For AARP-CA AAPIDA heritage month, short video talking about ancestors, trauma, resilience qi gong and cancer:

Live Online Qi Gong: 1st Sundays

For summer 2022, I look forward to practicing qi gong with you during the live online sessions.  We will meet on first Sundays, 10 – 11:30 a.m. PT online. Join the qi gong email list! Or click here or go to https://pitzer.zoom.us/j/513664738 on the first Sunday at 10 a.m.. All abilities and bodies are welcome. No experience necessary.   Offered in the spirit of generosity. Donations accepted for community partner. If you have to come late or leave early, you are still welcome.

Live Online Qi Gong: 1st Sundays

Starting Feb. 6…. The year of the tiger

For the Spring 2022 semester, I look forward to practicing qi gong with you during the live online sessions.  We will meet on first Sundays, 10 – 11:30 a.m. PT online from February through June.   Click here or go to https://pitzer.zoom.us/j/513664738. All abilities and bodies are welcome. No experience necessary.  Join the qi gong email list!

Our focus will be on Wild Goose I and the 3 Dan Tians. Wild Goose Qi Gong is a moving set from the Kunlun Daoist tradition. Starting close to 30 years ago, I was so lucky to learn from Paul Li and Dr. Bingkun Hu and they learned from the 27th lineage holder Yang Mei Jun. For more information about the set and Yang Mei Jun, go to here: https://www.wildgooseqigong-uk.com/

For a preview of first section of Wild Goose, click below:

VAGUS NERVE and 3 DAN TIANS

Admittedly, I was overwhelmed this past week because I was managing sciatica and preparing for the new semester among many other dynamics in life. As we encounter life’s challenges such as the Omicron variant, contaminated water, cancer, job insecurity, the carceral state, or eldercare, how do we ground ourselves and stay centered and connected?

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.)

We will work with interconnection of our 3 dan tians or vagus nerve. 

The qi gong is offered in the spirit of generosity and donations are accepted for our community partner, Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity (IM4HI). Similar to qi gong, IM4HI 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. 

Please invite friends and family. Come when you can– even if you join later or if you have to leave early.

May our qi gong practice be for the benefit of all, with no exceptions.  I hope to see you on first Sundays, starting in February 2022.

Be well,
Kathy 

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!

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

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.