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Qi Gong

Discover the power of self healing through moving meditations to create a relaxation response to stress, sharpen the mind, enhance the immune system, and even reverse the aging process. It is a different approach to health. Instead of a high physical intensity work out, it is slow gentle movements and coordinated breath to allow you to cultivate your qi, or life force energy. Think Tai Chi, but not martial arts based. The exercises are simple, repetitive, and build your energy instead of depleting it (like working out at the gym for example). You learn how to defend yourself against illness and emotional stress, and break the patterns that contribute to your stress. Just one class will leave you feeling centered, calm, and self aware.

In these sessions you will learn how to harmonize your Qi with the seasons
Each season has its own qi and correlates to different emotions, and organs within the body.  As these cyclical energies greatly influence the functions of each organ, our inner balance and relationship to the surrounding environment are also affected. Become a force with nature, and no longer feel out of sync.

Fall Lung series: the art of letting go 

Fall signifies a time of harvest, as we gather and reap the benefits of what we have planted since spring. It is about letting go and receiving, as we say good bye to summer and prepare for a reflective time to come. When lung qi is healthy nasal passages are open, sense of smell is acute, and voice is strong. When weakened, there is nasal congestion, excessive mucus, impaired sense of smell, and weak voice. In this series we will strengthen and cleanse the lungs, creating an improved protective qi mechanism.

Role of the Lungs

The lungs control breathing as they supply oxygenated blood to the organs of the body, and eliminate waste from the cells through expiration. As qi is extracted from the air, the skin becomes moisturized, supple and elastic. Body hair and skin are governed by the lungs, and create an internal protective boundary from the external environment and it’s pathogens. This boundary is also called wei qi, it flows just under the skin and is part of our immune defense.

The lungs open into the nose and throat, are related to the emotion sadness or grief, the metal element, and houses the corporeal soul (primal urges or animal instinct).

Tips for Healthy Lungs

Do Qi Gong! Learn how to fully circulate your qi and bring awareness through breath.

Reorganize and clean out the closet.

Get rid of things that you no longer need, and make room for the new.

Wear a scarf around the neck to ward off the cold.

As the weather cools, start eating cooked foods that are easier to digest to help nourish the body and immune system (ie. soups, stews).

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Sundays at 2:00pm beginning September 24th

venusYour instructor, Venus Sabay

In acknowledging the effectiveness of self-discovery and truth, her objective is to guide each person to their own unique path via healing and balance in the mind-body relationship realm.  Turning off the outside world while emphasizing intuition, creativity, and imagination, she utilizes the power of intention with coordinated breath and gentle moving meditations. Her Qi Gong Classes allow each individual to experience the inner working of their universe with significance and ease, creating a more harmonious life.

Since 2006 she has cultivated the skill of breathing, and in 2012 became a Certified Medical Qi Gong Practitioner under the study of Sifu Gail Galivan at Inner Alchemy Energy Medicine. She has worked at Rush Medical Center and Mathers-More Than a Cafe, to incorporate recreational and wellness programs for the senior community.  She graduated with a BA in Psychology from University of IL at Chicago in 2000.  As a musician and singer, Venus also draws inspiration from performing regularly around the city.