Taoist Qigong Level 3
with David Stone
February 16 / 8:30 AM - February 17 / 6:00 PM
Qigong is designed to cultivate strength of body and calmness and clarity of mind through Taoist practices that integrate movement, breath, and qi (internal energy). In Level 3 of the Qigong practices brought to us by Dr. Eva Wong, the internal energy aspects of the exercises and their healing properties become more salient and explicit.
In Level 3 you will be introduced to
Because Qi follows the breath, breath regulation has traditionally been used to calm, stimulate, and harmonize bodily and mental energies. Breath regulation is taught throughout the forms presented in Level 3.
In addition to the healing properties possessed by all of the Qigong practices, Level 3 incorporates a unique set of animal forms developed by the legendary Han Dynasty physician Hua Tu.
A number of the Level 3 exercises deal with the arousal and preservation of generative and creative energies (Jing), and in the Saturday evening session you will learn a special Jing practice, ideally to be repeated at hundred day intervals.
Fruition of movement: our standing practice
In Level 3 you will learn four more postures of the Standing Qigong (the Yiquan Zhangzhuan system). Positioning of one’s hands guides energy through the body for a return to its source.
Talk “The Gourd and the Cauldron: The Interactive Influences Between Chinese Medicine and Daoism"
Our instructor, Shastri David Stone, a doctor of Chinese medicine and an acupuncturist as well as a senior Shambhala teacher, has been authorized by Eva Wong to incorporate his knowledge of Chinese medicine into his teaching of Level 3 forms throughout the weekend.
The Five Animal Forms of Hua Tu
These forms address both body and mind and have a developmental progression. Tiger strengthens tendons and nurtures the sense of survival; Bear strengthens bones and supports a sense of groundedness and unshakability; Deer rouses and preserves generative creative energy; Monkey trains agility and fosters curiosity; and Bird trains balance and cultivates the energies that open to a sense of going beyond.
Immortals’ Guide to Self Massage and Breath regulation, Part 1
This system combines self-massage and breath control to facilitate the conservation and circulation of internal energy.
Chen Xiyi’s Red Phoenix Calisthenics System, Part 1
This system combines tendon-changing, calisthenics, self-massage, and breath regulation. Originated in the 11th century, the Red Phoenix Calisthenics is unique to Xiantianwujimen (Primordial Limitless Gate) Qigong, the lineage that Eva Wong has brought to the West. Both Immortals Guide and Red Phoenix Calisthenics are used to familiarize the practitioner with different forms of breath regulation in order to open blockages in the meridians, to align the spinal column for circulation of qi from the base of the spine to the crown of the head, and to enhance tendon, bone, and muscular strength.
Yiquan Zhangzhuan (Standing Qigong)
In Level 3 we learn four more standing postures in which the energies we have been working with can be grounded, refined, and move toward maturation.
Taoist Qigong Level 1-2, as taught by the lineage transmitted by Dr. Eva Wong.
Everyone who has taken Levels 1-2 is encouraged to come to Level 3. This includes those who have been doing little, or even none, of the earlier Qigong practices. The Qigong path is not strictly linear, and it is not unusual to first connect strongly (even fall in love) with some of the practices of Level 3.
The Taoist view for these teachings can be found in Eva Wong's book, Nourishing the Essence of Life; The Outer, Inner, and Secret Teachings of Taoism. This book was also used in Level 1-2, so many of you may already have it. Some additional copies may be available from the Shambhala Center Bookstore.
About the Instructor
David Stone has been a student of Eva Wong since 2006; he has been appointed a senior teacher (Shastri) in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage, and he is a practicing doctor of Chinese medicine, trained in the Five Element system of Dr. J.R. Worsley and practicing acupuncture in that tradition since 1995. Eva Wong has authorized him to include discussion of the Chinese medical aspects of the Qigong with his teaching of the forms. He is much in demand as a Level 3 teacher, and we are fortunate to be able to offer this program.
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