Qigong Program
 

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When I started thinking about offering Qigong classes at Watershed Wellness, I knew I didn’t just want to teach open-ended movement classes on an ongoing basis. That’s because I don’t see myself as a movement teacher. Instead, I see my teaching Qigong is an outgrowth of my work as a Classical Chinese medicine practitioner. I am teaching Qigong to help you reach your health and wellness goals using a different set of tools than I have available in my treatment room.

The Qigong program at Watershed Wellness will help you reach your health and wellness goals in two ways. First, the movements and sequences themselves will improve your strength, balance, circulation, flexibility and sense of ease and grace in your body. Depending on the form, some of what we practice together may contribute to specific health goals, which we’ll discuss during class.

The second way that the Qigong program at WW will help you reach your goals is through the information you learn about your body & your environment. While we learn the movements, I will be actively teaching you how the ancient Chinese looked at the world, and what relevance that has for us today. In some cases, I will provide handouts or webpages to help enhance your learning process. And because the information will be associated with the movement practice, you will be able to absorb it more deeply than you would in a traditional classroom environment.

Seasons

I am organizing these classes based on the lunar year – with the start being on Lunar New Year, or what you may know as the “Chinese New Year.” The date of Lunar New Year is different every year, unlike with the Gregorian calendar we are more familiar with in the United States. It is typically in February, this year falling on February 10.

Each year will consist of 3 seasons. Each season will consist of 10 classes all motivated and informed by a particular theme. You can sign up for a whole season at a time, ensuring your spot throughout the season. Or you can choose to drop-in on a space available basis.

The seasons will build on one another, such that if you continue on with classes with me, you will experience progressive skill and knowledge building. That said, I will do everything in my power to make every class good as a stand-alone experience as well for those of you who cannot commit to entire seasons.

The seasonal energy will influence how and what I teach – we will match our energy and flow to suit what is happening in the world around us!

Season 1 (February 8 – May 2, 2024) – Spring

  • Dates are reserved and will only be moved due to any emergencies or illnesses I may encounter
  • Check the season calendar for exact dates
  • Theme will be “Nourishing Foundations”
  • Our primary focus will be teaching the foundational elements of the Jin Jing Gong lineage including full-body shaking practice, transitions, universe stance and the basic elements of our first form, the Yin Yang Sheng Jiang Kai He Gong (Yin Yang Raising Descending Opening Closing Qigong)
  • Our secondary focus will be learning the acupuncture channel and Chinese medicine organ locations and energies

Season 2 (June – September, 2024) – Summer

  • Exact dates still being determined
  • Registration will be available in March 2024
  • Theme and content to be announced at a future date

Season 3 (October – January, 2025) – Fall & Winter

  • Exact dates still being determined
  • Registration will be available in July 2024
  • Theme and content to be announced at a future date

Class Description

Classes will be Thursday mornings from 8-9am.

The hour-long class will be divided up more or less as follows:

  • 5m : Warm up & orientation
  • 20m : Full body shaking & body scan
  • 10-20m : Reviewing previous movements & sequencing
  • 10-20m : Exploring new movements & sequencing
  • 5m cool down & questions / sharing

In some instances, we will expand or contract some of those elements, and some days we may throw the whole schedule out the window. Arriving 5-10m early to class will be beneficial in ensuring we get started on time.

Location

We will be meeting in Suite 307 at the clinic located at 10 Pier 1. 307 is the room where Eric has been practicing for the last several months, and is also where we are now offering community acupuncture once per month.

I am offering an online option as well, via Zoom. I am not an audio-visual expert, but we will do our best to make the experience a good one. You will receive your Zoom link 24 hours before class. You do not have to keep your camera on. I will try to check the chat before class starts, and then afterwards.

I am going to experiment with recording the classes so you can view them later, but I cannot make promises about what will be possible until I make the attempt! More on that soon.

Cost

Classes are $12 each. If you would like to sign up for the full season of 10 classes for a 10% discount, reach out to me ASAP. Paying for the entire season will hold your spot in class, and given that we only have a limited amount of room, this may be beneficial. I will not be providing refunds for missed sessions, however, so only sign up for the full season if you feel fairly confident you will be able to make all of the sessions.

You can pay with cash, check or credit card. If you have never been to the clinic as a patient before, you will need to call and put your card on file so your card can be run after class.

Questions & Sign Up

The answers to some frequently asked questions can be found at the bottom of the main Qigong page. If you have other questions, do not hesitate to reach out.

You can sign up using the online booking site, by calling 503-974-0914, or reaching out to us via email or our online contact form.

Drop in?

It is highly recommended that you sign up ahead of time. However, if you have a spur of the moment urge to join us and just show up, we’ll gladly let you in if we are not over capacity. Just please show up on time!

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