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Qigong Self-Healing Class With Michael Sieverts

This class is closed, and we are no longer taking registrations.

Michael Sieverts

In December 2000, after a couple of Cornell degrees and a 25 year career in hotel and restaurant consulting, Michael’s life changed in an instant. A malignant brain tumor made its presence known in the form of a massive seizure, robbing him of his career, cognition, and the use of his left side.

Sometimes a door opens when another one closes.

A team of remarkable physicians, healers, friends and family—and a good deal of plain luck—combined to restore his good health. An almost offhand comment led him to the practice of Qi Gong, and eventually to Master Tang Wei Zhong, without whom (as Tang says about HIS teacher) Michael would have spent the rest of his life chasing his shadow. Master Tang’s ancient forms helped to restore Michael’s health and cognition.

Michael has a long-time meditation practice heavily influenced by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Dan Siegel, and Peter Levitt.  He lives in Santa Monica with his wife Kim Baer. When he’s not teaching, he’s reading about neuroscience, and gardening and cooking. Visit Michael’s website at:



Time: 7:30pm-9:00pm
Description: This class usually meets on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month.

All levels of experience are welcome.

Qigong is loosely defined as the study of energy, or the study of breath—and is based on the principles of Chinese medicine. The practice opens the channels and meridians, allowing energy to flow freely throughout your body.

We start with a self-massage, do a standing meditation, and follow with a series of movements to flow the energy through the extremities, all done while standing, in about 90 minutes.

Slow, mindful moving has been shown to lengthen telomeres, which is thought to reverse the aging process. It also promotes strength, resiliency, calmness, inner peace, balance, wisdom, sense of community and connectedness, kindness, and empathy. All of that arises from a deep and affectionate respect from yourself.

The practice is great for those recovering from illness, but it also can be used to maintain health and prevent illness.

Michael Sieverts is a mindfulness meditator and former Yin Yoga student who discovered qigong after a diagnosis of brain cancer. These particular Qigong forms helped him completely recover.
Location: InsightLA Olympic
1430 Olympic Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Please note: Parking is metered every day from 9AM - 6PM, except on Sunday.
*This site is equipped with a chair lift for persons with limited mobility.
Directions: See Map
Contact the teacher Contact by email (expect responses Monday - Friday, only)
Level: All Levels
Cost: By donation
Enrollment Limit: 20 | There are still openings for this class.
Items to Bring: Please dress comfortably.
Contact Information:
This class is closed, and we are no longer taking registrations.
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