Qigong coming to Oakhurst this weekend

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May 20, 2014 

Mountain Area residents have an opportunity to increase their health, well being and joy over Memorial Day weekend, as Cynthia Eaton, an experienced Qigong teacher from the Bay Area, will present a workshop May 24-29 in Wild Goose Qigong.

Although it looks similar to t'ai chi, qigong is not a martial art. Dayan Qigong, as it is called in China, is a 1,700-year-old Chinese healthcare practice that comes to us through the lineage of Grandmaster Yang Meijun, and her protégé, WWS's (Wen Wu School) Grandmaster Hui Liu.

Eaton has been teaching qigong at WWS and at Kaiser Permanente, Oakland's Behavioral Health Education Department since 1999, and at several other facilities in the Bay Area, Laguna Beach, and Portland.

"I have never been a physically active or a particularly coordinated or flexible person, yet I found this practice absolutely wonderful," said Connie Hartquist Jacobs, of Oakhurst who studied with Eaton while living in the Bay Area. "It has improved my balance and flexibility. It is accessible to anyone at any level, and it is a joy to do with other people."

Set Wild Goose Qigong consists of 64 gentle flowing movements that can be done from either a standing or seated position. Each class starts with a few warm–up exercises, gentle stretching, and acupressure massage. After a quick break at the end of the first hour, the class focuses on learning the 64-movement "Form," a few movements at a time.

This progressive class format enables students to build confidence incrementally along the way. The goal would be to try to "master" (that is to say, adequately become acquainted with the first 32-34 movements) in May, to practice them for a few months, and then learn the second half of the movements when Eaton returns in August.

Learning to make a 10-minute "deposit into the Bank of Life" is so easy with qigong, from which there are so many positive and rewarding benefits, including improved flexibility, increased energy, better balance and strength.

Qigong practice also calms the spirit and relieves stress, strengthens the immune system, improves focus, concentration, and memory, and counteracts depression and anxiety. And it is great for seniors.

The class will be held at a local facility on five consecutive days, from this Saturday, May 24 through Wednesday, May 28, 2014 (or Thursday, May 29th, if the class participants want to take Memorial Day off).

Each 2–hour session runs from 10 a.m. to noon. The location will be given once you have registered.

The fee will be based on the number of participants. A maximum of 15 to 20 students is best. The fee for this 10-hour course will probably fall in the range of somewhere between $75 to $100.

Details: Connie Jacobs, (559) 658-7038, conniehjacobs@yahoo.com.

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