On the mountain, a tree:
The image of DEVELOPMENT.
Thus the superior man abides in dignity and virtue,
In order to improve the mores.

The tree on the mountain is visible from afar, and its development influences the landscape of the entire region. It does not shoot up like a swamp plant; its growth proceeds gradually. Thus also the work of influencing people can be only gradual. No sudden influence or awakening is of lasting effect. Progress must be quite gradual, and in order to obtain such progress in public opinion and in the mores of the people, it is necessary for the personality to acquire influence and weight. This come about through careful and constant work on one's own moral development.

I Ching, 53. Development (Gradual Progress)

    LEFT - Don Tomei, Sharron Fierro, and Elizabeth Wenscott.    RIGHT - Dr. Aihan Kuhn and Don Tomei (top row right)

    About The Instructors
    Don Tomei, Wellness Qigong Program Director, was born and raised in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, a small steel town outside of Pittsburgh. He began his practice of Tai Chi with Elizabeth Wenscott in 1994. At the time he was 43 years old, and while still physically active and athletic, had struggled with back problems for almost 20 years. Don's old injuries, combined with more than a decade of hard physical work as a film lighting technician (aka, "grip"), finally took their toll, and in 1996, after carrying a heavy load down a flight of stairs, he ruptured his L4-L5 disc. Through a combination of Tai Chi, Qigong, yoga, acupuncture, shiatsu and chiropractic care, Don has been able to strengthen the foundation of his body, relax and release tensions that were locked within the musculature, and develop strength and balance that have countered the effects of his injuries.

    With the opening of the Tai Chi Center of Chicago (TC3) in November of 2006, Director Elizabeth Wenscott decided to expand the school's offerings by establishing a Wellness Qigong curriculum for those who, for one reason or another, require or prefer a simpler, more basic energy workout than is offered by Tai Chi. Don is proud to head up this division of the school.

    Don conducts his classes in a supportive atmosphere of gentle guidance and positive reinforcement. Students are encouraged to develop at their own pace and follow their own path. At the same time, emphasis is placed on proper form and focused discipline so that all students, at all levels, will be confident that they are following the most effective, focused practice possible.

    Sharon Fierro a Certified Qigong Instructor, Certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Consultant, teaches Qigong to a diverse group of enthusiasts at the Tai Chi Center. Sharon loves to share the specially choreographed body movements, stretching and breathing of Qigong with her students, bringing the wealth of Chinese tradition and experience to her strong western health and nutrition training methods. A deep appreciation and knowledge of Eastern and Western health and wellness exercises gives Sharon's students access to a global or 360° outlook to complete fitness, improved health, mental clarity and physical performance.

    Certified by Dr. Aihan Kuhn, a Qigong and Tai Chi master and traditional Chinese medicine doctor based in Massachusetts, Sharon infuses each class with her passion for balance, alignment and improved mind/body wellbeing. Sparking the practitioner to remain consistently present while deeply connected Sharon seeks to calm the mind, strengthen the body, holistically restore health and energy and help maintain a peaceful and balanced spirit. She believes Qigong is a lifelong practice, beautifully rooted in nature, health science and spirituality and that this practice will grow, deepen and be fully and creatively expressed in her supportive community environment.

    Sharon has an eclectic background including an MBA, a fulfilling Corporate career and extensive worldwide travels. In addition to her Qigong teaching and personal training practice, Sharon serves as a Vice President of the Board of Director of the Tai Chi and Qigong Healing Institute (TQHI), a nonprofit organization promoting natural healing and good health.

    Wellness Qigong
    The Wellness Qigong Form provides a full body energetic workout, with both an internal meditative and externalmuscular strength & endurance, balance & flexibility focus.

    Classes will focus on 3 key components to maximize the stress relief/health/fitness benefits of the practice:

    • Deep and synchronized Breathing
    • Calming, clearing and focusing of the Mind
    • Learning the 36 Movements of this Qigong Form

    The class format will consist of weekly instruction on the 6 movements within each of the following sections of the form focusing on these areas of the body, as well as practice of the entire form:

    • 1-Neck & Shoulders
    • 2-Back & Spine
    • 3-Hips, Lower Back & Legs
    • 4-Arms & Legs
    • 5-Hands, Wrists & Elbows
    • 6-Energy Circulation & Internal Organ Strengthening

    Guidance will also be provided on the integration of Qigong practices into daily life, with specific attention to body awareness, mindfulness, balanced work, managed stress, healthy eating and a regular exercise program.

    Monday 10:15 - 11:15 am
    Wednesday 10:15 - 11:15 am

    One class per week: $ 60 per month
    Two classes per week: $100 per month
    One-time registration fee: $10
    Mid-month drop in fee: $25 per class

    Tai Chi Center of Chicago
    4043 N. Ravenswood, Suite #228
    Chicago, IL 60613
    Call 773-608-5474 to register.

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