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Instructor Penny Navis-Schmidt emphasizes a point to her students about the various exercises used in qigong. Roughly 700 different forms of qigong exist, but all consist of a series of movements designed to enhance energy flow through the body’s meridians, or pathways.

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Invigorating the body’s energy

Eastern-inspired exercises yoga and qigong allow practitioners to learn proper breathing and posture

Penny Navis-Schmidt talks fast. A psychotherapist by training, Navis-Schmidt admits she lives fast, too. Qigong (pronounced chi kung) helps her slow down. “I’m a pretty type-A person,” Navis-Schmidt said. “I’m someone who really needs to do this.”

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