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Qigong and Tai Chi Class being offered Friday, December 30, 2011

Barbara Feldman, a nationally recognized martial arts instructor and owner of Blue Heron Martial and Healing Arts in Charles Town, will offer a new class on the “Fundamentals of Qigong and Tai Chi Chuan” beginning Jan. 4, 2012, at Harmony Healing Arts Center, 211 East New Street, Shepherdstown. The class is perfect for beginners or experienced practitioners of either discipline and fully accessible to the young, not-soyoung and for people recovering from injuries. It will be held from 11 a.m. to noon each Wednesday for 11 weeks. Qigong (or Chi-gung) is an ancient Chinese

Texas birding trip planned

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is seeking expressions of interest in a nine-day birding trip to the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas next spring. The trip is tentatively scheduled for March 30 to April 7. It will be led by local birding expert Matt Orsie and include a special guided tour of the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, which hosts the largest wild flock of Whooping Cranes. Other stops will include the Laguna Atascosa and Kerr National Wildlife Refuges, the Sable Palm Bird Sanctuary, the

practice of cultivating and unifying mind, body and spirit. It does this through slow fluid movement and stillness in the body, balancing and nurturing the qi (chi) or energy and deep abdominal breathing techniques. The main purposes of qigong have been longevity, increased health and well-being, spiritual development, preventative and restorative medicine and martial ability. Tai Chi Chuan has all of the benefits of qigong in addition to being a martial art. The requirements shared by Tai Chi and Qigong are few: the ability to relax the body, focus the mind, and practice regularly. The class is

Frontera Audubon Preserve and a variety of state and county parks that are birding hotspots. Anyone with an interest is welcome to participate. A minimum of four people will be required to make the trip viable. The maximum number of participants will be seven. The Society will charge no fees of its own but each participant will have to cover his or her own costs. The estimated basic cost per person will be $1,400. This will include all airline and hotel charges and fees for guides and entry to birding sites. Costs of meals, car rental and other possible expenses will be extra. Opting for double occupancy at hotels

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intended to provide the basics for a solid qigong practice and for developing the fundamentals of tai chi. A professional educator with over 35 years experience teaching, Feldman has practiced the martial arts for 32 years and the healing arts for 28. She holds black belts in two styles of karate, including a 5th degree black belt in Ai Mute Shotokan. For more information about the new Shepherdstown class and to register, contact Feldman at 304-725-3756 or email her at blueSubmitted photo herondojo@comcast.net. Barbara Feldman, a nationally recognized martial arts instructor and owner of Blue Heron Martial and Healing Arts in Charles Town, will offer a new class on the “Fundamentals of Visit her website at: www.blueherondojo.co Qigong and Tai Chi Chuan” beginning Jan. 4 m.

would reduce accommodation costs substantially. Anyone interested in participating in the trip should contact Matt Orsie at wvbirder@comcast.net or 304261-5602 by January 15.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! George Alwin, AAMS Financial Advisor 75 Maddex Square Drive Shepherdstown, WV 25443 304-876-1961

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