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About the Tai Chi Easy™ Trainers

Nancy Saum Trainer Tai Chi Easy

Lead Trainer Nancy Saum is a certified holistic nurse who completed the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi 200-hour teacher training in 2004 and has been teaching Qigong and Tai Chi Easy™ since 2005. Nancy is also a retired Army Reserve Nurse, mobilized to Saudi Arabia during Desert Shield/Desert Storm (1990-1991). During a 2005 mobilization to Walter Reed Army Medical Center Nancy taught Qigong to both staff and wounded warriors. Nancy brings 20 years' experience and enthusiasm in staff development and a desire to assist our military in their rehabilitation, reintegration, and resilience.

Trainer Rev. Deanne Hodgson, registered nurse and holistic coach, completed the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi 200-hour teacher training in 2006. Deanne Hodgson has studied, practiced and presented workshops and classes on stress reduction and mind-body practices internationally for over 20 years. Deanne is currently the Vice President of the Board of The Healer Within Foundation in Santa Barbara, CA, where she promotes personal responsibility and participation for healing and wellness among the underserved through the use of Tai Chi Easy™.

Teaching Assistant Jill Dorosz is a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher, who completed the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi 200-hour teacher training in 2009 and has been teaching Qigong and Tai Chi Easy™ since then. Jill will be a teaching assistant a this event and will conduct the follow-up workshop on May 19th.


Testimonials and Endorsements for the IIQTC Tai Chi Easy Training

"The regular practice of Tai Chi Easy provides significant health benefits for people of all ages. Tai Chi Easy helped me to recover rapidly from my own recent heart surgery." - James Firman, President & CEO, National Council on Aging, Washington, DC

“The wellness practices of traditional Chinese medicine -- Tai Chi and Qigong -- are among the best forms of physical activity for diverse populations since they are low cost, group based, low impact and relatively easy to learn”. - The Consensus Report of the National Expert Meeting on Qi Gong and Tai Chi, National Blueprint for Physical Activity and the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

“Tai Chi Easy is perfect package of mind-body wellness skills for the health and social service agencies in my area. I am so enthusiastic to have solidified my Tai Chi and Qigong teaching skills at this level of simplified community practice.” - Valerie L. Fagan, LCSW, Complementary Therapies Facilitator, Regional Medical Center, Athens, GA

Sponsored by Health Action Inc and the
Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi


Early Registration Extended Until March 12, 2013

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Bethesda, Maryland

PURPOSE OF TRAINING: Participants will learnsimple medical Qigong techniques and easy Tai Chi movements that can be shared with others, particularly wounded and ill military service members, 1:1 and in small groups. These practices can be done in bed, while seated, in a stationary standing position, or combined with Tai Chi Walking.

HELP YOUR CLIENTS: Manage stress and pain, reduce anxiety, improve sleep, mood, balance, and stamina.

WHO SHOULD APPLY: Nurses, mental health providers, mind-body practitioners, support group facilitators, wellness program staff, researchers, teachers, and enthusiastic citizens who want to share Tai Chi Easy™ with people in their lives and communities. Open to both military and civilian participants. No previous Tai Chi experience is necessary.

Location, Dates, and Time

March 15-17, 2013, 8:30 am - 5:15pm

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
8901 Rockville Pike
Bethesda MD, 20889

Friday, March 15 - Shore Conference Room, #1118, Bldg 19 / America Bldg, 1st floor; Saturday and Sunday, March 16 and 17 - 2525 A&B Conference Rooms, Bldg 19 / America Bldg, 2nd floor

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Tai Chi EasyIn Chinese, the phrase Tai Chi means the “balance and harmony” of natural forces within our world and ourselves. It also means “supreme ultimate,” pointing to the awesome nature of all life and our own lives within the universe. Tai Chi, both moving meditation and martial art, is a widely practiced form of the ancient Chinese self-care practices known as Qigong. Qigong means to cultivate (gong) healing life energies and resources (Qi).

Tai Chi Easy™ is a mind-body practice that combines gentle exercise and meditation to activate self-healing properties that ancient Chinese texts call the “healer within” and the “elixir of life.” Our Tai Chi Easy Practice Leader training is a step-by-step program detailing how to share simple Qigong and Tai Chi in our communities, schools, faith institutions, hospitals, community centers, and social service agencies. Participants learn to lead others in simple Qigong and Tai Chi practices that improve health, enhance longevity, and promote inner peace. Anyone interested in empowerment based health care can learn to share Tai Chi Easy™ with others.

Tai Chi Easy™ promotes health self-reliance and chronic disease self-managed care with a wide array of benefits, including:

The Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi (IIQTC) has graduates throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Asia and Central America, inspired and committed to bringing Qigong and Tai Chi to a broader audience. Our research initiatives continue to build the Institute’s international credibility.

Whether you are using these trainings as a career shift or as a personal retreat to improve your health, vitality and inner peace, this event will be a profound opportunity to immerse yourself in healing and actualize your personal mission of community service. You will renew your body, mind and spirit just as intended by those ancient Qi masters of China who gave birth to Qi cultivation so long ago.

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