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Introduction to Qigong

April 26 – May 17, 2018

The Wellspring School for Healing Arts

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

In this 4-week series, you will learn about Qigong self-massage  It is an excellent method to bring quiet to the mind and awaken the body with renewed energy because it helps to open up the acupoints connected to our organ networks. We will also explore Qigong through meditation, mudras (hand positions), mantras (sounds) and breath work. Come to one class or take them all!

*Wear loose, comfortable clothing that allows for easy movement.

 

You’re invited! Join us to celebrate World T’ai Chi – Qigong day with a morning of meditation, demonstrations, discussion and practice of these subtle movement arts. Stop in at any time. See schedule below to make the most of your time:

Saturday April 28, 2018

The Wellspring School for Healing Arts

Session 1:

9:00am – 9:10am  – Meditation/Breathing – led by Cathy Geiger

9:10am – 9:30am –  QiGong Discussion and demo/practice – led by Cathy Geiger

9:30am – 10:00am –  T’ai Chi Discussion and demo/practice –  led by Michael Guida

10:00am – 10:20am –  QiGong Discussion and demo/practice – led by Lan Chiang

10:20am – 10:30am – Meditation/Breathing – led by Lan Chiang

10:30am – 11:00am – Break – instructors will make themselves available during the break to answer questions.

Session 2:

11:00am – 11:10am  – Meditation/Breathing – led by Cathy Geiger

11:10am – 11:30am –  QiGong Discussion and demo/practice – led by Cathy Geiger

11:30am – 12:00pm –  T’ai Chi Discussion and demo/practice –  led by Michael Guida

12:00am – 12:20pm –  QiGong Discussion and demo/practice – led by Lan Chiang

12:20am – 12:30pm – Meditation/Breathing – led by Lan Chiang

This is a FREE event, but please register at www.thewellspring.org so we know to expect you and to assure we have room!

 

March 6, 2018 – April 10, 2018

The Wellspring School for healing arts

10:00 am – 11:00 am

 

The first book about Chinese medical theory didn’t start with training about diseases, it talked about how you should follow nature and how you know yourself.

We need to sync with nature for our health and prevention of illness in our bodies. It’s hard for us to know how our organs work because they are on the inside. But if you look to nature and see how it changes, then you will know how your body should change, because you are part of nature!

Today we don’t really live with four seasons because we keep our houses cool in the summertime and warm in the wintertime. If nature doesn’t have the right four seasons, then bad things will happen and the same with us; we need to have four seasons inside our bodies.

In this 6-week series, you will learn about spring and connection with our liver, summer and the heart and also the spleen, through movements, meditations, mudras (hand positions), mantras (sounds) and breath work.

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Chinese New Year

This year the Chinese New Year is happening on February 16. This day is also the beginning of the spring season and continues through May 1st.

An important aspect of Qigong understands that we are apart of nature and need to have ‘seasons’ in our bodies. The most important season is spring. By having a strong spring season we will have set ourselves up to have a good year of seasons.

Usually it was the farmer who was in sync with nature and springtime to begin planting, because if he didn’t then come fall there was nothing to harvest and no storage for winter. The same thing applies to our bodies. If in the springtime you didn’t do a good job with adjusting your lifestyle and practicing Qigong, then you won’t have any harvest or storage. This is also why so many people get colds in the fall time, and continue to be sick in the winter, they didn’t prepare correctly in the prior seasons.

One of the easiest ways to prepare your body for springtime is walking outside. Start your pace slow, and then you can gradually speed up. Remember it’s not just suddenly springtime from winter, so it is better to gradually change during the seasons or you can hurt your Qi.

Since spring is time for growing our Qi, you want to wear your clothes as loose as possible, giving lots of room to your body and Qi. You also want your body and mind as relaxed as possible – otherwise the liver can get stressed very easily. Think of the image of you at home in your PJ’s and your hair is down and loose.

You also don’t want to eat spicy foods or flour/wheat, (which naturally heats us up) during this time, as it adds to the fire that is already building and you don’t it to go to fast, you want it to build slowly.

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