Deep Relaxation and Healing Movements Class
Taught by Thu Nguyen
Dates: 4 Wednesday evenings from May 8 to May 29, 2013
Time: 7:30 p.m. til 9:00 p.m.
Location: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, 2709 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton, VA - In the Chapel
To register: ; by phone: (703) 938-1377
Releasing stress through guided relaxation. Learning to be mindful with movements and promoting energy flow for better health, joy and vitality.
"The capacity to relax is at the very
foundation of any program undertaken to overcome anxiety, phobias,
or panic attacks... Regular practice of deep relaxation for 20-30
minutes on a daily basis can produce, over time, a generalization
of relaxation to the rest of your life. That is, after several
weeks of practicing deep relaxation once per day, you will tend to
feel more relaxed all the time."
from The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook by Edmund J. Bourne, Ph.D.
"Qigong is an ancient Chinese system of exercise and meditation that makes the mind and spirit tranquil, improves performance in sports, cultivates health, well-being, and long life... Through qigong, spiritual seekers learn to unify the qi (life force) within their bodies with the spirit and energy of the universe... Qigong also increases artistic sensitivity and expressiveness. The qigong practitioner feels as though Nature uses his or her eyes to see herself. The pine tree expresses its life, its qi, through the painter's brush or the poet's words. A great painting, like a great poem, pulses with life energy."
from The Essential Qigong Training Guide by Ken Cohen
Many people enjoyed this class in the past since it has helped them to relieve stress, recover their vitality and achieve inner peace. As the deep relaxation and Qigong exercise are combined together, the result can be experienced immediately after each session. Each class begins with 30 minutes of deep relaxation, followed by a series of easy-to-learn and enjoyable Qigong exercises:
- Whole body breathing: to open body and mind
- Cleansing exercises: to cleanse old and stagnant energies in the body
- Walking meditation and Qigong movements: to promote energy flows
- Standing meditation: to recharge the body with new and fresh energy
- Self-massage: to harmonize the energy in the body.
Please bring a sleeping pad (or a large towel) and a blanket for the deep relaxation session.