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Sheng Zhen Gong and Meditation (on Mercer Island) (WEEKLY drop-in class)
** PLEASE NOTE: This is weekly, but I'm only having it repeat here on Meetup once a month. Come any time though! :) *** For those of you who have been waiting for a class on the Eastside, here it is! :) This class will be a combination of Sheng Zhen Gong and Meditation. It will be held on the North end of Mercer Island, at the Stroum Jewish Community Center, and all are welcome. Non-members just pay a $10 fee, and not only do you get to come to my class, but you could even use the pool and other facilities if you want! Here is the description: Meditation/Chi Kung Thursdays, 9:45-10:40 a.m. Lean to relax the busy-ness away and also receive a little energy boost in this blended meditation and Chi Kung class. Explore and practice simple meditation techniques that will help you relax your body and your mind. This class includes meditative movements, known as Chi Kung. Leave class feeling a deeper sense of inner peace and well-being. Free for SJCC members; guests $12. Instructor Rebecca Gould is a women’s holistic health & empowerment coach, spiritual advisor, certified holistic health practitioner, and qigong & meditation teacher. Rebecca has nearly twenty years of experience with energywork and has been a certified qigong and meditation teacher since 2008, practicing since 2006. Rebecca is a Mercer Island native who now lives in Seattle. Teaching qigong and meditation is one of her greatest passions, and students appreciate her simple yet detailed instruction, soothing voice, and calm, joyful demeanor.

Stroum JCC

3801 East Mercer Way · Mercer Island, WA

What we're about

Enjoy the happy-making and healing movements & meditations of Sheng Zhen Gong, the Qigong of Unconditional Love!

Before explaining more about qigong and this particular system of qigong specifically, I must tell you that this qigong changed my life.

I know that is a strong statement to make, but it's true. Before attending my first workshop with Master Li Junfeng in 2006, I had sort of a dark cloud hanging over me. I was self-conscious. Shy. Not one of those bubbly, glowing, happy people. And I didn't know much about qigong at the time. In fact, I thought I probably wouldn't like it, that it would be too serious and uncomfortable. But at that first workshop, I was pleasantly surprised.

The movements were graceful and fluid, and accompanied by inspirational, poetic contemplations. And I loved that we were not only being encouraged to smile and even laugh, but also encouraged to play and have fun with the movements! I felt something shift in me, a letting g o, and an opening. A heart-opening.

I knew from that day on that I wanted to continue this practice and also share it with others. I started practicing
http://photos3.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/2/b/3/5/event_27191061.jpeg regularly along with a DVD, and within just a few weeks, I was one of those happy, glowing, bubbly people. I couldn't believe it! But it was true. I also noticed that I wanted to dance, be more social, really LIVE and share with others more. I worried less, and I enjoyed life more. I had more confidence and felt better in my body than I had in years.

So I got on the fast track to becoming a Certified Sheng Zhen Teacher, and I hope that you will check out this qigong if any of my story and/or the description below resonates with you.

As for what qigong is, and what Sheng Zhen Gong is:

Qigong (chi-gung) is an ancient form of healing movement and meditation, practiced for thousands of years to improve health and increase longevity.

Reported benefits of Qigong include: Overall well-being and improved health , Peaceful and clear mind , Enhanced immunity , Improved quality of sleep , Increased energy , Improved circulation and blood pressure , Clearer skin and brighter eyes , More positive attitude and improved ability to handle life’s ups and downs , Improved digestion and metabolism, Better balance and coordination

Qi (chi) is life force energy. It’s in the air we breathe, the food we eat, and we’re born with it. Qigong is the cultivation of qi, the generation of energy, the exchange of qi with the universe. Gong translates as work, and implies work over time, with regular practice. This is meaningful because the energy exchange with the universe must be practiced regularly. It’s as important and essential to health as eating, drinking, going to the bathroom, and sleeping.

Sheng Zhen Gong (shung jen goong) is a particularly joyful form of qigong that makes this “work” feel less like work and more like play. It enhances physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being through gentle movements and meditations practiced while standing or seated in a chair. The movements are accompanied by meditations or contemplations that express the meaning, or the “flavor” of the movements. Sheng Zhen translates as “sacred truth,” which is unconditional love. Sheng Zhen Gong focuses on opening the Heart and simply enjoying the movements and enjoying one’s life. It’s fun, easy, and suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

This Meetup Group: I started this group in May 2011 to spread Sheng Zhen and to help build a Sheng Zhen community in the Seattle area. In addition to weekly qigong classes, I used to offer a Sheng Zhen Gong class at least once a month through this Meetup Group. However, in October 2012, I moved to Austin to assist Master Li and the International Sheng Zhen Society, so the group has been pretty inactive for the past couple of years. HOWEVER, in a surprising turn of events since my last announcement about staying in Austin another few years, I've decided to move back to Seattle as of August 2014. :) Stay tuned for more offerings....

And remember: This group can also be used for students forming practice groups.

If you'd like to be on my mailing list in addition or instead of being in this group, you can sign up here (http://eepurl.com/fqCDs). I'm also available via Skype.

For more information, please contact me or visit the following websites:

http://elementalharmony.info

http://www.shengzhen.org

The first 5 movements of Awakening the Soul may be viewed at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8LxAS-eJdg

The first 5 movements of Heaven Nature Gong may be viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zau5-c6_-TU

I look forward to seeing you soon!

-Rebecca

rebecca@rebeccacliogould.com

p.s. Here is a video of one of the standing Sheng Zhen forms:

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