Qigong ~ Levels 1 and 2

with Michael Busby

March 10th—March 11th

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  • $200.00 Program Price
Room: Main Shrineroom

Cultivate strength of body and calmness and clarity of mind through practices that integrate movement, breath, and internal energy.
A form of gentle, relaxing exercise, qigong strengthens joints, muscles, tendons, and bones, increases flexibility, stimulates the circulation of energy in our body, and enhances mental clarity. For persons who have physical challenges, qigong is an excellent way to gently introduce mobility and relaxation. Benefits of qigong include the promotion of health and longevity, and it can serve as a synergistic companion to meditation and other contemplative practices.

This is a rare opportunity to receive instruction in two unique qigong lineages, neither of which have previously been fully transmitted to students in the West.

Qigong is designed to cultivate strength of body and calmness and clarity of mind through Taoist practices that integrate movement, breath, and qi (internal energy). A form of gentle, relaxing exercise, qigong strengthens joints, muscles, tendons, and bones, increases flexibility, stimulates the circulation of energy in our body, and enhances mental clarity. For persons who have physical challenges, qi gong is an excellent way to gently introduce mobility and relaxation. Benefits of qigong include the promotion of health and longevity, and it can serve as a synergistic companion to meditation and other contemplative practices.

This is a rare opportunity to receive instruction in two unique qigong lineages, neither of which have previously been fully transmitted to students in the West. The Pre-Celestial Limitless Gate School (Xiantianwujimen) was founded in the Song dynasty (circa 10th to 12th centuries) by Taoist sage Chen Xiyi, recognized as "the father of qigong." This lineage specializes in using qigong techniques to build the foundation for sitting meditation and for the internal alchemy of meditation practices.

The Yiquan School, founded by Wang Xiangzhai in the early 20th century, is most well-known for its standing qigong postures called Zhangzhuan, which are designed to still the mind while simultaneously gathering and circulating internal energy.

Michael Busby
The program will be taught by Michael Busby, who is the Director of the Seattle Shambhala Center and one of the few Qigong students authorized by Eva Wong to teach these foundational levels. He is known as a dynamic and inspiring teacher.

In Level 1, 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, 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.

nourishing the Essence of LifeRecommended Reading
Nourishing the Essence of Life: The Outer, Inner, and Secret Teachings of Taoism, by Eva Wong.

Eva Wong is a 19th generation lineage carrier of Xiantianwujimen Taoism (Primordial Limitless Gate School). Eva will be teaching in the Northwest at the end of June at the Seattle Shambhala Center and at the Tai Chi Center in Nanaimo, B.C. on Vancouver Island.

Levels 1 and 2 are open to everyone. However, all subsequent Qigong levels have a prerequisite that you have completed the previous levels. This Belingham retreat will qualify students to take Qigong Level 3 (and Level 3 will satisfy requirements to proceed to Level 4). 

For more information visit Eva Wong's Seven Stars Taoist Training website: https://www.limitlessgate.com