Program Details

QiGong Level 3

with Sophie Léger
June 14 / 7:00 PM - June 16 / 6:00 PM

The standard Shambhala Chicago generosity policy does not apply for this course, but  there is a 25% reduction for those repeating the course.


There will be a  Level I & II review on Thursday evening, 7pm-9pm for $20.  If you wish to attend, please let us know in the notes section when registering for this course.




There is a 25% discount for those repeating the class.




Ms. Sophie Léger is part of a small group of individuals authorized by Dr Eva Wong to teach her Daoist Qigong lineages. Sophie has taught levels 1,2 & 3 throughout North America and Europe.




A student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche since 1990, she has been a certified meditation instructor and teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition for over 15 years, and served as Director of the Montreal Shambhala Meditation Centre from 1996 until 2000.




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.


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 level.)


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 Calisthenics 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.


Required text: Nourishing the Essence of Life, translated by Eva Wong


Currently, the center has a few copies available for purchase.  If you would like to pre-order a copy, please send an email to


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If you are interested in the Level I & II review, please mention it in the note section of registration.


The class will be help at the Chicago Shambhala Meditation Center in Rogers Park, 7331 North Sheridan Ave, Chicago, IL  60626


For more information: or call me: Jennifer O’Hara @ 773-973-3260





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