Location: Newport Senior Center (lower level, entrance on south side of building)
Dates: Wednesdays, ongoing
Time: 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Fee: None (a few dollars as a room use donation for the Senior Center is appreciated)
Qi Gong is a practice of aligning breath, movement, and awareness for exercise, healing, and meditation. With roots in Chinese medicine, martial arts, and philosophy, qigong is traditionally viewed as a practice to cultivate and balance qi (chi) or what has been translated as “intrinsic life energy.” Typically a qigong practice involves rhythmic breathing coordinated with slow stylized repetition of fluid movement, a calm mindful state, and visualization of guiding qi through the body. Qigong is considered to be exercise and an alternative medicine or meditative practice. From a philosophical perspective, qigong is believed to help develop human potential, allow access to higher realms of awareness, and awaken one’s “true nature.”
Barb Turrill, Behavioral Health Division Director at Lincoln County Health & Human Services with many years training in Qi Gong and movement therapy, also plays rhythm guitar, banjo & vocals in Rick Bartow’s band, “The Backseat Drivers.”