Qigong & Yin Yoga
Virtual Workshop by Donation
with Jennifer O'Sullivan & Blake Wheeler
Qigong, or energy cultivation, is a traditional Chinese approach to wellness that traces its roots back thousands of years. Qigong encompasses a variety of Daoist (Taoist) and Buddhist healing practices that were integral to the foundation of Chinese Medicine. Qigong practice integrates movement and meditation to mobilize Qi while cultivating awareness of the energy (Qi) body. Qigong practice promotes abundant health and longevity and was traditionally used to sustain rigorous spiritual practice.
Yin Yoga is derived from Chinese postural practice. The long-held shapes encourage Qi flow by clearing blockages in the energy channels and mobilizing stangant Qi.
In this workshop, Qigong teacher Blake Wheeler and Yin Yoga teacher Jennifer O'Sullivan will guide you through a complementary set of exercises and postures from these two systems. The overall practice is designed to improve organ function and balance all internal processes, including the nervous system and immune function.
We are offering this workshop by donation and will be donating all proceeds to DC-area food banks.
Suggested donation: $15-$25. A link to donate will be in your confirmation email.
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Blake Wheeler: Blake has studied Taiji and Qigong for over 20 years. He is fully endorsed to teach the arts by his teacher, John Alton, a formally recognized Qigong Master vetted by the Minister of Sport in Beijing. Blake has led classes and seminars around the mid-Atlantic region since 2004. Through this experience, he has honed his methods to deliver the deeper benefits of Taiji and Qigong to people of all experience levels and walks of life. Having enhanced his life in many ways through these arts, Blake endeavors to bring that transformational experience to others.
Blake teaches in Alexandria, Virginia. You can find his classes on Meetup.
Jennifer O'Sullivan: Jennifer deeply believes in the power of yoga and meditation to nurture the human spirit and promote radical and meaningful change in our lives and in our society. She views the work we do on our mats and cushions as “lab time” where we practice the methods that help us show up in the world with a more open heart. With a potent blend of ancient wisdom teachings and contemporary spiritual psychology, Jennifer's mission is to help others cultivate the inner resources of resilience, courage, and genuine happiness.
Jennifer has been teaching in the Washington, DC area for nearly 15 years. Along the way, she's had the great privilege to study with exemplary yoga teachers from a number of disciplines but her biggest influences are Don and Amba Stapleton of Nosara Yoga Institute and Sarah Powers’ Insight Yoga approach to Yin Yoga, Buddhism, Taoism, and Spiritual Psychology. Click here to learn more about Jennifer and her approach.