This month we are pleased to welcome Xie Ling Welch and her community of Qi Gong practitioners to The Yoga Centre for a three day workshop. A natural complement to our yoga teachings, the purpose of Qi Gong is to cultivate and balance the energy flow in our body through fluid and harmonious movements. We spent some time getting to know Xie Ling and learning about the amazing health benefits of QiGong.
The Yoga Centre (YC): How did you get interested in teaching Qi Gong?
Xie Ling Welch (XW): I have been interested in physical movement ever since a young age. I was first drawn to Qi Gong exercise due to the beauty and simplicity of the movements. As I studied the theories and the movements more extensively 15 years ago, I became very interested in the illness prevention and health improvement aspect of the QiGong exercise. I was overwhelmed with the improvement of my own health and the wonderful feeling of wellbeing after each practice. I began to share QiGong movements with clients to relieve their ailments and the positive results motivated me to share the practice from then and on. As a health and wellness promoter, I believe that the human body has the potential to repair and restore itself given the right tools. Qi Gong exercise can be a valuable self-care contributor for physical, mental and spiritual health. It has been absolute pleasure to share QiGong practice with people of all backgrounds.
YC: What makes QiGong different from Tai Chi?
XW: Both Tai Chi (Tai Ji Quan) and QiGong share the part of the ancient Chinese philosophy. Tai Chi is a form of martial art. It can be beneficial as a form of exercise. Its movements were designed for combat, while Qi Gong movements were developed to maintain and to improve health. Its purpose is to capture and to cultivate the balanced flow of Qi in the body. Qi Gong’s fluid and harmonious movements can be adjusted to one’s comfort level. While the muscles and joints benefit from the movements, QiGong strengthens the internal organs to create a balanced internal environment.
YC: What type of student is this workshop most appropriate for?
XW: This workshop is suitable for everyone who is interested in using a holistic approach for self-care. According to the Traditional Chinese Medicine theories, each organ corresponds to a specific season. The heart is associated with the summer season. In this workshop we will focus on the movements that enhance the heart function and address the theories of the heart health. While the subject would be interesting and beneficial to those who want to improve heart related ailments and those who are predisposed to heart conditions, everyone can benefit from this workshop for heart health and illness prevention.
YC: What should participants expect to get out of this workshop?
XW: Through the three-day workshop, participants will have a basic understanding of Traditional Chinese Medicine theories and philosophy, in which the QiGong system I teach are based on. Participants will have a better understanding of how mental and emotional activities are related to the internal organ health. The meditation techniques (non-moving QiGong) and the two sets of Qi Gong movements will be taught and consistently practiced during the workshop.
YC: How will this workshop help the participants?
XW: My hope is that through the weekend workshop, the existing students will have a deeper understanding of QiGong exercise method and how regular practice would help to maintain a good health and the new participants will gain a new source of tools for their wellness care and health improvement. All participants will be relaxed, rejuvenated, energized and a feeling of well being at the end of each of the three days.
The workshop will be held at the following times:
- Fri June 19 – 1:30-4:30 pm
- Sat June 20 – 1:00-4:00 pm
- Sun June 21- 1:00-4:00 pm
Space is limited. Please register in advance at the front desk or email firstname.lastname@example.org. $80/session or $195 for all 3.