Upcoming Classes and Workshops at Better Body Works — 2011


Practicing Yang Family Style Dao form, West Lake, Hangzhou, PRC 2009.


Coming soon to Better Body Works in Westerly, RI on Monday evenings from 6 pm to 7:15 pm, Daoyin and Taijiquan. Learn practices that will stretch, tone and purify your mind, body and spirit while also enjoying the healing benefits of the ancient Chinese martial art of Taijiquan [Tai Chi].

Movements are gentle yet profound, allowing students of all types and physical conditions to practice safely and enjoy.

Classes will begin with Chinese yoga – Daoyin – to open qi [energy] meridians and prepare the spine and body for Taiji practice. Thereafter we will move into the first section of the Classical Yang Family style 108 form and conclude with 15 minutes of harmonizing Daoyin for breath, mind and spirit. Students should leave class feeling lighter, stronger and centered – freer to live, enjoy and engage in their lives to the fullest.

Daoyin and Taiji can help:

Heal the aches and pains of modern living and aging, including shoulder and neck pain from computer work, back pains of all kinds, repetitive stress and balance issues whether physical, mental or emotional.
Rediscover a natural center which fosters peace and confidence regardless of life’s circumstances.
Restore harmony in breathing, eating and weight control. Digestion, elimination and weight issues may resolve quickly with regular practice.
Strengthen, tone and firm the body inside and out.
De-stress and relax, releasing toxins – physical, mental and emotional — encouraging natural immunity for optimum health.
Provide clarity and focus to meet the challenges of life.
Nourish the entire system with healing qi [energy] that juices the body, retarding aging and the complications of aging.
Unravel mental and emotional patterns that cause suffering.

Classes are taught by Jessica Sommar, M.Sc., recently returned from two years in China, a student of Classical Yang Family Style Taijiquan – including three fist forms and three weapons forms –Traditional Chinese Medicine, Western and Eastern herbology, Daoyin [qi gong] and alchemical practices of Daoism learned over a decade from disciples of Master Wang Liping, lineage holder of Quanzhen Longmen Pai; Martial artist, acupuncturist and herbalist Rene Navarro [http://www.renenavarro.org/] (a student of Master Gin Soon Chu, second disciple of Grandmaster Yang Sau-Cheung [www.gstaichi.org]) and various other teachers from the Healing Tao and Western Energy Medicine. Healing and counseling sessions will also be available with Jessica at BBW by appointment.

Upcoming workshops:

Daoist Dietetics – bringing Eastern dietary practices to Western students to improve health and restore sanity to weight control issues.
Daoist Internal Practices for Women – to preserve and strengthen internal qi for healing, beautifying and longevity.
Daoyin – a one day workshop on rare breath, movement, dietary and meditative practices of Daoist Masters seldom taught outside of temples today.
Eastern Energetics and the Western Body – an introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine principals and practices and how they can help Western bodies. We will explore how to unify Western and Eastern traditions to bring body, mind and spirit into harmony with the natural cycle of the seasons.


Qigong Seminar February in Boston

Qigong Seminar Feb. 27 and 28 in Boston

Contact Mike Arsenault at Internal Arts Acupuncture 978-421-8272 or internalarts@rcn.com

Rene Navarro will be in the Boston area to teach two qigong seminars on Feb 27 and 28 at the New England School of Acupuncture. The courses will be open to the general public, healers, patients and acupuncturists. They have been approved for 7 CEU credits for acupuncturists.

On Saturday 2/27/10 he will be teaching Xing Shen Zhuang Fa. 

Xing Shen Zhuang Fa is a method of cultivating and moving qi through the spine and limbs. It is appropriate for and used by both beginning and advanced practitioners interested in self-cultivation.  It’s goal is to have  the shen ming or light of the spirit to permeate the physical body. Xing Shen Zhuang has been adopted in Chinese hospitals both as a cure and rehabilitative therapy. The practitioner will be able to grow and nurture the qi, move the qi along the arms and legs and especially spine to the brain, and take care of obstructions in the physical and energy body, thus making for a more effective healing.

On Sunday 2/28/10 he will be teaching Sword of Protection and Empowerment Qigong.

We all experience negative energy and stress im modern life. Protecting oneself from draining of qi, nurturing one’s energy, projecting qi, and creating a qi field are very important. They are part of Taoist self-cultivation for healing and longevity. Sword of Protection and Empowerment Qigong is a healing sequence that incorporates different postures and movements that come from the traditional repertoire of healing qigong. These exercises will enable the practitioner to develop stillness and focus, grow healing qi, strengthen the physical and energetic body and protect the practitioner from the common problems associated with healing.

Due to the fact that Rene travels and is not in the area often, we anticipate the course will sell out. Please sign up early as space is limited. To sign up for one or either class contact Mike Arsenault at Internal Arts Acupuncture 978-421-8272 or internalarts@rcn.com.  Courses will be held at New England School of Acupuncture, 150 California Street, 3rd Floor · Newton, MA 02458 · 617.558.1788. Don’t miss these classes.

Courses are $150 per day, $250 for both days, $20 discount for seniors and students. $25 additional for late registration after 2/14/10.

If you are on Facebook see our event listed here: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/event.php?eid=192890338636&ref=mf Please invite your family and friends.

Qigong & Taichi Seminar

Tai Chi / Qi Gong Weekend with Rene Navarro

March 6 & 7 At Heights of Wellness, Hartford, CT

Contact:  Karen Borla   860-523-9424

Dragon Well Qigong

 A choreography of the most important postures and movements in the vocabulary of qigong and martial arts. Excellent for your health, longevity and peace of mind and you will feel what qi is like. 3 Breaths, Inner Smile and the Six Healing Sounds are included in this workshop.

 Saturday, March 6, 2010 10am – 5pm

DaoRen Taiji Qigong This is a short Tai Chi form that moves in a small space.  It contains the 8 movements and the 5 directions: the core of classical Tai Chi. The form is relaxing and meditative, and exercises the different parts of the body. Further elucidation of the movements will be made at this seminar.

Sunday, March 7, 2010  10am – 5pm

RENE J. NAVARRO, Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)  is an internationally known instructor and teacher. He is a senior instructor in the Healing Tao. He studied Shaolin Temple Boxing under Master Johnny Chiuten and Grandmaster Lao Kim in the Philippines and Classical Yang Family Tai chi chuan with Master Gin Soon Chu in Boston.

“Rene is an amazingly powerful and magical being.” A student comment.

For more information about this amazing teacher, please view his website:


His email: nava.rene@gmail.com

Workshop held at:

 Heights of Wellness

1477 Park St, Suite 14 (third floor)

Hartford, CT


Sponsored by : Quan Yin Healing Arts, Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine

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