COUNTY—The Young Adult room at the Wayne County Public Library in Honesdale is full to the brim Wednesday afternoons with Wayne County residents looking to partake in the Golden Crane Exercise System, developed by Master David Jones.
Based on Chinese Qi Gong exercises, the Golden Crane system utilizes slow, flowing movements, mimicking the motions of a crane, to increase blood circulation throughout the body and provide other health benefits, explained Jones.
He noted that, while beneficial to adults and children of all ages and walks of life, the system is especially helpful to seniors and those with a lack of mobility as the exercises are done from a seated position, reducing strain on the body.
“It's an excellent healing art,” said Jones.
Classes are “...really going great and starting to pick up,” said Jones, noting recent classes have seen between 15 and 20 participants.
Hatching the Golden Crane
A karate practitioner and instructor in his youth, Jones began studying Soaring Crane Qi Gong to rehabilitate his body after a tractor trailer struck his vehicle in 1989.
Jones suffered severe nerve damage from the incident, leaving the left side of his body completely paralyzed.
After his rehabilitation was successful and he developed his own school in Highland Park, New Jersey, Jones received a grant from former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman to develop Soaring Crane Qi Gong techniques into an exercise program for senior citizens.
This became the Golden Crane Exercise System.
Jones pointed to a 1995 article in “IKF Presents Masters & Styles” magazine which states he and his students toured 14 nursing homes, elder care facilities and veteran's hospitals in the summer of 1994 as part of this grant program.
The Golden Crane Exercise System is “...really helpful for lots of older folks,” explained Jones in an interview, later adding, “They really seem to groove on it.”
Jones' Golden Crane classes are based out of the Sunrise Room at the Himalayan Institute (HI), Monday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m., and out of the Wayne County Public Library on Wednesday afternoons from 3-4:30 p.m.
Classes at the library are running through the end of October. Those provided at the HI run through the end of the year.
Attendance is free for all classes, though those seeking to participate at the library are asked to call ahead (570-253-1220) and speak with Elizabeth Wilson to reserve seating.
Participants are welcome to experience as many classes as they choose at either or both locations.