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ST104: Qigong Meditation Basics 4 + Iron Shirt Qigong 1 ONLINE

Sat-Sun Jan 23-24 and Sat-Sun Jan 30-31

Taught by Steven Sy, ONLINE using Zoom Platform

4 days:  Sat-Sun Jan 23-24 and Sat-Sun Jan 30-31
Each day runs from 9:30am - 12:30pm and 2:00pm - 4:30pm  (EASTERN STANDARD TIME -- [UTC-5 ] )

PREREQUISITE:  ST103: Qigong Meditation Basics 3
This course continues the course material from Qigong Meditation Basics 3.


The purpose of this course is to improve one's physical health and emotional health, acting as a continuation to "Qigong Meditation Basics 3".

Qigong Meditation Basics 4 is a set of meditations designed to balance the upper/lower parts of the body in a grounded way
Iron Shirt Qigong 1 is a system of standing meditation designed to ground the body--both physically and emotionally--and to strengthen the physical body's fascia (connective tissue).


We will learn three new fundamental meditations for emotional and spiritual well-being:

  1. Classical Extended Orbit:  grounds and balances upper/lower parts of the body
  2. Wudang Extended Orbit:  breaks up blockages along the extended orbit with two different spins
  3. Reverse Wudang Extended Orbit:  alternate wudang extended orbit to sedate the body

In addition to the meditations, we will learn some supportive physical qigong:

  • Tao Yin Qigong (3rd set) learn ways to invigorate through basic stretching
  • Breathing Methods:  review of QMB3 breathing methods with awakening healing light, along with Wisdom Qigong
  • Qi Self-Massage
  • Iron Shirt Qigong 1  (see below)

Along with the material in this section, we will review some of the meditations and qigong from Qigong Meditation Basics 3.


Iron Shirt Qigong 1 is a system of standing meditation.

Specifically, it is a set of standing meditation postures designed to help you become more grounded and stable emotionally through your connection to the Earth. Through this deeper level of grounding, you find that over time your ability to remain detached from your emotions will also increase. In this way, you become more stable: rather than being controlled by your emotions, you become more able to detach from them and view them objectively as a witness. Consequently, Iron Shirt 1 becomes the necessary complement to any spiritual work for managing your emotions.

The Iron Shirt 1 postures themselves also serve to strengthen the physical body, which is a necessary tool to ward off the effects of aging. The old masters knew that they could not do their lengthy meditative and spiritual techniques without a strong body to sustain them, and they consequently looked to such methods.

Specifically, the Iron Shirt 1 postures serve to strengthen the body's core. In particular, connective tissue strengthens, blood circulation improves, and general body patterns of tension dissolve. Through the connection to the ground, healing energy from the Earth rises up into your body, and helps to promote both physical and emotional healing.

The focus in Iron Shirt 1 is on body alignment and structure. This not only enhances the grounding effect, but it serves to strengthen the physical body as well. Through this process, you develop an added awareness of your own internal life-force energy (or qi) and are able to supplement that with additional qi rising up into your body from the Earth. By strengthening your fascia (connective tissue), you will be better able to protect your internal organs and keep them healthy. This will in turn help to support the tendons, ligaments, joints, and bones, which are covered more extensively in the higher levels of Iron Shirt.

In total, the techniques taught in Iron Shirt 1 serve as a fundamental building block for a whole program of courses that are designed to build the physical body and continue the pathway of deeper levels of grounding. They form a necessary ingredient for higher levels of Iron Shirt, Tai Chi, and both martial and spiritual arts programs.

At the same time, the physical and emotional grounding that is provided, is a necessary prerequisite for continuing the meditative and spiritual pathway of Taoist meditation and alchemy. It only through becoming more deeply embodied that meditative practices become a whole-body energetic transformative process.

The material for the Iron Shirt 1 section will be:

  • Phoenix  (review from QMB3)
  • Iron Bridge  (review from QMB3)
  • Embracing the Tree  (review from QMB3)
  • Iron Bar
  • Turtle I
  • Holding the Golden Urn--Yang Position
  • Holding the Golden Urn--Yin #1
  • Holding the Golden Urn--Yin #2
  • Turtle II
  • Water Buffalo--Static
  • Water Buffalo--Dynamic
  • Advanced Iron Shirt 1 (if time permits)
  • Overview of Higher Levels of Iron Shirt Qigong


In total, I look forward to sharing "Qigong Meditation Basics 4 + Iron Shirt Qigong 1" with you. 

If anyone has any questions in advance of the class,
Steven may be contacted at his email address:    steven [at] spiritualtao [dot] com.




At the end of this course, students will receive an attendance certificate which will identify hours completed in the MANTAK CHIA® system, which may be used toward the certification requirements in his system.

Do you want to be an Associate Instructor or an Instructor?  If so, click on Certificate Program for more information.
This course is a main core course in the curriculum.


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