Qigong: Meditation in MotionPosted by HCGH on Aug 21, 2012 in Classes, Events, Mental Health | 3 comments
Bridget Hughes, licensed acupuncturist, Qigong instructor, and owner of Healing Point Acupuncture & Healing Arts in the Medical Pavilion at Howard County is fascinated with the ways our thoughts, feelings, and movements create physiological cascades that influence our health all the way to the level of our DNA. In two offerings of a one-day seminar entitled Qigong: Meditation in Motion, she explores ways to powerfully change how we think and feel, coupled with a set of ancient Chinese longevity movements known to increase the vital force known as Qi (pronounced “chee”) of the body. Through the use of these practices she believes we can literally change our physiology and change our health.
Hughes says, “Science shows us that being angry for five minutes causes immune complexes in our bloodstream to decrease, while laughing for five minutes causes beneficial changes in immunity. This is only one of many markers for ways our physiology changes based on our feeling states. That it happens is no surprise; the trick is to learn to create powerful feeling states that support our health. Usually people don’t think of this as a learnable skill.”
But Hughes cites research from scientist Richard Davidson made famous by Dr. Andrew Weil in his book Spontaneous Happiness that shows that happiness is a learned skill quite like learning a sport or a musical instrument. Proper training and practice are the key. Hughes’ seminars offer just that, and teach students over the course of one day how to access health engendering feeling states that serve as the basis for both a meditation practice and Qigong practice.
If you are interested in learning more, check out her free class or her longer seminars.
September 22nd 2012. One Day Seminar 10:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. Bring a lunch! Cost:$80.00 East Columbia 50+ Center 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia MD 21045 Register: 410 313-7680
October 27th 2012. One Day Seminar 10:00 a.m -5:00 p.m. Bring a lunch! Cost: $80.00 Howard County General Hospital: Johns Hopkins Medicine Wellness Center Suite 100, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia, MD 21044 Register: (410) 964-9100 x2 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org