph glands. All of these internal systems cross paths in the abdomen. Unresolved or “undigested”  emotions can cause holding and tension in the navel area. Over time, emotions—especially those of fear, anger, anxiety, depression and worry—cause knots and tangles that result in energy blocks and lead to imbalance and disease. Overwork, stress, accidents, surgery, drugs, toxins, poor nutrition and poor posture also contribute to blocked energy. Organ health is the Daoist’s secret to good health and longevity. By releasing the knots, with attention to specific organ points, energy can radiate from our centre into the organs—kidneys, bladder, heart, small intestine, spleen, stomach, liver, gallbladder, lungs and large intestine. Physiologically, qi nei tsang will help to reset the nervous system and improve digestion. It will also balance emotions and cultivate healthy energy flow resulting in greater vitality and well-being. The internal transformations occur on all  levels—mental, emotional, physical and spiritual.

 

Energy Fields Activation workshop  (Jan 3, 2023)

This workshop is open to regular/experienced students only and will be fully guided and experiential with a focus to increasing awareness of and activating the taiji pole and wei qi and torus fields. A powerful experience!

 

 

 

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.