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.
Xiantianwujimen was founded in the Song dynasty (circa 10th to 12th centuries) by Daoist sage Chen Xiyi, who is recognized as "the father of qigong." Eva Wong is the 19th-generation carrier (quanren) of this lineage.
The Yiquan School was founded by Wang Xiangzhai in the early 20th century. Yiquan is best known for its standing qigong postures called Zhangzhuan. One of Master Wang's students was the Luhe Bafa master Sun Di.
Physically, qigong massages, stretches, and strengthens the body. Energetically, it nourishes the internal organs, gathering and conserving energy. Ultimately, qigong dissolves the duality of mind and body to allow us to live a fully engaged and creative life.
Because the cultivation of body needs to be balanced by the cultivation of mind, Shambhala Shamatha meditation will be integrated with qigong practice throughout the program.
Sophie Léger is one of few individuals authorized by Eva Wong to teach her Daoist Qigong lineages. Sophie has taught levels 1 and 2 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 fifteen years and served as director of the Montreal Shambhala Meditation Centre from 1996 until 2000.