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
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
TU-NA and DAO-IN
The Foundation of Qigong
“Qigong” is a relatively new word that came into use in China in the early 1960s to describe China’s ancient self-healing practices. The original names Dao-In and TuNa reflect the deep meaning and foundation of qigong.
TuNa refers to Daoist (Taoist) breathing practices. Master Li calls TuNa “high level breathing, breathing with the mind. When we breathe with concentration, with awareness, we cultivate a high level power.” The great religions have used breathing (or chanting, one style of breath cultivation) to increase one’s vibratory rate and thus raise one’s consciousness. Tu means “out.” Na means “in.” Li empasizes deep belly breathing in this short course.
Dao-In means guiding the energy and blood to circulate freely, using mind, breathing, movement, sound and so on. Dao-In exercises are gentle, mindful, deeply relaxing and easily learned. The practices lead to a thickening and expansion of your energy field, creating a protective shield against negative influences and energies. According to Li, when your field is strong, “nothing can bother you.”
Dao-In movements are the simplest exercises Master Li has ever taught. They draw upon a center of power in your belly that he terms “your energy engine.” Activating this engine with Dao-In is what boosts the TuNa breathing power.
The ways of breath enhancement and qi activation are cultivated through this training and, importantly, can evolve into healthy new habits for normal, daily activity. The result is more energy and ease in living. Master Li believes you will quickly discover the “private doctor” who lives within. All the doctor needs is your focused attention to come to life.
Day/time: Tuesdays, 7-8 p.m.
Dates: October 16 to November 20
Cost: $117. Preregistration is required. Mail your check to: Song Ho Health Center, 805 Winhall Way, Silver Spring, MD 20904. Include name, phone and email contact. You may also call us to charge the fee to your credit card. We are available Tuesday through Saturday at 301-625-4801.
Class location: Christ Congregational Church 9525 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20901. Use the rear entrance from parking lot and go to the Meeting Room, 1st Floor.
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.
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