Qigong Level 1&2

About This Event

Qigong is a source of health and wellness for living life with vitality. Specifically, qigong strengthens joints, muscles, tendons, and bones, nourishes internal organs, stimulates circulation of energy in our body, and enhances mental clarity. Thus in addition as a support for living a full life, it is also seen as a foundation for practicing both meditation and martial arts. Qigong is for everyone, young and old; it is an excellent way to gently help recover from injury or stiffness, and to retain mobility and good health into old age.

In this weekend, we will be introduced to several basic practices of qigong that include self-massage, stretching and standing postures. The forms presented in this program draw from two unique lineages, the Pre-celestial Limitless Gate School (Xiantianwujimen) and the Yiquan School.

This program can stand alone, giving you practices to do for the rest of your life. It is also part of a progressive unfolding path of qi gong, as taught by Eva Wong that is broken down into stages of learning, or levels, to guide the practitioner.

In Level 1 (Saturday), students will be in instructed in various techniques of outer and inner qigong. Outer qigong is concerned with strengthening the muscular-skeletal system - joints, muscles, tendons, bones, and spinal column. It includes techniques of tendon changing, bone-marrow washing, self-massage, and calisthenics. Inner qigong is concerned with nourishing the internal organs and cultivating qi, or internal energy. Students will learn Chen Xiyi's sleeping qigong and Wang Xiangzhai's standing qigong.

In Level 2 (Sunday), the focus will be on tendon changing and self-massage. The Twelve Devas Tendon-Changing System and the Nine Self-Massage System will be taught in their entirety. The Self-Massage Technique focuses on stimulating the meridians and acupuncture points and the Twelve Devas forms focus on recovering flexibility, strength, and softness in the tendons and muscles. In addition, students will continue to learn new forms of Wang Xiangzhai's standing qigong that are designed to preserve, gather, and circulate internal energy.

Prerequisites:  None - Open to all!

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