Qi or Chi means energy. (In yoga, it is called prana.) Gong or Kung means work or cultivation. So Qigong means the exercise of life energy. It is a 5,000-year-old Chinese healthcare modality that has both endured the test of time and is currently experiencing a popular resurgence. Qigong combines slow, gentle movements with breathing and present-moment awareness.

I teach a style called Shibashi, or Tai Chi Qigong, coMindful arcnsisting of 18 movement-pictures for your enjoyment and well-being. I learned from and continue to study with Franz Moeckl, known worldwide as a highly respected master teacher of Qigong and mindfulness.

This simple, gentle, powerful series of movements cultivates and harmonizes energy in body and mind. The benefits of practicing Qigong are physical — better balance, increased flexibility, enhanced immune system, more vitality — as well as mental and emotional — joy, calm, equanimity, and confidence.

If you are ready to feel more centered, more at ease in your body, and ready to engage more directly with life, you may be ready to study Qigiong.

Most classes are open to everyone, at any fitness level. Qigong is appropriate for beginners as well as those with previous experience in other martial arts or movement practices.