Hold Qi up Mariehamn [2005-02-05]

For many years now we've organized a basic course per semester in Mariehamn on the Åland islands. Those who have participated in a course can take part in the training groups held there on Thursdays. This past weekend, February 5-6, the time had come again and we were happy to see that the interest in Qigong is constantly going up. A total of 40 people took part in this basic course and the number of participants in the training groups is also on the rise. Many of the beginners of the course indicated that they were there because they had heard so many good things about our activities from others on Åland. The curiosity into our methods was great, as was the intensity of the training.

Excerpt from the participants' own comments:

"I used to be color blind and couldn't see well enough to pick berries. Now I'm happy to be able to pick lovely red currants in bunches straight from the bush. Earlier I couldn't thread the needle when sowing, but now the eye of the needle is large and clear."

"The best is probably that when I write children's books, I can sit down and shut out all other thoughts. Immediately I'm there, in my fantasy world without any interruptions. It's wonderful."

"This is my third course, I started in September. I suffer from rheumatism and my ankles are much better now."

"This is my first course. I felt I wanted to do something for myself after years of bearing children. I can already feel that my back is straighter and I can carry my body better."


Lars Hagner