Early 2021 Class and Workshop Schedule

NEW CLASSES Beginning in Spring 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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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.

Date and Time:

This class begins Saturday, May 22, 1:30-4:30 PM ET.

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

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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.

This class will meet for a three hours, once a month. 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.

 

Learn more about The Marriage of Heaven and Earth 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 and Saturdays between 1 PM and 10 PM.

CONTINUING CLASSES Beginning in January (Online Only)

As of May, the continuing classes are open only to students with some experience in these qigongs. 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, Movements/Level One

 

In January, this class will finish all seven movements of the Dragon & Tiger Qigong set. Beginning in February, we’ll focus on adding Daoist breathing, the breathing pattern(s) for each movement, and linking movements, while continuing to refine the physical movements. By April or May, we’ll begin to address 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.

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:

First class of the new year begins Sunday, January 3, 2-5 PM. It will meet at this time on the first Sunday of each month.

Tuition:

$130 monthly for each three-hour class.

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Dragon and Tiger, Level Two/Three

We’ll complete the Level 2 energetics for movements 6 & 7 in January, February, and possibly into March. In March or April, we’ll begin incorporating Level 3 energetics, starting with Openings and Closings within Dragon & Tiger. I’m really looking forward to teaching Level 3 energetics in this class. This is the first time I’ve had a group of students who are ready to learn these aspects of the form, neigong energetics that are only hinted at in the first two levels, running parallel to but much deeper than the etheric field work most commonly associated with 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:

First class of the new year begins Sunday, January 24, 2-5 PM. It will meet at this time on the fourth Sunday of each month.

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.) We’ll be moving from intermediate to more advanced course work with the addition of some Spiraling Energy Body material (“Energy Gates Part 2”) in March or April.

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:

First class of the new year begins Sunday, January 10, 2-5 PM. It will meet at this time on the second Sunday of each month.

Tuition:

$130 monthly for each three-hour class.

CLOUD HANDS QIGONG WORKSHOP SERIES

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THE INNER POWER OF CLOUD HANDS QIGONG:
Cultivating Energy, Health, and Longevity

Cloud Hands (Yun Shou), also known as Wave Hands Like Clouds, is a powerful single-movement qigong/neigong practice with a proven history of healing and longevity benefits spanning thousands of years. It exists as a stand-alone qigong, as a part of more extensive qigong sets, and is contained in all taiji (tai chi) styles, with variations appropriate to each style. Many qigong masters consider Cloud Hands to be the best single-movement qigong one can practice.

In this workshop, we’ll focus on Cloud Hands as a comprehensive stand-alone qigong, sequentially layering in extensive neigong (inner cultivation) over the course of the workshop. You’ll be thoroughly guided from the very beginning, first learning the physical movement with all its subtleties, covering concepts and principles, training techniques, and other practical considerations. Some health benefits are produced from the physical movement alone, and each physical component has direct and specific qi effects. We’ll distinguish and engage those qualities as we progress.

At a foundational level, Cloud Hands begins to harmonize the yin and yang energies throughout the body. In western terms, this correlates to improving homeostasis, building health and energy through balancing and optimizing all the body’s physiological processes, including improving the functional energy of every organ, toning the lymphatic system for increased immune function, and releasing held tension within the nervous system, thereby reducing mental and emotional stress while relaxing the body and mind. These benefits increase and the inner power of Cloud Hands continues to expand as deeper neigong is included. Integration of all components is addressed as each new piece is added.

Workshop Format
The material will be presented in four or five four-hour workshops, meeting one Sunday each month. This is the first time I’ve taught Cloud Hands this extensively in a single workshop series format. As there is a lot of information to cover, and I anticipate time spent answering questions in each class, I’m leaving it open to “four or five” workshops to make sure everything is clear, all questions are answered, and we include all the course material as outlined here.

Each workshop will include three 10 minute breaks so you don’t get overwhelmed. You can rest, get a drink or snack, step outside for some fresh air, or do anything that helps you recharge for the next class segment.

Additional Support
To make your learning experience as easy and enjoyable as possible, for each workshop there will be:
• 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 this material in four or five months. 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.
• For those who need it, one additional half-hour online session will be made available each month, in the third week between classes, at no extra charge. Nothing new will be taught, this will only be to clarify any questions that may arise during the first two weeks of practicing the new material.

Who Should Attend
Cloud Hands is suitable for everyone who wants to enjoy greater health and vitality, 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 Cloud Hands, 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 Cloud Hands experience will be able to take their practice to a higher level, by including neigong elements that are rarely taught within Cloud Hands. These elements can also be used to deepen more advanced qigongs, such as The Marriage of Heaven and Earth and Gods Playing in the Clouds.

Internal martial artists can use Cloud Hands 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 connection and creating a smooth continuous flow from posture to posture, deeper healing benefits, and greater power generation.

Day/Date:

The third Sunday of each month, beginning January 17.

Time:

1:30-5:30 PM EST

Tuition:  

Standard tuition is $175 for each workshop.


To Enroll:

As of May, this workshops series is only open to students with Cloud Hands experience. Please contact me for enrollment information.