Yoga

 

The practice of Shambhava Yoga Asana begins with a strong foundation in body awareness and alignment, then moves deeper, allowing you to explore your own personal experience of yoga through inner focus and presence. Creative hatha and vinyasa approaches make this practice available and beneficial for both beginners and more experienced students.  

 

Shambhava Yoga Asana is taught from the heart, not the head. Brandon responds to the energy of the class through intuition, intelligent sequencing, and depth of practice. This room-temp class incorporates props and modifications with the goal of making yoga gratifying for everyone.

 

The ultimate purpose of asana is to cultivate a meditative state; to guide you inside where your potential awaits. Brandon’s degrees in both sports medicine and philosophy bring a depth of knowledge to the practice allowing students to be confident and safe as they practice.  

Restorative and Therapeutic Yoga (Columbia Location)

 

 

Our Program was Featured in Howard County General Hospital's Well and Wise Blog!

 

Our restorative and therapeutic yoga program is designed for people living with or recovering from medical illnesses. Classes include supportive movements and postures to nourish, nurture, and revitalize the body, breathing techniques that support healing, and guided imagery to increase peace and well-being. Yoga is known to increase lymphatic flow which supports the body in its healing process. Clinical trials show that yoga for cancer patients and survivors yields improvements in sleep quality, mood, stress, cancer-related symptoms, and overall quality of life.* Attendees of our program have reported increased energy, a sense of well-being, decreased stress and pain, decreased nausea, and improvements with cording and muscular tightness after surgery. Students describe our classes as having a warm, supportive, community feel and classmates support one another in their strengths and limitations.

*Cancer Control July 2005, Vol. 12, No. 3

 

Enrollment is rolling. Classes are held at 5501 Twin Knolls Rd Suite 109 Columbia MD 21045

Yoga Fundamentals

 

 

Coming Soon!

 

 

10 weeks for $120 

 

Partial enrollment available

Taught by Brandon Hughes, M.Ac., L.Ac., E-RYT 200

For more information:  Brandon@healingpoint.biz

 

 

This class will focus on the fundamental alignments in yoga.  Starting from an active core finding length in the spine through various movements/asanas will be a central focus.  Students of all levels will find their own peak and will promote excellent balance and posture which in turn increase circulation and healing capacity.  With Brandon’s background in sports medicine, this class will provide an outstanding foundation from which to practice yoga.  Pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation will also be used to promote harmony, homeostasis, and healing.  This class is appropriate for anyone at any stage of cancer treatment and/or chronic illness and their families or support 

 

 

Gentle Yoga for Tranquility

 

Coming soon!

10 weeks for $120 – drop-in $20.00/ class

 

Partial enrollment available

Taught by Heather Thamer M.Ed., E-RYT 500 / Brandon Hughes M.Ac., L.Ac., E-RYT 200, SFMA 

For more information:  Brandon@healingpoint.biz

 

 

In this gentle yoga class, the emphasis is on promoting healing, while moving slowly through poses,

stretches and restorative sequences. During these yoga classes, participants are led through breathing

techniques, yoga postures and meditation methods to promote healing, and restore a sense of wellbeing.

Most of the class is done seated in a chair with an emphasis on gentle joint exercises, slow

stretches to help keep muscles limber and strong, and breathing techniques to instill calm and inner

balance. Students are encouraged to move at their own pace and all poses can be modified to individual

needs. Students explore a few standing poses as an option but the emphasis is on supporting

each individual where they are that class

Class was Featured in Howard County General Hospital's Well & Wise Blog 

 

"I've always hesitated to try yoga not only because I am just now finishing treatment of cancer, but also because of my arthritis, artificial hip, and inability to sit "crisscross applesauce" (as the kids say). After seeing that classmates in the Qigong class run by Healing Point had limitations too, I feel empowered to try things that might have seemed out of reach, and am excited to try yoga!"

 

-Yoga Participant

 

Healing Point Qigong

(The Ancient Chinese Longevity Practice of Self-Healing through Movement and Meditation, pronounced "chee-gung")

Bridget's Class was Featured in Howard County General Hospital's Well and Wise Blog Spring 2012!

 

Bridget's Class was Featured in Howard County General Hospital's Well and Wise Blog Summer 2012!

 

 

Featured in Howard Magazine October 2012!

 

 

 

Qigong:

Meditation in Motion
Heal from the

Inside Out...

Meditate ⚙ Move ⚙ Breathe ⚙ Heal

Qigong. . . Create living poetry with your body.

Experience the connection between rapture and your physical health. Tap into your heart-mind-body connection and unlock dormant inner resources that impact peak performance, peak athletics, and radical health. Learn to make Inner Molecules of Medicine and elevate your body, mind and spirit to the next level. Heal and grow from the inside out.

 

Class breakdown is 1/2 meditation and 1/2 Qigong & Meditation in Motion practice. 1 Hour Weekly Class Includes:

 

✔ Qigong 5 Element Form

✔ Toning with Chinese 6 Healing Sounds

✔ Learn Inner transformational tools to unlock dormant resources of the HeartMindBody connection

✔ Discover the state of heart with the power to heal alluded to by ancient cultures

✔ Learn to use a Feeling Mantra© to unlock Inner Molecules of Medicine

✔ Reverse Divine Deficit Disorder and reconnect with awe for all of life

✔ Unlock the Heart of Healing

✔ Bridget's Famous Singing Bowl Experience (participants play therapeutic singing bowls on themselves and bathe in the resounding sounds–like church bells–vibrations pass through the cells all the way to the bones during guided meditation!)

 

There is a state of the heart known by ancient traditions and cultures to vaporize illness from the body. Whether we profoundly heal illness, or learn to live in a state of holy joy irrespective of our circumstances, living in this state of heart changes the way we think, feel, and heal. Learn self-healing practices to powerfully unlock often unrecognized or neglected Mind-Body resources. Access your inner Molecules of Medicine! Qigong (pronounced "chee-gung") movements can be adapted to a chair or prone position for students unable to stand.

 

“If you want to be healthy and live to 100, do Qigong...Qigong is the best longevity exercise.” -Dr. Oz

 

Columbia Qigong:

 

Mondays 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

For exact session dates, please click here.

Instructor: Bridget Hughes M.Ac., L.Ac., NBCCH
Program held at: 10710 Charter Drive Ste. 100 Columbia, Md 21044

(Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center Medical Pavilion at

Howard County 1st Floor across from the cafe)


Cost is $120 for 10 weeks (drop-in $20) (Rolling enrollment, partial subscription

available)


To register, or for more information, call 410-964-9100, ext. 2 or bridget@unlockingtheheartofhealing.com

What Students are Saying:

 

“I have been so blown away by how helpful Bridget's Qigong class has been for me in my healing process. Each week, I am introduced to more understanding and wisdom of the nature of healing and miracles and the possibilities that exist for us to heal ourselves. This has been a very enlightening course and I am deeply appreciative that this is available at this time.” -Jessica Earle


"I was in recovery after surgery and was having heart palpitations and anxiety.  The nurse was going to give me an Ativan but I declined and did my Qigong meditation practice instead.  The palpitations and anxiety subsided within 15 minutes with no medication!"  -Jan


"I wanted to share that because of your class I am making the connection to that god state so much easier. All throughout my life I have had those "goosebump" moments and I never realized quite why or how to tune in while not meditating. I have really been enjoying the class!" -Sam Richter


"I am completely captivated by your teaching. It was what I was looking for in school but never quite got.  I have my needle skills and clean needle technique, but this class clarifies all the rest of what I'm doing in the treatment room with my patients.  I hope you will teach for the rest of your life."-Robin Harling M.Ac., L.Ac.


"I have taken many qigong classes before but never had the movements explained in such a meaningful way. This class was fabulous!"


"I have taken qigong for years and never had it explained so clearly and engagingly. I wanted to take notes! Please write your book soon!"


"I have been a student of Bridget’s for several months now and can attest to her incredible way of bringing alive this ancient wisdom of “meditation in motion.” She not only teaches the form of Qigong with extraordinary enthusiasm, she explains in very practical ways how it benefits the body, the emotions and our spirits. She is a deeply soulful and loving teacher!"


“Bridget Hughes does so much more than teach Qigong! She explores the background, the benefits, how it helps therapeutically, the anatomy of the movements and how they affect the physical anatomy, the philosophy, bringing in Taoism and the stories of the origins of Qigong, Tai Chi and the martial arts. She helps students understand the benefits of the movements and she blends into her teaching healing approaches at the emotional and spiritual levels to address the entire person. And she brings fun into learning this highly beneficial practice.” -Richard Bredeson


"This class was so different from any other qigong I've taken. I love understanding the philosophy behind qigong and the hand movements-what they mean and why you are using them in that way."


"I had such a feeling of well-being after just one class."


"I love the spontaneous movements and the fact that I can do something to help heal myself."


“This Qigong class has an enormous asset-Bridget Hughes-who inspires, energizes, and informs brilliantly.”


"This class was very relaxing. I was having abdominal discomfort for days beforehand and haven't had it once since my first class."


"Peaceful, relaxing, I feel more in touch with myself physically. More aware of my body, it's feelings, and it's changes."


"Love the focus on my inner self. I did the practice the very next night while I was waiting for dinner to cook. My husband thought I was nuts walking in circles in the kitchen doing qigong! It has become part of my routine!"


"I breathe differently now. Even during and after Zumba I was doing my qigong breathing!"


"I stood today for the longest I've stood in 25 years!"


“I love leaving this class in a total state of glorious relaxation. You taught us to sense, increase, and dance with the chi. Thank you, I enjoyed every class and love the newness of each.” -Chris


“Qigong made me open my mind to new possibilities. I learned that energy and motion can change our body and how it relates internally and externally. Qigong is a calming exercise.” -Danielle Gibbons


“I particularly liked the personal interaction and relating the Qigong to individual issues. I liked the flexibility to adapt the moves, i.e., not a rigid doctrine.” -Fred


“I enjoyed the casual friendly atmosphere.” -Dave Daughters


"As a senior, I found this class to be accessible and stimulating but not overwhelming. I loved it!"


"This class is wonderful. Just one session was sufficient for me to learn how to create an improved feeling state in my body. I haven't felt such inner stillness in a long time. The spontaneous movements and then the (unconscious) settling on a place reminded me of a writing of Carlos Castaneda from his series of books on the Yaqui way of knowledge. A similar writing appears in Coyote Blue by Christopher Moore. Life is that way. One wanders around-seeing without looking and hearing without listening-and eventually settles in."


"I want to thank you for your wonderful ideas and help I have received from you and the Qigong class. You are so cheerful and loving and I want to thank you for reminding me that I have so much to be thankful for."


"I am so very happy to be in the qigong class; I am learning so much! It has been about 10 years since I first heard of Qi Gong, (and that long to commit and find a good instructor in this area). You are a blessing!"


"Have enjoyed the Qigong because you've placed the emphasis on the state of mind more than the 'correctness' of the moves. It's helped me center myself and concentrate on the now. I'm trying not to wait for that 'perfect' time-when everything falls into place-to be happy, centered and content. I aim for that each day-just as I am and just as the situation is-even if it's not as I would like it to be-but to be relaxed with whatever the situation. Sometimes it works-sometimes not- but-the Qigong helps me to get back to the centered place sooner. And I appreciate your positive attitude-it's contagious!"


"Peaceful, relaxing, I feel more in touch with myself physically. More aware of my body, it's feelings, and it's changes."


"Love the focus on my inner self. I did the practice the very next night while I was waiting for dinner to cook. My husband thought I was nuts walking in circles in the kitchen doing qigong! It has become part of my routine!"


"I breathe differently now. Even during and after Zumba I was doing my qigong breathing!"
"I stood today for the longest I've stood in 25 years!"

 

"After we did the Qigong breathing practice, I had such a surge of energy and power-where was this all my life? There was very little that could get to me in that power sphere I was in, including a heckler in the front row of a seminar I was teaching. He just disappeared-it was amazing."


"If Bridget were one of the Seven Dwarfs she'd be Happy, and when you spend time with her, you can't help but feel that way too." -Maryellen Shierling

 
Health and Wellness Events

 

 

For a complete listing of events by Bridget Hughes see

www.unlockingtheheartofhealing.com

Past Events

 

Spontaneous Healing: How to Use Your Inner Pharmacy

 

Taught by:

Bridget Hughes M.Ac., L.Ac., NBCCH

 

Date: November 7th, 2015

Time: 9AM–5PM

Location: Blueberry Gardens Healing Center

237 Ashton Road, Ashton, MD 20861

Cost: $125

To register online: www.healingpoint.biz/retreats

To register by phone: (410) 964-9100 ext. 2

 



 

Ongoing Events

 

 

 

Breast Cancer Support Group

3rd Wednesday of the month from 7-9pm at the Central Maryland Oncology office waiting room.
Group is facilitated by Mary M. Dowling LCSW-C, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is free but registration is appreciated.

To register, or for more information, call 410-964-9100, ext. 5 or mary@healingpoint.biz

 

 

Living With Cancer- Stage IV Breast Cancer

4th Thursday of the month from 7-8:30pm at the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center waiting room. Group is facilitated by Mary M. Dowling LCSW-C, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is free but registration is appreciated.

To register, or for more information, call 410-964-9100, ext. 5 or mary@healingpoint.biz

 

 

Care Giver’s Support Network

 

1st Tuesday of each month at 3:30
Free. Registration is preferred, but walk-ins are welcome.

For people caring for a loved one suffering from cancer, this group is designed to give you a safe place to air the concerns that go along with caring for a loved one with cancer.

For more information, call The Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center at 410-740-5858 

  Past Healing Point Offerings

 

 

 

Rewiring Your Neural Pathways of Emotion

 


Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center
Medical Pavilion, Suite 100, 10710 Charter Drive , Columbia, MD 21044
 

If your negative emotions play like a bad song stuck on repeat and you want to know how positioning your mirrors like a race car driver can facilitate positive change...
If your joy levels are less than optimal and you want to know the story of The Everything Man and The Nothing Woman and how what they learned can increase your happiness...
If you want to learn to meditate in a way that feels good, is fun to do, and is effective if practiced for 100 seconds (less than 2 minutes) a day and effectively “rewires” your brain...

Come to Rewiring Your Neural Pathways of Emotion!

 

Emotions affect our health, outlook and well-being. Participants will examine current emotional response patterns and use the tools of imagery, visualization, and meditation to promote positive change and optimal ways of being. This presentation is given by Bridget Hughes M.Ac., L.Ac.

 

Featured in Howard County General Hospital's Well and Wise Blog 2014!

 

Featured in Howard County General Hospital's Well and Wise Blog 2011!

 

Feedback from past participants:

 

"This presentation was so tight, and poetry in every word."
"Instructor was a pleasure."
"Her optimism was contagious."
"Wonderful presentation, thank you!"
"Bridget is teaching a subject that is very important to good health."
"Could feel her passion and heart. Really useful!"
"Off the charts great!"
"Totally exceeded my expectations!"
"Fabulous content! Great examples!"
"I did not even know I needed to hear this but was encouraged by a friend to attend. I was blown away!"
"Excellent! Excellent! Excellent!
"I loved it-it was just what I needed!"
"The content was exceptional!"
"So fascinating, makes me want more."
"Very inspiring."
"This was the most original and unique presentation I have ever attended."

 

 

Get your Spontaneous Healing On!™ 
10 Keys to Unlock Radical Health and Reverse Illness

 

There is a state of the heart known by ancient traditions and cultures to vaporize illness from the body. Whether we profoundly heal illness, or learn to live in a state of holy joy irrespective of our circumstances, living in this state of heart changes the way we think, feel, and heal. Learn 10 keys to powerfully unlock often unrecognized or neglected Mind-Body resources. Access your inner Molecules of Medicine!

 

Presented by Bridget Hughes

 

Sponsored by ACT Annapolis
A Community of Transformation
www.actannapolis.org
Program held at United Church of Christ
(Rt. 2 South, Across from Annapolis Harbor Center)

 

 

QiGong with SalsaGong!™

 

Fun, Self-Healing Practices for Radical Health and Reversing Illness
Combining the upbeat rhythms of Salsa with the meditative movements of Qigong

1 Hour Weekly Class Includes:
Qigong - SalsaGong - Moving Meditation - Food Healing - Reverse Disease Using Latest Research


St. Martin's-in-the-Field Episcopal Church, 375 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD 21146 - Classes held in Heck Hall (bright red front door)
 

An exploration of radical health and reversing illness through movement, music, laughter, breathing, meditation, and education. This class is open to all, relevant for all, and explores the latest research on holistic and natural ways to encourage a profound state of healing. This is the fun meditation you have been looking for!

 

 

Qigong - Meditation in Motion - 1 Day Seminar

 

 

Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center
(Medical Pavilion, Suite 100, 10710 Charter Drive , Columbia, MD 21044)

 

This seminar is taught by Bridget Hughes M.Ac., L.Ac. 

 

“If you want to live to 100, do Qigong...Qigong is the best longevity exercise.” -Dr. Oz

This class is jam packed! We will experience a taste of...

Whole Body Breathing: Cultivate vitality and powerful Qi-Energy.
Empty Force Qigong: Energy field becomes palpable like solid matter.
Five Element Qigong: Gentle moves for healing each of the major organs.
Five Treasures Qigong: Draw down Heaven, Draw up Earth, Gather Starlight.
Spontaneous Healing Qigong: Like dancing through luminous energy.
Transformation of Virtue: Transform energy of emotions through meditative alchemy.

 

 

Simple Practices for Caring for Ourselves

 

A Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center and Healing Point Acupuncture and Healing Arts collaborative offering
Monday November 12th (National Caregiver Month)

Part 1 Meditation for the Caregiver

Part 2 Free Shoulder or Foot Massage for the Caregiver

 

HCGH Wellness Center Medical Pavilion, Ste. G010, 10710 Charter Dr., Columbia
Taught by Mary Dowling LCSW-C

 

 

Natural Approaches for Healthy Living for People Living With Cancer and Cancer Survivors


Strengthening Immunity and the Cancer-Sugar Connection by Dr. Stephany Porter
Qigong: Meditation in Motion by Bridget Hughes M.Ac., L.Ac.

Wellness House of Annapolis 2625 Mas Que Rd, Annapolis MD 21401
 

 

 

A Mind-Body Approach to Pain

 

If you want to know how I used mind-body techniques when five 400 degree shards of glass fused to the aqueous humor of my eye and the result of those techniques which literally stunned the ER docs who removed the shards...

 

If you want to know how mind-body approaches to pain actually change the biochemistry of the brain and body (think of biting into a juicy, tart lemon-does your mouth water? Our thoughts can literally change our physiology)...

 

And if you want to know how to successfully amputate a phantom limb (proof that our mind can run a pain loop even when we don’t even have the body part that hurts)...

Come to A Mind-Body Approach to Pain!

 

Change your relationship with pain and alter the pain experience using the latest mind-body techniques. This presentation is given by Bridget Hughes M.Ac., L.Ac.

 

Featured in Howard County General Hospital's Well and Wise Blog!

 

Feedback from Participants:

 

"Excellent class; explores how an individual can tap the 'mind’s' resources for controlling pain and coping with individual illnesses."
Betty Pramik

 

"I believe anyone in pain could benefit from this presentation. I particularly enjoyed the experiential portion. The information provided was backed by numerous credentialed experts which lent validity. I found the information inspiring and hopeful and appreciated the logical and organized way the information was presented. I am motivated to practice the mind-body techniques at home!"
Kathy Braithwaite

 

"The presentation was extremely enlightening, fascinatingly presented, and, as always, provided a wealth of information for daily use."
Ellen Rosenberg

 

"This class was very informative. The guided imagery for relaxing the body and mind helped release a pain I had at the base of the skull!"
Caroline

 

Benefits of Therapeutic Massage

 

Learn about the benefits of therapeutic massage for cancer patients during and post treatment. Cancer patients face many challenges and an oncology-trained massage therapist brings skills and knowledge to address these issues.
“Valerie’s knowledge helps her tailor her approach to my situation and needs. She helps reduce irritating symptoms and discomfort allowing me to feel better and sleep more comfortably.” – LB
This presentation is given by Valerie Lapcinski, L.M.T

 

 

Transitioning to Wellness of Body, Mind, and Spirit for Survivors

Participants will explore what it means to transition to wellness in the midst of changes that affect us physically, mentally, and emotionally. Using the tools of imagery, visualization, and meditation we will examine ways to promote positive change and optimal ways of being.

 

Bridget's Class was Featured in Howard County General Hospital's Well and Wise Blog!

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To Schedule An Appointment

Call 410-964-9100​