THE PATH OF TAOIST QIGONG
Primordial Limitless Gate School (Xiantianwujimen)
Standing Qigong (Yiquan Zhangzhuan)
with Eva Wong
offered exclusively at or under the auspices of Shambhala Centers
THE NINE STAGE PATH OF TAOIST QIGONG
This page contains the overview of the path of Taoist Qigong. Below you will find a description of the various stages of the path. The flow chart explains how these stages are connected.
Note that there is a sequence indicated and you have to take the programs in that order. There are no exceptions!
Note that you can take some of these optional programs right after you completed Level 1/2 or Level 5 (depending); but some will become a requirement for the very advanced levels.
So please consult the chart and plan your levels and intensives well. You can bridge between, USA, Europe and South America.
(This schedule might change - you can make no claims based on this schedule).
We do not have fixed places for programs or "dojos", nor do we have residential teachers.
Please consult our program schedule where and when programs take place.
THE BEGINNING STAGES
THE INTERMEDIATE STAGES
The traditional Chinese Qigong Tendon-Changing and Marrow-Washing Intensive:
Talk: The Warrior Qigong Lineage and Practice
The Tendon-Changing and Marrow-Washing Intensive is an intermediate qigong program that focuses on further strengthening of the muscular-skeletal system - tendons, bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, and spine.
In this program students will learn:
The prerequisite for Tendon-Changing and Marrow-Washing is Levels 1-5.
This program is a prerequisite for Traditional Chinese Qigong Level 6 and the Breath Regulation Intensive and Standing Qigong Intensive.
Animal Forms Intensive
The traditional Chinese Qigong Animal Forms Intensive:
Talk: The Shamanic Origins of Qigong
Many Taoist qigong forms are derived from observing the behavior of animals and understanding how animals preserve, collect, 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 developed further by Taoist practitioners as ways of enhancing health and longevity. In this program students will learn to embody the form and essences of the animals through Hua Tu’s Animal Forms, the Wudang Five Animal Forms, and selected forms from the 12 Devas.
A new Wudang Shan form, the Combined Five Animals, will be introduced. The goal of the program 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, the ligaments of the monkey, the stamina of the bear, the generative energy of the deer, and the vital energy of the crane. The prerequisite for Animal Forms Intensive is Levels 1-5 and Tendon- Changing Intensive.
This program is a prerequisite for Traditional Chinese Qigong Level 6.
Breath Regulation Intensive
Standing Qigong Intensive
Wudang Shan Animals Long Form Intensive
The Wudangshan Five Animals Long Forms are designed to deepen tendon-changing and marrow-washing practices using advanced stances and internal martial arts-based
postures. Totaling 48 movements, these animal forms train the practitioner to use the Tiger Form to strengthen bones and tendons, the Leopard Form to develop spring-like qualities in the tendons,
the Dragon Form to train spinal movement, the Snake Form to enhance spinal flexibility, and the Crane Form to focus the qi.
Requirement: Tendon Changing/Bone Marrow Washing Intensive and Animal Forms Intensive
Qigong and Meditation Retreat - a 5 day program
Qigong and meditation mutually support and enhance and each other. Meditation stabilizes qi and qigong relaxes the body for deep meditative experiences. This program focuses integrating qigong and meditation into a balanced practice for the simultaneous cultivation of body and mind.
Meditation instruction will be given, qigong practices from levels 1-5 are reviewed deepened, and new qigong forms are introduced.
Prerequisites - qigong levels 1-5. This program is one of the requirements for qigong level 6.
THE ADVANCED STAGES