“All are sacred across bars and borders.” – Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity (IM4HI)
WHAT: Weekly Qi Gong Class (Drop-In)
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. illness, natural disasters, chronic stress, violence, loss, imprisonment, inequities, etc).
For the next few weeks, we will practice the Primordial Qi Gong set. I will include more information about form, qi flow and acupuncture points.
The moves of the primordial qi gong set:
– Butter (Right, Left)
– Headphones (One and off)
– Window (Right, Left, Right)
– Doughnuts (Raised/Horizontal, Crueller/Vertical, Raised/Horizontal, Crueller/Vertical) (Spin each 3 times)
– T shape, rotate, whales
– Smooth the bangs (5 times)
– (Repeat 2 more times: T shape, rotate, whales, smooth the bangs)
– Smooth the skirt (5 times)
(Repeat entire set 3 times)
Here is the schedule of what moves we will practice and when over the next few weeks:
7/23/20: T-Rex, Spread the Butter, Headphones, Window.
7/30/20: Doughnuts, Leaves, T-shape-Whales, Smooth the Bangs, Smooth the Skirt.
8/6/20: Practice entire set.
8/13/20: Practice entire set.
8/20/20: No class.
8/27/20: No class.
If you have time and resources, this is a friendly nudge for you to review or learn the moves of the primordial qi gong set. I created a video that includes instruction and practice.
I encourage you to come to the session even if this set is new to you. I invite to utilize the resources available to you such as the video.
WHO: Open to all. No experience necessary. This is a gentle class for folks of all bodies and abilities. Exercises are adaptable to sitting or standing. You do not have to experience insomnia to take the class.
WHEN: Thursdays, 12:15 p.m. – 1 p.m. PDT (until mid-August)
COST: The session is free and donations are accepted for my community research partner, Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity (IM4HI).
If you decide to donate, suggested donation per session: $1 – $20. All donations will go to IM4HI for those impacted by immigration policies and incarceration. (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.
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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 movements from short moving set called primordial 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).
Drawing from Capacitar’s curriculum, 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.
TECHNOLOGY: If you want more info about how to get on ZOOM and how to navigate ZOOM, go to Pitzer IT’s page