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January 2021 - Embracing Yin in Winter

January 14, 2021

On January 23, Francesco Garripoli and Vicki Dello Joio will be the two presenters for the first NQA conference of the year, Winter Solstice: Embracing the Depths of Yin. For this month’s Qi Talks on January 14, they will be holding an open conversation together about the meaning of Yin and what it means to embrace it at this time of year. Join them for a sneak preview of what each of them will be presenting during their workshops at the conference.

Francesco says:

"I smile at the title for our Qi Talks, "Embracing Yin in Winter" as each word in the title has "in" as part of it!  Ha!  There are no accidents in this amazing perfection of unfolding Wuji we call reality... In... Inward... Inside... This is the essence of Yin after all... our aspect of Being that reflects our core.

Many times, life's stress and activity tricks us into reflecting "outward", externally referencing, comparing, judging.  This is typical Yang style living... so we are now reminded, blessed actually, to be entering our empowered feminine Yin cycle... if you are courageous, grounded, and in alignment with your Shen Qi Field. Vicki and I will embrace this blessing with you, remembering together the power of Heart connection."

Vicki says:

“In the natural world, this is the season of rest and gestation — think bears hibernating, bare trees doing the inner work of budding in spring, seeds developing underground warmed by a blanket of snow. Life energy happening, quietly, energetically.

Then there’s us — Feeling pushed and pulled in several directions to meet the different expectations of family, friends — and ourselves. Is it any wonder we feel stressed, sad, scared or actually sick?  The reason is that the societal stresses of this season are counterintuitive. We’re literally PUSHING AGAINST Nature.

This is the time of year when, in fact, we’re being called to move into gentleness, “rest and digest,” to value this time and our inner selves, to allow and nurture our ideas and dreams to gestate — I am excited to share thoughts about how we can Embrace Yin with my dear Qi sibling, Francesco.”

Vicki Dello Joio and Francesco Garripoli

FRANCESCO GARRIPOLI is an internationally renowned Qigong and meditation instructor, author, brainwave researcher, Chairman Emeritus of the National Qigong Association, and current Chairman of the Qigong Institute. He is an Emmy Award-winning television producer featured in Qigong instructional DVDs and leads workshops and retreats around the world.

Founder and long-time host of the National Qigong Association’s monthly program, Qi Talks, VICKI DELLO JOIO is the author and creator of The Way of Joy: A Spiritual Fitness program. She was inducted into the AWMAI 's Hall of Fame (Association of Women’s Martial Arts Instructors) for her 40+ years as teacher and leader. Creator and producer of sold-out live and virtual events that “change lives in a New York minute,” Vicki inspires people from coast to coast with her embodied reminders that joy is your birthright — a fuel, not a goal. Workshop participants leave her sessions with lessons embedded in their hearts, heads, and guts.