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‘Cultivate life energy’ with Qi Gong classes at Western Gateway Park

Beginning Aug. 29, Dr. Julie Cox will be leading Qi Gong, or “cultivating life energy," classes at 8:30 a.m. on Saturdays in Penn Valley’s Western Gateway Park. Above, Cox poses with longtime Qi Gong instructor Homer Nottingham.
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Beginning Aug. 29, Dr. Julie Cox will be leading Qi Gong classes at 8:30 a.m. on Saturdays in Penn Valley’s Western Gateway Park. The hour long classes will be donation-based, with proceeds going toward the building of a Penn Valley community center. Cox was trained and certified as an instructor by Homer Nottingham, who teaches Qi Gong and Tai Chi in several venues in Nevada City and Grass Valley. She plans to lead Saturday morning classes outdoors for as long as the weather permits

In winter, she said she hopes to find a venue that allows her to continue teaching classes.

Qi Gong (pronounced “chee gong”) is an ancient Chinese exercise, which means “cultivating life energy.” The exercise form combines movement and breath, with the goal of, among other things, releasing tension, strengthening muscles and improving balance and mental focus. Movements are slow, deliberate, graceful and peaceful, and are touted as having a calming and energizing effect.


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