Qigong Levels I and II

with Kate Summers

September 30th—October 1st (2017)

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  • $200 Program Price
  • $250 Patron Price
  • Repeater (write in $125)
Room: Meditation Hall

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.

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.

Recommended Reading

Nourishing the Essence of Life: The Outer, Inner, and Secret Teachings of Taoism, by Eva Wong. Limited quantities of the book will be available for purchase during the weekend.

There are no prerequisites for this program, and both new and experienced practitioners are welcome. However, students are recommended to attend both levels. The completion of Level 1 Qigong is required to attend the Sunday Level 2 program. Please note that students should not teach any form of Xiantianwujimen or Yiquan qigong without permission from the Lineage.

Completion of Levels 1 & 2 are required to attend Level 3.

Kate Summers:  Our teacher, Kate Summers, is a member of the Los Angeles Shambhala Center and, coming with a background in the martial arts, has trained intensively in Eva Wong’s qi gong since 2008.  She is presently Eva Wong’s Liaison for Qigong in Southern California and is the only person residing in California who Eva Wong has authorized to teach Levels 1-2.

Price: Program price $200; Patron price $250; Repeater Price $125. If you are able to do so, please consider paying the Patron price, which helps us to extend scholarships or work-study attendance in this program to those who cannot afford it.

Contact: If you have questions about program content or schedule, please contact Eleanor Rosch [email protected] 

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