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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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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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Alchemy of the Dance  

By Banafsheh Sayyad, who will be presenting  Dance of Oneness: Dance Your Passion at Hollyhock on Sept 23-28, 2016
Photos by Mehri Sahihi

Many of us are terrified of embodiment. We can’t face our broken hearts, the chaos in our minds or the pain in our bodies. We yearn instead for transcendental bliss. Every chance we get, we go off into the beautiful light instead of choosing to face the continually unnerving yet miraculous experience of living that light in our bodies. In this way we continue to separate the realm of the soul from the body.

As far back as I remember, I had two great passions—one for the Divine and one for dance. My whole life has been a search in how to bring these two into direct sacred marriage. The road to this marriage has been long, fierce and difficult yet very rewarding – a road in which I immersed myself in different styles of dance and mystical teachings in my search for this unity of soul and body, spirit and matter, through which I have come to create the style that I perform and teach today, called Dance of Oneness.
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Does your body long for freedom?

By Donnalea Van Vleet Goelz, PhD, RSMT, RSME, who will be presenting Continuum: Movement, Breath, Sound & Imagery at Hollyhock on August 10-14, 2016.

Our bodies – are they objects to be trained and taught from the outside, as most of our exercise, movement and dance programs do for us? Or can the body be seen as a 4 billion year biological process that contains an inner movement of expression that is unique and important to be listened to for the sake of our health and wellness?

Most of our exercise programs come from an external model that “teach” the body how to move and what to do next.  A movement vocabulary is being overlaid upon the natural flow and movement of the inner body’s expression. It is much like the founder of Continuum, Emilie Conrad, said,  “We treat our body like an object – it is to be “trained” and decorated with clothes, makeup, and jewelry”.  She felt we should consider seeing the body as a profound biological process with deep, inherent wisdom of truth and health for us individually.

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