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IOWA: Exploring Five Elements Qigong with Dr Paul Lam

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Des Moines Area Community College Center for Career & Professional Development at Southridge

1111 E. Army Post Road


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A special one day workshop where you can study the Five Elements Qigong with Dr Paul Lam

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Reasons to Come

Dr Lam enjoys sharing his forty plus years of tai chi experience so much that he has travelled over a million miles teaching it. His workshops are usually fully booked, people travel thousands of miles to attend his workshop, some attended several in different countries in the same year. He has a knack of making complex theory easy to learn. You can expect to enjoy his friendly interactive teaching method, and significant improvement in your tai chi.

What is Qigong?

"Qigong" comes from two Chinese words. Qi is the life energy inside a person that circulates throughout the body to provide inner strength and maintain good health. Gong is a method of exercise in this context. So Qigong is an exercise which cultivates better and stronger Qi. The stronger Qi you have, the healthier and stronger you are.

Qigong is especially beneficial for health and mental relaxation. My 5 element Qigong is easy-to-earn and powerfully effective for health.

The Five Elements Qigong

According to ancient Chinese philosophy, all things in the universe are made up of five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. These elements have different properties: earth nurtures all living beings, metal is sharp and changeable, water runs down and irrigate the earth while wood is characterised by growth and fire is hot.

The five elements represent five major internal organs of the body. They interrelate and influence each other. While one enhances another, they also negate each other. The positive relationships are: metal gives life to earth, earth gives life to water, water gives life to wood, wood to fire and so on.

The negative relationships also work in a continual circle; earth negates water, water negates fire, fire negates metal, metal negates wood and wood negates earth and so on. The 5 Element Qigong is based on this theory of nature, and is effective in promoting all aspects of health, including relaxation, mental concentration and cultivating Qi.

How to do Qigong well

The ultimate goal is to use your conscious mind to direct the Qi, use Qi to direct your physical body, thus combining the mind, Qi and body as one co-ordinated entity. This may sound challenging, but the actual learning and practice is relatively easy. With regular practice you will progress steadily to the ultimate goal. You will gain health benefits almost right from the start of your practice. The most enjoyable part is the practice, and the many health benefits you gain as you progress.

About Dr Paul Lam

Dr Lam, an Australian family physician and tai chi expert, is a world leader in the field of tai chi for health. He wrote "Teaching Tai Chi Effectively" which has been a key factor in the great success of the Tai Chi for Health programs. Many enjoy learning from him so much so that they travel thousands of miles year after year to attend his workshops.

Dr Lam is the author of several other books on tai chi and best-selling instructional tai chi DVDs. His tai chi programs are supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.gov), and health departments and arthritis foundations around the world. Millions of people have improved their health and wellness by learning his programs.

Who Can Come?

Anyone who is interested in learning more about the Five Element Qigong. This is not an instructor training workshop.


All participants are required to prepare using their chosen program prior to the workshop. You will gain more from the workshop with the preparation.

Purchase Dr Paul Lam's Qigong for Health DVD here

What to Wear

Wear loose comfortable clothes and flat shoes suitable for exercise.

Please attend scent-free in consideration of those with allergies, including Dr Lam himself.


At this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to update their Tai Chi for Health qualifications. Prior notice is essential and a written assignment must be submitted in advance. Updates cost $50 per program (max of $200 if you update more than 4 programs) and must be selected when you register online.


When you book for this workshop you will receive a code for a $35 discount off the Depth of TCA and FP workshop on 12-13 October!


$205 before July 27, 2019

$225 after July 27, 2019


$195 before July 27, 2019

$210 after July 27, 2019

This is NOT an instructor workshop.

Registration includes attendance certificate, morning tea break, afternoon tea break and light snack.

Lunch NOT Included.

Those with special dietary restrictions should bring their snacks

$65 administration fee on cancellations one month prior to the workshop, no refunds afterwards.

NO CEUs Offered for this program

Payment Options

When you register, you will have 2 payment options: Pay immediately by Credit Card, or Pay by Check.

Important information regarding check payments:

Payment is due upon receipt of order. Checks are payable to: DR PAUL LAM TAI CHI WORKSHOPS USA

Please send check to:

Dr. Paul Lam Tai Chi Workshops USA

c/o Becky Rahe (Manager)

6150 White Oak Drive, Toledo, OH 43615

Include workshop name and city. Late fee of $25 will be added if check payment not received within 14 business days of receipt of order.

Local Coordinators

Virgina Dowling ginnydowling@mchsi.com

Erica Heinrichs ericah2o@msn.com



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