Early 2021 Class and Workshop Schedule

NEW CLASSES Beginning in Fall of 2021 (Online Only)

 

All new classes are kept small so that everyone will get individual attention and feedback, and so I can get to everyone's questions during class. Class recordings will be made available to you for download soon after the end of each class, for your future reference.

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The Marriage of Heaven and Earth Qigong

This is an intermediate-level Wood element qigong. Especially beneficial for the liver, tendons and ligaments, it is also the most extensive qigong set for learning Opening and Closing (kai he), a necessary component of all qigong longevity practices. A two-movement qigong, it stimulates both Macrocosmic Orbit and Microcosmic Orbit qi circulation, uniting celestial and terrestrial energies (Heaven and Earth) within the human body.

While this is an intermediate-level qigong practice, we’ll start from the very beginning of Heaven and Earth, to make sure everyone has a stable foundation on which to grow in this robust and richly detailed qigong/neigong practice. It’s suitable for beginners and experienced students alike.

As a Wood Element practice, Heaven and Earth corresponds to the seasonal energies of Spring. It can be practiced productively throughout the year, but by beginning your training now, you’ll be fully ready to take advantage of the boost you’ll get by aligning yourself with Spring energy in 2022. Here’s some additional information, things that are directly addressed through Heaven and Earth Qigong.

Some benefits of The Marriage of Heaven and Earth Qigong
• The Wood Element is responsible for growth and expansion, a flourishing of self and spirit. Like a tree sending its branches up towards the sky and its roots deep into the earth, it unites the energies of Heaven (tian qi) and Earth (di qi), and accesses the energies of the immediate environment.
• Wood is the element associated with the Liver (and Gall Bladder). The liver governs the tendons and ligaments. When the liver is functioning well, tendons and ligaments are relaxed and open, reducing physical restriction and pain while improving all types of physical performance. All of the internal organs are attached to the spine by suspensory ligaments, and when those ligaments are relaxed and springy, the organs enjoy greater motility and their functional energy improves.
• The liver is responsible for the free flow of qi throughout the body, bringing healthy qi and nourishment to every organ, tissue, and cell in your body. If the liver is compromised in any way, that free flow of qi is diminished, leading to a decline in energy, vitality, wellbeing and health.
• A healthy liver gives you the ability to productively do, to accomplish, to make things happen, and supplies the fortitude to persevere. If the liver is imbalanced, a person is prone to anger (a pathological way to make things happen) or depression (not feeling up to getting things done). The free flow of liver qi also affects the emotional energies associated with every organ in the body, and in many cases can be the root cause of problems another organ may be experiencing.
• There are correlations between the Chinese understanding of Liver functions and the Western understanding of neurological functions. In addition to generally toning and releasing stress within the nervous system, Heaven and Earth may help heal neurological disorders, many of which are treated through the Liver.
• Heaven and Earth invigorates the circulation of all body fluids, including blood (especially aiding in venous return), lymph (promoting a well-functioning immune system) and synovial fluid (helping to repair or maintain healthy joint mobility).

Additional Support
To make your learning experience as easy and enjoyable as possible, for each workshop there will be:
Plenty of individual attention for form corrections, and ample Q & A to both clarify more difficult aspects of the training, and to provide personalized feedback for each person's unique needs.
Supplementary exercises designed specifically for online classes. It can be difficult to convey some material when we are not meeting in person. These supplementary exercises will help you to understand and embody everything you’re learning.
A downloadable video of each class. By the end of this workshop series, we’ll be getting into very advanced neigong. For relative beginners, and even for intermediate-level students, it would be unrealistic to expect you’ll master the new material during the month between workshops. The videos will be yours to keep forever, to study and review, allowing you to continue to grow and progress at a comfortable pace over time. The videos are also of great value during a month when you may need to miss an online class. You’ll be able to work with the video at your convenience, so you won’t fall behind.

Who Should Attend
The Marriage of Heaven and Earth is suitable for everyone who wants to enjoy greater health and vitality, and reverse many of the effects of aging, regardless of age, gender, experience or level of fitness. No prerequisites are required. It has the advantage of taking very little space, and can be beneficially practiced for relatively short periods of time, making it a perfect fit for people with very busy, over-scheduled lives.

Complete beginners will get a detailed foundation in Heaven and Earth, and by the end of the course, will have learned enough to continue to practice and develop for many years to come, and indeed over a lifetime.

Those with Heaven and Earth experience will get a thorough review of the foundational aspects, possibly including some they may never have learned. Take the practice to a higher level by including all the neigong elements that are intrinsic to an advanced Heaven and Earth practice. These elements can also be used to prepare for even more advanced qigongs, such as Bend the Bow, Shoot the Arrow (sometimes referred to as Heaven and Earth, Part 2), Spiraling Energy Body and Gods Playing in the Clouds.

Internal martial artists can use Heaven and Earth as a thorough warm-up to open the body while activating their qi. They will be able to layer the neigong into their martial practice, increasing integrated internal connections and creating a smooth continuous flow from posture to posture, deeper healing benefits, and greater power generation.

DATE: The third Sunday of each month, beginning on October 17

TIME: 2-5 PM, ET

TUITION: 130 dollars (US) for each monthly workshop.

TO ENROLL: Receipt of your tuition reserves your place and guarantees your enrollment. Please have your tuition payment to me no later than October 7. Paypal payments are preferred. The email address I use on Paypal is daoist1@dslextreme.com. For all future workshops, tuition is due one week prior to class.

Any questions? Let me know, and I’ll get back to you usually within 24 hours.

Learn more about The Marriage of Heaven and Earth Qigong here.

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Dragon & Tiger Qigong for Beginners

Dragon and Tiger Qigong is one of the most popular qigong practices in the world. As a medical qigong, it has far-reaching health benefits. It’s relatively easy to do, fun to practice, and readily modifiable to accommodate people with physical or other health restrictions so everyone can enjoy and benefit from it. It’s a great entry level qigong, yet becomes a very powerful practice as one advances in it over time. This class will take you from the very beginning of Dragon & Tiger, with careful, step-by-step guidance throughout your training.

Learn more about Dragon & Tiger Medical Qigong here

Tuition:
$130 monthly for each three-hour class.

This class does not yet have a specific start date. If you’re interested in attending, please let me know, and include days and times (Eastern Time) you are available to attend. I’ll put you on the wait list for the class. We’ll begin as soon as there are at least six interested people available on the same day and time. I have open hours on most week days, Saturdays, and some Sundays between 1 PM and 10 PM.

CONTINUING CLASSES, September through December (Online)

The continuing classes are open only to students with some experience in these qigongs. They will remain in session at least through the end of 2021. If you would like to join, please contact me as soon as possible to be included on the class roster. Tuition is expected no later than one week prior to each class.

All continuing classes are kept small so that everyone will get individual attention and feedback, and so I can get to everyone's questions during class. Class recordings will be made available to you for download soon after the end of each class, for your future reference.

Dragon and Tiger, Energetics/Level One

 

This class has completed all seven movements of the Dragon & Tiger Qigong set, including Daoist breathing, the breathing pattern(s) for each movement, and linking movements. In May, we began addressing the energetics of the form, tracing Dragon & Tiger lines in detail, sensitizing to and moving qi within the qi body/etheric field, and projecting qi from the hands, while continuing to refine the physical movements.

This ongoing class has been in session since July 5, 2020. It is best suited for current continuing students, and for those with Dragon & Tiger experience who want review and personal guidance in their practice.

Learn more about Dragon & Tiger Medical Qigong here.

Date and Time:

The first Sunday of each month, 2-5 PM.

Tuition:

$130 monthly for each three-hour class.

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Dragon and Tiger, Level Two/Three

This class completed Level 2 energetics in March. In April, we began incorporating Level 3 energetics, starting with Openings and Closings within Dragon & Tiger.


This ongoing class has been in session for about three years, with some students having many more years of training and experience. It is best suited for current continuing students, and for those very experienced in Dragon & Tiger who are ready to take their practice to the highest level currently available in this form.

Date and Time:

This class meets on the fourth Sunday of each month, 2-5 PM.

Tuition:

$130 monthly for each three-hour class.

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Energy Gates Qigong, Intermediate/Advanced

The focus of this class will remain on developing Standing (zhan zhuang), Cloud Hands (Yun Shou), the First and Second Arm Swings, and the Daoist Spine Stretch. Since April of 2020 in this online class, Cloud Hands has provided the template for numerous moving neigong components. We will add some of that neigong to the Arm Swings, appropriate to each swing. (Note, the Third Arm Swing can potentially damage the knees, hips and back unless taught carefully in person, so that will not be covered online.) Since April, we’ve moved from intermediate to more advanced course work with the addition of some Spiraling Energy Body material (“Energy Gates Part 2”).

This ongoing class has been in session for about three years, with some students having many more years of training and experience. It is best suited for current continuing students, and for those with at least a few years of experience in Energy Gates Qigong (or with other intermediate-level qigong training) who are ready to deepen their Energy Gates practice.

Learn more about Energy Gates Qigong here.

Date and Time:

This class meets on the second Sunday of each month, 2-5 PM.

Tuition:

$130 monthly for each three-hour class.