schedule


Fall Qigong (Nov 1 and 5 – Dec 13 and 17, 2022)

Join Sandra as she guides participants through the fall season with mindful movements for body, mind, and spirit. The fall element is metal, strong and resilient, but with the help of the heart’s fire element, also soft and flowing. The yin organ at its peak in the fall season is the lungs–our means of bringing external Qi into the body. The yang organ is the large intestine our means of elimination. On all levels, both organs relate to the natural and balanced ability to let life come and let life go. The alchemy of qigong and this season’s natural energies of courage, integrity, strength, and resiliency help us to work with the imbalanced emotional aspects of this season including grief, sadness, and depression. 

Through the series we will clear the lungs, work with the lung and large intestine meridians, practice the art of Qi self-massage and the alchemy of the inner smile meditation, and strengthen the energies of all the organs in preparation for winter through practicing the powerful Pal Dan Gum (Eight Silken movements series). Open up to the powerful and transforming flow of letting come and letting go.

To learn more about the metal element and fall practice visit this blog post.

CLASSES:
Tuesday (Nov 1 – Dec 13) and/or Saturday (Nov 5 – Dec 17), 10 – 11 am

  • guided meditation and Qi self-acupressure (20 min.)
  • standing flow qigong (40 min.) (Chairs available if sitting is preferred.)

REGISTRATION OPTIONS:
#1 – In person = $105 for 7 weeks  ($126 if you want access to the class video for the six days between classes).  All classes are held at Cranberry Community Hall (6828 Cranberry St., Powell River)
#2 – On Zoom = $105 for 7 weeks  ($126 if you want access to the class video for the six days between classes).
#3 – Video access only (no live interaction) = $70 for 7 weeks

DROP IN OPTION:
On Zoom on in person when space allows = $18

NOTE: Students (in person or on Zoom) will not be seen in the video.

In-person students: Please bring your yoga mat and a blanket to use for comfort during meditation and self-acupressure. Please bring indoor shoes and/or socks for the standing portion of the class. 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. (If in-person classes are shut down due to a Public Health Order, students may continue via Zoom classes or video, or request a refund minus a $10 administration fee. There are currently no Covid protocols required, but please allow your fellow students space and consideration as not everyone is comfortable in close proximity. Masks may be worn, but are not required.)

Payments: Cash or e-transfers are preferred and are due one week before classes begin to reserve your space.

To register: please email Sandra.

 

Inner Smile Meditation workshop (Dec 27, 2022)

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.

Workshop: In person (Zoom students welcome) from 10-11:15 am at Cranberry Community Hall (6828 Cranberry St., Powell River)

Payment: $25. Cash or e-transfers are preferred, due December 13 to reserve your space. Workshop fee includes a 10-page pdf Inner Smile Meditation information and instruction manual.

To register: please email Sandra.

Please bring a yoga mat, blanket and any other items you require for comfort. Please arrive by 9:55, be scent-free and dress in layers. The room will be well heated, but windows will be cracked open for fresh Qi to circulate.

 

Energy Fields Activation workshop  (Jan 3, 2023)

This workshop is open to regular students only and will be fully guided and experiential with a focus to increasing awareness of and activating the wei qi and torus fields. A powerful way to start the new year!

Workshop: In person only, from 10-11 am at Cranberry Community Hall (6828 Cranberry St., Powell River) 

Payment: $25. Cash or e-transfers are preferred, due December 13 to reserve your space.

To register: Please email Sandra.

Please bring a yoga mat, blanket and any other items you require for comfort. You will also need indoor/clean shoes for a standing practice. Please arrive by 9:55 am, be scent-free and dress in layers. The room will be well heated, but windows will be cracked open for fresh Qi to circulate.

 

 

Winter Qigong (Jan 10 and 14 – Mar 14 and 18, 2023)

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.

CLASSES:
Tuesday (Jan 10 – Mar 14) and/or Saturday (Jan 14 – Mar 18), 10 – 11 am

  • guided meditation and Qi self-acupressure (20 min.)
  • standing flow qigong (40 min.) (Chairs available if sitting is preferred.)

REGISTRATION OPTIONS:
#1 – In person = $150 for 10 weeks  ($180 if you want access to the class video for the six days between classes).  All classes are held at Cranberry Community Hall (6828 Cranberry St., Powell River)
#2 – On Zoom = $150 for 10 weeks  ($180 if you want access to the class video for the six days between classes).
#3 – Video access only (no live interaction) = $100 for 10 weeks

DROP IN OPTION:
On Zoom on in person when space allows = $18

NOTE: Students (in person or on Zoom) will not be seen in the video.

In-person students: Please bring your yoga mat and a blanket to use for comfort during meditation and self-acupressure. Please bring indoor shoes and/or socks for the standing portion of the class. 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. (If in-person classes are shut down due to a Public Health Order, students may continue via Zoom classes or video, or request a refund minus a $10 administration fee. There are currently no Covid protocols required, but please allow your fellow students space and consideration as not everyone is comfortable in close proximity. Masks may be worn, but are not required.)

Payments: Cash or e-transfers are preferred and are due one week before classes begin to reserve your space.

To register: please email Sandra.

 

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. To register email Sandra.

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:

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.