2023 classes – Saturday “Awakening the Spirit” Qigong – Students will learn a wide variety of Chinese Health Qigong forms.
Drop Ins are still available in November and December 2023. If you wish to register for 2024 classes, please do so as soon as possible as In-Person classes fill up very quickly.
Health and Medical Qigong are exercises and breathing methods that can help induce calm, relaxation, release stress, depression, grief, and anxiety. Along with eating properly, sleeping adequately, exercising, and managing stress, we can all boost our immune system by practicing Qigong.
Every class begins with a warm-up that slowly warms up the body and the spirit to music that beautifully accompanies each set of exercises. Every class includes deep breathing exercises, energy work, as well as stretching, balancing and strengthening exercises. Each week the Saturday Qigong forms we practice will be different from that which is practiced in our Tuesday morning Qigong classes. Practicing twice a week is a great option, especially if you are seeking rejuvenation in your mind, body or spirit.
What is especially unique about this Saturday Qigong class is that you have the option to be In-Person, with a wonderful community of like-minded health enthusiasts, feeling the Qi in a large gym with others, or be at home and comfortable in your own space, Live-On-Zoom. Both In-Person and Live-On-Zoom will happen together, at the same time. Additionally, In-Person students can choose to be Live-On-Zoom whenever they wish. We have people zooming in from all over the world.
Qigong is an ancient exercise that looks like Tai Chi, and is the mother of Tai Chi, but it is easier in some respects. With Qigong, you can choose to memorize the forms (sets of exercises or meditations that are standing, sitting or lying down), or, in our classes, you can just follow along. No memorization required. With Tai Chi, in order to get the most benefits, it is especially advantageous to memorize the basics and practice the form (a choreography of movement where the footwork travels along the floor about 5-7 feet in length).
Qigong is a moving meditation that combines: gentle movement, deep breathing, meditation, and a positive mental focus. Qigong has its concepts rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture. This ancient system of healthcare focuses on the flow of qi or energy.
Simply put, if the qi is moving smoothly, we will be healthy. If the qi is deficient, excessive, or stagnant we will feel discomfort or unwell. The goal of Qigong practice is to move stagnant qi and strengthen weak qi. In our classes, both In-Person and On-Zoom, we will practice and be stronger together. It is a wonderful community of like-minded health-oriented enthusiasts. Qigong is becoming more and more popular with adults who have busy, stressful lives. It is a myth that Tai Chi and Qigong is “just for seniors.”
PRICING DETAILS FOR SATURDAY QIGONG AWAKENING
Drop-Ins: $19.00. Please register and pay your Drop-In at least 12 hours in advance of the class. For those dropping in on Zoom please ensure you complete the Zoom registration in order to receive your login information. If you are joining us In-Person please ensure you attend at the location at least 20 minutes in advance for your first class. Only cash or e-transfer will be accepted in-person.
2023 - Awakening The Spirit, Chinese Health & Medical Qigong
Type of Class: HYBRID: In-Person and On-Zoom
In-Person Location: Highlands United Church
Starts: Saturday, September 9th - December 9th. 14 classes.
Class Level: All levels, Newbies to more experienced are very welcome.
Saturday Qigong classes are always practicing forms that are different from Tuesday Qigong class.
Drop-Ins are welcome anytime. On Zoom or In-Person. Must register in advance.
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Practicing Qigong builds and circulates energy (Qi or Chi) through the body. Qigong is an excellent addition to any walking, cardio or stretching regime that is already in place. No need to memorize any of the movements… unless you want to. Just follow along, breathe deeply and enjoy.
It is important to note that our Saturday Health Qigong class practices different forms each week, and the forms practiced on Saturday are almost always different than the Tuesday class. This format allows students to enjoy two different sessions each week.
There is a lot of research online that will introduce you to the benefits of Qigong for those struggling with:
Parkinson’s DiseaseCancer symptom management Chronic PainChronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)Cognition and MemoryHigh Blood Pressure Heart FailureFall PreventionFibromyalgiaOsteoarthritisDiabetesSelf-AwarenessSubstance Use DisordersBlood PressureAnxiety and DepressionImmune System Strengthening
Here is a ‘short’ list of the many different forms of Qigong you will practice with us: Health Qigong: Baduan Jin–8 pieces of Silk & Brocade; Yi Jin Jing – Tendon-Muscle Strengthening Qigong; Liu Zi Jue – Six Healing Sounds; Wu Qin Xi – 5 Animals Qigong; Qigong on Wei Lei Mountain, 18 Movements, 5 Elements, Swimming Dragon, Balancing the Heart Qigong, Medical Qigong, Qigong to Relieve Anxiety & Stress, Breathing Exercises & Meditation.
1) Requests must be submitted in writing by email and is effective the date of the email.
2) Refunds will not be given after the 3rd class unless it is for medical reasons.
3) If you must stop class because you have contracted Covid 19 please contact us immediately.
4) Refunds provided will be calculated in the following manner – Classes already taken will be converted to a Drop-In Rate of $15.00/class, plus an added administration fee of $10.00. The balance will be refunded and sent to you by Interac or by mail.
5) Please note that if locations close due to Covid restrictions then all classes will continue on Zoom.
6) Some In-Person locations have special event days where all classes will either be On-Zoom or In-Person at an alternate location. No credit for class missed will be provided.
Whether On-Zoom or In-Person the registered student understands that the North Shore Tai Chi Spirit & Chinese Health Qigong organization has a strict no-video-of-the-Instructor or the Assistants without express written consent. Additionally, all students agree that any videos sent to them by the Instructor are for “your eyes only” and should never be shared with any other person or posted, in full or in part, on the Internet.
IN-PERSON COVID POLICIES (as of April 2022)
North Shore Tai-Chi Spirit & Chinese Health Qigong wants to create a safe place for indoor tai chi and qigong group practice. Many of our classes are both In-Person and On-Zoom at the same time.
In accordance with the Provincial Health Authority wearing a mask will be a personal choice at this time. However, we will continue to require that all In-Person students practice social distancing.
If a shut-down to all In-Person classes is mandated by the Provincial Health Authority, then all classes will continue on Zoom. No credit will be given to students unless they do not have adequate access to the Internet.
We request that all Zoom Students to do their best to be on Zoom at least 5 minutes before the start of the class.
All Zoom Students must attend with their Video in the “on” position. We are required to take attendance and this must be done visually each and every class.
We prefer that all Zoom Students keep their video in the “on” position throughout the class. The Instructor needs to see how each student is performing in order to provide the most accurate instructions.
Some Zoom classes are recorded. Only students who unmute themselves (on purpose or accidentally) might be recorded.
We ask that all Tai Chi students find a way, if possible, to show their entire torso so that the Instructor can best view each student’s progress.
IN-PERSON OPTIONS FOR ZOOM
Anyone signing up for In-Person classes will always have the option to be on Zoom where that option is available at that location. Some classes do not have the Zoom option.
Any In-Person registration means that you are guaranteed a spot in the class. When and if the need arises: if you are not feeling well , if you are out-of-town, or if you are running late; On-Zoom is an option for you.
WAIVER FOR ALL STUDENTS
Thank you for your registration.
In registering for this class our Instructor assumes you have talked to your doctor before starting this health and fitness regime. If you have any medical conditions or physical concerns please participate at your own pace and also let your Instructor know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Agreement of Release and Waiver of Liability:
I (referring to the student, the undersigned) voluntarily supply my contact information so that representatives of the North Shore Tai-Chi Spirit (& Chinese Health Qigong) can contact me regarding class changes, cancellations, course updates, and tuition reminders, and special event updates. Participation in tai chi & qigong classes involves exercise. Exercise can result in accidents or injuries. I assume the risk connected with participation in tai chi & qigong classes and represent that I am insufficiently good health and condition and do not suffer from any physical or mental impairment which would put me or anyone at risk of injury while receiving tai chi & qigong instruction from representatives of the North Shore Tai-Chi Spirit. I understand that North Shore Tai-Chi Spirit is a management company only. All Instructors represent themselves. I specifically agree that the North Shore Tai-Chi Spirit, the general manager, volunteers, and instructor(s) of any In-Person or Zoom classes I am participating in, and/or his associates, shall not be held liable for any claim, demand, cause of action of any kind, resulting from or related to my use of the facilities or instruction.
I have read the above release and waiver of liability, as well as the refund policies, On-Zoom policies, In-Person policies, Covid policies, and fully understand their contents. I voluntarily agree to the terms and conditions stated above. I verify that all answers in my Registration are true.