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January 2023 - “The Taming Power of the Small” (I Ching Hexagram 9) Walking the Qi Path, Inch by Inch

Lorelei Chang dance demonstration

Program Host: Vicki Dello Joio

January 12,2023  

8:30– 9:30 PM Eastern

The ancient Chinese Zhuan character “Dao” contains a symbol for “foot” that indicates we must walk through Life on our own feet; no one can live for us. In modern writing, when the symbol for “inch” is added underneath “Dao,” the new character is pronounced the same as “Dao” but with a different intonation, creating a new meaning of “Dao Yin” that are self-healing exercises now called “Qigong.” In China, Dao Yin has been practiced for thousands of years.

The “Inch” symbol holds several meanings.  The ultimate cultivation of Dao Yin is reached inch by inch, like dripping water penetrating through rock as the result from consistent, steady, and short everyday practices.  Dao Yin movement is very slow, moving inch by inch which requires much patience, centeredness, awareness, and commitment.

Hexagram 9 in the I Ching: Book of Changes represents “The Taming Power of Small.”  It signifies a time when darkness has temporarily enveloped the light when our responsibility in this moment is to accept restraints quietly and remain content with taking small steps.

In this Qi Talk, Lorelei will address her most recent life experience and role change of becoming a full-time caregiver of a loved one; how she walks on this Qi path, inch by inch, and applies everything she has learned in this true-life test.  She will share some of the “treasures” she has collected on this journey.  She will be delighted to demonstrate a few small Qigong exercises that empower and support her in everyday Qi living.

Lorelei Chang

Lorelei Chang loves life!  It has brought her much richness from being one of the first modern dance pioneers in China and performing internationally, studying Shiatsu and Chinese Medicine, winning awards for Taijiquan performances, and her 40 years of dance life on stage to being completely off stage as a full-time caregiver. Life has presented Lorelei with a broad range of varying dynamics such as her combining dance and calligraphy.  Her life has been filled with excitement, wisdom, and challenges.

Lorelei and her twin sister, Mai Nakanishi, were privileged to perform during the closing ceremonies of the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.  The sisters are world-class artists who pioneered the combination of Chinese calligraphy, Qigong, and modern dance.  Lorelei is the founder and artistic director of dance Enlight in Connecticut.

Lorelei has taught and performed at National Qigong Association’s annual conferences, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Omega institute For Holistic Studies, Beijing, China, Tokyo, Japan and more. She is currently offering only online classes for Qigong, Movement and Chinese Calligraphy. 

Lorelei is a professional member of the National Qigong Association. She is a Shiatsu practitioner trained by Nini Melvin and a certified instructor of Radiant Lotus Women’s Qigong founded by Daisy Lee.

Lorelei holds deep reverence and gratitude for her many teachers; especially her mother who introduced her twin daughters to the gift of Qigong in their early teens.  Lorelei’s teachers have influenced all areas of her life, and she hopes their lights continue to illuminate through her presence and teachings.  Lorelei truly hopes that in her lifetime, whomever she encounters benefits from her work and teachings.