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QIGONG CLASSES

Autumn 2018

Dear Friends, Clients and Fellow Qi Workers,

Qigong, China’s 5,000 year-old healing exercise, is slow moving, soft and guided by a serene mind. Why is qigong (and one of its main branches, tai chi) medicine for today’s mind and body? The human body, of course, has not changed from ancient times, but it has been under assault by wrong ideas about fitness and posture, by the corrupting influence of fashion and improperly designed furniture; and by the decline in food quality and time spent outdoors.

The medicine (qi, or energy) is within us. We create fresh qi every moment we are alive. How do we accomplish this great feat? We collect qi from food and air and then transmute the base elements into human qi. Practicing qi exercise enhances our absorbing and transmuting functions. When practicing, we experience our personal qi-presence in that place of stillness, peace and power that exists in each of us. The knowledge and skill come to us from ancient masters, ancient times. The exercises may be ancient—but they never get old.

Training includes: correctly aligning the posture (for maximum energy creation); using authentic, effective forms; focus, discipline and intention; slowing down movement; and releasing unnecessary (often unconscious) muscular tension. Establishing one’s center of gravity in the lower abdomen is an essential. Shifting the energy center from higher in the body (as is the case for a great many of us) to lower is inherently calming and stabilizing.

Once you anchor your awareness in the lower dantien (Chinese term for this specific location within the belly), you are never quite the same. Your health improves. Breathing deepens. Pains dissolve. You look younger! Life feels different. You are more in touch with your inner self, more able to abide in the present moment, less easily swayed by the ups and downs of life.

Deeply relaxing mind and body through qi exercise involves natural movement, which means it is safe for everyone. There are no challenging postures or pushing yourself to extremes. This is stress-less exercise. One student describes his class time as “my weekly oasis.”

Looking forward to seeing you in class soon,

Peggy Li, Qigong, Tai Chi & Energy Medicine Instructor

SUN and MOON QIGONG

with Master Nianzu Li

From air, water, food, things and people (including people and images on television, movie and computer screens), we contact and absorb various kinds of energy, positive and negative. Each individual blends these various substances and frequencies into perpetually changing states of body and mind. Fortunately, Taoist philosophers and doctors of Chinese medicine understood and demonstrated that boosting our positive qi holds negative qi (sickness and unhappiness) at bay. Here is a famous saying from the earliest medical literature: Fu zheng qu xie, which means: Support the healthy qi (bodily strength, good mood and immune function) to dispel the sickness qi (weakness, pain, invasion of pathogens, negative mental states). We are always balancing the forces—within and outside us—but we have far more power to enhance the positive than we typically assume or imagine.

Sun Qigong’s special focus is to connect the practitioner to that supreme positive energy that makes all life on earth possible—the sun. In human life, solar power correlates with vitality, warmth, strength, heart-energy, maturity and joyfulness. Moon Qigong aligns us with the more feminine aspects of our nature. It enhances our quiet, gentle and peaceful side. It is a beautiful, elegant form inspired from an old Chinese tale about a fair lady who flies to the moon.

Nianzu Li, now a practitioner for 50 years, created and perfected Sun and Moon Qigong over a long period. Some of the benefits experienced by our students include: greatly enhanced T-cell counts, improvement in diabetic conditions and disappearance of external growths.

Sunlight Qigong: Tuesdays 7:00 – 8:00 pm; September 11 – November 20 (No class on Election Day)

Fee: $195 by Sept. 7; $205 after Sept. 7. Thank you for registering in advance and securing your place.

A Song Ho-produced DVD of this qigong for home practice is available for ($21.20) at class time.

SOARING CRANE QIGONG

with Peggy Li

Soaring Crane Qigong (SC), wildly popular in China since its introduction in 1982, is known for its ability to lead the student relatively quickly to the pleasurable experience of qi flow. Qi flow = glow! Your energy ramps up quickly. The form is beautiful to witness and many times more beautiful to perform.

SC is effective for “opening” joints, which the Chinese call gateways of qi. Wrist, elbow, and shoulder disorders, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and arthritis respond well. Faithful followers report almost immediate improvements in sleep-related problems, anxiety levels, and back pain. Many stories of improvement of heart disorders are documented. The whole body becomes stronger, and the mind and spirit elevated. (A result common in all qigong.)

Slow and light movements mimic the graceful crane, but this is deceiving—you will see increases in muscle strength and size. We follow its gently flowing way into the qigong condition, a serene yet alert state that dissolves stress and awakens the innate healing ability. The accomplished student can count on transport to an inner retreat. This graceful form will never bore you., and acquiring it will prove a wise, long-term investment.

Thursdays, 10:30—11:30 am, September 13—November 15; Fee: $195 by Sept 8.; $205 after September 8

A Song Ho-produced DVD of this qigong for home practice is available for ($21.20) at class time.

Thank you for registering in advance and securing your place.

LOCATION & HOW TO REGISTER

Please mail a check with name, email address, and phone numbers to the center. Or call 301-625-4801 to charge the fee. BOTH classes are held at: Christ Congregational Church, 9525 Colesville Road, Silver Spring 20901. We thank you and greatly look forward to having you in our classes. First time student? Take a test run—your first (single) class is free of charge.

THE INSTRUCTORS

Master 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.

Instructor Peggy Li has been a passionate student of Chinese medicine for 45 years. She practiced Asian-style bodywork and energy medicine (as a graduate of the Eden Energy Medicine Practitioner Program). She first studied tai chi in 1985, meeting her principle qigong teacher Nianzu Li in 1987. Peggy has taught at the University of Maryland and other organizations since 1994. She has taken professional-level training in Emotional Freedom Techniques (an “energy-psychology” approach to healing emotions), 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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