Join YOW for a free seminar at the YMCA in Tillamook on Wednesday February 22nd from 1 to 3 pm.  “Qigong for the Heart” – Shu Xin Pringxue Gong – exercises to benefit the heart.  These easy, gentle moves can be done standing or seated.  Improve the flow of vital energy (Qi – pronounce “chee”) and improve cardiovascular health through breathing, limb and torso movement.

Research has demonstrated consistent, significant results of health benefits from regular practice of Qigong.  The following are some of the healing effects of Qigong exercises and meditations:

-Qigong for cardio-pulmonary function – Slow, deep, regular breathing and energy movement combine to work oxygen deeper into the tissues than regular exercises. The coronary arteries supply blood to heart wall; a lower resting heart rate; normalized EKG, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

-Qigong for circulation/vascular function – Western aerobics increase circulation by exercising the heart. Qigong improves circulation by increasing the elasticity of blood vessels themselves.  It is standard in China to prescribe Qigong exercise for both high and low blood pressure, as both are due to problems in vascular elasticity and strength.  It prevents vascular spasms, and is helpful for angina, migraine and Reynaud’s Syndrome (cold hands/feet.)

-Qigong for mental health, stress and emotions – One of the largest factors in determining stress levels is the emotions; most physical exercise is at least somewhat useful for relieving anger, but typical physical activity does not necessarily balance the emotions.  Many of the movements of Qigong can be refined to address problem areas, such as depression, grief, frustration, irritability or any combination of emotions that cause stress.  Qigong releases stress by calming the central nervous system, and it decreases stress responses, Type A, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive behavior and depression; and it improves memory and interpersonal sensitivity.

Qigong improves blood pressure, vital capacity, cholesterol and hormone levels, kidney function, mental health, vision and hearing, skin elasticity, bone density, immune function, digestion, balance, flexibility, strength, libido, overall wellness and longevity.

Qigong is quite possibly the “fountain of youth” as it provides a path for self-healing with proven health benefits.  This free seminar at the YMCA on February 22nd from 1 to 3 pm will provide an opportunity learn more about Qigong and try the breathing, exercises and meditations for yourself. 

For more information, contact Kelly at 503-842-YMCA or Sherryl at 503-842-2749, or go to tillamookcountyhealthmatters.org.

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