QiGong for Health and Healing (In-Person 5-week course)
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QiGong is an ancient Chinese practice which promotes many benefits for health, healing, and longevity. It is the basis for interacting with our qi (life energy), which slowly depletes over time, especially as we become older. We can learn how to enhance and nurture this vital energy through meditation, breath, self-massage, and movement.
One of the beauties of QiGong is that it can be practiced sitting or standing and is adaptable to individual strengths and abilities. We learn to listen to the body rather than over-ride it.
In this course, we will do some fun, easy exercises to loosen up the body and the joints. We will include:
additional activities to improve our breathing
self-massage to enliven our energy pathways (meridians)
an easy six movement form (can be done sitting or standing) to help us actually feel our own qi and to release stagnant energy and build nurturing qi.
There will be discussion, minimal lecture, demonstration of each form, and a lot of doing to provide personal experience.
Students will receive handouts to assist in recall and ability to continue practice between classes at home.
In kindness and consideration of our instructors and participants, Penobscot Valley Senior College expects that each student be up to date with vaccination against Covid-19 when attending in-person classes. PVSC will comply with Covid/masking policies of each location where we hold in-person classes and events. Masks will be available at all in-person classes.
Instructor: VERNITA LEINS
Vernita Leins officially retired from 30 years employment in 2001 only to shift gears into serving as a full-time therapeutic massage therapist, Reiki Master/Teacher, and qigong instructor. She is also an award-winning author. Together with her husband, Robert, they own and have operated QiGong Studio in Bangor since 1999.
Vernita is passionate about her work and practices QiGong daily. Along with their rescue dog, Roxy (boasting 15 breeds), they live on Chemo Pond, enjoying its natural beauty and quietude.