Program Details

Qigong Levels 1 & 2

with Samten Kobelt
March 9 / 9:00 AM - March 10 / 5:00 PM

Cultivate strength of body and calmness of mind through the healing Taoist practice of qigong. Take this opportunity to receive instruction in two unique lineages, The Pre-celestial Limitless Gate School (Xiantianwujimen) and the Yiquan School, neither of which have previously been fully transmitted to students in the West. Xiantianwujimen was founded in the Song dynasty (circa 10th to 12th centuries) by Taoist sage Chen Xiyi, who is recognized as "the father of qigong.” The other lineage, the Yiquan School was founded by Wang Xiangzhai in the early 20th century. Yiquan is most well-known for its standing qigong postures called Zhangzhuan. Eva Wong has begun to transmit these teachings over the last few years to Shambhala teachers and students.

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. Techniques of tendon changing, marrow washing, self-massage, and calisthenics will be taught. Inner qigong is concerned with nourishing the internal organs and cultivating qi. Students will learn sleeping and walking qigong as well as 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 entirety.

There are no prerequisites for Level 1 of this program this program. However, students must pre-register for both levels. Students are also expected to understand that they should not teach any form of Xiantianwujimen or Yiquan Qigong without permission from the Lineage.

Eva Wong, author and translator of 12 books on the Taoist arts of health, meditation and qigong, is the 19th-generation lineage carrier of Xiantianwujimen Taoism (Pre-celestial Limitless Gate School of Taoism) and 3rd-generation student of Wang Xiangzhai, founder of Yiquan martial arts and Zhangzhuan (standing qigong). She is transmitting these healing and strengthening disciplines through Shambhala Teachers at the request of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

Shastri Samten Kobelt has been a Shambhala Teacher since the early 1990. After leadership roles in Karme Choling and Shambhala Mountain Center, he directed Marpa House from 2006 to 2012. He has been practicing with Eva Wong since 2005. He is currently traveling and teaching body-mind disciplines throughout the western world. Photo by Rebekah West.

Generosity policy is not offered for this program.

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