Posted by Master Dao on Wednesday, September 07, 2022
Inaugural SLTO Qigong Workshop at Russell Hill Retirement Residence
Master Dao and a few of his students conducted a Shaolin Qigong workshop at the Russell Hill Retirement Residence this past week.
This benevolent and charitable program is part of the Shaolin Luohan Temple Outreach (SLTO) program, an initiative to provide free Shaolin-related workshops to the elderly, poor, and weak.
These senior participants (and now students) are all over 90 years of age. Most were able to participate standing and some elected to do the exercises while sitting on a chair. We were happy to accommodate.
When asked if they had ever heard of Shaolin or Qigong, it was no surprise they unanimously said no. So in other words, they had no idea what they were getting themselves into!
After a short introduction, we did some light stretching exercises while being careful to give instructions so the participants would not injure themselves or fall.
With their joints opened up, we proceeded with deep breathing qi gong exercises to help increase something called "Net Qi". You can think of this as exercising breathing muscles to release a higher level of energy in the body.
Finally we practiced Shaolin Baduanjin, an ancient Shaolin qigong form that combines breath and movement for greater circulation in the body.
At the end of the session, we asked the seniors how they felt afterwards, They all said they felt much more energetic and wanted us to come back regularly. We are happy to oblige.
This is indeed a great and successful start to our Shaolin Luohan Temple Outreach program! Thank you Michael, Steve, and Val for joining the workshop and helping to make the experience so great :)
We want to thank Lynn for giving us the opportunity to hold the workshop and trusting us to provide an invaluable and beneficial experience for the residents.
And thank you to all our students who support our initiative! If you know any retirement homes that could benefit from our free and charitable service, please direct them to our SLTO website section here:
Markham children kungfu time-table during Pandemic
Notice - July 27, 2021: Shaolin Children Kung Fu classes will be resumed on August 2, 2021 Monday. As we are still in the midst of a global pandemic we would need to strictly follow the government's restriction orders and ensure that classes will be conducted in a clean, disinfected and safe environment.
The following protective measures must be strictly adhered to when attending classes and entering the Centre:
A face mask must be worn when entering into the Centre;
A face mask must be worn when attending class;
Temperature screening must be taken before entering the Centre:
Parents are not allowed to wait in the Centre;
Both hands and Kung Fu shoes need to be sanitized before entering the Centre;
All outdoor shoes, jackets and bags should be placed on the rack in the stairwell area outside the Centre;
All Kung fu uniforms should be put on before entering into the Centre; there will not be changing facility available;
A social distance of 3M should be maintained when attending class, as instructed;
Only a limited number of students would be accommodated for each training session. All attendance schedules should be booked in advance directly with our Instructor - Natalie. If a booked session cannot be attended to, please notify Natalie three days in advance, so that slots can be made available to other students;
Bring your own water bottle (s), drinking water will not be supplied at the Centre;
Leave the Centre as soon as the class is over as the staff member will need to disinfect the entire school.
Please do not leave any valuable items in your bags, and make sure they are securely stored. The Center is not and will not be responsible for any loss or damages of your personal items.
Class schedules for in-person
training are as follows:
Saturday 1:30pm, 3:30pm 5:30pm (mid level, high level)
Sunday 1:30pm 3pm (pre-mid level), 5pm (mid-level, high level)