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.


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.

Mindfulness Awareness Practices class starts next week (Wed May 12)

WHAT: Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs) are the signature evidenced-based educational programs of the Mindful Awareness Research Center (UCLA). Begin anew with this six week, MAPS- Level 1 class that includes a range of practices and concepts like working with pain, challenging situations, and/or difficult emotions. Anchored in feminist teaching practices, I teach this class to integrate mind, body and heart. This class builds a toolkit against the negative impacts of racialized and gendered inequities and challenges. We will learn practices to replenish ourselves so that we nourish resilience, compassion, and connectedness.


WHERE: Online

WHEN: May 12 – June 16, Wednesdays, 6 – 8 p.m. PDT

WHO: Open to all (the public). You do not have to be affiliated with UCLA. This class is suitable for and open to everyone – those who are new to mindfulness and those have previous experience. All bodies and abilities are welcome. These classes are suitable for ages 16 and over.

COST: $165 COVID 19 Rate or $200 General Rate. (Economic hardship and scholarships available on case by case basis. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.)

TO LEARN ABOUT CLASS CONTENT AND TO REGISTER: https://kathyyep.com/mindfulness/classes/