Program Details

Traditional Daoist Qigong: Level 3

with Dale Asrael
December 7 / 8:30 AM - December 8 / 6:00 PM

Prerequisites: Traditional Daoist Qigong: Levels I & II

Qigong is designed to cultivate strength of body and calmness of mind through Taoist practices that integrate movement, breath, and qi, or internal energy, to promote health and longevity. A form of gentle, relaxing exercise, qigong strengthens joints, muscles, tendons, and bones, increases flexibility, stimulates the circulation of energy in our body, and enhances mental clarity.

Qigong is also an excellent way to gently introduce mobility and relaxation to persons who have physical challenges. Talks on qigong, Chinese medicine and Taoism will be included.

This intensive is a rare opportunity to receive instruction in two unique qigong lineages, 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."  This qigong practice is handed down through Dr. Eva Wong and Acharya Dale Asrael has received the transmissions directly from her.

The cultivation of body needs to be balanced by the cultivation of mind. Therefore, Shambhala shamatha meditation will be integrated with qigong practice throughout the program.

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 Chen Xiyi's Red Phoenix Calisthenics System. This system combines tendon-changing, calisthenics, self-massage, and breath regulation.

  3. More standing qigong postures from Wang Xiangzhai's Yiquan System.

Registration for the program is at 8:00am on Saturday.

The level 3 program begins at 8:30am on Saturday morning. Saturday is a long day, and includes an evening session that ends at 9pm. On Sunday the program continues at 9am, and it ends at 6:00pm.


Traditional Daoist Qigong: Levels 1 and 2


The Boulder Shambhala Center values its commitment to make programs affordable and available to all who wish to study with us. To support this commitment we provide three program price options.

By being a sponsor, you allow us to offer the discounted price. Thank you!

Those who can are encouraged to register using this option.

To encourage all to study, we offer this discounted price to those who cannot afford the full price. Sponsors provide the funding to make this pricing option available. We thank our donors for their generosity.

If you have previously taken qigong level 3, you are welcome to repeat this program for half-price (0). Please pay at the registration table when you arrive.

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