Iris Kitagawa-Rainey has developed an engaging QiGong instruction program and teaches classes at both the Bellevue at the Sporting Club as well as at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion. Iris, a native of Philadelphia, studied the estimated 5,000-year-old gentle Chinese exercise for mind, body and soul for many years with teachers such as Kevin Starbard and Master Hou.
As a fine artist / oil painter and former dance student, Iris possesses a respect for the human form as well as an appreciation for the art of transformation. As a career elementary school teacher, she intimately understands the importance of working at one’s own pace and understands the impact of continued practice.
Iris incorporates repeated, focused internal and external movements and qi (pronounced chi) flows through the 12 major meridians of the body - delivering oxygen and energy for improved health and well being. She continually researches the benefits of QiGong (energy movement) and enhances her technique by studying with other teachers in order to bring the best practices to her classes and students.