Visiting Qigong Master and Local Teacher Offering Workshops

Yoga Center of Collinsville will host both a visiting Qigong Master and a local senior teacher and qigong practitioner for workshops on May 1st and 2nd. Qigong and Tai Chi are ancient Taoist practices from China used to ensure health and vitality by promoting the flow of chi (energy) through the body.

Workshops will be led by Master Joe Lok, founder of Phoenix Alchemy Qigong and the Natural Energy Academy of Hong Kong and Risa Brophy, B.S., MQT, who has been teaching Tai Chi and Qigong for more than 20 years and has specialized training in Medical Qigong Therapy.

Brophy will lead the Introduction to Qigong Workshop on Friday, May 1st, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Registration is $25. This workshop is the perfect warm-up to Master Lok’s workshops on Saturday. Participants will get a brief introduction to Qigong theory and the body's energy system according to Chinese Medicine. Attendees will also try a set of simple qigong exercises along with self-massage techniques for stimulating acupressure and neurolymphatic reflex points to maintain health and relieve stress.

Beginner Workshop with Master Joe Lok will be Saturday, May 2nd, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration is $65. Lok will cover the fundamentals of chi and how energy works in the body. Participants will learn how cultivating energy through practice of qigong and tai chi promotes good health. Instruction will also include a few movements with direct, hands-on instruction. Attendees will notice the exciting experience of energy flow in the movements almost instantly.

Advanced Workshop with Master Joe Lok will be Saturday, May 2nd, from 2 to 5 p.m. Registration is $75. This workshop is designed for students with a good knowledge and practice of Qigong or Tai Chi. This session will help attendees explore the legendary qi and develop a deeper sensation. This experience will continue to develop insight of participants and if desired, prepare them for instructing tai chi and qigong.

All three workshops will be held in Collinsville. The Intro to Qigong workshop will be held at Yoga Center of Collinsville (10 Front St, Ste 102). The Beginner and Advanced workshops will be held at the Canton Town Hall Auditorium (4 Market St).

Master Lok and Brophy are also available for individual energy healing sessions by appointment during the weekend. Brophy offers weekly qigong medical therapy sessions and qigong group and private classes.

For more information or to register, visit or call 860-693-9642.



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