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Song Ho Health Center’s Classes in

Qigong & Energy Medicine

Autumn 2017

Dear Friends, Clients and Fellow Qi Workers,

Qigong and tai chi offer a singular approach to health. A joyful and rejuvenating way to exercise, they are self-care medicine at its best. Since the earliest days in the development of Chinese culture, the creators of China’s mind/body exercises focused on the subtle energies that form the basis of all life.

Through movements, breathing practices, stance (postural work) and focus (intention), qi exercise opens a special door to the natural, powerful, cosmic forces that surround us and flow through us.

“The Yellow Emperor said: ‘Covered by Heaven and supported by Earth, all creation together in its most complete perfection is planned for the greatest achievement: Man. Man lives on the breath of Heaven and Earth and he achieves perfection through the laws of the four seasons. The ruler as well as the masses share their utmost desire: the wish for a perfect body.’”

“ Health means restoring order within.”

--from The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine China’s oldest medical book, Ilza Veith translation (It is at least 2,000 years old and still studied.)

As we interact with Nature, found in the sights and the emanations of air, light, water and plants, we increase our life force and create internal harmony (“restoring order within”) for our organs, our mind and our spirit. It works unfailingly. It is the order of nature.

It may be hard to grasp the wisdom of the ancients, hard to believe in your power to dramatically shape your physical and mental states. Sensitivity to the inner flow of life develops through regular practice of qi exercise and counters the fears and doubts that get in the way of a robust life.

Inviting you to take your power back,

Peggy Li, Qigong, Tai Chi & Energy Medicine Instructor

Schedule in Brief

1) Sword Finger Qigong: Tue, 7:30 – 8:30 pm , Sept 12 – Nov 14

2) Soaring Crane Qigong: Thur, 10:30 – 11:30 am, Sept 14 – Nov 16

3) Energy Medicine Workshop: Sun, 1:00 – 5:00 pm, Sept 24

SWORD FINGER QIGONG in Eight Forms with Master Nianzu Li

(Bonus instruction: Six Healing Sounds Qigong)

Sword Finger Taoist Qigong harmonizes the mystical union of Heaven and Earth within man. These two natural forces, alive and expressed continuously within us, must be abundant and balanced for health creation.

The healing energy generated by Sword Finger Qigong (SFQ) penetrates deeply into the energy body and internal organs. Healers and martial artists have long applied the hand formation used in SFQ to concentrate and target qi. According to Wang Xiang Dang, China’s current SFQ master, this qigong can heal many modern, chronic diseases.

The eight forms use upper body movements only. They are simple but take time to master. One can stand or sit to do the form. Collecting the great qi of nature and moving it through the body to discharge one’s sick qi is the special emphasis. The basic level of SFQ is the focus of this class.

While now publically available, this healing exercise comes from the genre of ancient practices taught privately, one to one, from master to disciple. In 1996, Nianzu Li met Master Wang, who introduced him to the discipline. Li is excited to share this high-energy qigong with his students.

Master Li includes Six Healing Sounds Qigong (SHS) in the 10-week course. Through sound vibration, this ancient qigong cleanses the organs of toxins, including negative emotions. Ancient master healers identified which emotions disturb the various organs and emphasized the significant role of negative emotion in creating illness. Use this qigong to create more happiness.

Tue, 7:30-8:30 pm, Sept 12 – Nov 14 Fee: $185 before Sept 1; $200 after Sept. 1; DVD available for $21.20 (optional); Location: Christ Congregational Church, 9525 Colesville Road (rear entrance), Silver Spring MD 20901

SOARING CRANE QIGONG (Song Ho style) with Peggy Li

Soaring Crane Qigong is beloved locally and in China where followers number in the millions. It quickly raises the qi of the entire body and opens the major “energy gateways” (joints) of the body. Common disorders of wrist, elbow, shoulder and knee respond well. Students also report almost immediate improvements in sleep-related problems, anxiety levels, and back pain. It helps with grounding, muscle strength and balance.

Soft, light movements, some of which resemble tai chi exercise, and gentle stretches mimic the crane moving gracefully in a quiet pond. Mind and movement together activate major acupoints to assist in absorbing nature’s qi and releasing our stagnant qi. In between five short routines, you practice “quiet standing,” to enhance and experience the increased circulation of vital energy. The serious student will reverse the condition of cold hands and feet, one sign of what Master Li calls “sub-health.” You can change this!

SCQ is for everyone, beginners to experienced qi players. The more you practice it, the more you love it! Use it as a morning routine (about 15 minutes in length) to boost your energy for the day ahead. You will always feel renewed. Once you are proficient, you will treasure having this inner “retreat” literally at your fingertips. The instructor will integrate Eden energy techniques into the class warm-ups. She has found they speed the results of qi exercise through improving brain function, physical coordination and ability to learn and retain information.

Thur, 10:30-11:30 am • Sept 14 – Nov 16 • Fee: $185 before Sept 1; $200 after Sept. 1 ;

Drop-in and half-course rates are available for students who are repeating the course. Call for information. ;

Location: Christ Congregational Church, 9525 Colesville Road (rear entrance), Silver Spring MD 20901

ENERGY MEDICINE for Grounding and Stress Relief

A Sunday Workshop with Peggy Li, September 24, 1-5 p.m.

Grounding is to humans what anchoring is to a ship. It is a desirable tether that keeps us steady amidst the winds and waves of challenge and change. “Being grounded”—connected to the earth physically, mentally and energetically—is essential to mindfulness and moving forward in life. Being ungrounded can cause us to lose self-confidence and feel unsupported.

The strength of earth energy flowing through the body and aura is something we can measure and enhance. Restoring this primal relationship increases energy, clarity and stability. The earth’s calming influence helps us literally to wind down and escape the pattern of chronic stress.

Hand in hand with “earthing” ourselves is the necessity to retrain our stress response. Donna Eden, a leading advocate of energy medicine techniques, has championed the path of such an ambitious project. Her personal story of healing from complex, serious disease, including an autoimmune disorder, is instructive and inspirational to her many thousands of followers around the globe.

In this workshop, you will learn: In this workshop, you will learn:

• Protocols for building a deep connection to Earth Energy, the wellspring of yin essence (to balance our overly yang culture) • A fundamental, inspired approach to retrain our stress response using the wisdom and power of the energy body

To provide hands-on experience, class is limited to 12 participants. Please bring a mat, pillow and water bottle to the workshop. Registration and payment in advance is required. Please call Peggy if you need more information. Location: Four Gates Wellness Center, 5570 Sterrett Place, Suite 308, Columbia, MD 21044. Fee: $54

REGISTRATION Information Please indicate the class for which you are registering and mail your check along with your name, email address and phone numbers to the center. You may also call us at 301-625-4801 to charge the fee to your credit card. We thank you and greatly look forward to having you in our classes.

THE INSTRUCTORS

Nianzu Li began formal studies of China’s healing exercises in the 1970s and is heir to the practices of Lang Ye Mountain Taoist School through his mentor, Dr. Yangzhong Shang. Nianzu’s father, the late Professor John B.Y. Lee, was a student and close friend of renowned qigong master and martial artist Wang Xiangzhai. From this early exposure and extensive background as a practitioner of Chinese medicine and qi exercise, Nianzu has evolved his own exercise style and creations, which he shares with clients and students. Li offers a free class every Sunday morning at a local park.

Peggy Li has been an avid student of Chinese medicine for more 40 years. She formerly practiced Asian-style bodywork and graduated from the Eden Energy Medicine Practitioner Program. She discovered qi exercise in 1985 and found her principle teacher Nianzu Li soon after. She has taught at the University of Maryland and other organizations, including Song Ho Health Center, since 1994. She achieved professional training in Emotional Freedom Techniques, which she offers to clients at the center.

“Join us for great adventures in qi exercise!”

Song Ho Health Center • 805 Winhall Way • Silver Spring, MD 20904 • songho.net • 301-625-4801



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