schedule

Winter Qigong (January 9 and 13 – March 11 and 16, 2024)

Join Sandra as she guides participants through winter—the the most yin season of the year—with guided meditation, self-acupressure, and mindful movements for body, mind, and spirit.

The winter practice resonates with the Water element. Water itself is formless and may be still, calm, soft, and strong. The great Chinese sage Lao Tzu said, “Nothing in the world is more flexible and yielding than water.” We can learn a lot by embodying and mirroring the water element, and recognizing that we are mostly water.

Our winter practice will focus deeply on cultivating peace, calm, and relaxation for the nervous system, including the brain, as well as replenishing our energy batteries (the kidneys), strengthening the skeletal system, and balancing the whole being on all levels. We will build a practice to help us be in the powerful flow of life force by working with the kidneys (yin) and bladder (yang), the organs that most resonate with the Water element. We will practice bone marrow cleansing and Set 2 of Shibashi Qigong to circulate energy and strengthen the legs. To read more about winter’s nourishing practice please visit this blog posting.

 As usual, no experience or specific fitness level is required.


CLASSES:

Tuesdays and Saturdays, 10 – 11 a.m.

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


REGISTRATION OPTIONS:

#1 – In person = $170 for 10 weeks  ($200 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 = $170 for 10 weeks  ($200 if you want access to the class video for the six days between classes).
#3 – Attend twice a week: Once live and once via Zoom = $290 for 10 weeks  ($50 discount plus free twice weekly class video access).
#4 – Video access only (no live interaction) = $100 for 10 weeks
#5 – In-person drop in available when space allows. Zoom drop-in always available. Both are $20 per drop in.

To register email Sandra.

 

 

Advanced Qigong workshop (March 26 or March 30, 2024)

Advanced students are invited to go deeper into the foundation of their practice through energy anatomy of qigong and the five element system. More details to come.

 

 

 

 

 

Indoor Spring Qigong (Tuesdays and/or Saturdays, April 2 – May 4, 2024)

In the Five Element Theory, spring is when our energy is ascending, out of the cold, still winter months, to start fresh with new visions, decisions, and growth—just as in nature. It’s time for the seeds we planted in fall, and nourished through rest and darkness in the winter, to sprout and grow. It’s also the time to cleanse and detoxify with the help of the spring yin organ (the liver) and spring yang organ (the gallbladder). We work with the spring element of wood, including trees, and the spring animal, the dragon, to move out anything old, stale, or stagnant, including held energies (emotions) in the liver—such as anger, resentment and frustration. We activate kindness, compassion, and the power of creativity. We will open, detoxify, cleanse, purge, tonify, circulate and balance energy on all levels and ride the ascending energy of spring and new life. We will complete our Shibashi II learning to help with the smooth flow of Qi through the body and the legs, both very relevant to the liver  and gallbladder  organs and meridians and the spring energy.

 As usual, no experience or specific fitness level is required.


CLASSES:

Tuesdays and/or Saturdays, 10 – 11 a.m.

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


REGISTRATION OPTIONS:

#1 – In person = $85 for 5 weeks  ($100 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 = $85 for 5 weeks  ($100 if you want access to the class video for the six days between classes).
#3 – Attend twice a week: once in person at the Hall and once via Zoom = $145 for 5 weeks  ($25 discount plus free, twice weekly, class video access).
#4 – Video access only (no live interaction) = $50 for 5 weeks
#5 – In-person drop in available when space allows. Zoom drop-in always available. Both are $20 per drop in.

To register email Sandra.

 

 

Outdoor Spring Qigong (Tuesdays and/or Saturdays, May 7 – June 8, 2024)

Work with the powerful energy of the green dragon and the season of spring at Lindsay Park, 10 – 11 a.m. Classes are outdoors, weather permitting, and via Zoom or video otherwise. More details to come.

 

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

Work with the expanding energy of the fire element and gathering energy of the earth element, at Lindsay Park, 10 – 11 a.m. Classes are outdoors, weather permitting, and via Zoom or video otherwise. More details to come.

 

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

Transition to and work with the descending energy of metal element and the season of fall at Lindsay Park, 10 – 11 a.m. Classes are outdoors, weather permitting, and via Zoom or video otherwise. More details to come.

 

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:

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.