March 21, 2024 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Qi Gong for Striking Union Workers 

Facilitated by Neil M. Livingston

Thursdays from 1:00 PM – 1:40 PM over Zoom or by appointment.


This is an introduction to some meditation and mindfulness techniques. We will work on setting intentions with Qi Gong Basics 1-2-3 Practices (10 minutes). 

Qi Gong is an ancient system of postures, exercises, breathing techniques, and meditations dating back over 5,000 years in China. Tai Chi, which may be better known in the West, began much later in the 1700s as a secret self- defense system and is considered a branch or tributary of Qi Gong. Qi Gong is a gentle form of exercise that helps improve health and overall well-being while empowering us to live with calm and peace no matter what is happening around us. Qi Gong may be thought of as ‘the art of effortless power’. Do less and accomplish more.

“Qi” is the Chinese word for life energy and “Gong” means work or skill cultivated through consistent practice. Put together, Qi Gong means ‘cultivating your body’s internal energy.’  The three basic roots or forms of Qi Gong are: a) Martial Arts – Military Qi Gong, b) Healing – Medical Qi Gong, and c) Spiritual- Philosophical Qi Gong.”


Professor Harvey Skinner is the master whose notes and practice I am following. In his words: 

“Getting Ready to Practice Qi Gong Interbeing Wellness (Stress Busting) Series

What You Need to Know

The Qi Gong mind and body practices we practice have evolved over many centuries and generally have good safety records when done properly as I will instruct. Listen to your body and how you are feeling. Not all Qi Gong practices may be good for you. You know your own restrictions so do not push yourself outside of your comfort zone. Follow the ‘Under Do Principle’ of Master Teja Bell: stay under 80% of your maximum effort: the 80% rule. Remember that Qi Gong is your personal journey.

Go gentle. Move smoothly. Avoid sharp pain.”

Neil M. Livingston’s interdisciplinary research, centred in the Humanities, is particularly interested in exploring the cultural and personal costs of global digital gentrification, and the effect of technology on the organic and uncoordinated intimacies between people, spaces, and places. Neil is an Author, Aspiring Guru, Herbalist, Spiritualist, Qi gong practitioner, and actively practising Polyglot.