Many Taoist qigong forms are derived from observing the behavior of animals and understanding how animals preserve, gather, transform, circulate, and store internal energy. The ancient Chinese shamans were the first to practice the art of “becoming” an animal to embody the power of that animal. The techniques of embodying animal energy were further developed by Taoist practitioners as ways of enhancing health and longevity.
The goal of this intensive is to train practitioners to embody the essence of the bones of the tiger, the tendons of the leopard, the spine of the snake and the dragon, and ability of the crane to channel energy to the head. A new Wudangshan form, the Combined Five Animals, will also be introduced.
Requirement: Tendon Changing and Marrow Washing Intensive.
Note: Animal Forms Intensive may be taken back-to-back with the Tendon Changing and Marrow Washing Intensive. There is no repeater’s discount for the Intensives. Participants will be responsible for their own transportation, food and housing accommodations.
Participants are recommended to attend both Tendon Changing and Animal Forms intensives this April 2024. These intensives will not be offered again until 2027.
This program is required for the Wudangshan Animals Long Forms.
Enrollment is limited to 30 participants and is now full. To be placed on the waiting list, please write to [email protected]. Please indicate whether this would be your first time to participate in these programs or if you’d be repeating.
Eva Wong, author and translator of thirteen 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 3rd-generation student of Wang Xiangzhai, founder of Yiquan martial arts and Zhangzhuan (standing Qigong).