St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Monday, August 31, 2015
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Yoga and Chi Kung

Yoga is for all ages and levels and offers many benefits. It increases strength and flexibility, removes tension, focuses the mind and teaches the practitioner to use breathing as a way to relax the body. Yoga is a universal, evolutionary path used to cultivate our full potential and awaken us to the grace, the infinite divine light within us.  
Mindfulness enriches us in all aspects of our life. We now have measurable scientific evidence of the benefits of bringing our full attention to both the outer and inner experience of the present moment. (Outer meaning sounds and other external stimuli, and inner meaning sensations, breath.) Studies show that full attention in the moment benefits us mentally, physically, and spiritually. Yoga is a perfect opportunity to strengthen attention. 
Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. | Restorative Yoga | Easy stretching movements, all on the floor. Suitable for everyone.
The suggested donation is $10 per session. No registration is required. Please bring a yoga mat and wear loose-fitting clothing.

JoAnn Bibb DeForge, MS, is an Alexander Technique teacher, yoga instructor, and a wellness consultant in Cardiac Rehab at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital. She holds a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling.

Chi Kung
Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Room 17*  with Ryan Duffy
No registration is necessary; suggested donation is $10 per session.
This class will consist of Tai Chi exercises and will also integrate Chi Kung practices.  Tai Chi is often referred to as moving meditation and is a movement-oriented body-mind practice.  Research has shown that individuals of any age can benefit physically and mentally from Tai Chi, although many people are aware that it provides many benefits to seniors and individuals with chronic conditions (e.g. arthritis, high blood pressure, loss of muscle mass, etc.).  Participants will learn a set of gentle movements and basic meditations to improve flexibility and balance, core and leg strength, cardiovascular health, body awareness, and the ability to relax and de-stress.  This class is for anyone, regardless of experience level.  Please wear loose-fitting workout clothes. 
Ryan Duffy has been practicing Tai Chi and Chi Kung for over five years.  In May 2011, he received his Master’s degree in Gerontology from VCU for which he performed in-depth research on the benefits of both Tai Chi and Chi Kung for seniors.  He started his business, Alternative Aging Fitness and Wellness, to help seniors and middle-aged adults improve their physical and mental health through alternative means. 
He has been teaching for a year and a half and has worked in a variety of settings with seniors, middle-aged adults, disabled adults, and several organizations and businesses in the greater Richmond area.  You can learn more about his services by contacting him at (203) 241-4825, emailing him at, or visiting his website at
*Room 17: Take the stairs or elevator and turn right. Room 17 is near the end of the hall on the left.
For more information about these offerings at St. Stephen's, contact Janet Allen.