Wild Iris Acupuncture – Asian Wellness

Vancouver, Washington – Portland, Oregon

Qigong and Tai Chi

Qigong (pronounced “chee kung”) is a self healing art that combines gentle movement imitating the wonders of nature, breath work, visualization and mindful relaxation. A component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Qigong is based on thousands of years of observation and study. Qigong is designed to recharge the body by cultivating “qi” or life-energy to help the body heal itself.

The graceful, dancelike progression of meditative poses called Tai Chi originated in ancient China as martial art, but it is best known in modern times as a route to reduced stress and enhanced health.

Consistent practice of Qigong and/or Tai Chi can:
Reduce stress by evoking the “relaxation response”
Help maintain and regain health
Increase physical energy, immunity, emotional wellness & peace of mind

“Giving individuals the power to determine and manage their own health and destinies is the secret of true healing.”
Dr. Effie Poy Yew Chow — Qigong Grandmaster — TCM World, Spring 2003


The New York Times, Tuesday, September 28, 2010 in Personal Health by Jane Brody states: “A Downside to Tai Chi? None That I See.” The many small studies of Tai Chi have found health benefits ranging from better balance and prevention of falls to reduced blood pressure, relief of pain and improved immunity.

 The Oprah Winfrey Show advocated Qigong!!

On the Thursday, January 17, 2008, show, gynecologist Dr. Christine Northrup teaches Oprah and the audience some qigong to increase the flow of energy in the body.

On the Friday, November 1, 2007, show, cardiologist Dr. Oz promoted qigong saying, “If you want to be healthy and live to 100, do Qigong.” He added that Qigong reduces stress and reverses the aging process.



We will be rotating several easy to follow Qigong Forms including Turtle Longevity Qigong of the Wang Family and The Great Stork by Grand Master Jack Lim. We practice additional qigong exercises including The Six Healing Sounds, The Five Treasures, Five Elements Flow/meditation using colors to strengthen the internal organs. No previous experience necessary – beneficial for all levels.


Free Qigong Practice classes are being held on Saturday mornings at the UUCV (Unitarian Universalist Church of Vancouver) Sanctuary or the RE Building next to the Sanctuary from 9:30-10:30 am at 4505 East 18th Street, Vancouver, WA 98661. All are welcome to join us at this beautiful setting.



Qigong on Mondays from 11:25-12:10. Free with Membership at the Marshall Center. Call the Marshall Center at (360) 487-7100 to register for membership, or ask for drop in rates or other options.




Tai Chi I – Sun Style Tai Chi I consists of 21 forms to improve balance, coordination, agility and promote better health.  Approved by the Arthritis Foundation.  On Tuesdays – $13/month or free to members.

Tai Chi IISun Style Tai Chi advancing from 21 to 42 forms. Tai Chi for Health I and II can be taken at the same time. On Thursdays – $13/month or free to members.

Tai Chi III (Sun Style 73 Forms) Prerequisite: Tai Chi I and II Originally used in Tai Chi competition.  This class can be adapted to individuals with varying abilities. Characterized by flowing agile steps, benefits include stress reduction and revitalizing the body.  Alternating every three months with Yang Tai Chi the 24-posture Form on Wednesdays – $13/month or free to members. Next new  session starts April 2, 2014.

Yang style Tai Chi the 24-posture Form. This is the most widely practiced tai chi form composed of twenty-four graceful, flowing movements taking about six minutes to perform.   Alternating every three months with Tai Chi III (Sun Style 73 Forms) on Wednesdays – $13/month or free to members. First three month class starts on January 8, 2014. Does not need previous Tai Chi experience.

All Tai Chi classes are from 11:25-12:10. Fee/month is subject to change by the Marshall Center

Please contact Liz Bolza with any questions at lbolza@comcast.net or 360-546-2831