Online Qi Gong: Sep – Nov

This week kicks off our Fall online semester sessions.  We will continue with zoom drop-ins on 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 12:15 PT.  Invite friends and family.  Come when you can– even if you join later or if you have to leave early. 

All abilities and bodies are welcome. No experience necessary.  Join the qi gong email list!

Click here or go to https://pitzer.zoom.us/j/513664738

VAGUS NERVE and 3 DAN TIANS
I start my 1st day of classes today. We are going back in person. I am writing notes for COVID-19 procedures and I notice my heart beating fast.  When I read the news about Afghanistan, Louisiana, the Caldor fire, the 9/14 California recall election and more, I can feel my jaw clenching. 

When you are constantly thinking and looking over your shoulder, what do you do? The vagus nerve connects the brain and the nervous system. Breathing and moving may tone our vagal nerve, kick in the relaxation response and move us out of “fight/flight/freeze.”   Interestingly, traditional Chinese medicine for 1000s of years has conceptualized the vagus nerve as the 3 dan tians. Several studies have suggested that Tai Chi and Qi Gong stimulate the vagal nerve and/or activate the parasympathetic system/relaxation response. (Gerritsen, 2018; Lu and Kuo, 2004, etc.)

For Thursday, we will work with the interconnection of our 3 dan tians or vagus nerve. 

Our community partner , Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, invites us to envision and manifest a world where we are interconnected. As we hold our interconnections with hope and uncertainty,  let us breathe and move together. 

May our qi gong practice be for the benefit of all, with no exceptions.  I hope to see you Thursday. 

Be well,
Kathy 

PS- Today is the last day to register to vote online in California for upcoming California Governor Recall election.  You can also register to vote in person after 8/30. Or you can check your registration status. 

Qi Gong in August

AUG 5: Drop-in Qi Gong, 12:15 p.m. – 1 p.m. PT

All abilities and bodies are welcome. No experience necessary. Join the qi gong email list!

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STARTING AUG 15: (ONLINE) Mindfulness and Movement for a Dynamic World

This six-week online class introduces a range of mindfulness concepts and practices relevant to living in a dynamic world.  This course includes practices that involve stillness, movement, and listening/ speaking. Centering teaching strategies where there are multiple ways for participants to thrive, the intention is to impart practices that nourish us as we navigate a complicated world. Instructors: Elliott Law and Kathy Yep

AUG 19: Drop-in Qi Gong, 12:15 p.m. – 1 p.m. PT

Click here or go to https://pitzer.zoom.us/j/513664738

The sessions are offered in the spirit of generosity.  All are welcome regardless of funds.

All abilities and bodies are welcome. No experience necessary. Join the qi gong email list!

July Opportunities

July 1: Drop-in Qi Gong, 12:15 p.m. – 1 p.m. PT

All abilities and bodies are welcome. No experience necessary. Offered in the spirit of generosity. Join the qi gong email list!

Click here or go to https://pitzer.zoom.us/j/513664738

The sessions are offered in the spirit of generosity.  All are welcome regardless of funds.

July 15: (no qi gong due to scheduling conflict )

July 22: 7 – 8:30 p.m. PT, Free Live Online Lecture/Workshop: Qi Gong as an Anti-Racist Praxis, UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Research Center, REGISTER HERE

July 31: [In-Person] Mindfulness in Stillness and Movement for a Dynamic World Half-Day: Join us for a half-day of mindfulness practices relevant to living in our dynamic world.  Practices will include guided meditation, Ashtanga and Yin influence yoga, and Qi Gong. Both formal practices and short informal daily life practices will be touched on.  Teaching strategies that emphasize accessibility and offer multiple ways for participants to thrive will support the intention to provide practices that nourish us as we navigate a complicated world.

All abilities and bodies welcome. All levels welcome. No one will be turned away due to limited or lack of funds.

June – August: Drop-In Qi Gong (Mindful Movement)

All abilities and bodies are welcome. No experience necessary. Offered in the spirit of generosity. Join the qi gong email list!

WHAT: Free 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 and Third Thursdays, 12:15 – 1 p.m. PDT (June, July, August)

WHERE: Click here or go to https://pitzer.zoom.us/j/513664738

COST: The sessions are offered in the spirit of generosity.  All are welcome regardless of funds.

JOIN THE QI GONG EMAIL LIST

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, who learned from Dayan Qi Gong lineage holder 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: From policy and advocacy to direct services and popular education, IM4HI is a statewide California organization that manifests the framework that “all humans are sacred across borders and bars” into reality.

CLASS CONTENT: As part of a pilot online health equity curriculum, I 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 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.)

I invite you to utilize any or all of the resources: live sessions, free videos, or written instructions available in over 25 languages via Capacitar.

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.