Traditional Chinese Qigong: Levels 1 & 2

with Mark Kelleher

November 9th—November 10th -Date postponed or cancelled

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  • $150 Full Price
  • $200 Sponsor
Room: Main Shrine Room

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. The workshop includes talks on the Xiantianwujimen Lineage and Taoist Internal Alchemy.


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 traditional qigong is through the lineage handed down by Dr. Eva Wong, of the Seven Stars Daoist Training.  Dr. Wong will be teaching qigong level V in summer of 2020 and the Boulder Shambhala Center will be offering Levels III on December 7-8, 2019 and Level IV on April 11-12, 2020 in preparation.  Please note that one must complete Levels I/II to be able to attend Level III, complete Level III to be able to attend Level IV and complete Level IV to be able to attend Level V.


In Level I, students will be in instructed in various techniques of outer and inner qigong. Outer qigong is concerned with strengthening the muscular-skeletal system: joints, muscles, tendons, bones, and spinal column. It includes techniques of tendon changing, marrow washing, self-massage, and calisthenics. Inner qigong is concerned with nourishing the internal organs and cultivating qi, or internal energy. Students will learn Chen Xiyi's sleeping qigong and Wang Xiangzhai's standing qigong.


In Level II, the focus will be on tendon changing and self-massage. The Twelve Devas Tendon-Changing System and the Nine Self-Massage System will be taught in their entirety.  Levels 1 & 2 are only offered together - they are not offered separately.


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