Qigong meditation sessions now online!

MEETING INVITATIONS

Mondays 8:00-8:55 AM
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Wednesdays 8:00-8:55 AM
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Fridays 8:00-8:55 AM
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Tuesdays 6:00-6:55 PM

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Thursdays 6:00-6:55 PM
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Questions? E-mail savannahqigong@gmail.com

DETAILS

We are all continuing to adjust to changes in our lives due to Covid-19 (“coronavirus”). We are adapting to new expectations around social distancing and, in some cases, “sheltering in place.” Our routines have been disrupted, and our sense of economic security is stressed. With such uncertainty, we may feel ill at ease, or anxious. However, current circumstances also afford us an opportunity to explore creative ways to connect with ourselves, and with others.

Since a “shelter in place” order was issued for Savannah, our community Qigong groups have (for the most part) been placed on hiatus. So we are beginning to develop some online offerings as we adapt to our new situation.

As our first online project, Gerald will begin hosting gatherings to share mindfulness and Qigong meditation practices. Each session will focus on a few simple techniques that you can easily practice on your own. There will also be some audio resources to support your personal practice.

Gerald has been a Vipassana and Zen meditation student for more than a decade, and has previously taught mindfulness meditation. He is also a certified Level 2 instructor in the Long White Cloud Qigong school, and the coordinator of the Savannah Qigong Collaborative teachers group. Gerald will share practical and accessible meditation and Qigong practices. Recurring themes will be mindfulness in daily life, stress reduction, working with our internal energy, and connecting to ourselves and to others in a compassionate way.

Anyone is welcome to join any of these online groups—even if you have no prior experience with meditation or Qigong. This could be a great opportunity to learn about, return to, or strengthen your own meditation practice. You may join any group, step away, and come back as your schedule and circumstances permit.

Sessions will be hosted as a Zoom online meeting. You do not need to have a Zoom account to participate. For first time users who do not have an account, the link provided in the invitation will prompt you to download the Zoom software, which is quickly and easily installed. You may also bypass that step if your web browser allows you to directly connect to the meeting.

Of course, you will need some basic equipment!

  • Your desktop / laptop (Mac or PC) or tablet will likely have a built-in video camera and audio microphone and speaker–or you may have external devices already connected.
  • Your wireless connection should be broadband wired or wireless.
  • Your mobile device should also work, as long as you can install the Zoom app.
  • No other equipment is needed, other than a quiet space and cushion or chair that you can set yourself down on.

To receive a personal invitation, simply message us at savannahqigong@gmail.com, or via Facebook. The invitation links are posted at the top of this announcement, and below. They will also be posted in the Qigong Savannah Facebook group. There will be no charge to participate in these sessions.

Here is the planned schedule, beginning Thursday, March 26. All times are Eastern Daylight EDT (UTC -4.0 hrs). We will try these for awhile and adjust as needed. If these time don’t work for you, let us know, and we’ll see what we might do!

Mondays 8:00-8:55 AM
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/302261484

Wednesdays 8:00-8:55 AM
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/707483422

Fridays 8:00-8:55 AM
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/660153507

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Tuesdays 6:00-6:55 PM
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/493312217

Thursdays 6:00-6:55 PM
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/843507145

 

Questions? Just get in touch.

“Qigong is a strategy for freedom from our cage of isolation.”
Garri Garripoli, Qigong: Essence of the Healing Dance

Taking care of our energy!

Welcome to the online home of the Savannah Qigong Collaborative. The SQC is a community service initiative to promote the practice of Qigong (“chee gong”), a system of exercises and health maintenance practices with a long and rich tradition. Scroll down to read informational posts about Qigong, our teachers, and our class offerings. After you spend some time looking around here, come check out one of our (free!) classes in the Savannah area. These are offered as a community service by our certified instructors. Beginners are welcome at any class meeting.

(If you stopped by only to confirm a class meeting, click here to view our online Google calendar. )

UPDATE: Covid-19 (“coronavirus”) and community Qigong practice

This morning, Savannah Mayor Van Johnson signed a “shelter in place” declaration. This was in response to the flare-up of confirmed Covid-19 infections in Chatham County. Non-essential business establishments are to close. Restaurants and bars are to close as well, with only take-out and delivery services allowed. Schools are out until further notice. City parks remain open, but only for walking, jogging, and biking–which are essentially solo forms of exercise. Our community Qigong practice groups fall into something of a gray area.

SQC teachers conferenced this afternoon about how to move forward. After some discussion, we agreed to suspend all community practice gatherings (with two exceptions as noted below).

This decision flowed from a narrow reading of the Mayor’s declaration. However, it also reflects the core values of our group mission—“Qigong for Community Wellness.” We have a responsibility to model best practices, and those include adhering to guidelines from our local and regional public health officials.

The two exceptions are the practice groups on Isle of Hope and Tybee Island. As these are small groups, the teachers may continue with outdoor meetings until (and if) those communities issue restrictions. However, the teachers may also decide to suspend those practice sessions, after consulting with group regulars.

As we adapt to changing circumstances, we want to encourage everyone to continue with a Qigong practice that suits their individual temperaments and abilities. In fact, this is an opportunity to really engage with developing or deepening your own personal practice. Even though larger group meetings are on hiatus, the group energy can continue to support us.

Moreover, we now have an opportunity to innovate the social aspects of our work. One possibility is attending our new online mindfulness and Qigong meditation sessions (which are detailed in the previous post on the website). You are invited to join any of these meetings as your circumstances and schedule permit. We will be working together to develop these sessions into meaningful and beneficial encounters via the Zoom networking platform. 

Another opportunity is to spend time with the home practice videos here on the website. Each week, one or two videos will be reviewed and links will be posted, so that you can try out the routines whenever you wish.  

And for the slightly more ambitious among us, distance learning opportunities in different Qigong schools are available. These will be detailed and reviewed in a post within the next week.

You will also receive e-mails from individual SQC teachers with their own thoughts on these topics. Please refer questions or concerns to any of us, as you wish. We are here to support you as best we can!

This may be a difficult adjustment for some of us—and we certainly hope this hiatus need not last too long. Preserving our own health and the health of family members, friends, and the larger community are our top priorities. May we all be healthy, happy, and feel at ease, whatever inconveniences and challenges we may face in the coming days and weeks.

Happy Anniversary to Us!

(A message from Gerald, your SQC Coordinator)

Back in January 2019, the first meeting of the group that would become the Savannah Qigong Collaborative (SQC) was convened by Linda Archinaco at the Vault Restaurant. (Food was an essential part of our brainstorming process!) It did not take long to agree on a simple but powerful goal–collectively promoting Qigong teachings and practices for wellness among different groups within the community. A few weeks afterward, mentoring of practice leaders had begun, our website was up, and a collaborative Qigong network was taking shape in Savannah.

2019 went by quickly–and what a year! The SQC now has six certified * teachers leading eleven weekly Qigong classes and gatherings at seven different locations. And what is more extraordinary–these classes are offered on a free or donation basis! This means that folks from any part of our community can learn Qigong for ongoing wellness care, regardless of their financial means.

* (IIQTC, Long White Cloud, Lotus Health Institute)

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During 2019, SQC teachers also organized six special workshops with guest Qigong teachers. And for the second year, Savannah joined the global observation of World Tai Chi and Qigong Day. Our special community practice in Forsyth Park was promoted in local media, including an interview with Linda and Tricia Richardson on WSAV’s local news program. The WTCD national organization shared video from that practice day with Tai Chi and Qigong groups around the world.

Perhaps most significantly, SQC teachers now regularly attend each other’s classes. This fosters a group conversation embracing different perspectives, and deepens our collective wisdom and experience. Many community class participants also practice in multiple venues with different teachers. This shared enthusiasm, curiosity, and mutual support are at the heart of our community building.

On this anniversary, we cannot forget to acknowledge the community partners who host us:

Wesley Oaks United Methodist Church
Unitarian Universalist Church
St. Thomas Episcopal Church

Veterans Administration (Savannah and Hinesville)
Live Oak Public Library System
Isle of Hope Marina

Scroll down to view a digital photo scrapbook from some of our community classes and workshops over the past year. (You may recognize someone in the photos!) As for our 2020 classes and workshops–come join the fun! Your participation contributes to the collective energy that inspires and supports all of us.

Happy Anniversary to our teachers
(Beth, Clayton, Gerald, Linda, Noel, Tricia),
and to all our Qigong friends!

 

WORLD TAI CHI AND QIGONG DAY 2019–Forsyth Park, Savannah

 

 

SUNRISE QIGONG GROUP–Isle of Hope Marina (with John Munro)

 

 

VETERANS ADMINISTRATION–group class, Savannah clinic

 

 

TWELVE RIVERS HEALTH QIGONG WORKSHOP–Rincon

 

 

SUNDAY OUTDOOR PRACTICE–Wesley Oaks Methodist Church

 

 

SHARING THE QI in Whitefield Square 

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MOVEMENT IN STILLNESS (Zhan Zhuang) TRAINING (with John Munro)

 

 

BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH WORKSHOP GROUP–Savannah

 

 

DIRECTING THE QI–Unitarian Universalist Church, Savannah

 

 

MORNING QIGONG–Ossabaw Island retreat

 

 

LUNCH BREAK POP UP–Richmond Hill

 

TYBEE ISLAND PRACTICE GROUP (with John Munro)

 

 

WAKING THE QI at the Savannah VA Clinic

 

 

QIGONG WALKING WORKSHOP–Talahi Island 

 

 

FIVE ELEMENTS QIGONG, Elijay teachers retreat with John Munro

 

 

END OF YEAR PRACTICE–Wesleys Oaks Methodist Church

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year!

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Our regular community class schedule has resumed in all locations.

Our weekly online calendar can help you verify times, locations, and whether a class will meet.

If you are a new visitor, or just haven’t looked around the site in awhile, we invite you to check out the overview of our class schedule, video resources page, and even some recent photos from our Instagram feed!

See you at class!

Qigong Video Resources

We now have TWO video resources pages on our website!

Community class participants may now access a password protected page with links to videos supporting  home practice. Your SQC teacher will share the password with you upon request.

(This is a separate page from that referenced below.)

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SQC teachers often receive requests for introductory videos about Qigong. A new “Selected Video Resources” page (open access) provides links to six (6) introductory YouTube videos for your education and inspiration. Check them out and see what resonates with you!

 

John Munro with SQC teachers and friends,
demonstrating Wuji Five Elements Qigong

Welcome to possibility…

The teachers and practice leaders of the Savannah Qigong Collaborative welcome you to our website. We invite you to experience the physical, mental, and wellness benefits of group Qigong practice at a number of locations in the area.

WHAT IS QIGONG? The Chinese characters for Qigong (“Chee Gong”) can be translated as “Life Energy Cultivation.” (Alternate spellings include “Qi gong” and “Chi Kung.”) The term encompasses a range of practices that emphasize coordinated and mindful body alignment, movement, breathing, and meditation. (Qigong is closely related to Tai Chi, an alternate form and style of mind / body practice.)

Qigong philosophy and practices are foundational aspects of traditional Chinese medicine and martial arts training. Various styles of Qigong are practiced by young and old throughout China, and Qigong is becoming more popular worldwide for recreation, gentle exercise, and the promotion of wellness. Recent research into Qigong and Tai Chi points to a range of benefits for physical and mental health within a larger framework of integrative medicine and wellness care.

IS IT FOR ME? Forget the media images of martial arts masters in traditional clothing! No expertise or experience is required to practice Qigong in a group setting. Some participants have just started learning about Qigong, while others have been practicing solo and in groups for years. Whether you are 19 or 90, Qigong has something to offer you. Beginners are always welcome at any group session. If you are challenged by physical or mobility issues, we encourage you to ask a teacher about how Qigong practice might be adapted for your particular situation.

Our community-based classes are solely educational, and focus on gentle exercise, self-care, stress reduction, and overall wellness. Neither medical diagnoses nor representations about possible therapeutic outcomes for individual participants are offered in these settings. (If you have concerns or questions in this area, speak with your personal health care provider, and/or with an SQC teacher, who may be able to provide a referral for professional consultation.) 

(Before embarking on any new type of exercise or activity, consult with your doctor or health care provider. Participants are responsible for their own self-care.)

WHAT KIND OF TRAINING IS OFFERED? Our certified and experienced teachers draw on a variety of (Western) Qigong “lineages” and philosophies. These include the IIQTC (International Institute of Qigong and Tai Chi) style as taught by Roger Jahnke, Long White Cloud Qigong as taught by John Munro, and the Lotus Health Institute style as taught by Robin Murphy. A community practice session will typically include exercises for alignment, breathing, balance, energizing and strengthening the body, and discovering possibilities for both relaxation and “flow” in daily living. 

The SQC is not a Qigong school, and we do not offer a formal training program. However, we do mentor and coach enthusiastic Qigong practitioners to become practice leaders. And we occasionally sponsor workshops with visiting teachers; those activities introduce participants to different Qigong styles and teaching philosophies. If you are interested in structured, progressive training (with or without certification), or in stepping into the role of a practice leader, speak with one of our teachers. We can advise or refer you to Qigong courses as appropriate. 

IS QIGONG A RELIGION? This question occasionally comes up, and the short answer is NO. Qigong masters, teachers, students, and practitioners around the globe include believers in many of the world’s religious traditions—as well as people who do not identify with any particular creed or faith tradition.

WHAT DOES IT COST? There is no charge for attending community practice sessions offered by teachers and practice leaders of the Savannah Qigong Collaborative. Their work is offered in the spirit of promoting wellness in the community. Donations may be requested for special classes offered by SQC teachers, or to support the venues that host practice sessions. (Individual teachers may also offer for-charge lessons outside of regularly scheduled community practice times.)

WHERE CAN I PRACTICE? Practice sessions are offered at five different locations in the Savannah area, six days a week. For a look at the current schedule of offerings, click on the link below. 

 


QIGONG CLASSES AND PRACTICE GATHERINGS
(updated 10-6-19) 

ONLINE GOOGLE CALENDAR

Information about the SQC teachers (bios and contact information)

Thanks for visiting. We hope to see you at a practice session!

 

 

 

NOTE: Any practices provided and/or promoted by this website are made available for your personal, non-commercial use only. Please consult your health care provider if you are in doubt about your capacities. Qigong practices as shared and demonstrated in community classes are known to be safe. However, you voluntarily assume any and all risks, known or unknown, associated with your learning and practice of Qigong. The instructors of the Savannah Qigong Collaborative are not liable for any injury, health impairment, or accident befalling any student during class, outside of class, or as a result of Qigong practice.