“All are sacred across bars and borders.” – Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity (IM4HI)
WHAT: Weekly Drop-In Qi Gong Class
Qi Gong (pronounced chee-gong) is an ancient and contemporary Chinese exercise that combines movement, breathing, awareness, and body posture.
The goal is to learn simple practices to help people grappling with hard situations (e.g. COVID19, illness, natural disasters, chronic stress, violence, loss, imprisonment, inequities, etc).
WHO: Open to all. No experience necessary. This is a gentle class for folks of all bodies and abilities. You do not have to experience insomnia to take the class.
WHEN: First Wednesdays, 5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. PDT and Third Thursdays, 12:15 – 1 p.m. PDT
Starting in Jan. 6, 2021 (1st Wed.) and Jan. 21, 2021 (3rd Thu.)
COST: The sessions are offered in the spirit of generosity. All are welcome regardless of funds. Donations are accepted for my community research partner, Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity (IM4HI). If you are able to and decide to donate, suggested donation is per session: $1 – $20. All donations will go to IM4HI for those impacted by immigration policies and the carceral state. (Venmo: @ProfessorYep or donate directly to IM4HI ).
TEACHER BIO: In addition to being a researcher and a tenured Full Professor at Pitzer College of the Claremont Colleges, I have practiced and taught qi gong for 25 plus years under the mentorship of Paul Li and Bingkun Hu, lineage holders from the dayan qi gong tradition and Yang Mei Jun. I am also a certified mindfulness facilitator and certified to teach Mindful Awareness Practices-1 from UCLA Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Behavior.
COMMUNITY PARTNER: With a focus on sanctuary, IM4HI is a statewide California organization that connects people to the work of social justice in Los Angeles County, the San Francisco Bay Area, and the Inland Valleys. They work to make the criminal justice system more just, and the immigration system more fair and humane.
CLASS CONTENT: As part of a pilot online health equity curriculum, I will teach select movements from wild goose (da yan) qi gong. It is intended to be calming and nourishing according to traditional Chinese medicine. It is intended to address the ability to fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up rested. (Irwin et. al 2017).
I will also teach some qi gong movements that engage with compassion according to traditional Chinese medicine. Research suggests a connection between compassion exercises and nourishing parts of your brain that impact decision making. (Neff et. al., Singer & Klimecki 2014) This is significant in the context of health equity. It is a simple practice to nourish us from the wear and tear of challenging circumstances (e.g. hypertension, violence, incarceration, racial profiling, national disasters, etc.)
NOTE: This qi gong class is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.