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Why Qigong?

The following are some of the few benefits of Qigong for:

  • FOR ATHLETES AND ACTIVE PRACTITIONERS - Qigong will balance out your days of intense workouts by strengthening the deeper muscles, helping to prevent injuries. It improves microcirculation, which in turn brings more oxygen into the the organs and aid in speedier recovery from your other activities.
  • FOR ELDERLY PRACTITIONERS - Through breath and movements that are concentrated around your center of gravity, your sense of balance is improved, helping to prevent falls and aiding in fluid movements. Muscle and bone loss are also slowed or even reversed, helping you keep your strength and mobility.
  • FOR INJURED OR DISABLED PRACTITIONERS - Qigong is a safe way to exercise because it is low-impact and can be practiced seated on a chair. The focus is on proper alignment and positioning of the limbs, so it is great for re-aligning the body and clearing the body of stress, helping to speed up the healing process.

QIGONG CLASSES OFFERRED (back to top)

Mondays and Wednesdays , 7 - 8am
Sundays, 12 - 1pm

$5 walk-in, free to members
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Each 60-minute class starts with the following:

  • Brief joint warm-up
  • Tendon-changing exercises with horse stance
  • Balancing exercises

Please check our calendar for which form we are doing. Beginners are especially welcome in our classes!

SSQ Level 1 Foundational Practice (back to top)

This form is the foundational practice of the Supreme Science Qigong System. With movements designed for increased upper body mobility, its primary focus is on proper alignment, posture, and breath integration. This form is especially good for building bone mass, strengthening muscles, and calming the mind.

Our 60-minute class includes the opening series above plus:

  • Qigong Level 1 Form which includes
    • Opening procedure
    • Empty Force (3 Levels)
    • Earth Hands
    • Around the World
    • Push Hands

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SSQ Level 2 Warrior Practice (back to top)

Our practice focuses on shifting the weight while maintaining correct posture and externalizing Qi through hand positions. Each part of the form describes the path a warrior must take in order to face difficult challenges: clearing any blockages and emotional imbalances, graceful movement to each side while maintaining connection with one's core, nourishing the body from the inside whie connecting with rejuvenating Qi from the outside, and, finally, filling up our lower dantien with energy through breath.

Our 60-minute class includes the opening series above plus:

  • Qigong Level 2 Warrior's Form which includes
    • Opening procedure
    • Full Body Cleansing
    • Drawing the Bow
    • Full Body Spiraling
    • 9-Breath Meditation

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What should I wear when practicing Qigong? (back to top)

One of the best reasons to start your Qigong practice is that you can wear any type of clothing; you can practice certain movements even in your work clothes. Of course, in order to do all of the movements (which can include bending forward and having your legs out to the side in squat position, what we call "Horse Stance"), it is best to wear comfortable clothes, similar to what you will wear at a yoga or exercise class. We practice barefoot at our classroom, but some practitioners opt for comfortable shoes when practicing outside.

Another note about practicing outside, it is recommended that you wear a scarf during windy days (even in the summer). In Chinese Medicine, wind is considered a carrier of pathogens and an invader of the body. The most susceptible part of the body is the Acupuncture point, Gallbladder 20. This point is located at the junction between the neck and the skull, flanking the spine. When wind "attacks" this area, the body might start feeling flu-like symptoms, runny nose, fever, etc. Wearing a scarf or any piece of clothing that covers your neck will protect you from the elements.

The Science of Qigong (back to top)
Below is a list of published scientific studies regarding the health benefits of Qigong. We will update this list periodically so that you, the practitioner, will be more informed as you share your practice with the community.

1. Impact of Medical Qigong on quality of life, fatigue, mood and inflammation in cancer patients: a randomized controlled trial.

Study Result: This study indicates that MQ can improve cancer patients' overall QOL and mood status and reduce specific side-effects of treatment. It may also produce physical benefits in the long term through reduced inflammation.

2. External Qi of Yan Xin Qigong differentially regulates the Akt and extracellular signal-regulated kinase pathways and is cytotoxic to cancer cells but not to normal cells.

Study Result: These findings suggest that external Qi of Yan Xin Qigong may differentially regulate these survival pathways in cancer versus normal cells and exert cytotoxic effects preferentially on cancer cells, and that it could potentially be a valuable approach for therapy of pancreatic carcinomas.

3. Use of qigong therapy in the detoxification of heroin addicts.

Study Result: Reduction of withdrawal symptoms in the qigong group occurred more rapidly than in the other groups. From day 1, the qigong group had significantly lower mean symptom scores than did the other groups (P <.01). Both the qigong and medication groups had much lower anxiety scores than did the control group (P<.01), and the qigong group had significantly lower anxiety scores than did the medication group (P<.01). All subjects had a positive response to the urine morphine test before treatment. Fifty percent of the qigong group had negative urine tests on day 3, compared to 23% in the control group and 8% in the medication group (P <.01). By day 5 of treatment, all subjects in the qigong group had negative urine tests, compared to day 9 for the medication group and day 11 for the control group.

4. Effects of Qigong on immune cells.

Study Result: The data indicates that a single Qigong intervention can increase the monocyte and lymphocyte numbers.

5. Effects of qigong on late-stage complex regional pain syndrome.

Study Result: Among the genuine qigong group, 82% reported less pain by the end of the first training session compared to 45% of control patients. By the last training session, 91% of qigong patients reported analgesia compared to 36% of control patients. Anxiety was reduced in both groups over time, but the reduction was significantly greater in the experimental group than in the control group.

6. Qigong exercise for the symptoms of Parkinson's disease: a randomized, controlled pilot study.

Study Result: More patients improved in the Qigong group than in the control group at 3 and 6 months (P = 0.0080 at 3 months and P = 0.0503 at 6 months; Fisher's exact test). At 12 months, there was a sustained difference between groups only when changes in UPDRS-III were related to baseline. Depression scores decreased in both groups, whereas the incidence of several nonmotor symptoms decreased in the treatment group only.

7. Long-term survival of a patient with widespread metastases from epithelial ovarian carcinoma receiving mind-body therapies: case report and review of the literature.

Study Description: Five-year survival of patients with stage IV epithelial ovarian carcinoma not treated after recurrence is almost non-existent in oncological literature. The authors report a patient almost 30 years after surgery of the primary epithelial ovarian carcinoma lesion and 15 years after recurrent disease and incomplete chemotherapy who is alive without evidence of disease. She received no conventional oncological therapy during the past 15 years but rather used many types of alternative medicine, predominantly mind body therapies. The authors review the relevant literature on this subject and describe what they believe to be the first report of long-term survival of such a patient.

Student Testimonials (back to top)

...about our QIGONG WORKSHOPS

" Thank you so much for the wonderful experience on Saturday, I love it!."  Claudia, Student/Level I Instructor (San Diego, CA)

"Thank you... for the great class last sunday.  I benefitted a lot from it.  The only problem: we learned so much I can't remember it all.  Will we get together to go over all we learned again...?"  Mari-Ann, Student, Qigong Alchemy(San Diego, CA)

...about our QIGONG CLASSES

"We had a wonderful Qigong workout Wednesday night. Thank you for your class." Birgit, Student (San Diego, CA)

"Qigong was amazing. I can feel all the bad energy leaving my body through my feet." Linda, Student (San Diego, CA)

"Amazing energy work tonight, thank you teacher." Ayanna, Student/Massage Therapist (San Diego, CA)

What is Qigong? (back to top)

To answer this question, perhaps we need to answer a more fundamental question: what is Qi? Qi is the life force that moves through and around our bodies, essential to the smooth operation of our body functions and the balance of our emotions. Its most tangible form is our breath, but Qi is also abundant in our food, in the sun, and in the chemistry of our relationships. Qigong is an ancient Chinese practice that has given way to most martial arts; its literal translation means "the cultivation of life force" (a combination of "Qi" and "Gong," which means to work, practice or cultivate). The movements are subtle and flowing and, for the most part, the feet stay in one place. It has been called a "moving meditation" by some. We life to see it as our divine dance with the graceful energy inside and around us.

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QIGONG PRODUCTS

We carry a variety of tools designed to help you maintain your personal practice outside of class. We highly recommend using these tools as often as possible at home and attend a few classes during the month for corrections, additional information regarding the form, and because the group energy is stronger that it enhances your experience of Qi. Click on the product name for payment and shipping instructions.

DVD - $45

Level 1 Form
Level 2 Form
Level 3 Form
Qigong Strength Training

Box Set - $125

Qigong DVD Box Set

CD - $45

Level 4 Nei Gong
Five Element Form