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MORNING PRACTICE--ONLINE

9 Wednesdays: Jan 5, 12, 19, 26; Feb 2, 9, 16, 23; Mar 2 AT 7:30am Eastern

Taught by Steven Sy, ONLINE using Zoom Platform

COURSE DETAILS:
9 Wednesdays:  Jan 5, 12, 19, 26; Feb 2, 9, 16, 23; Mar 2
Each morning practice runs from 7:30am - 8:45am approx.  (EASTERN STANDARD TIME -- [UTC-5 ] )

Details coming . . .

 

 

ST102: Qigong Meditation Basics 2 ONLINE

Sat-Sun May 14-15 + Sat-Sun May 21-22

Taught by Steven Sy, ONLINE using Zoom Platform

COURSE DETAILS:
4 days:  Sat-Sun May 14-15 and Sat-Sun May 21-22
Each day runs from 9:30am - 12:30pm and 2:00pm - 4:30pm  (EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME -- [UTC-4 ] )

PREREQUISITE:  ST101: Qigong Meditation Basics 1
This course reviews and continues the course material from Qigong Meditation Basics 1

OVERVIEW

Our goal is renew and refresh the material from Qigong Meditation Basics 1  and then to explore methods to increase one's energy levels in the body.  We explore breathing techniques, methods to ignite internal energy, and continued soft-body movement exercises to help accomplish this.   This allows us to feel more vital and vibrant in our everyday living.

The theme of this class is:   Breathing Techniques and the Three Fires

After reviewing the basic methods of Qigong Meditation Basics 1  for dealing with the primary energy drain of the body (namely lack of grounding and negative emotional states), we look to explore methods to increase our overall energy.  Reviewing the emotional work is essential, so that any energy we add to the system does not end up being wasted by simply amplifying negative emotions.  With this as foundation, we explore ancient Chinese breathing methods combined with internal work to build up the energy of the body.  In so doing, we work with the internal power plants of the body (the Three Fires).   All of this is supported by learning additional soft-body movement exercises (qigong) and a qigong form called Activate the Three Fires.  in the end, we lay the groundwork to Awaken the Healing Light, covered in Qigong Meditation Basics 3


 
ABOUT QIGONG MEDITATION BASICS 2

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

  1. Natural Breathing Qi Ball:  natural relaxation method one can do anywhere
  2. Reverse Breathing Qi Ball:  easy meditative way to feed qi to the kidneys

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

  • Tao Yin Qigong (2nd set):  learn ways to invigorate through basic stretching
  • Ocean Breathing:  simple but powerful soft body movement to increase qi flow
  • Seated Qigong:  simple movements done in a chair to revitalize
  • Deep Earth Pulsing:  soft body movement method to get grounded
  • Breathing Methods:  natural, bellows (energizer), holding the one, reverse, embryonic
  • Activate the Three Fires Form:  qigong form designed to ignite healing energy   (Part 1 to Three Fires and Six Directions Form)
  • Phoenix:  short qigong practice using the Six Healing Sounds
  • Iron Bridge:  undo compression and tension in the upper back with this practice

Along with the material in this section, we will review some of the meditations and qigong from Qigong Meditation Basics 1.

 

COURSE SYLLABUS

Review of Basics 1 material
More details on collecting energy
What are the dantians?
Do the dantians have color?
Ocean Breathing:  simple but powerful soft body movement to increase qi flow
Ocean Breathing:  Guided PRACTICE
What is the value of Ocean Breathing?
Seated Qigong:  qigong practices you can do seated in a chair
Seated Qigong:  Guided PRACTICE
What is Natural Breathing?
Natural Breathing Qi Ball:  what is its function?
Natural Breathing Qi Ball:  Guided PRACTICE
Deep Earth Pulsing:  soft body movement method to get grounded
Deep Earth Pulsing:  Guided PRACTICE
What is bellows breath?
Phoenix:  short qigong practice using the Six Healing Sounds
Phoenix:  Guided PRACTICE
Iron Bridge:  undo compression and tension in the upper back with this practice
Iron Bridge:  Guided PRACTICE
What are the Three Fires?
Where are the Three Fires?
How do you activate the Three Fires?
What is the Holding the One meditation?
Holding the One meditation
More details on Tao Yin Qigong
Tao Yin Qigong (2nd set):  learn ways to invigorate through basic stretching
Tao Yin Qigong (2nd set):  Guided PRACTICE
What is the Activate the Three Fires Form?
Activate the Three Fires Form:  Guided PRACTICE
What is the Three Fires and Six Directions form?
What is Reverse Breathing?
Reverse Breathing Qi Ball:  what is its function?
Reverse Breathing Qi Ball:  Guided PRACTICE
What are the diaphragms?
Activating the Diaphragms through Reverse Breathing
What is Embryonic Breathing?
How do you do Embryonic Breathing?
What can we use Embryonic Breathing for?
What is the third eye?
What is the heavenly eye?
Preview of Awakening the Healing Light
What are the next steps after the Basics 2 material?

In total, I look forward to sharing "Qigong Meditation Basics 2" 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.

 

NEXT COURSE IN SEQUENCE IS  ST103: Qigong Meditation Basics 3

 

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.

 

LIVE Summer 2022 Workshops in Lansing, MI--Tai Chi 1, REFINE Tai Chi 1

Week 1: Jun 3-8; Week 2: Jun 9-14

Taught by Steven Sy, LIVE

COURSE DETAILS (Tentative):

June 3-8:  Tai Chi 1 week

June 9-14:  REFINE Tai Chi 1 week

More details forthcoming as we get closer . . .

 

LIVE Summer 2022 Workshops in Tryon, NC--Deep Healing Qigong

Aug 5-10

Taught by Steven Sy, LIVE

COURSE DETAILS (Tentative):

Aug 5- Aug 10:  Deep Healing Qigong

More details forthcoming as we get closer . . .

 

ST101: Qigong Meditation Basics 1 ONLINE--(No prereqs)

Sat-Sun Mar 19-20 + Sat-Sun Mar 26-27

Taught by Steven Sy, ONLINE using Zoom Platform

COURSE DETAILS:
4 days:  Sat-Sun Mar 19-20 and Sat-Sun Mar 26-27
Each day runs from 9:30am - 12:30pm and 2:00pm - 4:30pm  (EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME -- [UTC-4 ] )

NO PREREQUISITES
No previous background in qigong or qigong meditation required.

 

OVERVIEW

Our goal is restore and improve physical health through soft-body movement exercise and ancient Chinese meditative methods to bring balance to the emotional body.  This releases tension and stress, and eliminates toxic emotions.

The theme of this class is:  Qigong Basics and Emotional Stabilization

Without techniques to get grounded, your everyday life can be difficult to manage.  Interpersonal relationships suffer.  Negative emotional states drain the body of energy.  If you feel tired and drained all the time, the first step is to tackle the things that drain your body of energy . . . namely negative emotional states and the inability to be grounded in interpersonal relationships.  This is our first step.  We explore a variety of techniques to deal with these issues, using ancient Chinese meditative methods as well as rejuvenating soft-body exercises (qigong).

 
ABOUT QIGONG MEDITATION BASICS 1

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

  1. Inner Smile Meditation:  cultivate self-acceptance and decrease inner conflicts
  2. Lotus Meditation:  balance internal temperature and send love to surroundings
  3. Six Healing Sounds:  detoxify negative emotions and memories
  4. Classical Microcosmic Orbit:  balance inner energy and rejuvenate the body

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

  • Yiquan Standing Meditation:  get grounded emotionally through basic standing
  • Introduction to Tao Yin Qigong:  learn ways to invigorate through basic stretching
  • Qigong Basics:  soft body movements to stimulate the relaxation response
  • Five Animal Frolics:  qigong forms mimicking five animals for emotional detox

 

COURSE SYLLABUS

Introduction
How to understand Chinese terms
What is qi and qigong?
Qigong Basics:  soft body movements to stimulate the relaxation response
Qigong Basics:  Guided PRACTICE
Qigong Basics:  what are the energetics?
What is Tai Chi? Is it qigong?
What is grounding?
Why is it important to get grounded?
How can you tell if you are ungrounded?
Grounding vs. emotional repression
What does pop culture teach us about grounding?
What grounding methods can we use from Zen?
Yiquan Standing Meditation:  get grounded emotionally through basic standing
Yiquan Standing Meditation:  Guided PRACTICE
Yiquan Standing Meditation:  what are the energetics?
What generates negative emotions?
The source of all negative emotions
Qigong meditations and the mind-body connection
Inner Smile Meditation:  cultivate self-acceptance and decrease inner conflicts
Inner Smile Meditation:  what is its function?
Inner Smile Meditation:  Guided PRACTICE
Some aspects of astronomy: moon, planets, sun, stars, galaxy, supercluster, cosmic web
Why do we care about astronomical features?
Lotus Meditation:  balance internal temperature and send love to surroundings
Lotus Meditation:  what is its function?
Lotus Meditation:  Guided PRACTICE
What is Tao Yin Qigong?
Introduction to Tao Yin Qigong:  learn ways to invigorate through basic stretching
Introduction to Tao Yin Qigong:  Guided PRACTICE
What are the Five Elements?
Five Element Theory: explained in detail
Why are the Five Elements not physical objects?
What does weather have to do with the Five Elements?
What is the creation cycle and the controlling cycle?
How are the Five Elements connected to the organs and the emotions AND Why?
What are the Healing Sounds?
How is this connected to Chinese medicine and acupuncture?
The 12 Primary Organ meridians of Chinese medicine
How to apply Five Element Theory for Emotional Release
How do we deal with the brain and stored negative memories?
Color therapy . . . and which colors do the organs like?
Six Healing Sounds:  detoxify negative emotions and memories
Six Healing Sounds:  what is its function?
Six Healing Sounds:  Guided PRACTICE
If we detox sick emotional energy, are we polluting?
How to apply emotional tools in daily life
Why do we do the practices in a certain order?
Five Animal Frolics:  qigong forms mimicking five animals for emotional detox
Five Animal Frolics:  what is their history?
Five Animal Frolics:  Guided PRACTICE
What is the history of the five elements?
What are the five elements of the planets AND why?
What are some useful five element correspondences and why?
Lifestyle Issues: how do they affect the organs and the emotions?
What are the Six Channel Systems of Acupuncture?
What are the Eight Extraordinary Channels?
What are the Channels of the Microcosmic Orbit?
Classical Microcosmic Orbit:  balance inner energy and rejuvenate the body
Classical Microcosmic Orbit:  what is its function?
Classical Microcosmic Orbit:  what are the acupoints of the microcosmic orbit?
Classical Microcosmic Orbit:  Guided PRACTICE
Astronomy and Spiritual Connections of the Microcosmic Orbit
What are the next steps after the Basics 1 material?

 


In total, I look forward to sharing "Qigong Meditation Basics 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.

 

NEXT COURSE IN SEQUENCE IS  ST102: Qigong Meditation Basics 2

 

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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