Qigong Workshop, Sunday, August 11, 2013, 1-4pm

I'm offering a qigong workshop at the Regent Health Centre on Locke Street South on Sunday, August 11 from 1-4pm. The workshop is open to practitioners of all levels, including beginners. No prerequisite or previous experience with qigong is required. If you have taken qigong before or are a regular participant in my classes, you'll find exciting new material here.

This workshop will focus on Chinese five-element theory. According to traditional Chinese medicine and philosophy, all matter is made up of five elements: fire, earth, metal / air (they're considered the same element), water, and wood. These five elements work together in a constructive cycle, pictured below.

In qigong, each exercise works with a different element, and corresponds to a different organ system in the body. You don't need to deliberately draw qi or meditate on the element you're trying to work with. Simply moving the body in the unique fashion required by each exercise will do that for you. By the time you've completed a cycle of five exercises, one for each element, you'll have performed a complete internal workout.

At the workshop I'll be introducing six exercises (one to align the body systems, and one for each element) and teaching qigong standing meditation. By the end of the afternoon, you'll have a short routine that you can use to refresh your energy or stretch and relax tight muscles any time you need. I'll be showing you how to make each of the movements more or less challenging to your muscles, and how to adapt the routine to fit the amount of time you have.

The fee for this workshop is $60.

Contact Melissa at smithmk2@gmail.com or (905) 521-0043 for more information or to register.

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