Monthly Newsletter

February, 2022

Strong Hearts

“When the heart is at ease, the body is healthy.” - Chinese Proverb

February 1, 2022 marked the celebration of the Lunar (Chinese) New Year. This year is known as a year of the Water Tiger, predicted to bring an authoritative and confident energy to all. We know Tigers to be tenacious, competitive, and strong with the potential to also be aggressive creatures. Additionally, the Water Tiger is viewed as energetic with an open mind and strong moral compass. Keeping these traits in mind, we can be hopeful this is a year which will encourage each of us to take charge of our lives (and our health), and to grow into the self-assured beings we wish to become.

The second month of the calendar year also finds us celebrating love. Images of hearts appear everywhere and while romantic love may be on the minds of many, it can also remind us of the importance of taking care of our physical hearts, too. 

There has been much research on the heart (and overall health) benefits of Qigong, Tai Chi and other body/mind/spirit practices. A recent article by Michelle Fletcher, B.A. of the Pacific College of Health and Science cites several encouraging pieces of research.

The article, entitled Strengthen the Heart with Qigong states, "Several studies have proven Qigong’s effectiveness in treating those with high blood pressure and other heart problems. When practiced alongside conventional Western medical treatments, Qigong reduces high blood pressure and aids cardiac rehabilitation through improving balance, coordination, and physical activity." Additionally, researchers observed, "Even a single session of mental relaxation or [Qigong] can result in a temporary fall in blood pressure.” Click HERE to read the full article and the corresponding research citations. 

Whether you show your heart some love through a few practice sessions of Qigong or you are as tenacious as the mighty Tiger and practice every day, take care of yourself. Remember, self-care is health care! 

Be well,
Your friends at the Healer Within Foundation

Four Baskets Qigong Practice Cards! Order Yours Today!

The HWF Sustainability Committee has recently created a wonderful practice tool entitled, Four Baskets: Qigong Practice Cards (shown below). Designed to enhance your practice, a suggested use for the deck is to choose 5 to 10 cards to help guide your practice routine. Cards include practices in breath, meditation, gentle movement and self-applied massage.

Currently, there are two ways to obtain the Four Basket Qigong Practice Cards:

First, you may order direct from our publisher HERE. The cards are $29.95 plus shipping charges and make wonderful gifts for students, friends, family, or are a special way to treat yourself!

You may also obtain the Practice Cards by making your $75+ donation HERE. As our special thanks to those who donate, you'll be sent a complimentary deck.

Either way, you will want to be one of the first to receive a copy of this extremely helpful practice resource! 

Online Tai Chi Easy™ Training: Meet The Trainers February 26th!

We are proud to announce the first Tai Chi Easy Practice Leader training event of 2022. Join the Training team of Cynthia Maltenfort, Anuja Bakshi and Lynne Nicole Smith for this powerful course taking place online via 8 LIVE training sessions beginning on March 12th. Save $100 by registering during Early Bird pricing, which ends March 1st. Click HERE to register. 

Also, make plans to join the team via Facebook Live on Saturday, February 26th beginning at 11am PT/2pm ET. This Meet the Trainers live event allows you to get to know the training team and learn more about what Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader training can do for you - and for your community. The Meet the Trainers event will take place through the HWF Facebook Page.

Be sure to like and follow the HWF Facebook Page to be notified of future Facebook Live happenings and all HWF events!

For detailed information, or to register for Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader training, click HERE

In-Person Tai Chi Easy™ Training in Lititz, Pennsylvania

We are delighted to be hosting an in-person training in Lititz, PA.! Click the flyer or link below for more information. 

Contact [email protected] for scholarship information. In-person training space fills quickly so click HERE to register today!

Special Message From Qigong Institute

Qigong Institute wishes to remind you that you are not alone in wanting to know more - and be more - as a teacher, practice leader, and enthusiastic citizen looking for ways to improve health. The Qigong Institute's latest offering: "An Introduction to Qigong Health Care" is an informative, 56-page PDF which is a helpful tool designed to deepen your understanding of Qigong as it relates to health and self-care.

Dr. Peter Wayne, author of the Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi, has reviewed the publication and commented:  

"The Institute’s latest report, An Introduction to Qigong Health Care: Meditative Movement Exercise for Whole Person Health - authored by Tom Rogers - is a comprehensive and very accessible resource for all interested in Qigong for health, including practitioners, teachers, scientists and policy makers."

Click HERE to obtain your copy of the report and support Qigong Institute, the 501c3 nonprofit working to promote the scientific understanding of Qigong since 1984. Thank you, Qigong Institute! 

Submit Your Educational Program Proposal!

Have you authored or do you lead an educational self-care and/or wellness course? Offer a unique presentation or class related to Tai Chi, Qigong or other body-mind-spirit practices? Maybe you are in development of such a curriculum and are seeking a partner to help get your course in front of potential students? If so, the HWF Programs Team is currently calling for Educational Program Proposals and would like to hear from you!

Proposals are accepted on a continuous basis. Proposals submitted by the 15th of each month, will be reviewed by the end of that month.

The Healer Within Foundation MissionHealer Within Foundation advances Qigong/Tai Chi and other self-healing, body/ mind/spirit practices, through collaboration with individuals, and organizations to sponsor trainings, community practice groups and research.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, HWF strives to produce accessible, engaging and effective educational content which may assist individuals in achieving improved health and well-being.

HWF Educational Program Goals:

  • Dissemination of effective Self-Care and Wellness Programs/Presentations
  • Alignment with HWF Mission
  • Identified Audience/Need (e.g. children's health, general health & wellness, chronic pain, substance abuse, etc.)
  • Competitively-priced offerings of high quality with feasible implementation cost

Access the Program Proposal Form at:

The HWF Programs Team welcomes your application submission and look forward to reviewing your program offering SOON!

Powered By Qi!

The most recent Foundation apparel design is sure to inspire (shown below). Let everyone know you are Powered By Qi!

Several styles and colors are available at Bonfire. Click HERE to order yours today! Then, click HERE to see ALL the HWF designs available through Bonfire at any time.

All profits help to fund the advancement of our mission, "Healer Within Foundation advances community-based Qigong/Tai Chi and other self-healing, body-mind-spirit practices through collaborations with individuals and organizations, to sponsor trainings, community practice groups and research."

Thank you for your support! Be well!

HWF Website Login Instructions - Please Read!

We'd like to invite you to explore the Healer Within Foundation website! We continue to add new content, most recently launching the HWF Blog, which we hope you will read and add your comments, too. To login, you will first need to set up your password. Click here to update your Password. Once updated, you can login here, using your Username -  - and new Password.

While you are logged in, please complete your profile (it is searchable to help other HWF community members find you)! Logging in allows you to make a donation securely, see our community member-only content such as the files on the Organize an Event page and to sign up for events such as the Gathering in the Cloud meetings.