On Sunday, August 28th we are celebrating Vancouver’s First Qi Day! From 10 -4pm at the Jim Deva Plaza in Davie Village, we will be offering free 50 minute Qi Gong treatments and classes. If you have never experienced qi gong, this is a wonderful opportunity to try it.
Qi Gong is one of the 4 branches of Chinese Medicine (acupuncture, herbology, martial arts and qi gong). It is based on the belief system we have our physical, emotional and mental, and spiritual energy. If there is any stagnant qi in any of those wei chi fields, it can cause disease. For thousands of years, qi gong doctors would prescribe exercises to patients. 80% of the patients who completed the exercises, did not need to come back for another visit.
The Class Schedule is:
10am Jennifer Clarke
11am Minke De Vos
12pm Jacob Larmour
1pm Blanche Boyce
2pm Caroline MacGillivray (me)
3pm John Weiss
In addition to the qi gong classes, there will be qi gong healers there. The qi gong treatments will be 15 to 20 minutes long. There will also be group acupuncture too.
I’m looking forward to teaching and celebrating the healing power of qi gong. I hope to see you there.
From May 23 to May 27th, it’s trial week at SFU Recreation Centre! If there are classes you would like to try before signing up for a semester’s work, come by this week! I’m excited to be teaching 5 classes on Tuesdays and 2 classes on Fridays at the Burnaby campus.
After the two hour workshop that I taught at Ocean Breath yoga studio on Granville Island, I will be back on May 29th to teach a 5 week 5 element qi gong series. I was touched by the comments from Ocean Breath owner, Beverly’s feedback: “The 2 hour session we did on May 8th was absolutely wonderful. As Ara Cusack said later, she felt “nourished” for the rest of the day. We moved and breathed, we made sound and laughed hard. We were informed and felt cared for. The 5 class series that follows starts May 29th. The perfect time of day to flow and bring yourself into balance. (Some Qi Gong experience nice but not necessary).”
Here is the description.
Medical QiGong is over 4000 years old and is one of the four branches of Chinese Medicine (acupuncture, martial arts, herbology and QiGong). Qi translates to life force, Gong means energy, and QiGong (Life Force Energy).
In QiGong, there are three energy fields to protect one’s physical, emotional, mental and spiritual energy. A stagnant qi in any of these fields can cause “dis ease.” In China, if someone is sick, they may be prescribed a set amount of QiGong classes to complete before they can see a physician for further treatment. Eighty percent of people who completed prescribed classes did not need to see a doctor… They felt better.
Kickstart Class May 8th: 2 Hours
Each class of The 5 Class Series that follows will be 1 hour.
Qi Gong Massage and Workout:
This 2 hour self care workshop is a wonderful way to connect with yourself and enjoy pampering techniques that are more than skin deep! Nourish yourself with a rejuvenating medical Qi gong practice that balances out body, mind and spirit. We will be exploring Qi gong massage technique to balance chakras and energetic meridians of the body. Using healing sounds and colour therapy fused with a qi gong workout, this class is a must do. Wrapping up the session with a guided meditation will leave you ready to embrace the day.
The remaining 5 Sundays will move again through the Elements. If you are unable to make the Kickstart Workshop you do the remaining 5 Sundays as a series. Drop ins possible space allowing
Instructor: Caroline MacGillivray
Caroline MacGillivray is a Medical QiGong Therapist with 15 years of experience in the health and wellness field working with marginalized populations. Caroline was awarded a scholarship to obtain her medical QiGong practitioner and therapist certification at Empty Mountain Institute. In addition to working with patients in clinic, Caroline teaches medical QiGong workshops and classes that encourage connecting with mind, body and spirit through different modalities. A yoga teacher, dance instructor, writer and speaker, Caroline is best known as the founder of Beauty Night Society, an award winning registered Canadian charity. https://qisalon.me/
Sunday May 8th Kickstart Workshop 8:00AM to 10:00AM DONE!
Sundays May 29th, June 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th
8:30AM to 9:30AM
If you purchase the 5 class pass after taking the Kickstart class the price for the 5 classes is $100 + GST
5 class without kickstart $110 + GST
Drop in for each of the 5 sessions $25 + GST (space allowing, preferably with some small knowledge of Qi Gong)
Maximum 12 students.
Tickets are $15, 100% of Proceeds to support Beauty Night Society
This fusion of yin and essence yoga is a wonderful way to balance your body, mind and spirit. Balance your chakras with the power of plant essences. This 90 minute workshop includes a sixty minute essence yin yoga class followed by connecting over essential plant based essences. Our aromatherapy based savasana includes relaxing healing touch with acupressure points.
Presented by Caroline MacGillivray and Dr. Alexina Mehta, this workshop is a wonderful way to experience to heal and nuture yourself. 100% of the money raised from this workshop will support the work of Beauty Night Society. Beauty Night has given over 50, 000 life – makeovers to impoverished women, men and youth in Metro Vancouver. Programs are offered at shelters, transition homes, housing projects, drop in centres, recovery centres, health care facilities and correctional facilities. Programming runs 4 nights each week. Sometimes there are programs running at several locations on the same evening.
Every $2 donated helps someone go through our programs each month. By attending this workshop, you are nourishing yourself and allowing someone else to be supported through Beauty Night’s wellness and beauty programs.
Early bird tickets are $10 before Feb 20th. Afterwards are $15.
Sometimes people ask me: “When do you teach?” When I answer in chronological fashion, I see their eyes cloud over. “Wow. You teach a lot,” they say. To make it simpler, I am listing my current and upcoming classes by class style, studio, dates, and times. Regardless of time of year, I hope you give yourself the gift of wellness. If I am lucky, I hope part of that gift includes coming to class. I would love to be one of your guides on your life long journey to wellness and fitness.
Aerial yoga is a wonderful way to deepen your yoga practice. The hammock is 7 feet of fabric that stretches. Assistance from the hammock helps align the spin in inversions and builds core strength. During certain shapes, the fabric helps deepen the stretch. In other poses, the fabric digs into your arm pits and hips. It may feel painful at first as it moves qi (life force) through your lymphatic system. I recommend wearing a long sleeve shirt and yoga pants for class to protect your skin.
I teach at 2 locations of Tantra Fitness. Classes fill up quickly so it is best to sign up in advance.
Mondays and Tuesdays 8:40pm – 9:35pm Mount Pleasant Studio
Fridays 6:45pm – 7:40pm Gastown Studio
Medical Qi Gong
Medical Qigong is one of the four branches of Chinese Medicine (acupuncture, martial arts, herbology and qigong). Qi translates to life force. Gong means work. Qigong (Life Force Work) is ancient medicine that works well for modern times. It is over 4000 years old. There are 3 energy fields to protect one’s physical, emotional & mental and spiritual energy. If there is stagnant qi in any of those fields, it can cause “dis ease.” In China, if someone was sick, they would be prescribed a set amount of qi gong classes to complete before they could see a physician. 80% of people who completed the prescribed classes did not need to see a doctor. They felt better.
Qigong is for everyone. It can be done in chairs or on our feet. I teach several private classes for seniors in addition to weekly public classes. For my public classes, I fuse medical qi gong exercises with healing sounds.
The term Yin refers to being slow, passive and meditative. In this class you’ll hold seated postures for up to 5 minutes, targeting the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and even the joints of the body that normally aren’t exercised very much in a more active styles of practice. The idea is to gain more flexibility and maneuverability that we tend to lose as we age. This style of Yoga is a perfect complement to the more dynamic, muscle-targeting classes such as Hatha and Power, which emphasize more heat and the contracting of our muscles. As this is a slow practice, it really challenges the mind, as when the body becomes still the mind wants to overcompensate. Yin will teach you to connect with your breath and body, in order to quiet your busy mind. ALL levels of experience are welcome!
Our 8 week Winter Term of “Yoga for Emotional Support” (ages 3-16 years) program begins Sunday January 10th – February 28th. Years age 3 to 6 – Youth age 7 to 11 – Youth age 12 to 16.
Our Emotional Support program is designed to empower children and youth (ages 3-16) to be happy and healthy in a fun and inclusive environment. We aim to create a safe and confidential group space in which children, youth and families can feel supported and guided in their needs while dealing with challenges faced in their everyday lives, such as:
poor body image;
lack of self worth;
other special needs.
Sometimes a group setting is not the best fit for a child, or is perhaps the goal, and as such we also offer one-on-one sessions.
Schedule & Details
Sunday Classes at Vital Health 1855 West 4th
Early Years (3-6 yrs) 2:30-3:15pm $160
All Girls (7-11 yrs) 3:30-4:45pm $200
All Boys (7-11 yrs) 5:00-6:15pm $200
Teens (12-16 yrs) 6:45-8:00pm $200
As September flows into October, it’s the perfect time to hop into your yoga practice. On October 4th, I taught the first of two Bunny Yoga Classes for SARS (Small Animal Rescue Society). For $20 yogis got to enjoy the benefits from an all levels hatha class in the company of 10 bunnies. Bunnies came by to cuddle during deeper poses. When we stood up in tree pose, the bunnies would rest beside the supporting leg.
One of the things I learned from the experience of teaching the bunny yoga class was to allow myself to experience the wonder of trying new things. There is a sense of magic that comes trying new things. In the past few weeks, I have been going to other yoga classes. Although I teach many different styles of yoga and dance, being a student in other teacher’s classes lets me be a student. With wonder and excitement, I am able to see different poses and shapes with fresh eyes. I find that the revised take on life is making me a better teacher.
For October, my teaching schedule has a few additions and changes to it.
Qi Gong – 7:45 -8:45pm.
In the heart of Mount Pleasant, Just Yoga is a wonderful studio to practice at. Qi Gong is a beautiful way to end the day. Healing sounds, light meditations, self massage fused with traditional medical qi gong movement is a wonderful way to restore, rejuvanate and refresh.
Aerial Yoga – 8:30 -9:30pm
Across from the Steam Clock on Water Street, aerial yoga and pole fitness reign at Tantra Fitness. On Tuesday evenings, I am covering Alex’s classes while she is away. Some of the aerial yoga foundations are fused together into a flowing yet strength building practice.
Here is my full teaching schedule:
9:30am Yin, The Yoga Root, North Vancouver
11am Hatha, The Yoga Root, North Vancouver
1 – 1:45pm Power Flow Yoga, SFU Harbour Centre
4 – 5:30pm Stretch, The Yoga Practice, West Vancouver
5:45 – 7:15pm Level 1/2 (Power) The Yoga Practice, West Vancouver
7:30 – 8:45pm Gentle (Restorative, Hatha) The Yoga Practice, West Vancouver
All classes (except Aerial Yoga) are held at SFU Recreation, Burnaby Campus.
10:30-11:15am Abs, Buns, Thighs in the Fitness Studio
11:30-12:20 Hatha Yoga in the VIP room
12:30-1:20 Vinyasa in the VIP room
1:30-2:20 Ballet Fit in the Fitness Studio
2:25-3:20 Active Stretch in the Fitness Studio
8:30 – 9:30pm Aerial Yoga – Tantra Fitness Gastown
7:45-8:30 am Active Stretch SFU Vancouver Campus
10am – 10:45am Chair Yoga for Seniors (Private Class)
7:45pm – 8:45pm Medical Qi Gong – Just Yoga