Program Details

Qi Gong Level 3

with Eva Wong
September 13 / 7:00 PM - September 15 / 6:00 PM

Daoist Qigong is a spiritual discipline that cultivates body and mind simultaneously. Through the lineage handed down by Dr. Eva Wong, traditional outer and inner Qigong will be presented from two systems: the Pre-celestial Limitless Gate School (Xiantianwujimen) and the Yiquan School.

Friday Talk: The Gourd and the Cauldron - The Interactive Influences Between Chinese Medicine and Daoism

In Level 3 students will learn:

1. Hua Tu's Five Animals Calisthenics and tendon-changing Techniques. The five animal forms covered are - tiger, bear, deer, monkey, and bird. The tiger form trains tendon strength, the bear form trains bone strength, the deer form focuses on preserving generative energy, the monkey form trains agility, and the bird form trains balance.

2. Part 1 of the Immortals' Guide to Self Massage and Breath regulation. This system combines self-massage and breath control to facilitate the conservation and circulation of internal energy.

3. Part 1 of Chen Xiyi's Red Phoenix Calisthenics System. This system combines tendon-changing, calisthenics, self-massage, and breath regulation. Originated in the 11th century, the Red Phoenix Calisthenics is unique to Xiantianwujimen qigong.

Both sets are used to familiarize the practitioner with different forms of breath control to open blockages in the meridians, align the spinal column for circulation of qi from the base of the spine to the crown of the head, and enhance tendon, bone, and muscular strength. Both forms have not been taught outside of Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China. 

4. Four more standing qigong postures from Wang Xiangzhai's Yiquan System.

As Eva Wong's gift to Sakyong Mipham, these two sets of Daoist qigong will only be taught within Shambhala Centers.

Prerequisites & Commitment

The prerequisite for Level 3 qigong is Levels 1 and 2. Students attending Level 3 are encouraged to commit to attending at least Levels 4 and 5 in order to complete the entire Red Phoenix Callisthenics System and the Immortals' Guide to Self Massage and Breath Regulation. Students are also expected to understand that they should not teach any form of Xiantianwujimen or Yiquan Qigong without permission from the Lineage.

Session beginning times are sharp; please allow some flexibility (+ or -) for ending times. There is a limit of 30 people, so please register soon. 

No partial attendance please. Everyone must come for the opening evening talk on Friday and attend ALL sessions. People who miss a session will not be entered into the database as having completed Level 3 (which is a prerequisite for further levels).

Required text: Nourishing the Essence of Life, translated by Eva Wong. Please have this text in book or e-book form for the Saturday evening portion of the weekend. You do not need to read it ahead of time.

Eva Wong author and translator of 13 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 a 3rd-generation student of Wang Xiangzhai, founder of Yiquan martial arts and Zhangzhuan (standing qigong). Her latest book, published by Shambhala, is Taoism, an Essential Guide.

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