Wednesdays, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Drop in for any session year round!
September – May: Wednesdays 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Lake Hiawatha Recreation Center, 2701 E 44th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55406
June – August: Wednesdays, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Among the pines overlooking the lake near Minnehaha Parkway and 27th Ave S., Minneapolis
Suggested donation: $5
Healing Waters Qigong is a Minneapolis Park Program. Donations go towards both the park and program leadership.
Spring Forest Qigong is a movement and meditation practice that can help you to heal yourself and to heal others. The slow, gentle, movements help balance your body. Guided meditations help you build a sense of inner peace. When your body is in balance and connected to love you can heal more quickly and more completely.
Every class includes a brief lesson, gentle exercises, a guided meditation, time for your questions, and a group healing. This group’s name, Healing Waters honors the lake’s healing presence. In each session we will include a blessing for Lake Hiawatha.
No experience necessary. Exercises are simple and can be easily learned. Participate while either seated or standing. Beginners, monkey minds, and fidgeters are welcome.
Healing with Qigong
The Healing Waters Qigong practice group is rooted in Spring Forest Qigong. Here is a brief introduction of qigong and why it works.
Qigong (pronounced “chee gong”) is a way of working (gong) with the energy of life (qi).
Everything is energy. Albert Einstein is famous for his elegant formula e=mc2, which describes how any matter has an energy equivalent. Energy cannot be created or destroyed, only transformed.
Life thrives when energy is balanced and flowing smoothly. The image of yin and yang symbolizes life and energy in creative harmony. There is no such thing as “good” energy or “bad” energy – only energy that is in or out of balance. A flood or drought is a symptom of an energy imbalance. Our aches and pains or illnesses are also energy imbalances.
Qigong is a practice that can help you learn how to work with this life energy for your own health and to help others.
I first came to qigong when I had cancer and wanted a healer to help me address the spiritual dimension of my healing. I stuck with qigong because it helps reduce stress and makes me feel better. I became convinced of its power when, with the help of doctors, community and the universe, I experienced a miraculous recovery. I fell in love with qigong because of the ever expanding joy I experience as I have more energy to enjoy life and more love and connection with others, the earth, and the oneness.
Qigong is compatible with conventional medicine and does not require any specific religious beliefs. In my experience, qigong is a complementary therapy in the best sense; I felt it helped my doctors’ treatments work even better. Qigong has also given me insights that have strengthened my other spiritual practices.
You can learn how to work with the energy of life through your own qigong practice including:
- Slow meditative movements, similar to Tai Chi.
I can connect you with books, DVDs, CDs to help you start your own practice.
My name is Emily Jarrett Hughes. I have been studying Spring Forest Qigong since 2006. My natural curiosity about the energy in all things and the sacred nature of life had raised my curiosity about Spring Forest Qigong years earlier. But I didn’t pursue it at first because I felt an amorphous mix of fear, vulnerability, and stubbornness. Then when I was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma I allowed myself to go. The healings and meditation practice helped me feel better and I went into remission. Three years later I had a recurrence of cancer. This time I had a breakthrough experience that opened up a profound healing of both body and spirit. I have been in remission since 2009. My life is now dedicated to serving this healing life energy. I believe we all have the ability to tap into this limitless source of love and heal ourselves.
I also offer one-on-one healing sessions.