NEW STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO JOIN THE CLASS ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 12 pm or WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 7 PM.
In most of the exercises, the movements are simple and easy to learn, yet challenge you to grow and develop. Learn correct structure and movement, with an introduction to underlying Daoist principles.
All exercise sets are classical Qigong and Dao Yin, which means that they come from authentic, lineage-based traditions. We use Qigong and Dao Yin physical exercises to get at the internal movements of Nei Gong.
BEGINNING and INTERMEDIATE STUDENTS are in the same class. Individuals work at their own level. All the exercise sets have a beginning level. As you advance, you learn principles that are added into a practice, one at a time. There is always greater skill to learn, a deeper level to experience, so it's always fascinating, never boring.
Different Qigong sets of exercises are periodically offered. Typically, one set is done for a number of months. All classes begin with stretching and a little conditioning, to warm up. Repetition, in class and in your own practice at home, leads to depth. Depending on current students' needs, different exercises are worked into the class practice.
JI BEN QIGONG (FUNDAMENTAL ENERGY WORK), a short, easy set that emphasizes a number of fundamentals, for beginners to learn and those more experienced to refine. Moves the joints naturally, efficiently opens qi pathways, preparation for Nei Gong (internal work). Part of Damo Mitchell’s Lotus Nei Gong Level 1 curriculum.
WU DAO YIN (FIVE LEADING AND GUIDING EXERCISES) are purging exercises, leading Qi and guiding stagnation out of the body. Although the movements are simple, they powerfully open up the joints and the meridians. Part of Damo Mitchell’s Lotus Nei Gong Level 1 curriculum.
WU XING QIGONG (FIVE ELEMENT ENERGY WORK), a simple, balancing set, that strongly focuses on the 5 directional movements of the qi. Build your Qi. Part of Damo Mitchell’s Lotus Nei Gong Level 1 curriculum.
DRAGON DAO YIN (DRAGON LEADING, GUIDING ENERGY), playfully wakes up the spine through stretched out movements and more complex coordination, opens the joints and purges stagnation. Dao Yin preceeds Qigong and comes from the shamanic Wu people, likely from well before 2000 BCE. Part of Damo Mitchell’s Lotus Nei Gong Level 1 curriculum.
DAOISM, the Art of Change. Daoist theory of creation informs all of Qigong, so the more we understand it, the deeper our practice. Even better, the more we practice, the more we directly experience Daoism. Classes are firmly rooted in physical practice. Theory is regularly included in small amounts and periodically reviewed.
LIU ZI JUE (6 HEALING SOUNDS), a calming, restorative, meditative set. Simple movements with sounds, alternating with stillness and quiet. Ancient Buddhist and Daoist origins, written about around 200 BCE. From Jesse Tsao, now in San Diego, CA.
JIN JING SHI SI SHI (14 MOVEMENTS OF THE TENDON CLASSIC), an esoteric, vigorous, longer set. Strengthens, focuses, breaks up stagnation. This style is based on Da Mo's Muscle/Tendon Changing Classic of around 500 CE, and evolved during the last, Qing Dynasty. Buddhist and Daoist components are deeply woven in. Very recently, Confucian elements from Wang Feng Yi's work in Manchuria, China, have been done in conjunction with this powerful style. From Master Wang Qingyu of Chengdu, China, and Heiner Fruehof of Portland, OR.