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.


Qi Gong instructor Venus practicing at Sat Nam Yoga Chicago

 

IMMUNE DEFENSE qi gong and meditation

Feel empowered and improve your body’s ability to fight off disease and infection. By encouraging lymph flow and strengthening the Qi field, we will access the body’s preventative healing abilities towards illness. When the Qi is healthy, the mind, body and emotions are healthy! All levels welcome. Class will end with a seated meditation.

Class will end with a sound healing meditation using Tibetan singing bowls.

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Tuesdays 6:30pm

Late Summer Spleen Song

Late summer is about transition as we wind down and reflect upon the lessons of heart wisdom. Clarity, feeling grounded or “at home” and the ability to “digest” information without feeling overwhelmed, are all signs of healthy spleen qi. Poor appetite, food cravings, lethargy, muscle weakness, excessive worrying and over-thinking are common symptoms of spleen imbalance.

Role of the spleen

Transformation! The spleen extracts nutrients from the foods and fluids we digest into usable qi and blood as fuel for our organs. It provides energy to all muscles and limbs of the body. The spleen enables the mouth to taste all flavors and manifests in the lips (dry and cracked vs moist). The intellect is housed in the spleen, processing and retaining information into positive thoughts to energize the mind and spirit!

Tips for a healthy spleen

Stretch! It encourages muscular tone and facilitates the digestive process.

Don’t worry, be happy! Transform your experiences into useful and inspiring thoughts.

Ground yourself. Connect to the earth by taking a walk in the woods or gardening.

Avoid eating too much dairy which produces mucus and hampers spleen function. It creates dampness in the body which can cause bloating, water retention and weight gain.

Foods for a happy spleen: sweet (in moderation), yellow foods, grains, root vegetables and gourds.

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Sundays at 2:00pm

 

Qi Gong Women's Circle event image

 

Qi Gong Monthly Women’s Circle with venus sabay

every 3rd sunday

Embrace the divine wisdom of your moon cycle. 
 

 

Join this sacred space to honor the goddess within, and welcome the flow instead of dreading it. In many cultures, a women’s cycle is revered because it carries the most spiritual and visionary wisdom. Let’s keep this tradition alive in the 21st century and reclaim the divine feminine!

We will map out the inner seasons and female archetypes of the cycle. Know how to use it creatively and feel empowered. Recognize what your body is communicating to you through menstrual pain, PMS, and body cravings.
Through movement medicine, we will balance hormones, enhance feminine energy, and explore the different organs involved in the cycle (liver, heart, and spleen). We will end with a guided meditation to connect to your inner goddess.

Each monthly tune in will build upon the last. As we begin to redefine this magic, we’ll deepen our understanding of it’s power through sharing our experiences. Be a part of this women’s community, and let your cycle be heard!

Requirement: You must know where you are in your moon cycle.

NOTE: It’s OK if you are not experiencing your cycle for whatever reason (i.e.birth control, pregnancy), or are menopausal. Doing these movements will allow you to feel more connected to your divine presence and are important for hormone production.

Qi Gong helps one feel grounded and self aware in times of stress—whether physical, emotional, or mental. This ancient practice delves into the understanding that humans are a part of nature, not separate from it. Therefore, accepting cycles as a fundamental part of existence is key to self love, empowerment and manifestation.

Cost
$25 Memberships
$30 Preregister
$35 Day of

 

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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.