‘Life energy’ abounds in park

Kim Goldberg, a Tai Chi practitioner, hosts a free Qigong lesson in Maffeo Sutton Park Saturday April 28).

Tai Chi practitioner Kim Goldberg leads a free Qigong lesson at Maffeo Sutton Park Saturday (April 28) at 10 a.m. as part of worldwide Tai Chi and Qigong Day.

Tai Chi practitioner Kim Goldberg leads a free Qigong lesson at Maffeo Sutton Park Saturday (April 28) at 10 a.m. as part of worldwide Tai Chi and Qigong Day.

Maffeo Sutton Park will be full of ‘life energy’ Saturday (April 28).

Kim Goldberg, a Tai Chi practitioner, hosts a free Qigong lesson in the park at 10 a.m. as part of World Tai Chi and Qigong Day.

Qigong (pronounced chee gung) means ‘life energy cultivation’, with roots in ancient Chinese culture dating back more than 4,000 years.

Goldberg leads participants on a tour of the five major organs of the body using sound and visualization.

“Qigong is an important component of traditional Chinese medicine where it is used to prevent and correct many health problems,” said Goldberg. “Specific health and emotional problems can often be traced to energy blockage within a particular organ in ways that might surprise people.”

Qigong is a system of slow, fluid movements of the limbs and torso, combined with focused awareness and specific visualizations, to guide life energy through the body.

Tai Chi is a martial art and health exercise that incorporates Qigong.

Goldberg, an award-winning poet and author, has studied Tai Chi and Qigong since 1997.

She offers classes that combine these ancient arts with creative writing exercises to strengthen the mind-body connection and help people tap into their creative energies.

Information on her upcoming Pen and Dragon classes will be available at the event.

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day is held annually on the last Saturday in April.