schedule

outdoor SUMMER (fire element) QIGONG series
(June 14 and 18 – July 26 and 30, 2022)

Join Sandra to welcome fresh qi (life force) into your body, energy, and life, with a summer qigong practice—outside beneath the sun, the clouds, the vast open skies (weather permitting) or via Zoom when weather does not allow. Fire is the element of summer’s yin organ—the heart. When we work with the heart (our middle dantian/energy centre) we are in the domain of the “palace of the spirit,” where our seat of consciousness sits.

Heart Qi is the most powerful energy we have as humans. Blocks, imbalance, excess, or deficiency in energy here may result in experiences of sadness, hastiness, or hatred, and manifest in the form of heart disease, hot flashes, anxiety, or depression. By opening, purging, strengthening, and cultivating Qi we can significantly impact the health, balance, and harmony of our heart energy, entire body, and life. With a heart-centred practice we can release and enhance the flow of compassion, joy, passion, sincerity, love, honour, and happiness. We can expand, blossom, and be a powerful expression of our true inner nature.

To read more about the summer (fire element) you may read this blog post.

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

REGISTER for one class a week for 7 weeks (Tuesday or Saturday) = $84
REGISTER for two classes a week for 7 weeks (Tuesday and Saturday) = $126

(If weather is likely to cancel plans for outdoor class, you will receive email notification by 8:30 a.m. with a 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 the missed class by attending an outdoor class in any other week, but during the summer session only.

DROP IN classes = $15 each  (with exact change or e-transfer on day of class). Please email Sandra for more info.

Please note: I have 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.

 

outdoor SUMMER (earth element) QIGONG series
(Aug 2 and 6 – Sept 13 and 17, 2022)

The earth element, which resonates with this late summer season, is the centre or hub of all the other elements and seasons. Earth qigong is all about balance, centeredness, and trust. Earth is our source of nourishment, grounding, gravity, and stability. Earth is our mother and she is our home.

The organs that correspond to earth element and late summer are the spleen (yin organ), and the stomach (yang organ). The sense organ is the mouth (taste), which makes sense during this time of abundant food Qi. Physically, the spleen is an important organ of digestion. It governs our food Qi by extracting and converting the pure essence of our food and liquid. Energetically, the earth provides us with a centre, enabling us to balance our lives and live with harmony. Emotionally, earth element helps us to digest and absorb our life experience, and is associated with transforming, nourishing, and change.

Emotions and states held in the spleen may include worry, anxiety, nervousness, overthinking, obsession, and self-worth issues. The balancing and natural energies of the spleen include trust, openness, resolution, centeredness, balance, and equanimity.

Imbalance, blocks, excess or deficiency in the earth energy may show up as mouth sores, digestive ailments, fatigue, weight challenges, allergies, chronic immune disorders, candidiasis, disrupted cycles, and addiction. The classic symptom of earth element imbalance is seen in the person who is unable to receive love and support but is very good at giving it to others.

Flowing and balanced spleen Qi helps us to find our balance, our centre, to take in life and to trust in the divine unfolding of our journey.

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

REGISTER for one class a week for 7 weeks (Tuesday or Saturday) = $84
REGISTER for two classes a week for 7 weeks (Tuesday and Saturday) = $126

(If weather is likely to cancel plans for outdoor class, you will receive email notification by 8:30 a.m. with a 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 the missed class by attending an outdoor class in any other week, but during the summer session only.

DROP IN classes = $15 each  (with exact change or e-transfer on day of class). Please email Sandra for more info.

Please note: I have 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.

 

 

 

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.