“Every day should be Qi Day,”says Caroline MacGillivray, Medical Qi Gong Therapist. On Saturday, August 26th we celebrate our second Qi Day at the Jim Deva Plaza in Vancouver’s West End. From 11am to 5pm, Qi Gong classes and treatments will be offered for free!
Local and International Qi Gong Teachers will guide you through different styles of Qi Gong. Confirmed teachers include Qi Day Founder, Jacob Larmour, John Weiss, Caroline MacGillivray, Minke de Vos and Blanche Boyce.
“Qi Gong is one of the four branches of Chinese Medicine, ” explains MacGillivray. “In China, when people were ill, they would visit a Qi Gong Doctor. The doctor would offer a treatment and prescribe exercises to clear any stagnant Qi, tonify and regulate. The patient was told to complete the exercise prescription. 80% of patients who completed the prescribed workout did not need to return to the doctor.”
“Qi Gong is a workout that anyone can do ” adds Qi Day Founder, Jacob Larmour. “You don’t need special clothing to practice Qi Gong. It can be done in a chair. It’s adaptable for any fitness level. It balances the body, mind and spirit.”
Larmour, a Medical Qi Gong Therapist, wanted to make Qi Gong available for everyone. He would like to see Qi Gong therapists in every wellness center, Qi Gong classes in every Yoga studio. “This work is so powerful and yet so simple, that this practice needs to be universally known!” After several years of learning his trade, offering free treatments to people on Vancouver’s DTES (Downtown Eastside), he has entered private practice and teaches classes throughout the city. This spring, Larmour applied and received one of Vancouver Foundation’s Community Small Grants. Thanks to the support of Gordon Neighbourhood House, West End BIA and Jim Deva Plaza, Qi Day will give people an opportunity to explore Qi Gong.