Qigong 5 is an important landmark in your journey into the Taoist arts of health and longevity. At the end of this level, you will have completed the 6 Basics forms of qigong, the Nine Self Massage Techniques, the Twelve Devas, Hua Tu Animals, the Immortals Guide to Self Massage and Breath Regulation, the Red Phoenix, The Wudangshan Five Animals, and the 8 postures of Standing Qigong.
Your training in Wudangshan Animal Qigong will be complete after learning the leopard, snake, and crane forms. The leopard trains speed and explosive power in tendon reaction, the snake trains finesse and elusive movement in the spine, and the crane channels energy from the base of the spine to the top of the head. The completion of Immortals Guide and Red Phoenix Calisthenics culminates with forms that enhance memory and bring clarity to thinking by moving qi to the head.
The highlight of Qigong 5 is an evening practice that unites the limitless qi of the body with the limitless nature of our consciousness. In this union of breath, qi, and spirit, you will once again be open to the primordial life force of the Tao. With the completion of Qigong 5, advanced methods of the Taoist Arts of Health and Longevity will be available to you.
Prerequisite: Qigong 4.
About the Teacher
Suzann Duquette has been a student of body-focused disciplines since 1974 and a
student of Daoist Qigong in the lineages of Dr. Eva Wong since 2007. Suzann is an
authorized instructor of Dr. Wong for Daoist Qigong Levels 1 through 5 and Strategic
Leadership, based on the writings of Zhuge Liang. Student in the lineages of Chögyam
Trungpa and Sakyong Mipham, Suzann is a former director and senior teacher of
Karmê Chöling Shambhala Meditation Center in Vermont. Suzann includes body-
focused disciplines in her teaching as methods for health, well-being, and the
embodiment of wisdom. She lives in Barnet, Vermont, with her husband, where they
own and run Blue Skies B&B.