We will be doing our 2016–2017 Winter Qigong Series on December 10th, 2016 and January 7th and 28th, 2017.  These are consecutive workshops in that they each build on the previous one.  However we will be keeping  the approach simple and approachable, so it is not necessary to take all three or any two consecutively.  However, the following outline is based on the assumption the student will be taking all three.

The theme and approach of this year’s workshop series is “Establishing a Daily Practice”.  Thus, we are also assuming the student understands the basic benefits of Qigong and the benefit of steady consistent practice.  Accordingly, we won’t be spending a lot time lecturing on the benefits of Qigong or the benefits of steady daily practice.  Rather, we will be spending more time on the components of efficient, effective practice and strategies for establishing a daily routine to the point that practice isn’t a separate activity as much as it is an essential aspect of daily life.

Please understand that Insight Qigong is not a variety of Qigong or a new approach to anything.  It is simply the name of my “school” (for lack of a better word) of Qigong training.  The overall majority of what I teach is Evidence-Based Qigong, as developed by my teacher Dr. Yang Yang.  I do supplement this with some complimentary aspects of Zen Buddhism and Kriya Yoga.  All of this is Insight Qigong.  It is what I have been trained in, am certified to teach, and believe in and practice myself on a daily basis.  The basic components of Insight Qigong are: Evidence-Based Qigong; Meditation; and Intentional Living.  The components of the workshops are as follows:

  1. Preparing the field: Warming up and stretching, basic standing Qigong
  2. Six Evidence-Based Qigong exercises
  3. Basic Sitting Meditation
  4. Intentional Living Regimines

In each workshop we will introduce different warm-up and stretching exercises, and variations of standing and lying down Qigong.  In each of the first two workshops we will introduce three of the six Qigong exercises and review all six in the third.  In each workshop we will introduce a different sitting meditation technique to include mindfulness, Pranayama, and functional meditation.  In each workshop we will work with different approaches to intentional living to include mindful (present) living, positive thinking, various stress-management techniques, and Dr. Yang’s Mental Principles.  Each workshop is four hours in length.  At the end of all three the student will have accumulated twelve hours of training and should be much better prepared for daily Qigong practice.  It will be helpful to bring a yoga mat and meditation cushion if you have them, but not necessary.

The training will be held at the Daishin Zen Buddhist Temple in Thomasville, NC.
December 10th, 10:00 AM–2:00 PM
January 7th, 10:00 AM–2:00 PM
January 28th, 10:00 AM–2:00 PM