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• Qi Gong, called the "Mother of Tai Chi" is characterized by repetitive, enjoyable, easy to learn graceful motions and postures coupled with breath, intention and inner feeling that stretch, strengthen and harmonize the body with who we are. OUR MARCH MEETUPS — 2nd & 4th Thursday of the Month Thursdays 14 & 28 of March — 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Just 10 minutes is a great kick start to your day or a cool down before sleep. It is excellent for warming up the muscles/joints before sports, dance and singing. Because of its focus on breath, inner energy and centering, practitioners use it to release stress and anxiety. It's also equally powerful in bringing better rest, meditation and increasing romantic intimacy. This month I'll focus on helping — "Start Your Own Qi Gong Practice." You'll learn several whole body/mind 10 minute sequences. Come join us for the fun of learning a practice you can easily use for your whole lifetime. COST: $20 for 2 hour Workshop. WHAT TO BRING • Dressing comfortably and bring some water. FUTURE QI GONG CLASSES — 2nd & 4th Thursday night of the month are at Intrahealth from 7:30 - 8:45 p.m. ($12) Thursday night classes conclude with a short seated meditation. (Look for outdoor classes in the spring and workshops on the weekends). PICTURE Ah - Qi Gong being practiced outdoors. • Exhaling the old and taking in deeply the new — fresh, rejuvenating oxygen • Rooting into the earth (feels great in bare feet) • Stretching to the heavens and receiving the energy of light and atmosphere • Surrounded by the supportive energy of trees, nature and friends practicing together • Being guided through a fun routine by a knowledgable leader (not me here). Yes — Life is good and such a blessing! • Important to know Qi Gong is a full body workout experience for all and can be practiced at any intensity level that suits your health and needs — from the ill and injured to healthy and very athletic. Traditionally Qi Gong was practiced for Healing, Health and Longevity. It is also used in the Martial Arts, and enhances Spiritual and Meditation practices as well as brings balance and integration to one's emotional life. Qi Gong enhances one's skill's in sports, dance, singing, public speaking — life activities of all kinds including work, relationships, parenting and leading. You can use Qi Gong practices for whatever needs and desires you may have in the moment. Qi Gong is enjoyable to do — the body, mind and heart feel refreshed and renewed after a practice session with others.