Next “Mindful Awareness Practices” class starts 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.

FACILITATOR: Dr. Kathy Yep

WHERE: Online

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

WHO: Open to all. 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/

Free Drop-In classes: Jan- May 2021

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 Wednesdays, 5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. PDT and Third Thursdays, 12:15 – 1 p.m. PDT (from Jan. through end of May, 2021)

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, 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: 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.

New Qi Gong Class starting Wed 9/2/20

 

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).

From September until mid-November, we will learn Wild Goose I (Dayan) Qi Gong (#23- 33).

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: Wednesdays, 5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. PDT (starting 9/2/2020)

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, 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.

RESOURCES:  About qi gong and insomnia (in English and Spanish).

CLICK HERE FOR FLYER

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 wild goose I (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.

TECHNOLOGY: If you want more info about how to get on ZOOM and how to navigate ZOOM, go to Pitzer IT’s page

 

Weekly Qi Gong Class

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).

From March to May, we practiced single Capacitar exercises. (#1 – 10)

From May through August, we practiced Primordial Qi Gong.  (Instruction and Practice)  (#11 – 21)

From September until mid-November, we will practice the Wild Goose I (Dayan) Qi Gong (#22- 32)

SCHEDULE

8/20/20: Practice independently.

8/27/20: Thursday, 12:15 – 1 p.m., PDT, Open Session: Capacitar, Primordial, Discussion. Bring requests, sharing, and questions.

9/2/20: Wednesday, 5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., PDT,  Wild Goose I (Dayan) Qi Gong (10 Wednesdays: September, October, Mid-November)

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: Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. PDT (starting 9/2/2020)

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, 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.

RESOURCES:  About qi gong and insomnia (in English and Spanish).

CLASS CONTENT: As part of a pilot online health equity curriculum, I will teach movements from wild goose I (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).

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