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Natural Awakenings Westchester / Putnam / Dutchess New York

Weekly Qigong Classes Forming Now in Poughkeepsie

Photo courtesy of Lorraine Hughes

Empowered By Nature owner Lorraine Hughes will be offering a qigong class every Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. at the Violet Estates, in Poughkeepsie. The registered herbalist, reflexologist and certified qigong instructor says this new venue is currently under construction and estimates that the class will start sometime this month or in July.

Hughes explains that qigong is an ancient healing technique using mindful movement exercises and controlled breathing to affect the various subtle energies of the body. “Movement and breath are essential to embodying vitality and peace within. Mindfully moving the body with breath and intention enlivens your righteous qi—your life force—affecting your mood, nervous system and a flexible ‘approach’ to life,” she explains.

“I have been practicing qigong for over 20 years now; this practice has always been my guide in shifting to a more peaceful, vibrant and grounding lifestyle,” adds Hughes. “Qigong has been instrumental in supporting the changes I need to make in the past, present and future.”

Some of the many benefits qigong offers include improved balance, flexibility and posture; reduced stress; increased energy levels; and enhanced mental clarity. It’s also been associated with improved circulation, better immune function and overall well-being.

Cost: $20. For more information, call 845-416-4598, email [email protected] or visit