Outdoor Summer Qigong
(JUNE 15 – AUG 7, 2021)
Join Sandra for an 8-week summer series to work with the fire element, which resonates with the middle dantian—the heart centre. When we work with the heart we are in the domain of the “palace of the spirit,” where our seat of consciousness sits. With a heart-centred practice we can cultivate and express the flow of joy, passion, sincerity, love, honour, and happiness.
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.
We will use mind, breath, and body to bring the heart in harmony with the brain and with the very heart of the earth. We will practice with the animals of the heart—the crane and work with cooling and calming cloud movements. We’ll move Qi along not only the heart meridian (energy pathway), but also the triple heater, pericardium, and small intestine (the yang organ for summer) meridians.
Come out to Lindsay Park to practice under the sky and beside the trees and open your heart to all the healing and soothing life force energy available to you.
Please note: The practice is a standing flow qigong, but can be modified to do sitting (bring a chair or stool).
Note: We will be practicing social distancing with the required 8 feet of space between each person. Please read and sign the attached waiver and read the Covid-Safety Protocols. I have obtained and paid for a City of Powell River business license, 3rd party insurance, and yearly permit to teach at this City park. Thank you.
Tuesday (June 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27 and August 3)
or Saturday (June 19, 26, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and August 7)
from 10 – 10:45 a.m., all at Lindsay Park (7179 Cranberry St., East of Marlatt) weather permitting (not raining by start of class time).
$96 for registration
a limited number of single/drop in classes are permitted: $15 for each (with exact change or e-transfer). Please email Sandra for more info.
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.
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.