Qigong & Meditation
Looking forward to starting classes back up in Spring of 2022!! I will post updates when details are in place.
What is Qigong?
Qigong, pronounced “chee” “gong”, is the practice or training of both the external and the internal terrain of your mind, body, and spirit. It is the cultivation and regulation of “qi”, our lifeforce according to Oriental philosophy and medicine. Like “prana” in Yogic traditions, we can access direct experience of this vitality and guide it with intention for healing and strengthening our entire lives. This practice works to generate healthy balance from our tendons and ligaments to the ever-talkative voice in our head.
Through breathwork, gentle and invigorating dance-like movements, visualizations, and meditations, Qigong is a powerful healing system that leaves you feeling grounded in your body, and joyful in your heart and mind!
How to Prepare for Qigong
Wear something comfortable and breathable. Yoga-like clothes work, but you can also wear things like sweatpants, loose tops and bottoms, shorts, etc. I don’t recommend skirts or pants that are too long as they will get caught under-foot.
Bare-feet is usually how we practice. If you have indoor shoes that help keep you stable, you are welcome to bring those as well.
You can bring a mat for laying on the floor, but it is not required.
Bring a curious mind and a playful heart, I’ll guide you through the rest!
When the dust of our minds settle,
we can see life from the view of our heart.
There, we find life illumined.
This class is for anyone who wants to be with a group of people and experience guided meditation. Meditations offered can be sitting, standing, laying, and walking, so we’ll see what we get into each class. What you will always find here is a safe place to start or continue your meditation journey - to engage with others if you wish - or to be silent the whole time you are here. The power of group meditation is palpable.
My Qigong Teachers and Training
Master Li Junfeng guiding the first 5 movements of Heaven Nature Gong
World renowned in his field, both as a movie star and as a head coach of champion wushu martial art teams, Master Li left the busy lights of the mainstream to travel the world teaching Sheng Zhen Gong. Sheng Zhen Gong translates as Qigong of Unconditional Love. All of the forms are designed to open the heart, connect to the universe, and merge with the divine (whatever that means to you).
I spent many hours in class with Master Li as part of my graduate degree curriculum for Qigong, Tai Ji, and Medical Qigong. I was dedicated to the practices and eventually began to teach both as an assistant to him, filling in during his absence, and out on my own in the community both in the states and while I was abroad in Nepal.
The potent direct healing I experience from practicing these forms and the great love and connection that is developed with other attendees and students remains inspiring and transformative!
Master Chen teaching the movement Scoop the Moon to the Sky
Master Yun Xiang Tseng (Master Chen) is originally from WuDang Mountain which is considered one of the epicenters of Daoist spiritual practices in China. As a child, he was recognized as a prodigee and went to live in a sacred temple to study the Daoist arts of healing, martial arts, and ritual practices. Like a story from the movies, he lived a simple yet profound life in the mountains training every day to develop his mind, body, and spirit.
When he was 16 years old, his main teacher, Master Li (a female Grandmaster), asked him to go out and share the wisdom he had gained. His main directive was to make his way West to the United States to keep the ancient teachings alive and thriving to bring benefit to as many people as possible.
While in my Acupuncture training, I had the great fortune to meet Master Chen. He came to give a talk and teach Qigong and Tai Ji workshops and I decided to heed the recommendation of a school cohort to attend. From the moment he started talking, I knew that I wanted to further study with him.
A couple of years after graduating, the opportunity arose to go live and study as a one-year Residential Student in Colorado under his tutelage. That year was filled with 5 hours a day, 7 days a week training in Kung Fu, Tai Ji, Qigong, meditation along with the theory and philosophy of Daoism. It was one of the most transformative experiences of my life.
Although I was able to spend a year with Master Chen further developing what I learned in school, diving deeper into the tradition of Chinese medicine and it’s healing arts, I still consider myself to be “in training”. I continue to cultivate these healing and meditative experiences in the activities of everyday life for both my personal development, my practice as an Acupuncturist, and to joyfully share with others in community.