Instructor KokHeong McNaughton is offering Sitting Qigong classes 10-11 a.m. every Tuesday beginning Jan. 19, at the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, 195 East Road, Suite 101.
Qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. The word Qigong (Ch’i Kung) is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is pronounced chee and is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe. Gong literally means “work”. Qigong is therefore “working with one’s Qi” or “energy work”.
Sitting Qigong is modified to be done in a seated position.
Classes are free and open to the public, and shall be on-going. Participants can expect to learn some simple self-massage techniques to energize the flow of Qi and upper-body exercises (or forms) which are coordinated with deep, diaphragmatic breathing.
Once the forms are correctly mastered, they can be done at home. Each class consists of several short sessions (not more than 10 minutes long) with breaks during which participants are encouraged to monitor their own vital signs and keep a record of these readings.
McNaughton has taught various forms of Taiji and Qigong exercises since 1973 in California. She is assisted in the classes by several current and former students with backgrounds in Traditional Oriental Medicine, Massage, Gymnastics and care-giving.
To find out more or register, call or text KokHeong at 505.920.6808 or email her at email@example.com.