White Tiger Healing Qigong:
This course gives instruction in a set of advanced Taoist forms, which are a part of the 400-year-old Emeishan White Tiger Kung Fu lineage.
The exercises cultivate a very distinct and powerful form of energy. While being advanced as far as their energetic effects – in other words, the practitioner is able to create an abundance of internal energy -- they are very easy to learn and practice.
The exercises bring excellent health benefits and can powerfully enhance your healing ability, increase personal magnetism, and assist the practitioner in developing latent powers.
Taoist 5 for Health and Vitality – Achieve New Levels of Energy and Wellness:
The Taoist 5 for Health and Vitality exercises are extremely effective in strengthening and balancing the body's organ energy.
The system is divided into two sections. The first section stimulates, energizes, and balances the body's Yang organs and channels. (Large Intestine, Gall Bladder, Bladder, Small Intestine, Spleen) This results in the strengthening of the body's peristaltic action and aids digestion.
The second section stimulates, energizes, and balances the body's Yin organs and channels. (Lung, Liver, Kidney, Heart, Spleen) The Yin organs are responsible for the storage of the body's energy, and control the whole systems of meridians, channels, and corresponding zones and functions of the body.
The set finishes with a moving Qigong meditation to balance and harmonize the whole mind-body system.
These forms can strengthen the immune system; harmonize the whole mind body system, and increase health, vitality and personal power.
Primordial Qigong is an 800-year-old lineage Qigong form which is based on reversing time and returning to the Source, or Tao -- our original, Primordial state of being.
By regularly practicing Primordial Qigong, we can gain lasting health benefits by cultivating and restoring the natural balance of energy within the body.
At the same time, we can increase our overall sensitivity, gain greater awareness of the energetic world around us, and develop the ability to re-align with the Universe by observing and integrating the elements of nature into the core essence of our being. This enables us to align our consciousness with the One Consciousness, which imparts wisdom and inspiration. The Buddhists and Taoists describe this state as being already within us, and it is a process of clearing illusions so that we can experience our true Nature.
From the Tao Te Ching:
others is wisdom;
Knowing the Self is Enlightenment.
others requires force;
Mastering the Self needs strength.
knows he has enough is rich.
Perseverance is a sign of will power.
He who stays where he is endures.
To die, but not to perish is to be eternally present.”
The form combines a deep Qigong meditation while moving the body gently, gathering Qi from Heaven and Earth, as well as from all the directions. As we move in reverse with the seasons, starting with Spring, there is a turning back of time. Energetically, this reversal of time takes us back towards our prenatal original Qi – the Primordial Qi state of pure health, pure spirit, and undifferentiated unity.
“In my personal experience, I have developed the capacity to see what ails you. But not only that, I have cultivated the wisdom and ability to heal you.” Master Zhu Hui’s reply when asked “what benefit can one derive from practicing Primordial Qigong?”
Master Zhu is a lineage holder of Primordial Qigong in a line that goes back to the legendary Taoist Priest, Chang San-Feng.
Buddhist Eighteen Movement Qigong:
Buddhist Eighteen Movement Qigong is a Chinese Buddhist healing Dharma practice. It is considered a key to enlightenment, and valued for its ability to increase physical vitality and energy, as well as being a catalyst in Spiritual achievement.
It is taught in two stages: form and visualizations. Advanced students incorporate mantra along with the form and visualizations.
Yi Chuan for Healing and Rejuvenation:
This class introduces you to the art of awakening extraordinary possibilities already latent within your body and mind. The static standing meditations within Yi Chuan, known as Zhan Zhuang, have been referred to by some energy Masters as the most powerful form of Qigong.
Holding a series of stationary postures helps to stabilize the body and unblock the flow of stuck Qi. This in turn can improve our health, increase our energy, enhance our immune system, reduce stress, and has a strengthening effect on our nervous system.
This system of standing Qigong forms translates as "Intention Fist" or “Mind Boxing”. When we practice Yi Chuan it is not only about form and posture, but it also includes the training of the mind and spirit. Yi Chuan (I Chuan) is often taught in distinct stages. The focus on this class will be on the first two stages. The first is holding a series of static postures (Zhan Zhaung). The second phase combines martial intent and whole body integration with static and moving postures.
In China, those involved in the healing arts often practice Zhan Zhuang to help them generate tremendous internal energy, increase their magnetism, and strengthen their Wei Qi -- the protective energy or the natural defense mechanism of the body.
If done with the correct presence of mind, this also becomes an exercise of Spirit - and opens the doorway to the inner worlds.
Students often marvel at how such simple exercises can bring so much healing and growth. These are proven to be some of the most effective methods to restore vibrant internal energy.
In one way these are the easiest to learn yet, because of their simplicity, they often prove to be among the most difficult to master. However, in the beginning stages, even ten minutes of correct and regular practice can bring noticeable benefits.
Tai Chi Ruler Qigong:
The Tai Chi Ruler is a system of Taoist energy cultivation that was created sometime during the 10th century A.D. by the legendary Taoist Yogi, Chen Hsi-I (Chen Tuan).
The Ruler itself is specifically designed to enhance the flow of Qi and balance it throughout the body, imparting good health and longevity. The most immediate benefits are a positive effect on the metabolism, improved circulation, a calming effect on the central nervous system, and a strengthened immune system. It can also help to relieve stress, impart holistic rejuvenation, and build internal strength and powerful Qi.
The Tai Chi Ruler practice is done while strategically holding a ruler between your hands while moving in specific patterns with deep, slow breathing, a relaxed mind, and consciousness united with spirit.
Chinese physicians have long prescribed the Tai Chi Ruler as an aid to good health and rejuvenation. Its powerful exercise patterns not only help the circulation of Qi or life force within the body, but also moves lymph and blood. All of this helps to promote the elimination of toxins, and the cleansing and detoxification of body tissues.
The Tai Chi Ruler practice is an excellent energetic support for anyone involved with the healing arts, the Internal Martial Arts, or for anyone who desires to take advantage of its incredible health benefits.
Shaolin 5 Qigong:
This is a hard-style Qigong which focuses on internal strengthening. It is considered a rare and advanced healing Qigong, a part of the Foshan branch Wing Chun system. It was handed down from the Taoist monks and perfected over the years in the Shaolin Temple. It is considered a lost treasure of Shaolin training.
Shaolin 5 Qigong uses tendon stretching, breathing and posture to focus Qi to the vital organs of the body with a special emphasis on the kidneys. From both a martial arts and healing perspective, this is considered to be one of the most important parts of the body.
Shaolin 5 Qigong is both fast-acting and easy to learn.
Qigong for Seniors:
The American Geriatrics Society and the National Institute of Health both recommend Qigong as a great form of exercise for seniors. Qigong is similar to Tai Chi, as they both consist of slow natural movements that can help seniors make better use of the their breath, increasing lung capacity. They also open joints and reduce stiffness, gently stretch the body, increase circulation, and even build strength.
Qigong, however, is much easier to learn than Tai Chi, and its benefits are immediately noticeable. The good news is that seniors can often experience the benefits from exercise faster than any other age group!
Qigong for Seniors is an easy to learn set that can be molded to your level of fitness and schedule, and includes exercises that can be done sitting, using a chair for balance, or standing. Qigong is for everyone!
As always, before starting any exercise program please consult with your physician.