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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.

Summer Spirit Series 

Summertime is for the heart to radiate joy and love! Healthy heart Qi maintains our innate wisdom and emotional balance. Imbalanced symptoms include palpitations, shortness of breath, restlessness, insomnia, forgetfulness and chest pain. This series will focus on strengthening the heart, promoting blood circulation to encourage free flowing Qi.

Role of the heart

The heart is the emperor of the organs and its main functions are associated with the spirit and blood vessels. It nourishes the organs by pumping blood through the vessels to all parts of the body, maintaining vitality. The heart manifests on the face (rosy vs pale complexion), and opens into the tongue. It stores the spirit and is associated with mental processes. When there is ample heart Qi, the mind is clear, nimble and full of vigor.

Tips for healthy heart

Smile! It stimulates the heart, bringing a sense of internal peace. Bitter and red foods are good for the heart: broccoli, broccoli rabe, arugula, kale, bitter melon, watercress, beets, cherries, strawberries, and dark chocolate (in moderation)

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Sundays at 2pm starting June 25th

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.