What is Qi Gong? (Video)

By Dr. Aung who will be presenting Aung Medical Qi Gong & Intuition at Hollyhock.

Image result for aung qi gongQi Gong is an ancient form of exercise and healing that focuses on breathing concentration and energy flow. The Chinese word Qi is formally defined as “breathing/air”, but can also be used in the context of describing the relationship between matter, energy and spirit. The dictionary definition for the word “Gong” is that of achievement or results. The two words are combined to describe a method of energy cultivation.

There are many forms and styles of Qi Gong originating from different segments within Chinese society.

Dr. Steven AungDr. Steven K.H. Aung is a pioneer in the integration of western, traditional Chinese and complementary medicine. His efforts have helped to make Alberta and Canada an active centre in the field of integrated and complementary medicine. His unique approach to medicine, combined with the remarkable compassion he brings to all that he does, has made him a highly respected teacher, researcher and physician. He been a geriatric and family physician, and a traditional Chinese medical (TCM) practitioner and teacher for more than thirty years. He has taught medical Qi Gong to thousands of people around the world, and is a clinical professor in the departments of Medicine and Family Medicine at the University of Alberta. In 2006, he was appointed to the Order of Canada.

Dr. Aung will be teaching Aung Medical Qi Gong & Intuition at Hollyhock on August 24-27, 2017.

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Wake-Up Soma Yoga Practice (Audio)

Donna Martin shares a Wake-Up Practice that you can do even before you get out of bed. This is a way to start your day in embodied mindfulness.

Donna MartinDonna Martin has taught yoga since the 70’s and has been an international Hakomi therapist and trainer since the 90’s. Psoma Yoga is her original approach to yoga therapy.

Donna is co-presenting Whole-Hearted Embodiment at Hollyhock on May 10-14, 2017.

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Somatic Exercises for Back Pain Relief (Video)

Relieve back pain rapidly with easy, safe Somatic Exercises. Martha Peterson explains how in the video below.



Martha PetersonMartha Peterson
 is a Certified Hanna Somatic Educator, movement expert and the author of the book, Move Without Pain. She is a graduate of Somatic Systems Institute and holds a BA in Dance Education.

Martha will be presenting The Myth of Aging at Hollyhock on August 9-13, 2017.

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My Somatics Elevator Pitch

By Rob Selmanovic, who will be presenting Somatic Yoga: Movement Solutions for Pain-Free Living

The idea of a concise, compelling description of ‘Somatics’ that can be communicated in the short span of an elevator ride makes good sense.

It makes good sense because, as a Somatics educator, I am often asked:
“What exactly do you do?” or,
“What is Somatics?” and “How does it work?”
So often, I am met by that bewildered gaze whenever I dare mention the “word”.

As a longtime yoga instructor, the elevator pitch has been much easier, if even necessary. Most people have at least some general understanding of what’s involved in the practice of yoga. Somatics, however, is different.

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Become A Better Leader Through Self-Empathy

Published in Forbes Magazine in Jan 2017, by Fleet Maull. Fleet will be presenting Seven Keys to Mindful Leadership for Social Transformation at Hollyhock on June 28 – July 2, 2017.

There are many different leadership styles and qualities that make a good leader, but people tend to be most attracted to and influenced by leaders who are empathetic.

A study by BI Norwegian Business School found that employees were more committed and efficient on the job when their employers displayed increased self-awareness and insight. As leaders, listening is one of the key skills we use to give people the experience of our empathic presence and make them feel heard. But to give others our full attention and become an empathetic leader, we first need to be empathetic with ourselves.

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