Qigong, pronounced, chee-gung, (also spelled Chi Kung) has been practiced in China for at least 4,000 years and some say up to 8,000 years. Qi (pronounced "chee") means energy or “life energy”. Gong means "to cultivate" or "to work with". When the two words are combined it means to cultivate or work with the life energy to improve your health and provide a sense of well-being.
Qigong is a practice that was developed in ancient China much earlier than Tai Chi. It involves slow and easy movements of the body in coordination with the breath and is accompanied by a focused, meditative mind. Medical studies have shown that practicing Qigong can lead to improved balance, increased flexibility, relief from high blood pressure, relief of some of the symptoms associated with Parkinson's Disease, pain relief from arthritis and fibromyalgia, reduced stress, depression and anxiety, improved posture, better circulation, better sleep patterns, and an increased overall sense of well-being.
Our Qigong classes usually involve less lower body movement than tai chi and can provide similar health benefits to those that are often associated with tai chi. Another significant difference between Tai Chi and Qigong is that when participating in the Qigong classes, a person does not have to memorize the movements from one week to the next. Although both Tai Chi and Qigong can be practiced seated, Qigong is somewhat easier to practice seated in a chair if that is your preference.
When: Every Monday Evening (Ongoing - drop in participants are welcome)
Time: 5:45 pm to 6:45 pm
Where: Westinghouse Lodge
799 Barclay Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15221
Cost: 10 Week package of classes is $99.00 and is non-refundable
Qigong is easier than Tai Chi - Each class is different and consecutive class attendance is not required
- SilverSneakers memberships accepted as payment
WHEN: EVERY TUESDAY MORNING
TIME: 9:30 AM TO 10:30 AM
WHERE: WAVERLY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH - Social Hall
Church Parking Entrance on Forbes Ave.
590 S. BRADDOCK AVE.
PITTSBURGH, PA 15221
COST: $10.00/CLASS OR
PACKAGES OF 10 CLASSES FOR $90.00
* SilverSneakers memberships accepted as payment
- Each class is easy to follow and regular attendance is not required,
The church is located at the corner of Forbes and Braddock Ave. across from Frick Park. The church parking lot is accessed from Forbes Ave. and the social hall entrance is at the front of the parking area next to the church. A small set of stairs leads down to the social hall entrance. Space is limited so now to reserve your spot for one or both of these exciting classes and start moving toward a healthier YOU!