Vital Energy Arts Center
220 Main Street Ste. 3
Nevada City, Ca. 95959
Homer Nottingham 
Teacher of Qigong
                 Transforming Body,                          Mind, Spirit
 
Our Newsletter Contains Class Schedules / Current Events and Workshop Information as well as Health and Wellness Information.

What is Qigong?


Qigong is a powerful system of healing and energy medicine from China. It is the art and science of using breathing techniques, gentle movement, and meditation to cleanse, strengthen, and circulate the life energy (qi). Qigong practice leads to better health and vitality and a tranquil state we call "a Qigong state of mind." In the past, Qigong was also called nei gong (inner work) and dao yin (guiding energy).

Qigong is another way of saying "Vital Energy".

Homer Nottingham - Teacher of Qigong


Homer was born and raised in Arizona, and  learned the culture and practices of Native Americans living in the area.

He has integrated the Native healing and spiritual traditions  with the Taoist traditions of health and well-being.

Homer has been teaching Qigong, Tai Chi and related classes in Nevada County for the last seven years.

He believes that Qigong is the perfect “wellness” program with its emphasis on staying “gentle and relaxed”

and he loves to tell his practitioners to “let your heart smile.”

After 40 years in the stressful environment of corporate America, he is now committed to the promotion of good health and well-being for all.

He focuses on helping people get out of “distress” by “de-stressing” through the gentle and relaxing methods of Qigong.

He is also very involved in community activities, being awarded “Kiwanian of the Year” for 2011 and 2012, as well as one of the Volunteers

of the Year in 2011.

Homer loves to cultivate his “small space” garden in the heart of downtown Nevada City, walk his dogs twice a day, and volunteer to help the community whenever he can.

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Qigong, chi kung, or chi gung (simplified Chinese: 气功; traditional Chinese: 氣功; pinyin: qìgōng; Wade–Giles: chi4 gong1; literally "Life Energy Cultivation") is a practice of aligning breath, movement, and awareness for exercise, healing, and meditation.[1] With roots in Chinese medicine, martial arts, and philosophy, qigong is traditionally viewed as a practice to cultivate and balance qi (chi) or what has been translated as "intrinsic life energy".[2] Typically a qigong practice involves rhythmic breathing coordinated with slow stylized repetition of fluid movement, a calm mindful state, and visualization of guiding qi through the body.[3] Qigong is now practiced throughout China and worldwide, and is considered by some to be exercise, and by others to be a type of alternative medicine or meditative practice.[4] From a philosophical perspective qigong is believed to help develop human potential, allow access to higher realms of awareness, and awaken one's "true nature".[5]


Health

As a form of gentle exercise, qigong is composed of movements that are typically repeated, strengthening and stretching the body, increasing fluid movement (blood, synovial, and lymph), enhancing balance and proprioception, and building awareness of how the body moves through space.[3] In recent years a large number of books and videos have been published that focus primarily on qigong as exercise and associated health benefits. Practitioners range from athletes to the physically challenged. Because it is low impact and can be done lying, sitting, or standing, qigong is accessible for disabled persons, seniors, and people recovering from injuries.

As a healing art, qigong practitioners focus on prevention and self-healing, traditionally viewed as balancing the body's energy meridians and enhancing the intrinsic capacity of the body to heal.[11] Qigong has been used extensively in China as part of traditional Chinese medicine, and is included in the curriculum of Chinese Universities.[30] Throughout the world qigong is now recognized as a form of complementary and alternative medicine,[31][32][33] with "significant results for a number of health benefits".[34]

There are three main forms of medical qigong: 1) Qigong exercises for general health or specific diagnoses (e.g. cancer,[35] fibromyalgia,[36] hypertension[37]); 2) Qigong massage by a trained Qigong practitioner to treat specific injuries and illnesses (e.g. autism);[38] and 3) External qigong in which a trained practitioner focuses healing energy on patients without touching them.[39]



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Teacher Homer Nottingham leading a Qigong session at Pioneer Park in Nevada City.
Homer's energy flow is so smooth and graceful that more people are finding his technique easy to follow and learn.