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This meetup is for many organizers to share events that promote holistic health community building in Southwest Michigan, including Kalamazoo.

Free weekly Tai Chi Easy classes, drop-ins welcome!

Evidence based health benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong:

http://qigonginstitute.org/category/22/the -...

https://nccih.nih.gov/health/taichi/introduction.htm

http://instituteofintegralqigongandtaichi.org/iiqtc/whypractice.htm (https://nccih.nih.gov/health/taichi/introduction.htm)

Why You Should Practice Integral Qigong and Tai Chi:

Qigong and Tai Chi trigger numerous health benefits

Qigong and Tai Chi initiate the “relaxation response,” which is fostered when the mind is freed from its many distractions. This decreases the sympathetic function of the autonomic nervous system, which in turn reduces heart rate and blood pressure, dilates the blood capillaries, and optimizes the delivery of oxygen and nutrition to the tissues.

Qigong and Tai Chi alter the neurochemistry profile toward accelerated inner healing function. Neurotransmitters, also called information molecules, bond with receptor sites in the immune, nervous, digestive, endocrine and other systems to excite or inhibit function to moderate pain, enhance organ capacity, reduce anxiety or depression, and neutralize addictive cravings.

Qigong and Tai Chi enhance the efficiency of the immune system through increased rate and flow of the lymphatic fluid and activation of immune cells. Resistance to disease and infection is accelerated by the elimination of toxic metabolic by-products from the interstitial spaces in the tissues, organs, and glands through the lymphatic system.

Qigong and Tai Chi increases the efficiency of cell metabolism and tissue regeneration through increased circulation of oxygen and nutrient rich blood to the brain, organs, and tissues.

Qigong and Tai Chi coordinate and balance right/left brain hemisphere dominance promoting deeper sleep, reduced anxiety, and mental clarity.

Qigong and Tai Chi induce alpha and, in some cases, theta brain waves which reduce heart rate and blood pressure, facilitating relaxation, and mental focus; this optimizes the body’s self-regulative mechanisms by decreasing the activity of the sympathetic nervous system.

Qigong and Tai Chi moderate the function of the hypothalamus, pituitary, and pineal glands, as well as the cerebrospinal fluid system of the brain and spinal cord, which manages pain and mood as well as optimizing immune function.

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Tai Chi & Qigong for Health & Vitality, every Wednesday evening on donation!

Classes are on donation (suggested $5-10 free will offering). Drop-in or pre-register for free to be notified of any changes: visit www.taichiinfo.com Tai Chi Easy with Integral Qigong for Health and Relaxation: Activate the Healer Within~ Using the slow, fluid movements of Tai Chi, which have evidence-based health boosting effects, including increased blood flow, improved cardiovascular fitness, brain plasticity, better sleep, and improved mood. During class, you may stand or sit. You will be taught simple Tai Chi principles including breath, posture, relaxation, and mindfulness. Utilizing a carefully developed method and approach to Tai Chi makes it easy, beneficial and fun--right away. These techniques are easy to learn, easy to apply and need no special knowledge or training, require no special equipment or clothing and can be practiced by all people --- sick or well. ~Matu became certified through the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi, and is a certified Qigong teacher (Chi Gong is like the parent of Tai Chi). A student of martial and meditative arts since 2000, but after several years of traditional self-defense training (and a whole lot of bumps and bruises), he decided to pursue the softer side of the arts (such as Tai Chi and Qi Gong) which retain the practical uses, but have a focus more on healing and restoration. Matu has studied several styles of Qigong and Tai Chi including Tai Chi Chuan and Tai Chi Jeung (Mor Waan Jeung), or Cloudy Hands Tai Chi. Join the Kalamazoo Tai Chi group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/111940532839065/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Activate The Healer Within! ~Mindfulness Movement Meditation~ Utilizing a carefully developed method and approach to Tai Chi makes it easy, beneficial and fun --- right away. These techniques are easy to learn, easy to apply and need no special knowledge or training, require no special equipment or clothing and can be practiced by all people --- sick or well. The slow, flowing movements of Tai Chi have evidence-based health enhancing effects, including increased blood flow, improved cardiovascular fitness, brain plasticity, better sleep, and improved mood. During class, you may stand or sit. You will be taught simple Tai Chi principles including breathing, posture, relaxation, and mindfulness. Tai Chi Easy is a practice that combines gentle exercises, breath practices, self-massage, and meditation to help you experience a refreshing, healing boost to body, mind, and spirit. Developed by master teacher Roger Jahnke, Tai Chi Easy enhances energy (qi) to strengthen and cleanse the body and mind. According to Chinese Medicine and philosophy, qi is the vital essence that creates health, harmony and well being. Here is the Tai Chi Easy 5 form video with Dr. Roger Jahnke: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cFP5pJEVEQ https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D5cFP5pJEVEQ&h=ATNjqFS0SWn222zm9gZSQ5jZ-EPfvg9AzD_lZ1N57VCfFG5op2Sxs87EK7jUOyZlb_S51P7ItMluJzkBo0xkf9Sw5TyRZ9-96Rw-E43OVRhzoQkKlCgWW4XeGFIl3kP8Uq4&enc=AZNYENcoeqHCJD8v_qm_baeZxhrd6YPA97unLPTDj38x2jD64Fex_JNnCMHOrphZ6g0&s=1 Tracing the channels for relaxation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNuOc3RwDJc https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DtNuOc3RwDJc&h=ATPmtLaHosrO2HGF8yYJNS5xlDH4zaeACw8rHPQRcvNfpul8jvW7kRZnj4NnVxju5fNmPtaosXiMhktzULi7ekJoPpGHid381ucOJEfZEjiqFFpqBWMfZIru2LmeQdjRMDo&enc=AZMbgFBpDAABSaZJZ3GKC8bFXIp6SN_zjl5DlIloAkbNmtOsyv2DJP1ZJ1mhQFnVu-k&s=1 Breath Practice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlE54ux29yg Qigong Warmups The Healer Within Vitality Method: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OiSJuK5B9M https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bePg1YVEcOA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsLeExCAYSc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqbsK_W6cV4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rp_R_nrkYbw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPlsc3PLnFg https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DGPlsc3PLnFg&h=ATNn_OcYta65CrI6qLYUK8BPbt8lyGIQyc7v2MPyMFuv_ho-P-puOBOfY0pIBdR0e8c0yFKTEg98XpcMa5OrqxWjsy8zdpvk9Ai0SZo-ezaPJ_J-vERjJXJn8S_yQkLhg5s&enc=AZP2v-ig1rywCs-Hw_s-zg4JWTX5XryWcgRW6PpaV5w4HqFgPOeWfI_CXoY8hHWUv3w&s=1

Tai Chi class at COPE (Community Outreach Prevention & Education)

Community Outreach And Prevention (COAP) Network Building

• What we'll do: Easy Tai Chi (beginner-friendly) and Meridians Qigong~ learn simple breathing techniques, stretches, meditation and self massage techniques (acupressure points and channels of the body) in addition to the Qigong movements and a basic Tai Chi form (5 and 9 movement forms). Building harmony within, you can then bring that balance and peace to all in your everyday life, wherever you are. • What to bring: Loose, comfortable clothing and an open mind. :^) Shoes can be worn (such as tennis shoes/flats) or removed; students can just wear socks, slippers, or practice barefoot. • Important to know: Donations will be on a sliding scale (open to $1-15 free will offering; $5-10 suggested). Give what you can. This class is ages 18+, and all skill levels (first-timers welcome) *This space is up and running with the intention of building connections within the community through the arts- movement arts, meditative arts, musical and much more! For more information please visit the Community Outreach Prevention & Education network website at: copenetwork.org

Tai Chi & Qigong for Health & Vitality, every Wednesday evening on donation!

Classes are on donation (suggested $5-10 free will offering). Drop-in or pre-register for free to be notified of any changes: visit www.taichiinfo.com Tai Chi Easy with Integral Qigong for Health and Relaxation: Activate the Healer Within~ Using the slow, fluid movements of Tai Chi, which have evidence-based health boosting effects, including increased blood flow, improved cardiovascular fitness, brain plasticity, better sleep, and improved mood. During class, you may stand or sit. You will be taught simple Tai Chi principles including breath, posture, relaxation, and mindfulness. Utilizing a carefully developed method and approach to Tai Chi makes it easy, beneficial and fun--right away. These techniques are easy to learn, easy to apply and need no special knowledge or training, require no special equipment or clothing and can be practiced by all people --- sick or well. ~Matu became certified through the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi, and is a certified Qigong teacher (Chi Gong is like the parent of Tai Chi). A student of martial and meditative arts since 2000, but after several years of traditional self-defense training (and a whole lot of bumps and bruises), he decided to pursue the softer side of the arts (such as Tai Chi and Qi Gong) which retain the practical uses, but have a focus more on healing and restoration. Matu has studied several styles of Qigong and Tai Chi including Tai Chi Chuan and Tai Chi Jeung (Mor Waan Jeung), or Cloudy Hands Tai Chi. Join the Kalamazoo Tai Chi group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/111940532839065/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Activate The Healer Within! ~Mindfulness Movement Meditation~ Utilizing a carefully developed method and approach to Tai Chi makes it easy, beneficial and fun --- right away. These techniques are easy to learn, easy to apply and need no special knowledge or training, require no special equipment or clothing and can be practiced by all people --- sick or well. The slow, flowing movements of Tai Chi have evidence-based health enhancing effects, including increased blood flow, improved cardiovascular fitness, brain plasticity, better sleep, and improved mood. During class, you may stand or sit. You will be taught simple Tai Chi principles including breathing, posture, relaxation, and mindfulness. Tai Chi Easy is a practice that combines gentle exercises, breath practices, self-massage, and meditation to help you experience a refreshing, healing boost to body, mind, and spirit. Developed by master teacher Roger Jahnke, Tai Chi Easy enhances energy (qi) to strengthen and cleanse the body and mind. According to Chinese Medicine and philosophy, qi is the vital essence that creates health, harmony and well being. Here is the Tai Chi Easy 5 form video with Dr. Roger Jahnke: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cFP5pJEVEQ https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D5cFP5pJEVEQ&h=ATNjqFS0SWn222zm9gZSQ5jZ-EPfvg9AzD_lZ1N57VCfFG5op2Sxs87EK7jUOyZlb_S51P7ItMluJzkBo0xkf9Sw5TyRZ9-96Rw-E43OVRhzoQkKlCgWW4XeGFIl3kP8Uq4&enc=AZNYENcoeqHCJD8v_qm_baeZxhrd6YPA97unLPTDj38x2jD64Fex_JNnCMHOrphZ6g0&s=1 Tracing the channels for relaxation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNuOc3RwDJc https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DtNuOc3RwDJc&h=ATPmtLaHosrO2HGF8yYJNS5xlDH4zaeACw8rHPQRcvNfpul8jvW7kRZnj4NnVxju5fNmPtaosXiMhktzULi7ekJoPpGHid381ucOJEfZEjiqFFpqBWMfZIru2LmeQdjRMDo&enc=AZMbgFBpDAABSaZJZ3GKC8bFXIp6SN_zjl5DlIloAkbNmtOsyv2DJP1ZJ1mhQFnVu-k&s=1 Breath Practice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlE54ux29yg Qigong Warmups The Healer Within Vitality Method: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OiSJuK5B9M https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bePg1YVEcOA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsLeExCAYSc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqbsK_W6cV4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rp_R_nrkYbw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPlsc3PLnFg https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DGPlsc3PLnFg&h=ATNn_OcYta65CrI6qLYUK8BPbt8lyGIQyc7v2MPyMFuv_ho-P-puOBOfY0pIBdR0e8c0yFKTEg98XpcMa5OrqxWjsy8zdpvk9Ai0SZo-ezaPJ_J-vERjJXJn8S_yQkLhg5s&enc=AZP2v-ig1rywCs-Hw_s-zg4JWTX5XryWcgRW6PpaV5w4HqFgPOeWfI_CXoY8hHWUv3w&s=1

Tai Chi class at COPE (Community Outreach Prevention & Education)

Community Outreach And Prevention (COAP) Network Building

• What we'll do: Easy Tai Chi (beginner-friendly) and Meridians Qigong~ learn simple breathing techniques, stretches, meditation and self massage techniques (acupressure points and channels of the body) in addition to the Qigong movements and a basic Tai Chi form (5 and 9 movement forms). Building harmony within, you can then bring that balance and peace to all in your everyday life, wherever you are. • What to bring: Loose, comfortable clothing and an open mind. :^) Shoes can be worn (such as tennis shoes/flats) or removed; students can just wear socks, slippers, or practice barefoot. • Important to know: Donations will be on a sliding scale (open to $1-15 free will offering; $5-10 suggested). Give what you can. This class is ages 18+, and all skill levels (first-timers welcome) *This space is up and running with the intention of building connections within the community through the arts- movement arts, meditative arts, musical and much more! For more information please visit the Community Outreach Prevention & Education network website at: copenetwork.org

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