Piedmont Cancer Wellness classes
T'ai Chi at Chapman Cancer Wellness Center at Piedmont
Classes are in Atlanta, Georgia and for those who are dealing with a diagnosis of cancer, pre-treatment, in treatment, post-treatment, and current caregivers.
Due to the generosity of the Chapman family and other donors, these classes are offered at no charge to participants, no matter where treatment is/was taking place!
Weekly Class Schedule (currently on Zoom)
Special workshops, please see the description below for our current offerings, and feel free to email for more information! Details on upcoming workshops will be posted as they are offered.
Noon - 1:30PM T'ai Chi 24 modified and Qi Gong
1:30PM-2:00PM Advanced Class. Permission of Instructor is required.
10:30AM--11:30AM "POWER UP" QI GONG to build your qi resilience, please see the description below!
11:00AM--12:30PM - T'ai Chi 24 modified and Qi Gong
12:30PM--1:00PM - Advanced TC 24 modified class. Permission of Instructor is required.
For the current calendar for all of the programs at the CCWP, please follow this link, and select the area of classes you'd like (i.e. Atlanta, Newnan, etc.) . Though it says "in-person", the Atlanta classes are currently on Zoom.
Description for the Power Qi Gong class Wednesday, 10:30a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
POWER UP QI GONG ------This class is ONGOING!
It is said that the Spirit can soar high when from a sturdy foundation! Your qi is your essential life force, and these sets help boost that qi! This class can help you open and strengthen your body, mind, and spirit, stretch your muscles, help you breathe deeply, build your physical and emotional qi resilience, and also help you relax, release, and let go of tension and stress. Using the deep focus and flow of easy yet physically powerful Qi Gong sets, the participant may regain physical strength that may have been depleted, or build new power for the goals ahead! There are three parts of the class: stretches for warming up and increasing flexibility, full body-engaging, powerful movements for building strength, and meditative flowing movements for cooling down and settling and calming your qi. All participants engage at their own level, with movements introduced from small to large frame, and each set is modifiable for seated work. In addition to the overall increase in the power of the qi, some participants may also burn calories and gain extra cardio-respiratory qi and fitness, some may feel extra benefits in flexibility and strength, some will do both and more, but all is managed with focus and intent. Build the house you want to live in!
Taught by Cate Morrill, CTCQI, CHC (Certified T'ai Chi and Qi Gong Instructor, Certified Health Coach)
T’AI CHI QI GONG TO BUILD QI FOR THE KIDNEYS IN WINTER
Monday, February 13, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
In traditional T'ai Chi and Qi Gong theory, winter is the time to focus on the water element and strengthen the related organs: the kidneys and bladder. The characteristic of water is to flow. A strong and balanced water element helps us to be able to move smoothly through the season with strength, courage, and clarity. In these theories, the kidneys are the holders of anxiety, and can become a home for stressful qi. This can cause discomfort which comes from too much worry and concern for things outside of our circle. To adjust, protect, and enhance our health, we will practice long, slow, deep, cleansing breaths and gentle but complete stretches, with a few appropriate twists and massage techniques as well. Suitable for seated or standing work, we will help relaxation and peacefulness flow easily! Taught by Cate Morrill, CTCQI, CHC. Call to register.
IT’S THAT TIME (CHANGE) AGAIN! GOOD MORNING ENERGY, T’AI CHI AND QI GONG TO GET UP AND MOVING IN JOY!
Monday, March 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
We are pleased to share T'ai Chi and Qi Gong sets to help adjust to the upcoming time change and shake off the winter grays. With stretching, deep breathing, focus and attention, these sets are designed to help you settle in the evenings and to open and awaken your energy in the mornings. Starting now, a week before the clocks are adjusted, can help you get started shifting your body, mind, and spirit to help you spring forward with strength, joy, and resilience! This set includes movements for seated or standing work. Taught by Cate Morrill, CTCQI, CHC. Call to register.
T’AI CHI AND QI GONG TO OPEN UP TO SPRINGTIME!
Monday, April 3 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
T'ai Chi and Qi Gong for opening your body, mind, and spirit to the brighter days of Springtime! These easy yet powerful moves are based on the steady, sure, and clear energy of animals emerging from their winter habitats, and on the new growth of the blossoms in the meadows! The bear comes out of its den, the birds and forest creatures build homes for their new families, and we will follow their energetic lead. We will turn our focus inward to prepare to focus outward, with movements inspired by these teachers in nature. The bear, the birds, and the other spring-emerging characters await! Standing or seated, this class is designed to reinvigorate! Taught by Cate Morrill, CTCQI, CHC. Call to register.
Note: The following workshops have been completed, but are listed here for examples of the workshops we offer!
T’AI CHI, QI GONG AND CELEBRATION FOR A HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR OF THE WATER RABBIT!
Sunday, January 22, marks the beginning of the Lunar and Chinese New Year, and this is the Year of the Water Rabbit! The Water Rabbit tends to be quiet, calm, but sometimes can be considered aloof. Water Rabbits have good ideas and are respected and successful in many aspects of their lives! We will focus on enhancing these characteristics we choose for ourselves. Come to stretch, breathe deeply, and shake off the winter clouds and begin the Spring festival! Taught by Cate Morrill, CTCQI, CHC. Call to register.
T’AI CHI AND QI GONG TO BRING THE JOY!
It is said, “Joy is the doorway to the Tao”. With movement and theory selections, we will build and celebrate joy, while releasing tension and gaining tools to focus on the joy in challenging situations! This set is designed to help create an internal base to help with concentration every day or in more trying circumstances, as well as during times of celebrations and gatherings. We will employ balancing techniques to help enliven and relax your spirit. This set may be practiced seated or standing, and will provide breathing practices to help meet your goals! Taught by Cate Morrill, CTCQI, CHC. Call to register.
T’AI CHI AND QI GONG TO BRING BACK STRENGTH FOR AUTUMN ADVENTURES!
Whether starting fresh or building on your current energy, we will take our time to attend to the core, the basics of building back strength. It is said that the tree needs a strong and flexible trunk to accommodate nature’s stresses, so we will use movements and concepts to build a better back and core! These techniques are well-shown to create an awareness of and benefit to the center of our bodies: the hip flexors, the waist, the abdominal muscles, and the chest. Last month we worked on developing the leg strength needed for balance, to maintain a strong root, now we work to steady and strengthen the trunk! Taught by Cate Morrill, CHC and Certified T’ai Chi and Wu Dang Qi Gong Instructor.
WALK TALL, DON’T FALL! T’AI CHI FOR BALANCE AND MOBILITY!
In earlier days, September was the “go back to school” month! It currently is National Falls Awareness Month, so let’s get schooled on the basics of balance! We have selected movements and concepts to help create, regain, and improve balance and mobility. Stretches and warm-ups for the whole body lead into focus on weight shifting and moves to practice momentum control and balance techniques, and to help build leg strength and create flexibility. It is said that the tree does not stand without a strong root, and your legs and feet make up the root of your body, so we will pay special attention to these areas. These flowing and beautifully gentle moves, such as “Dance When You Hear the Rooster Crow” may be practiced standing feely, or using a chair as balance support, or may be modified for seated work. Taught by Cate Morrill, CHC, and Certified Wu Dang T’ai Chi and Qi Gong Instructor.
T’AI CHI QI GONG TO BREATHE WELL, BUILDING QI FOR THE LUNGS IN AUTUMN
Autumn is the season in which we focus on the Lungs. In this particular time of respiratory concern, all attention paid to the Lungs is well placed. We will work to calm any irritation and boost good, strong Lung energy. In T'ai Chi/Qi Gong theories, illness in the Lungs is associated with sadness, or depression, which of course may cause shallower breathing and a lack of energy, and the result could be a downward spiral. Let’s change that with an upward lift and practice long, slow, deep, cleansing breaths using uplifting imagery. We’ll use movements that inspire a brighter focus and lung expansion, and the energy opening will follow! Suitable for seated or standing work, we will help the joy and peacefulness flow easily! Taught by Cate Morrill, CTCQI, CHC.
TAI CHI AND QI GONG TO BRING BACK STRENGTH TO HELP SPRING FORWARD!
Gentle but very effective stretching and strengthening sets to build your strength back, and to build strength in your back! Let’s get ready for more activity! The “other side” of the back is the front, the abdomen, so strengthening both brings balance of power! Performed at your own level, these selected easy, powerful movements can help create a strong core of support for your springtime activities, and help regain and increase your strength and flexibility. This set is practiced both seated and standing. Taught by Cate Morrill, CTCQI, CHC.
AT THE HEART OF IT ALL, T’AI CHI AND QI GONG FOR THE HEART MERIDIAN
The season of summer is associated with the heart in traditional meridian theory. We will work to boost good, strong energy, and use deep breaths and soft motions to help relieve any stress. Creating the balance of excitement and serenity is the intention, and we will use the moves that are geared to the Heart meridian and function to achieve this goal. Finding the right harmony between these concepts is individual, and this set will help create a comfortable experience for the practitioner. Suitable for seated or standing work, we will let the joy and peacefulness flow easily!
Taught by Cate Morrill, CTCQI, CHC.
WEAVING YIN AND YANG T’AI CHI AND QI GONG
8 Pieces of Brocade is a traditional set practiced for hundreds of years by those who wish to boost vitality and build resilience for the hotter, more “yang” days ahead. This work also helps to clear organ channels, stretch muscles, strengthen bones, and build energy for healing and rejuvenation. Deep breathing, release of tension, and restoring energy flow are benefits of this work. Performed at each student’s level of comfort, this is for anyone who wishes to strengthen the body, mind and spirit! This set is appropriate for seated or standing work, with attention to revitalization.
Taught by Cate Morrill, CTCQI, CHC.
T’AI CHI AND QI GONG TO WELCOME SPRINGTIME
T'ai Chi and Qi Gong for opening up your body, mind, and spirit to the brighter days ahead! Gentle, yet powerful stretches and moves to help you breathe deeply and get ready for more activity. We will focus inward to prepare to express outward, with movements from small to large and back again, but always at your own level. The Jade Phoenix and the Golden Dragon await you! Standing or seated, this class is designed to reinvigorate! Registration ends the Thursday before class. Taught by Cate Morrill, CTCQI, CHC.
T’AI CHI ORIGINAL 13 POSTURES FOR ENERGY FLOW
This is a focused set of the “13 Forms” original movement set which encourages long, slow, even breathing, while giving muscles, bones, and the spirit a gentle experience. The connection of these basic movements of T’ai Chi creates an easy to learn, flowing set that can be performed in a small space by beginners or advanced students. These are the basic postures and associated concepts from which all standard T’ai Chi movements were created. Engaging the mind, body, and spirit to help build energy and health, this set is a favorite for purposeful and effective practice. Taught by Cate Morrill, CTCQI, CHC.
GOOD MORNING ENERGY, T’AI CHI AND QI GONG TO BEGIN THE DAY WITH JOY!
T'ai Chi and Qi Gong sets to help adjust to the upcoming time change and shake off the winter blues are offered for your revitalization! Easy, yet powerful, moves based on the steady, sure, and clear energy of animals emerging from their winter habitats, with stretching, deep breathing, focus and attention, these sets are designed to open and “awaken” the energy. This set includes movements suitable for seated or standing work. This is a new chance to move forward with a goal to reinvigorate! Taught by Cate Morrill, CTCQI, CHC.
T’AI CHI AND QI GONG TO BRIGHTEN UP YOUR ENERGY!
February is a month of “being in” for many folks, in the heart of winter, with chilly days and often unpredictable weather patterns. We will work with movements and philosophy to lift spirits, gain energy, and prepare for brighter days! Deep breathing and releasing of winter’s tension will be part of the result. This is a focused set, and is suitable for anyone who wishes to lighten and brighten the body, mind, and spirit. We will set our intention to focus on building physical strength, making mindful choices and actions, sparking the spirit, and creating revitalization throughout! Taught by Cate Morrill, CHC and Certified Wu Dang T’ai Chi and Qi Gong Instructor.
T’AI CHI TO CELEBRATE THE LUNAR NEW YEAR OF THE TIGER!
February 1st begins the Chinese New Year of the Tiger, so let’s celebrate! The Tiger is brave, competitive, unpredictable, and confident! We will move with intent and focus for strength and power!
Since we are not meeting in person, the philosophy and concepts of the Chinese New Year events will be shared in a special “after movement” on-line gathering! We invite you to prepare a lunch, Chinese or other, or just have some tea with us after the movement segment, which will be approximately from 11am-1pm, with a short break at noon. Then we’ll give another short break for you to gather your lunch/tea, and we’ll visit and learn about the New Year till 2pm! You may come for all or part of this special workshop! Taught by Cate Morrill, CTCQI, CHC.
T’AI CHI AND QI GONG TO MOVE EASILY INTO THE NEW YEAR!
It’s time to set our intentions and energies to open up for a fresh breath, an expanded vision, and renewed strength for the New Year! With determination and effective action, we employ tools and techniques to strengthen the spirit,mind, and body. Using deep breathing practices, proper stretches, and honing in awareness, we can help ourselves be ready for what comes, and find ways to focus on handling challenges as well as joys! We’ll use movements and philosophy to help build resilience and release tension and stress, enabling us to enjoy our days fully! Taught by Cate Morrill, CTCQI, CHC.
IN THE BALANCE OF AUTUMN, T’AI CHI AND QI GONG MOVES HELP FLOW THE LINE
Whether starting fresh or building on your work from last month, we will take our time to attend to the balance work that T'ai Chi and Qi Gong normally and naturally incorporate. As we navigate the leaves and the hidden surprises underneath, step cautiously past fallen acorns, enjoy walks in the woods, and more, we will use techniques from the T'ai Chi set to step, balance, step again, balance again, until this becomes the nature of our own locomotion. Last month we worked on developing the strength needed, now we pull in more delicate focus and intricate combinations, leading to balanced success and joy! Taught by Cate Morrill, CHC and Certified T’ai Chi and Wu Dang Qi Gong Instructor.
TAI CHI AND QI GONG TO HARVEST ENERGY FOR THE MONTHS AHEAD
October is harvest month and we will gather the gifts of the spring and summer energies, and seek to cultivate the qi needed for autumn’s cooler days and evenings. We will prepare our Spirits for the less light days ahead, prepare our Minds for the joys that autumn shares, and prepare our Bodies for days of less outward and more inward engagement. Using sets that will benefit and balance the liver, heart, and lungs, and meditative moments for focused energy, we reap the rewards of our work! Taught by Cate Morrill, CHC and Certified T’ai Chi and Wu Dang Qi Gong Instructor.
T’AI CHI TO LET IT FLOW AND LET IT GO!
With intention and effective action, we employ tools and techniques to strengthen your spirit by learning to let go of negative thoughts, old concerns, or recurring regrets, and look forward to the new possibilities that can arise. Using deep breathing practices, proper stretches, and awareness, you can help yourself handle any stresses of the upcoming seasons, or at any time! Remembering that even happy events can create stress, we must take a little time to let it go and bring in resilient qi! We’ll use movements and philosophy to help build resilience and settle your energy, enabling you to enjoy your days fully! Taught by Cate Morrill, CTCQI, CHC.
TAKE TEN! 10 BREATHS QI GONG FOR CALM AND FOCUS, QI SELF MASSAGE AND PATTING FOR RELAXATION AND INVIGORATION
In this set, we learn simple, easy-to-follow movements to accompany the flow of energy through the body as we breathe deeply and consciously through the Grand Universe Cycle of Breath. This is a traditional, ancient practice used by those who wish to deepen their body-mind-spirit connection and develop meditative focus with movement. Working the paths of the 8 extraordinary meridian channels, we create a flow of qi that is thought to help cleanse, heal, and strengthen the immune system and relax and reinvigorate the spirit. Qi Self Massage and Qi Patting are techniques used along the meridians, aligned with the 10 Breaths energy flow. Follow-up detail will be presented in our weekly Tuesday advanced classes. Taught by Cate Morrill, CHC, and Certified Wu Dang T’ai Chi and Qi Gong Instructor.
NOURISHING LIFE QI GONG, YANG SHENG
With T’ai Chi movement selections and Yang Sheng Qi Gong, we will focus on replenishing your most fundamental Qi, your internal essence, seeking to restore energy that may have been depleted by illness or injury, stress or worldly tensions. Work that embodies the long referenced description of T’ai Chi and Qi Gong, “moving meditation”, this set is considered one of the most essential building blocks to help create your fund of internal strength and energy, mental focus, and relaxation for your spirit. This set provides a useful tool for mind, body, and spirit to balance, create calm, and ease through the days. Taught by Cate Morrill, CTCQI, CHC.
Learn more about the benefits and difference of T'ai Chi and Qi Gong by reading Cate Morrill interviews for Piedmont Cancer Wellness.
Classes are on Zoom only for now, but the location for classes in person will be:
Chapman Cancer Wellness at Piedmont
1800 Howell Mill Road, Suite 700
Atlanta, GA 30318
The building is at Howell Mill and I-75, easy to spot! Free parking is offered on-site through validation.. Please bring your parking ticket to the instructor for validation.
See a sample of a class at Chapman Cancer Wellness here: