SHOUT OUTS: Maureen Berndt

What they’re saying…

I appreciated Maureen’s clear verbal instructions, images, patience. It’s very relaxing though strenuous…good for the body and mind.

Please take this class! Maureen is so encouraging and balances realistic expectations with positivity. I learned so much about my tendency to move certain ways, more about my limits and how to modify for my own needs.

I appreciated the slow pace of the class, and Maureen’s humour.

Maureen broke down the movements comprehensively. She demonstrated so gracefully. It was a pleasure to watch. It is a good class to join for community and a means to keep moving as one ages.

I learned to center myself, to pay attention to my body, to try to keep my mind here. Qigong fuels healing and is good for the body. I appreciated Maureen’s very clear instructions, and the peaceful atmosphere.

I love how calm I feel when I take Maureen’s class. I learned how to move with a little more ease and grace. When I first started the class, I was losing my hair (from alopecia and stress) but now I ‘ve noticed my hair has grown back! I appreciate Maureen’s teaching style: firm, patient, compassionate and intelligent.

The class nurtures and cultivates awareness, overall mindfulness to self and movement. I truly enjoyed the class and how qigong has interwoven into my daily life. Wonderful instruction by Maureen. I appreciate her comments on her personal experience and growth through her own practice.

Qigong class is a calming source of strength and energy. I appreciated Maureen’s reassuring acceptance, attitude of calmness and positive encouragement, and her ability to identify areas of confusion.

I appreciated Maureen’s kindness and sensitivity, the pace and the adaptability to different physical needs.

Qigong has been my daily practice since I started classes last Fall and makes a positive difference in my life. I love everything about the class, especially Maureen’s careful instruction.

I appreciate the time Maureen takes to explain the details and simultaneously keeping the instructions simple and clear and easy to remember – a delicate balance! I learned how to release chi when I feel stagnation and stress symptoms.

I appreciated Maureen’s style – she’s AWESOME. I will recommend this class, you bet!

I like Maureen’s calm voice and presence. The class is wonderful!

 

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SHOUT OUTS

The repetition made it really easy to build on the learning week to week, and to pick up easily if you miss some weeks. It was rewarding and very accessible.

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A fun and calm way to destress. I like the no guilt policy for missing class. It means I can come and have it be fun and when it would be more stressful to add another thing to the day, I can miss and not feel guilty. I found that very effective.

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I learned that what seems intricate and complex can be practiced with pleasure, that energy is powerful and can be moved, that awareness of movement can extend to all parts of life. I appreciated the welcoming, helpful, & non-judgemental atmosphere created by the teacher, and the ease, friendliness and humor of everyone.

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I learned to stay present & mindful in day to day life, and that even the smallest movements are so energetic/powerful. I appreciated the welcoming feeling of the practice and the friendly helpful staff. Everyone should try it!

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I enjoyed the relaxed, easy going style of the teacher, the incremental learning with no pressure, the beautiful space.

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It helps me manage my shoulder pain & anxiety.

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I appreciated the cleanliness and organization of Energy Matters’ facility! The expertise of teachers and staff, and the gentleness with which they make corrections. The coordination of classes – both the content and the ability to do make-up classes.

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Try it! Qigong is a great way to relax your body even when you are in pain. I always felt better after class. It takes time to master the exercise routine/techniques, so it helps to just take it easy going in and enjoy the journey.

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I appreciated Maureen’s clear verbal instructions, images, patience. It’s very relaxing though strenuous…good for the body and mind.

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It’s really helping my life in so many ways. It makes me much more resilient to difficulties.

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Peggy’s depth of knowledge and sharing poignant, meaningful details provided context and background; and ultimately made things easier to remember.

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Major thumbs up. For the process of learning and the explicit result.

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I felt really safe and genuinely included- I liked that the class really centered adaptive movement instead of just “including” it. I learned that I can access a movement class even with my high levels of fatigue!

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It’s transforming – slows you down. Makes you appreciate the body and qi more.

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It was a deeply nourishing experience integrating mind and body. I learned an enormous amount in the 8 weeks.

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I’m learning about moving my body in new ways. Also paying attention to energy flowing in and out of my body.

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It was gentle and challenging, and even if specific movements were difficult, I always felt better after class.

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Hi Kirstin, Thank you so much for being such an inspiring person to learn from – I have truly had a revelation about how much I was NOT getting from my food through the 21-day program, and I think that I’m actually tasting food in a different way. So now here I am at day […]

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Please take this class! Maureen is so encouraging and balances realistic expectations with positivity. I learned so much about my tendency to move certain ways, more about my limits and how to modify for my own needs.

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I appreciated the slow pace of the class, and Maureen’s humour.

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Sue’s careful instruction help us use the correct form for each move. Her verbal descriptions as we move are great!

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Ok, so let’s get the numbers out of the way: 21 days, 12 pounds, 2 inches. I was not grossly overweight at the beginning of the cleanse, but definitely had some weight to lose and some love handles that could stand to be shaved off. 12 pounds may not sound like a lot, but it […]

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Great loving beginning practice, very encouraging and helpful place to start and grow.

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(From a participant at the end of his second cleanse) Our post cleanse routine had remained very close to our ‘final days’ so this time around was a breeze. I’ve been so impressed with impact and change that can come from a mere 21 days of focus, education and discipline. I consider myself a convert […]

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Maureen broke down the movements comprehensively. She demonstrated so gracefully. It was a pleasure to watch. It is a good class to join for community and a means to keep moving as one ages.

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Sue is a very enthusiastic instructor. She made it fun. Sue started and ended class on time with a 5-min. break. Her promptness is much appreciated,. Sue is sharp and always noticed certain movements that we have difficulties in following and she quickly jumped in to give us extra attention. She greeted each student with […]

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I learned to be mindful and more gentle towards myself and emotions and to use the meditation time to accept external and internal facts. Absolutely everybody needs this! Thank you for all the recordings and online resources.

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Thank you so much for seeing me – that experience was just so great. I found you so grounding and really appreciated all of your healing expertise. I’m always amazed at the power of acupuncture, and the direct experience of chi when I have it done! The cupping was the best.

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I learned to center myself, to pay attention to my body, to try to keep my mind here. Qigong fuels healing and is good for the body. I appreciated Maureen’s very clear instructions, and the peaceful atmosphere.

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Healing! I came in ill, hurting, and very scared, and I feel much, much, much better 8 weeks later. I don’t learn easily by watching, and it helped a lot to have Kirstin’s very clear verbal instruction too. For the first time in my life I have a daily practice. I like the wholeness of […]

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My husband and I are doing GREAT! I am so happy he decided to join me on this cleanse! He’s never done anything like this before and I see some really great changes in how he thinks about food and his health. His face seems brighter and he’s more engaged with what is going on […]

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Qigong helps my flexibility and makes me feel good. I enjoyed Gail’s warmth, lovely presence and positive attitude.

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I appreciated Sue’s detailed instruction, good humor, and the non-judgmental atmosphere.

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It’s wonderful- take it! I appreciated the clear understanding and teaching, the lovely guided meditations.

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I definitely felt more relaxed & grounded after the AFR session. My face was more relaxed and more importantly, it was if I was “beginning to look like myself again” – which was good to feel. Also I’ve only had mild heart palpitations since the treatment, which is amazing. My skin seems to have improved […]

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As a result of receiving regular acupuncture I am physically and emotionally healthier: calmer mood, allergies gone, fewer sinus infections, fewer headaches, back and knee problems kept to a minimum so I can continue an active life.

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I use acupuncture to remain healthy on all accounts. I first started going for my dance soreness and stresses and then later for help getting pregnant. My spirit is the first to be healed, then my emotional well-being, and finally the body. I see it as a circle. This work takes into account the emotional […]

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Acupuncture is the best way to gather and reconnect my physical, mental and emotional being. With regular care, my body has come to respond immediately and has re-patterned itself to use the treatments as a healing process..

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Wow, I just finished the series of facial rejuvenation sessions at Energy Matters. I was prompted to do this after seeing my friends undergo really painful procedures to help them look younger. Not only were the sessions pain free, I looked forward to how rested I felt after each one. My friends have all noticed […]

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I have learned about the power of energy to heal and create a sense of well-being. I find myself focusing on positive energy and consequently generate positive energy. Service Type: Qigong

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When I began Dayan Qigong in September of 2008, I had such bad aches in my joints- especially my hands and legs-that I was seeing my acupuncturist every week. Now, almost 10 months later, I hardly see him at all. He says, “Good! Do more qigong and less acupuncture!” Because I practice Dayan Qigong on […]

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I like Maureen’s calm voice and presence. The class is wonderful!

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By awakening to the body’s inherent sense of balance, I have sharpened my mental focus and have learned new skills to help quiet the mind. Service Type: Qigong

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It’s great for all ages and abilities. I appreciated the slow, steady, no-pressure pace.

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Yeah I bet you hear this all the time, but the cleanse was really effective on so many levels. I didn’t have dramatic changes in temperament / well-being but I think if I had done a simple elimination diet of caffeine, alcohol, sugar and processed foods on my own I would have been super stressed […]

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I am LOVING the cleanse.  I feel great… there were a few days when I was a bit lethargic and low energy, but recently, I have a lot of energy.  We just got back from a 4 mile hike in the redwoods. Also, what you predicted is true.  I have really been enjoying getting creative […]

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I love Jerri’s calm presence, patience and humor. Great space.

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Hello Kirstin and Angela, Just a note to say thank you so much for this great program. I went all 21 days – and of course, I’m sure you’ve heard this before – it has changed my life. Thank you for introducing me to this and for the support throughout the 21 days. This was […]

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I learned so much! Patience, and a feeling that I can do this for myself anytime, almost anywhere. I appreciated Maureen’s clear instruction, pacing, patience humor and presence, and the beauty of the form.

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I would definitely recommend the facial rejuvenation treatments to anyone that is wanting to roll back the clock on your body and mind.

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I started seeing Kirstin Lindquist for acupuncture treatments some years ago when she worked in a lovely alternative resource center in Emeryville in walking distance from where I live. From the beginning, I have experienced her to be a ‘no nonsense’ practitioner in that she sees me on time, and though willing to chat, steers us toward the goal […]

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Originally, I started going to Energy Matters to help me with night sweats, hot flashes and a real lack of energy. A friend had suggested acupuncture and Energy Matters. It didn’t take long after my first few acupuncture treatments with Kirstin to see a real improvement with those things as well as stress reduction. Within […]

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It was lovely to be treated to such a super session. I felt noticeably different after my appointment with you. Walking hurt less, I felt rested and the muscles in my shoulders and neck felt a huge pressure release. I’m so grateful to have been referred to Energy Matters and look forward to my next […]

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After over 20 years of searching for a reliable solution for sinus headaches, I decided to try acupuncture. I saw an allergist and general practitioners and tried prescription and over-the-counter medication, as well as home remedies with no consistent relief. These headaches came a few times a month to a few times a week, ranging […]

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Before I began working with Prajna, I was experiencing severe premenstrual symptoms including developing painful lumps in my breasts, headaches, and severe neck and back pain. I was also bleeding every 3 weeks and having severe menstrual cramps that were not responding to pain killers and would last for two or three days. Once I […]

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Prajna Choudhury is a wise, compassionate, and heart centered acupuncturist. From her opening questions, to the treatment itself, I felt taken care of and seen as a whole person. I went to her recently for shoulder pain; I left feeling such calm, greater flow of energy through my body and arms in particular, and a […]

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I went to see Prajna recently when I was going through a really anxious time.  She is very helpful, knowledgeable and compassionate.  After each treatment, I was so much calmer and at the same time stronger to deal with the challenges I was going through. I’ve also been to see her for neck and shoulder […]

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Prajna’s touch is great – I hate getting acupuncture, but she is gentle and painless – and very patient with my nervousness! I’ve had great results from her treatments, for anxiety, sciatic pain and headaches. And I love her beautiful treatment room with the great view!

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Prajna really helped me through a difficult period in my life when I was suffering from a kidney ailment. The prescription drugs I had been taking had really ravaged my body. I began treatments with Prajna and her healing skills really restored balance to my body and spirit. I had never tried acupuncture before but […]

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The day after my last treatment, at least 3 people told me how radiant I look. Made me think that I should have a treatment every day! Acupuncture for Beauty

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Prajna creates a calm, grounded environment for her practice–and the result is some good, strong medicine! I’m so grateful for the relief I’ve received from chronic shoulder and back aches from her treatments (I highly recommend the cupping in addition to needle treatment for muscle tension). I particularly appreciate that Prajna always listens to what’s […]

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Thank you, Prajna, for the wonderful service and support that you have provided to me over more than a year. I decided to explore Facial Rejuvenation acupuncture and then Facelift acupuncture. I have seen significant improvement in the dark circles under my eyes and in general have a much healthier skin appearance and tone. The […]

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When I ran into a friend I hadn’t seen in some time, I noticed her taking a long look at my face. Later that day, I received an email: “You look so beautiful. I hope you don’t mind my asking, but have you had work done?” No, I didn’t mind her asking – I am […]

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After New Years, I came down with a terrible flu. I had aches and pains everywhere. I was miserable. I visited this amazing acupuncturist/herbalist, Prajna. She was extremely competent, sensitive, in tune with my body/spirit and key to my healing. I felt better after 1 1/2 days! What a wonderful “medicine woman”! I would highly […]

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My best friend’s 16-year-old birthday party. A camping trip in the Sierras. A girls’ night out on the town. I can’t recount all the events I’ve missed in my life due to difficult periods. Since the age of 16, debilitating cramps and unusually heavy bleeding put me out of commission for a few days every […]

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Over the course of just three acupuncture treatments, I was able to recover much of my ability to fall asleep and rest deeply through the night. Before I came to Prajna, I was having persistent insomnia. Because I was unable to fall asleep, I was taking ambien, and those sleeping pills were making me feel […]

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Prajna – what can I say?! Once again you and your needles and calm voice of reason have rescued me from PMS hell. Soothing my irritated body and calming my anxious mind – I felt like a different person when I walked out of your treatment room. I thank you, and my partner thanks you […]

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You’ve been a great acupuncturist to me, and the pain associated with my period has decreased dramatically. I’m deeply grateful and appreciative of the work you have done and do in the world. Prajna Choudhury, L.Ac

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“I felt so held and healed by your treatments. Thank you. AND you have won my award for the most pain-free, gentle needling technique ever! (And I am very sensitive to pain.) If you have been avoiding acupuncture because you are afraid of needles or pain, go see Prajna!”

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“I was skeptical and suspicious of alternative medicine at first. I have chronic complaints- eczema, insomnia and high blood pressure – and was treated by Prajna for these conditions. I sleep better, my eczema is under control and my BP is also getting better!” Acupuncture

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I’ve been seeing Kirsten for PMS acupuncture treatments and after just a couple of treatments began to feel much more even, less cramps and less moodiness. Most recently I was coming off a long long course of  steroids and was feeling terrible and bloated and generally toxic. I noticed that Kirsten was offering a seminar […]

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Energy Matters is becoming a very important part of my life, as I attend qi gong classes there and make use of high-level acupuncture care to improve my relationship with my body (and all of nature).  Kristin has helped me heal some vexacious and debilitating conditions that had been worsening for years and making me […]

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I love this place.  I came in because of  problems with acne.  After trying everything and I mean everything…. I thought about trying acupuncture!   I can honestly say…I have seen an improvement on my face! The staff there is so nice and the place is very welcoming! Jan 2013

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I originally walked into Energy Matters to get some acupuncture for my aching back in March of 2013. Angela was my care provider and I couldn’t be more impressed with her knowledge, gentle, nurturing approach and most importantly, the immediate and long term results for all of my aches and pains accumulated along the 68 […]

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Kari is wonderful! She has a wealth of knowledge and experience. I’ve been going to Kari for a number of months and what I appreciate the most is how she listens and works with you to develop the best plan for care. I’ve seen a few different acupuncturists over the years, and I really value […]

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I can’t recommend Prajna more highly.  This was my first experience with acupuncture and she made me feel comfortable, supported and so well cared for.  Prajna is knowledgeable and wise, clear-eyed and warm, with a true gift for healing. You will learn so much from from her and look forward to every appointment! Jan 2015

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I highly recommend Prajna (pronounced Proga) for facial and general acupuncture. She is grounded, kind and so deeply knowledgeable about Chinese medicine. She asks great questions and finds helpful patterns in the answers. Her acupuncture “facelift” series is an enlivening experience repeated weekly over 8 to 12 weeks. I see and feel the difference every […]

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Energy Matters is a beautiful space for receiving acupuncture. My husband and I went there to treat insomnia and we worked with an amazing healer named Prajna and are now sleeping soundly through the night. We so appreciated her warm, caring energy and her gentle touch. My husband was so scared of needles but Prajna […]

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I have been getting acupuncture for more than 20 years and have in the last year been seeing Angela Coon at Energy Matters. I take my needle-phobic son too and he loves working with her. Angela has a great ‘bedside’ manner, explains things  on the level with as much ease for a child as for […]

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I have been to going to Energy Matters for over a year, and have the highest possible rating for both of the people I work with: Prajna and Kari.   Prajna is a healer in all senses of the word. I first came to her for a twisted knee, which recovered quickly with acupuncture and […]

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I highly recommend Kari for sport or accident related injuries. Or any other pain management.  She is smart, friendly and  highly knowledgeable of the body and how it functions. I have been seeing her on a weekly, if not, bi weekly basis for months now.  She has helped me regain my mobility in my knees […]

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I was experiencing this weird fatigue that gone on for a month and no one could tell me what was going on.  This thing was getting on my nerves, so I sought out Prajna at Energy Matter for help. She was patient and really thorough in treating my fatigue holistically, looking at my diet, amount […]

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I love this place.  I came in because of  problems with acne.  After trying everything and I mean everything…. I thought about trying acupuncture!   I can honestly say…I have seen an improvement on my face! The staff there is so nice and the place is very welcoming! Jan 2013

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Qigong has been my daily practice since I started classes last Fall and makes a positive difference in my life. I love everything about the class, especially Maureen’s careful instruction.

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Gail is an excellent teacher and motivator, and this class provided me with the tools I need to begin practicing again – I am slowly making a commitment to daily practice.

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Gail is encouraging and positive and makes this very fulfilling. She is a fabulous instructor. I couldn’t be happier. This is exactly the type of class that I’ve been searching for!

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“I appreciated the kind, accepting atmosphere the instructor created for the class and the information shared, exercises, homework and insights gained through all of it. I learned to more present, and to bring myself back to the moment and what’s happening within me. I learned to be mindful of my posture. If you want to […]

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This class is great! The teacher is kind and knowledgable; the movements are presented in a clear and detailed way. It is the perfect start to my Saturday! The warmups have been great in my daily life and the form has been improving my physical and mental well-being.

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You need to take qigong! I learned how to slow down, how to balance better. Energy Matters has meant the world to me.

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I love everything about taking qigong – the beautiful place, lovely instructor, meditative practice. I’ll be continuing in order to learn more and deepen the practice. Thank you!!

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FANTASTIC class.

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I love qigong! It’s an important part of my self-care routine. I feel more centered, flexible and energized.

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Qigong will make you feel better, mind-body-spirit.

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I liked the structure of the classes, the careful instruction and immediate feelings of well being.

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Qigong is fun, centering – anyone can do it. I am surprised at how good I feel afterward!

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I find qigong is very beneficial and worth trying. I am very much enjoying the class.

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I really enjoy taking qigong. I gained a deeper understanding of the form, and appreciated the instructor patience.

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If you make the investment of daily practice and this class, your life will change profoundly.

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Qigong is a graceful, subtle, and beautiful experience in cultivating balance, energy and awareness of my body while learning about this fascinating, ancient tradition. I appreciated the knowledge of the instructors! I was originally in Kirstin’s class, but did a lot of make-ups in Gail’s and Maureen’s classes. The energy of this place is wonderful […]

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Qigong is easy and feels great. Good form of gentle exercise. I liked the step by step instruction and clear teaching.

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