March 1st, 6:30-8pm, $10@ E.W. Bookshop
6500 Roosevelt Way Northeast
Seattle, WA 98115
Call E. W. to reserve a space 206-523-3726
Tai Chi & Qigong class @E.W.Bookshop
Transcending Stress and Self-Empowerment: will be the main topics discussed in this March 1st Yi Ren® Qigong class.
Transcending Stress & Self-Empowerment by Brendan Thorson 2/2011
Transcending Stress and Self-Empowerment will be the main topics discussed in this March 1st Yi Ren® Qigong class. Many people in our fastpaced society suffer from too much stress and do not know how to manage, release or increase their capacity for stress. As a result, as every day, week and month pass their stress continues to build up, as this stress continues to build up it begins to cause havoc within their bodies and lives (muscle tension, stomach ache, ulcers, anxieties, frustration and irritation…) and before they realize it life can becomes more challenging and less enjoyable. See Helpguide.org for more information or excerpt below
Self-Empowerment will be the other main topic for this class. Everyone goes through highs and lows with their ambition and following through with what they prioritize in their life. Remember the dreams you had as kid? Your plans to begin a new exercise program to improve your health? Or your desire to work on changing the way you communicate and treat your friends and loved ones? If you were at the last stage of your life right now would you be happy or content with what you have accomplished during your lifetime? Commonly we struggle with ambition and following through with our ideas because we lack the life force (energy) or the Internal Will to act and follow through with our grand plans and wishes. Therefore, in the class we will do exercises to activate (the Life Gate/ Kidney Center) our internal engine to upgrade our Internal Will and Ambition. During this class we will also discuss how (and do Yi Ren qigong exercises to begin to initiate these internal changes) Yi Ren qigong can help you to increase your stress capacity, transcend your stress and how we can improve our internal will and creativity so we can live up to our potential.
At the core of Yi Ren Qigong is its unique design for self-healing, balance of unhealthy organ systems and longevity. The system has been designed to work in conjunction with other health care modalities and healthy exercise programs. Yi Ren Qigong also shares much of the same foundational philosophy as Traditional Chinese Medicine like Yin/ Yang and The 5-Element Theories.
For more information and questions see www.qigongedu.com or call Brendan @ 206-354-8216
You may be asking your self what is Qigong? Simply stated (Qi= energy) & (Gong= work or development over time). For example if someone wants to study piano they have to study to gradually learn and advance and the same is true with qigong.
In Yi Ren Qigong we learn exercises to help us transcend our stress like:
- Building up our energy levels so we can handle a greater capacity of stress
- Nourish our Autonomic Nervous system so we can feel calm and deeply relaxed
- Cleanse and refresh our bodies to release excess stress
- With the assistance of the “Qi / Chi” energy we increase our mind-body connection so we can better understand the bodies’ signals for better self-care. Integrate and amplify the mind and body connection to create better harmony within
In Yi Ren Qigong we learn exercises to help us with Self-Empowerment like:
- Recharging our kidney and Life-gate energies to improve our internal Will and Ambition
- Creating balance throughout the system so the intention and the will are in integrity with our true-self
The following is an except from Helpguide.org
Modern life is full of hassles, deadlines, frustrations, and demands. For many people, stress is so commonplace that it has become a way of life. Stress isn’t always bad. In small doses, it can help you perform under pressure and motivate you to do your best. But when you’re constantly running in emergency mode, your mind and body pay the price.
What is stress?
The Body’s Stress Response
When you perceive a threat, your nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones rouse the body for emergency action.
Your heart pounds faster, muscles tighten, blood pressure rises, breath quickens, and your senses become sharper. These physical changes increase your strength and stamina, speed your reaction time, and enhance your focus – preparing you to either fight or flee from the danger at hand.
Stress is a normal physical response to events that make you feel threatened or upset your balance in some way. When you sense danger – whether it’s real or imagined – the body’s defenses kick into high gear in a rapid, automatic process known as the “fight-or-flight” reaction, the stress response.
Chronic stress disrupts nearly every system in your body. Long-term stress can even rewire the brain, leaving you more vulnerable to anxiety and depression.
Many health problems are caused or exacerbated by stress, including:
- Pain of any kind
- Heart disease
- Digestive problems
- Sleep problems
- Autoimmune diseases
- Skin conditions, such as eczema