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Qigong Offerings Expanded at SUNY Potsdam With New CLEAR Non-Credit Program


The Center for Lifelong Education and Recreation at SUNY Potsdam is piloting a series of non-credit classes featuring various Qigong systems during the Spring 2017 semester.

Qigong (pronounced “chee-gong”) is a synergy of posture, breathing techniques, gentle movement and visualization, to gather, cleanse and circulate the body’s energy, or “qi.” Students in the new Qigong Sampler program can explore various styles, while learning how to deal with stress and develop more tranquility.

“The format for this semester really allows individuals to pick and choose what will work for them, based on their desired time commitment, budget and interests,” said Beth Todd, director of continuing education at SUNY Potsdam. “This also allows us to capitalize on the talents of Andrea Malik, who is a seasoned instructor and is looking forward to sharing the various styles available to try.”

Qigong is becoming increasingly popular in the United Sates, and is said to have wide-ranging benefits for health and wellness. Every class will begin with live flute music, along with a few minutes of meditation. Each class will end with self-massage or lying down Qigong.

Participants can register for one, some or all of the classes, which begin on Monday, Jan. 23. To register or learn more, visit or call the CLEAR office at (315) 267-2167.

The Center for Lifelong Education and Recreation offers non-credit programs, workshops, summer camps and training sessions, as well as organizing conferences and events, on the SUNY Potsdam campus. To learn more, visit

Founded in 1816, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges—and the oldest institution within SUNY. Now in its third century, SUNY Potsdam is distinguished by a legacy of pioneering programs and educational excellence. The College currently enrolls approximately 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its challenging liberal arts and sciences core, distinction in teacher training and culture of creativity. To learn more, visit

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Alexandra Jacobs Wilke, Office of Public Affairs,
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