Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Women’s Qigong


Radiant Lotus Women’s Qigong

Women’s bodies are simply different than men’s. Perhaps I am stating the obvious that our hormonal fluxes,  moon cycles and chromosome structures are uniquely female and cannot help but influence our emotions, thoughts and physical bodies.  Radiant Lotus Women’s Qigong honors these differences and seeks to enhance the whole-body health of women from the time of menstruation, through pregnancy (should she decide to have a child), and well into her wisdom years.

Menopause…A Time of Reflection and Renewal

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, if a woman takes care of her health through the different seasons of her life, she will have the opportunity to attain vibrant health and mature with grace, wisdom and vitality.  In fact, menopause is considered the time of life when a woman has the potential to fully blossom into her empowered self rather than seeing her life as half-over and hanging on for dear life to the things of youth – including insecurities, fears and self-doubts!  Having had sufficient time and experience to explore and discern what is right for her, she now has a better idea of who she is  and where she wants to go in the next 50 years. She can become a role model for those around her, reflecting back on her life with loving acceptance of the things she could not change, yet making the present moment count by living passionately and courageously in the here and now.

Cultivating Radiance in your “Second Spring”

Menopause is called  “Second Spring” in China, a time of re-birth, renewal and celebration for the maturing woman.  She has the opportunity to examine the life she has lived, to inquire whether she is following her heart’s path, and if need be, to make the necessary changes to stimulate continued growth and happiness.  It is a time of introspection, reflection, opportunity, and tremendous freedom if she has the tools  to support her on her quest for optimum health.

This is a very different concept than women have of menopause in the west where many equate the end of their child-bearing years as a loss of youth, vigor and vitality.  Hormonal changes can wreak havoc on some, with uncomfortable symptoms such as  hot flashes, mood swings, sleeplessness,  memory loss, vaginal dryness, wrinkles and other changes.   Through educating women on the changes in their bodies, minds and emotions and teaching them how to manage the changes that come with menopause, RLWQ empowers women to actively participate in their own self-care and renewal.  By practicing RLWQ at least a few days a week, many menopause symptoms can be reduced or eliminated without drugs, making for an easy transition into our Second Spring.

Classes, Workshops, Retreats or Instructor Programs

There are a variety of ways to learn Radiant Lotus Women’s Qigong:

  • 1 hr. classes – open to all levels of experience. Held mostly at our non-profit, Kahuna Valley, on the tropical island of Kaua’i.
  • All-Day Workshops – introduces newcomers to an understanding of the Qigong concepts, forms and techniques in RLWQ and gives returning participants an opportunity to go deeper in their learning. Open to women of all levels of experience.
  • 7-day Self-Healing Retreat – this is a 50-hour intensive that allows women wishing to learn in depth about the intricacies of RLWQ and to share their experiences in a group setting. Women in this program are using the program for self-healing only.
  • Teacher Certification - same as 7-day Self-Healing Retreat, except that would-be teachers must do an oral, in-class presentation, commit to 100 days of personal home practice after the 7-day intensive, and pass an online exam within 3 months of the course’s completion in order to become a certified instructor.

Radiant Lotus Women’s Qigong is here to support women in their personal development and self-healing knowledge.   You will learn dynamic yet gentle Qigong techniques to enhance your life,  renew your energy and experience the years ahead with joyful anticipation.  Whether you are undergoing a health challenge and want to learn how to accelerate healing, or have a desire to reduce stress, improve mental focus and physical health,  I invite you to join me in a Radiant Lotus Women’s Qigong program and rediscover yourself in a whole new way.