Freeing Your Chi
Freely flowing of chi (life energy) increases flexibility, releases tension and encourages well being. In this course students learn traditional medical chi kung techniques to help them release bound chi in their muscles and joints and add flexibility to their back, neck, shoulders and arms. The exercises reduce the incidence of repetitive stress injuries, enhance range of movement and ward off disease. A great practice for martial artists, healers and all who would like to feel healthier, more relaxed and vital. Freeing your Chi is open to all.
Gathering Essence cultivates and circulates chi (life essence) throughout the body for health, stamina and vitality. This smoothly flowing one-movement exercise strengthens the muscles, stretches the ligaments, tones the internal organs, sends chi to the fingertips and energizes and relaxes body and mind. A great addition to anyones daily routine, Gathering Essence is open to all.
Get More Chi Now
Chinese medical theory believes that smoothly flowing chi is essential for vibrant health and that good alignment helps energy move. The exercises in Get More Chi Now will help students release bound chi, coordinate physical movement and energy and take advantage of subtle body alignments to increase their health, endurance and vitality.
Gods Playing in the Clouds
This powerful chi kung set features flowing movement and vibrant energy. The bridge between chi kung and Taoist meditation, Gods Playing in the Clouds is famous for strengthening the bones, clearing the emotions, energizing the brain and opening the heart. This graceful set includes many healing techniques of the Chinese masters and was the personal chi kung set of Taoist Master Liu Hung Chieh.
Gods Meditating in the Clouds
This powerful chi kung unites the techniques of Taoist Meditation with the motions of Gods in the Clouds, to help enhance and circulate blood and chi throughout the body, strengthen the internal organs, open the heart and harmonize body, mind and spirit.
Gods Spiraling in the Clouds
This set unites the natural spiraling pathways of people's energy body with the motions of Gods Playing in the Clouds to provide a meditative chi kung set with flowing movement and vibrant energy. These 6 fluid exercises enhance and spiral energy throughout the body to strengthen the bones, open the heart and lift the spirits.
Grounding, Balance and Structure
Traditional Taoist standing, breathing and movement practices will help individuals release tension and become more balanced and energized. Heron Breathing relaxes the breath, strengthens the body and creates a grounded and harmonious structure that invigorates internal organs. Standing practices root pupils to the earth and calm the nerves, unified movement soothes the mind.
Healing Your Joints
Increase the flexibility in your back, neck, shoulders and arms by adding spring to your joints. Traditional Chinese medical theory believes many illness begin when we loose elasticity and become rigid and that the joints of our body are the first place to suffer. Healing Your Joints will teach students to reduce unwanted pain and tension, enhance their range of movement and restore the free flow of chi for improved health and mobility. Open to All.
Inside the Ten Taoist Exercises
Move beyond the externals and into the heart of The 10 Taoist Exercises to energize your internal organs, increase your stamina, strengthen your immune system and relax your mind. Open to students at all levels of experience.
Breath is life. Many spiritual traditions maintain that better breathing is the key to a healthy body and a clear and calm mind. Taoist Full Body Breathing will teach students to reduce stress and tension and prevent and heal illness. An excellent skill in itself and an essential prelude to Tai Chi, Chi Kung and Meditation, this course will be useful for meditators, martial artists and all those who wish to feel healthier, more balanced and relaxed. Beginners Welcome.
Marriage of Heaven and Earth
This 4000 year old exercise is famous as a one-movement health practice. Uniting all the Taoist body practices in one smoothly flowing movement, The Marriage of Heaven and Earth helps people to breathe fully, heal the internal organs and release energy for relaxation, strength and calmness. It gently but completely stretches, soothes and massages all the muscles and joints and helps individuals to access and improve areas of discomfort or injury.
Medical Chi Kung
Medical Chi Kung is the part of traditional Chinese medicine that cultivates and controls energy for increased health and well being. Practiced by millions worldwide, it improves the circulation of blood and chi, aids the delivery of oxygen to the cells and stimulates the immune system. This course turns Chinese medical theory into chi kung practice. Students will use the insights of Chinese medicine to improve circulation of blood and chi within their bodies, aid delivery of oxygen to their cells and stimulate their immune systems. A great introduction to Chinese medicine, Medical Chi Kung will be helpful for all those who want to feel healthy, relaxed and vital.
Opening the Energy Gates of your Body
Part 1. Dissolving, Cloud Hands, Spine Stretch
Part 2. The Three Energy Gates Swings
The exercises in Opening the Energy Gates of your Body enable students to bridge the gap between body and mind, focus on internal processes, eliminate blockages and maximize energy. Energy Gates exercises consist of Standing-Outer Dissolving, Cloud Hands, the 3 Swings and the Taoist spine stretch. Outer Dissolving is a standing meditation practice that uses the mind to release pain and tension from the body. The Cloud Hands exercise strengthens and connects your core, joins the arms and legs to the spine and focuses on the internal body alignments necessary for increased energy, health and vitality. The 3 Swings balance the energies of the lower, middle and upper internal organ, help to improve the health of the entire body, lubricate the joints and ease the mind. The unique Taoist Spine Stretch reduces stress and trauma, increases energy and lifts the spirits.
Opening Yin and Yang
Without Yin there is no Yang, without Yang there is no Yin. These universal energies circulate through all things and endlessly transform into one another. In this course students will learn techniques to circulate and balance the energies of the Yin and Yang meridians within their bodies for increased power, comfort and a feeling of universal oneness.
The Power of Circles
Circular motion is the key to releasing tension, improving vitality and the internal power of Tai Chi and Chi Kung. Circling Hands Chi Kung activates the bodies natural spiraling pathways, loosens the joints and tones the muscles. The traditional coiling techniques shows students the proper way to transfer energy to the fingertips, where it may be used for health, work or martial readiness. Great for soothing pain and reducing repetitive stress injuries, The Power of Circles helps individuals raise body awareness and increase their energy.
Psychic Self Defense
Psychic Self Defense can help you to dissolve your troubles away. Psychic Self Defense will offer traditional Taoist techniques that will enable individuals to dissolve unwanted energies in their environment safely and peacefully. These gentle techniques show students how to notice and dissolve outer control and manipulation, be less internally fearful and more at ease with the world around them.
Secrets of Tai Chi and Chi Kung: The Internal Arts from the Inside Out
This course guides individuals through the externals and into the heart of Tai Chi and chi kung. Students will learn to fuel their moves by stretching inward, opening and closing joints, coiling muscles and directing energy. They will go beyond the physical postures and focus on learning the Internal Arts from the inside out to bring more chi into their practice for increased power, health and relaxation. Open to students at all levels of experience, Secrets of Tai Chi and Chi Kung is a must for everyone who wants effective chi kung and the ’real’ Tai Chi.
Sinking Your Root: Push Hands for Grounding
Internal Artists are like willows with roots that go deep in the earth and leaves that dance in the air. This course will help students sink their energy below their feet for grounding, balance and strength, and sensitize their arms so they may feel and emit energy. The relaxed, cooperative, two person exercises help students develop, health, insight and ease in everyday interactions.
Sleeping Chi Kung
Widely practiced for health and rejuvenation, Sleeping Chi Kung is based upon the circulation of internal energy. The simple postures help students sleep more restfully, relieve pain and tension and correct chronic conditions. A great addition to anyone's daily routine, Sleeping Chi Kung can be beneficial for all who wish to feel calm, comfortable and relaxed.
Spinal Chi Kung
Spinal Chi Kung increases the flexibility of the spine and strengthens the physical and energetic links between the vertebrae and the internal organs. By freeing the energy between the bones students learn to clear blockages and realign their spines for optimal health and movement.
Spiraling Energy Body
Spiraling Energy Body Chi Kung reinforces the natural spiraling pathways of energy in the body. These exercises focus on delivering energy to any part of the body at will, so it can be used to do work, issue power or heal illness
Swimming in Air
Swim in the energy of chi while practicing this graceful chi kung from ancient China. The sinuous and flowing moves if the 8 Taoist exercises strengthen and relax body and mind while they extend your range of motion. Swimming in Air firms the legs, flexes the spine and unites the chi of the entire body for increased heath and vigor. An excellent set for beginners and advanced students alike.
The Tai Chi Classics
The Tai Chi Classics are time-honored guides for practicing Tai Chi and the other internal arts. Attributed to Chang San-feng (the legendary founder of Tai Chi) and other famous masters, the Classics present the basic principles that define the internal arts and serve as a guide for their practice. This course will use the Classics as a base to help students understand the deeper ideas behind Tai Chi, Chi Kung and meditation so they may improve their forms, increase their energy and feel more relaxed. Open to Beginners, Intermediates and students of all styles.
The Tao 10 (The Ten Taoist Exercises)
Athletic and energizing, these Ten Taoist Exercises tone the internal organs and strengthen and relax your body and your mind. A favorite with Taoist Arts Center students, the Tao 10 are the perfect warm-up for Tai Chi and will benefit all those interested in health and fitness.
Taoist Energy Cultivation
Energy (chi) is basic to all Tai Chi, chi kung and Taoist meditation. In this course Taoist breathing, awareness and movement practices teach students ways to develop, store and increase their internal energy. Taoist Energy Cultivation will be helpful for all those who wish to deepen their practice of Tai Chi and Chi Kung, and all who wish to feel more healthy, grounded and relaxed.
These unique stretches begin where others end. They relax and connect all parts of the body, balance its energy and creating deeper more comfortable movement. Taoist Stretching calms the nervous system, increase relaxation, and helps students to enjoy easier, more pain-free action and a greater range of motion.
Ten Chi Kung for Health and Balance
This combination of Better Breathing and the Daily Dozen Chi Kung promotes efficient movement of breath and chi through the body and helps individuals be more grounded and balanced. Commonly used in China to relieve back, neck and joint problems, these ancient practices help ward off disease and create a feeling of relaxation and harmony with oneself and the universe around us.
Everyday Exercise is a relaxing, strengthening and calming Chi Kung set that relieves back, neck and joint problems and helps individuals feel better fast. Easy to learn and fun to practice Everyday Exercise is great addition to anyone's daily routine, Open to All
Walking Chi Kung
Walking Chi Kung is a medical form of chi kung that helps students release pain and tension, strengthen their immune systems and feel better fast. The gentle energizing movements are easy to learn and can be practiced by those at all levels of fitness. Developed by Madam Guo Lin in 1970, Walking Chi Kung has become so popular that it is used in hospitals throughout China to assist their patients with recovery from life threatening diseases and to enhance their immune system. This simple system includes the energy building Chi Kung Walk, techniques for self-massage and methods of balancing the yin and yang energies of the body. An excellent introduction to medical chi kung, Walking Chi Kung is a great set for everyone who wants to feel healthier and more vibrant.
Yi Jin Jing: Muscle Washing Classic
The Yi Jin Jing Muscle Washing Classic (aka Changing the Ligaments) is a 1500 year old chi kung that strengthens tendons and ligaments, opens the meridians, increases flexibility and empowers students to emit energy from their hands. The active yet gentle exercises help students release blocked chi, balance the internal organs and enhance the immune system. The Yi Jin Jing is attributed to Bodhidharma, the founder of Chan Buddhism, who taught it to the monks at the Shaolin Temple for well-being and self defense. This classical set will be useful for all those interested in health, power and flexibility.
Yin Yang Hands Chi Kung
Yin/Yang Hands Chi Kung (often called Coiling Hands Chi Kung) activates the bodies natural spiraling pathways, loosens the joints and tones the muscles. These coiling movements in this set are the key to the internal power of Tai Chi and Chi Kung and will help students emit energy from the center to their fingertips, where they may use if tor health, work, or martial readiness.