Exploring Qi Gong with Xiaojun
Qi Gong is a form of moving meditation that has been shown to have a positive impact on the quality of life for people living with cancer. Unlike other forms of exercise, Qi Gong doesn’t require much physical exertion yet it still helps to improve your health and maintain wellness while also increasing your physical strength, flexibility, balance and personal well-being. The goal is to be properly aligned and to feel more relaxed and comfortable.
Cancer and its treatments affect all areas of your life. It can produce significant emotional distress and stress. Qi Gong has been shown to provide positive benefits for many people by allowing them to discover themselves on a deeper level while providing a release for negative feelings. Studies have shown that Qi Gong can have a positive effect on mood and stress levels. It also appears to help those struggling with fatigue, whether from living with cancer or undergoing cancer treatments.
Simms/Mann UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology offers weekly classes in Qi Gong led by Grand Master Tang Wei-Zhong. He has over 40 years of experience in Buddhist Qi Gong and Martial Arts. For more information on this class and what practicing Qi Gong entails, read more on our support group spotlight here: https://www.simmsmanncenter.ucla.edu/index.php/2014/05/20/group-spotlight-qigong/
One year ago the Center lost a dearly cherished cancer patient who participated in the Qi Gong class and who had a strong impact on others who also participated. Her name was Xiaojun Chen Sun and after 8 years of courageously living with her cancer, she passed away peacefully at home surrounded by close family and friends. Her presence in the class made a lasting impression on all the members of the group, including Grand Master Tang and assistant facilitator Michael Sieverts.
After Xiaojun joined the class, she took on the role of translator for Grand Master Tang and did so with true elegance. She’d been trained in a number of Chinese movements when younger, and was able to demonstrate them with great skill. Yet the class, with its focus on healing and inner peace, gave a deeper and more profound meaning to the exercise, especially with her extensive treatments for cancer ahead of her.
Even through difficult times, Xiaojun was kind and encouraging to other cancer patients. She found a new mental and emotional strength and others were uplifted by her smile and vivacious spirit. She enjoyed life to the fullest and was a reminder to others about how precious life is, and that its value is measured by how much we give, not by how much we own. She recorded her thoughts and experiences in a beautiful blog in both Chinese and English. To view her blog, go to: http://tributetoxiaojunsun.wordpress.com/
Qi Gong played a big role in her life and her involvement in Grand Master Tang’s class was truly meaningful. It became so important to Xiaojun that her family started a memorial fund in her honor with donations going to the Center to ensure that the Center and its free services, including Qi Gong, are available to other cancer patients. On this, her one year memorial anniversary, her family is once again reaching out and asking friends and family to remember Xiaojun by contributing to a memorial fund in her memory to support Qi Gong at the Simms/Mann Center.
The Simms/Mann Center is deeply appreciative for all that she did for the class while attending and with her memorial donations to support the Qi Gong Support Group. The Center has named the Qi Gong class after her in appreciation for all she has done, now called the Xiaojun Sun Qi Gong Support Group. This group keeps her legacy alive; her impact is forever lasting on the lives that she touched while here with us.
To make a donation for her cause, go to: https://giving.ucla.edu/Standard/NetDonate.aspx?SiteNum=180
Interested in joining Simms/Mann Center’s Xiaojun Sun Qi Gong Support Group? Find out more here: https://www.simmsmanncenter.ucla.edu/index.php/services/groups/what-groups-are-available/qigong/