A Sitting Qigong class is being offered via Zoom from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays from November through March.
Qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. The word Qigong (Ch’i Kung) is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is pronounced “chee” and is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe. Gong literally means “work”. Qigong is therefore “working with one’s Qi” or “energy work”. Sitting Qigong is modified to be done in a seated position.
Classes are FREE and open to the public. Participants can expect to learn some simple self-massage techniques to energize the flow of Qi and upper-body exercises (or forms) which are coordinated with deep, diaphragmatic breathing. Once the forms are correctly mastered, they can be done at home individually. Each class will begin with progressive spinal alignment, self-massage, tapping, stretching, and acupressure to key acupuncture points to energize the flow of Qi from head to toe. Some seated Chair Yoga forms are also included. The class concludes with Eight Brocades, the most popular sequence of Medical Qigong recommended by Health Professionals, especially by DoMs (Doctors of Chinese Medicine). This set of 8 easy-to-perform exercises has been in existence since the Sung Dynasty (AD 960-1279), often referred to as the Golden Age of Chinese History. The class is especially designed for participants who are experiencing mobility issues. The Eight Brocades can be performed seated with slight modifications.
Instructor KokHeong McNaughton has taught various forms of Taiji and Qigong exercises since 1973 in California. To find out more or to participate, please call or text KokHeong at (505)-920-6808 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for her Zoom link.
No-wait Zoom Room opens 15 min before class for general discussion.Si