SHOUT OUTS: Qigong
What they’re saying…
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.
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.
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.
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!
I enjoyed the relaxed, easy going style of the teacher, the incremental learning with no pressure, the beautiful space.
It helps me manage my shoulder pain & anxiety.
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.
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.
I appreciated Maureen’s clear verbal instructions, images, patience. It’s very relaxing though strenuous…good for the body and mind.
It’s really helping my life in so many ways. It makes me much more resilient to difficulties.
Peggy’s depth of knowledge and sharing poignant, meaningful details provided context and background; and ultimately made things easier to remember.
Major thumbs up. For the process of learning and the explicit result.
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!
It’s transforming – slows you down. Makes you appreciate the body and qi more.
It was a deeply nourishing experience integrating mind and body. I learned an enormous amount in the 8 weeks.
I’m learning about moving my body in new ways. Also paying attention to energy flowing in and out of my body.
It was gentle and challenging, and even if specific movements were difficult, I always felt better after class.
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.
Sue’s careful instruction help us use the correct form for each move. Her verbal descriptions as we move are great!
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.
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 a radiant smile when we came into the classroom.
I appreciated Sue’s detailed instruction, good humor, and the non-judgmental atmosphere.
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.
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 it- the warm-ups and meditation pieces are important, too- come try it!
Qigong helps my flexibility and makes me feel good. I enjoyed Gail’s warmth, lovely presence and positive attitude.
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
I gained awareness and more sense of my body in space, and an altered/slower sense of time.
I appreciated Maureen’s kindness and sensitivity, the pace and the adaptability to different physical needs.
Qigong balances yin and yang: it’s simultaneously gentle and challenging, movement and stillness, concentration and letting go.
Qigong is easy and feels great. Good form of gentle exercise. I liked the step by step instruction and clear teaching.
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’m 62, overweight, with arthritis severe enough to have required knee replacements in my 50s. So I need low-impact ways of maintaining strength and flexibility. and Kirstin’s qigong class is just a great workout for me. I have less pain from ordinary activities, and less pain means more activity, which leads to easier weight loss, better sleep, brighter mood. I feel younger and more balanced.
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 – high quality experience.
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.
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 a daily basis, I am pain free. Dayan Qigong is a graceful, effortless practice that for me is like flying. I would invite anyone to try this lovely yet strongly effective Qigong practice. Once you learn the basics it feels so good that you will want to do it consistently. Your body and heart will begin to feel so clear it will glisten. I know mine does.
Wonderful teaching – warm, inclusive and challenging. I am learning so much – beautiful form, inspiring group and teachers.
I appreciated Maureen’s style – she’s AWESOME. I will recommend this class, you bet!
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
Qigong is enjoyable, relaxing and provides focus. I appreciated the patience of our instructor and the complete description of our activities.
I like Maureen’s calm voice and presence. The class is wonderful!
I find qigong physically and energetically beneficial. I like the pace and style of the instruction, the grace and challenge of the form, the calm energy I can access.
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.
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.
Qigong is a good way of slowing down without being passive. I appreciated the dedication and enthusiasm of the teacher and assistant teacher.
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.
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!!
It’s great for all ages and abilities. I appreciated the slow, steady, no-pressure pace.
Qigong is fun, centering – anyone can do it. I am surprised at how good I feel afterward!
Lots of fun, healthy, energizing, balancing, like acupuncture with no needles!
You need to take qigong! I learned how to slow down, how to balance better. Energy Matters has meant the world to me.
Open environment, friendly, instructive without strictness. I learned out to develop a practice, to be patient and gentle with myself and about being OK with not getting it perfect.
I find qigong is very beneficial and worth trying. I am very much enjoying the class.
Love, love, love it! I learned a way to take care of myself that feels right. I appreciated the calm, non-judgemental, curative, respectful space.
I liked the structure of the classes, the careful instruction and immediate feelings of well being.
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.
Qigong will make you feel better, mind-body-spirit.
Gail is a great teacher! She has a thoughtful and methodical approach to teaching the movements. Each step is broken down in a way that is easy to learn. She is very calm and authentic, too. Qigong class has helped me to be more centered and grounded; I feel great after each practice!
I love qigong! It’s an important part of my self-care routine. I feel more centered, flexible and energized.
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!
If you make the investment of daily practice and this class, your life will change profoundly.
I love Jerri’s calm presence, patience and humor. Great space.
I really enjoy taking qigong. I gained a deeper understanding of the form, and appreciated the instructor patience.
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.