Patrick Dougherty • Thursday All Day
Qigong, an ancient Chinese mindfulness practice derived from Taoist traditions, is an elegantly simple, but powerful way of balancing one’s energy to reduce stress, promote health, slow aging, and enhance emotional well-being. The regular practice of Qigong unblocks the flow of energy though the body, to help maintain good health. At a deeper level, the practice offers greater engagement and more profound connection with all life. In this workshop, you’ll learn the simple movements, visualizations, and breathing exercises of this tradition that can be an antidote to emotional fatigue, burnout, anxiety, depression, and physical ailments when practiced regularly. By helping you balance your own energy, practicing Qigong makes you more acutely aware when others are out of balance, which can enhance your therapeutic alliance.
Patrick Dougherty, M.A., L.P., a psychologist in private practice for more than 30 years, has been studying Eastern philosophies and practices for the past 20 years, and integrating them into his clinical work. He teaches Qigong and is the author of Qigong in Psychotherapy and A Whole-Hearted Embrace: You Can Do So Much by Doing So Little.