Five Element Qi Gong

Harmony of Mind & Body


Saturday class will meet 4/20 and then be cancelled until further notice. All other classes continue as listed on the right.


Qi: Vital Energy; Life Force; the energy that runs through the veins and arteries, the nervous system and the meridians of the entire body and gives us life and energy.

Pronounced “Chee”

Gong: Working with; Mastering.

Pronounced as spelled or as “kung”

Qi Gong: Working with the life force of the body to enhance health, energy, and spirit. Promoting health both mental and physical through movement and meditation.

QiGong is an ancient form of Chinese exercise and health movement used to help promote a strong but supple body and a relaxed yet creative mind. If you’ve heard of or seen Tai Chi, you’ve seen the martial arts form that developed out of QiGong but QiGong is not a martial art, so it is much easier to learn and to practice, emphasizing not specific, precise movement but moving in a way that feels right to each individual. Because there is no special equipment or clothing needed and the practice can be done seated or standing, there is virtually no limitation to who can participate–old and young, strong and frail, all can join in with little training. QiGong teaches deeper breathing, better posture and balance, letting the body flow through movements gently and gracefully and enhanced mindfulness. In fact, QiGong is a perfect introduction to meditation because the movement takes away the stress of “just sitting.”

Research into Qigong and Tai Chi now is showing that some of the benefits of both practices include lowering blood pressure, improving balance, increasing breathing capacity and reducing stress. And since QiGong is not “performance based” as Tai Chi is, more people are able to enjoy these benefits. The practice of QiGong is truly a universal form of self-health.

As the ancients so rightly found:

“Flowing water never stagnates; the hinges of an active door never rust.”




4 thoughts on “Harmony of Mind & Body

  1. I am interested in taking a class from you. Do you offer any private sessions?


    • Hi Cathy, I’m so sorry it took so long to get back to you. I was out of town for a bit. I offer private sessions as well as small group and teacher training. Private sessions can be done at your home, if appropriate, or at another space ( I see from your email that you might have a yoga studio which would work very well). Please feel free to ask me further questions or we can set up a time to meet and chat. I promise I won’t take so long to respond! Best in Qi, Jo


  2. You did not answer my question: is there a practice center near Evanston, IL or Northwestern University?


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