Qigong & Tai Chi Classes
Winter/Early Spring 2018
Dear Friends, Clients and Fellow Qi Workers,
Qigong and tai chi offer powerful ways to create health. They are joyful, rejuvenating ways to exercise and provide a boost the energy of the body. Energy is life—the life that is in every cell, organ, muscle and nerve, even every thought and feeling. Since the earliest days in the development of Chinese culture, the creators of China’s mind-body exercises focused on the orderly, subtle energies that form the basis of life.
Through movement, breathing practices, stance (postural work)
and mental focus, qi exercise opens a special door to absorb the natural
energy (the cosmic forces) that surround us. We live and love in harmony
or out of harmony with these forces—it all depends on us!
As we interact positively, gratefully with Nature—found
in the sights and the emanations of air, light, water and plants—
we increase our life force. We participate in the creation of
internal harmony for our organs, our mind, our spirit. It works
unfailingly. It is the order of nature.
As we practice daily, especially learning the lesson of
gentleness in exercise, we strengthen and expand the “qi body”
(the individual’s energy field or aura), which nourishes and
protects us. We discover the power to dramatically shape
our physical and mental conditions. Sensitivity to the inner flow
of life develops through regular practice of qi exercise and helps
to counter the fears and doubts that get in the way of a robust life.
Inviting you to take your power back,>p>
I am Peggy Li, Qigong, Tai Chi
& Energy Medicine Instructor
SCHEDULE IN BRIEF
Note early registration savings. Apply an additional 20% OFF when signing up for more than one class.
1) LIVING WELL TAI CHI: Tuesdays, 7:30 – 8:30 pm, Jan 23 – March 27
2) HUA SHAN QIGONG: Thursdays, 10:30 – 11:30 am, Feb 1 – April 5
3) SIX HEALING SOUNDS QIGONG: Saturdays, 10:30 – 11:45 am, March 3 – April 28
Location for all classes:
Christ Congregational Church, 9525 Colesville Road (rear entrance), Silver Spring MD 20901
LIVING WELL TAI CHI
Taught by Master Nianzu Li
Many people hold a belief that real, effective exercise has to be physically stressful, push your heart and lungs to their limits, create big muscles and make you sweat buckets. For health, however, this approach not only does not make sense—it is simply wrong. Scientists have found, for instance, that intense exercise dramatically raises the level of free radicals and stress hormones, which is bad for the heart and arteries.
The greatest martial artist of the 20th century, Master Wang Xiangzhai (a close friend of Master Li’s father), has had a profound influence on both martial arts and the healing arts. He proved that gentle, slow motion and even stillness in exercise leads to external and internal strength. He refined, practiced and promoted zhen zhuang, standing still meditation, for its power to create the indomitable power of a master martial artist and—if one is not so inclined toward fighting—to bring the one’s health to a high level.
Tai chi is a body-mind exercise that emerged from the martial arts. It is beloved throughout the world and nearly anyone (with proper instruction) can learn it. Practitioners enjoy more self-confidence, improved posture and greater ease in daily activities. This in turn helps one live well and longer!
For decades, university and clinical studies have shown that seniors who practice tai chi exercise are more stable and significantly reduce their risk of falling. Avoiding frailty and instability at any age is crucial to health. Loss of physical strength and neurological sensitivity is not limited to age! Tai chi is popular among all age groups.
Li’s new tai chi style has four sections, the first taught in this beginning course. Students will learn simple movements at a relaxed pace. Each movement has a meaning and an image that helps you create beautiful posture, enhance circulation and mental clarity. Combining deep breathing, concentration and slow motion develops strength, relaxation and balance.
Each class starts with simple warm-ups that lend themselves to anytime-use throughout your day. We call such exercise “snackercise” (exercise in small bites). You will not believe the life-enhancing difference that a calm, slow-motion body-mind exercise instantly brings to your life—even in small bites! Learn how to jumpstart your energy engine, the tai chi and qigong way.
Tue, 7:30-8:30 p.m.; January 23 – March 27; Fee: $185 by Jan. 17, $200 after Jan. 17 (See “Registration Information” below.) DVD available for $21.20 (optional but strongly recommended)
HUA SHAN QIGONG
Taught by Peggy Li
Learn the potent qi exercises from an ancient Taoist temple in China’s sacred
Hua Shan Mountains. Hua Shan Qigong was once the secret treasure of imperial
families seeking to maintain beauty and youthfulness. Also known as “Taoist Yoga,”
this collection of exercises has more vigorous movement than many other qigong.
One in the set, Swimming Dragon, is a sinuous, non-impact aerobic exercise,
famous for aiding weight loss and body shaping.
Healthy hormone levels come from healthy glands (thyroid, pancreas, adrenal
glands, etc.), and Hua Shan Qigong helps to normalize their functions. We learn in class how this works. All bodily functions depend upon the promptings of hormones produced by the endocrine system—their tasks are enormous. You can use this qigong to:
• Improve grace, centeredness, and balance
• Adjust metabolism
• Boost the body’s oxygen levels
• Help prevent or reverse bone loss
• Reduce stiffness
• Hydrate the skin
• Restore a more youthful appearance
• Shore up core energy reserves
• Correct impotence and infertility
Over the years, our students have proven for themselves that Hua Shan Qigong works. Expect to be engaged and energized. These are fun exercises! Certain aspects of the practice still lead you to the tranquil, I-feel-so-alive qi condition, unduplicated by other exercise. This course is popular and valuable at any age. It is never too late—and rarely too early—to rejuvenate.
Thursday, 10:30-11:30 a.m.; February 1 – April 5; Fee: $185 by Jan. 24, $200 after Jan. 24; See “Registration Information” below. Drop-in and half-course rates are available for students who are repeating the course. Call for information. DVD available for $21.20 (optional but strongly recommended)
SIX HEALING SOUNDS QIGONG
(Bonus instruction: Chinese Five Element Theory) with Peggy Li
Every sound you hear has positive or negative effects on your health and consciousness. Long ago, Chinese masters found that toning six specific sounds deeply, precisely and positively influence the functions of our organs, our energy level and our mental states.
For 2,000 years, Chinese doctors and patients have used Six Healing Sounds Qigong (SHS) to clear the organs of toxins, inflammation and negative emotions, the common sources of illness and unhappiness. Specific emotions are associated with different organs. The longevity of traditional Chinese doctors is tied to their use of this qigong, which enables them to discharge the “sick qi” to which they are exposed. Modern healers and therapists: take note.
Combining toning, specific breathing techniques, simple movement and visualization initiates dynamic and deep healing. SHS is extremely calming and over time helps to release depression and unhealthy emotional patterns. It has a direct and immediate impact on obstructions in the lungs and sinus cavities, enhancing deeper breathing and bringing more power into the Lower Dantien.
You can stand or sit, use traditional SHS movements or no movement. You will learn a long form and two short forms to suit your mood, your preference and your time. Use SHS alone or as a powerful prelude to meditation. It fits into any wellness program.
Class instruction includes an introduction to the Five Element theory, which illustrates the organized, unified flow of natural energy flowing through our life stream at every moment. Lifestyle choices will come to life and light! No one should be without this classic qigong or this vital information.
Saturdays, 10:30-11:45 am • March 3 – April 28 (no class 3/31) • Fee: $185 by Feb. 23, $200 after Feb. 23
Drop-in and half-course rates are available for students who are repeating the course. Call for information.
Please indicate the class(es) you will attend and mail your check along with your name, email address and phone numbers to the center. You may also call 301-625-4801 and charge the fee to your credit card. We thank you and greatly look forward to having you in our classes. We guarantee your satisfaction. Please note 20 percent discount when registering for more than one class. Scholarships are available.
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 eagerly shares with clients and students. Li offers a free class every Sunday morning at a local park. (Please call for location.)
PEGGY LI has been an avid student of Chinese medicine for 45 years. Formerly, she practiced shiatsu and reflexology and taught natural food cooking. She graduated from the Eden Energy Medicine Practitioner Program in 2010. She has taken professional-level courses in Emotional Freedom Techniques (also known as “Tapping”), which she offers to clients at the center. 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.
“Join us for great adventures in qi exercise!”
Song Ho Health Center • 805 Winhall Way • Silver Spring, MD 20904 • songho.net • 301-625-4801