Traditional Chinese Qigong: Levels 1 & 2

with Acharya Suzann Duquette

January 12th—January 13th (2019)

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    Price:
  • $225 Contributor Price
  • $175 Program Price
  • $35 Deposit
  • Amount after scholarship (from form)
Room: Main Shrine Room

Qigong is a Chinese art of health and healing that has been practiced for over two thousand years. A form of gentle, relaxing exercise, qigong strengthens joints, muscles, tendons, and bones. It increases flexibility, stimulates the circulation of energy in our body, and enhances mental clarity. Qigong not only maintains physical and mental well-being for healthy individuals, but is also an excellent way to gently introduce mobility and relaxation to persons who have physical challenges. In addition, Qigong is used as a tool to build the foundation for sitting meditation.

The program will introduce participants to several basic practices of Daoist qigong drawn from two unique lineages: the Pre-celestial Limitless Gate School (Xiantianwujimen) and the Yiquan School. The forms include self-massage, slow movements, stretching, and standing postures.

In Level 1, students will be in instructed in various techniques of outer and inner qigong. Outer qigong is concerned with strengthening the muscular-skeletal system: joints, muscles, tendons, bones, and spinal column. It includes techniques of tendon changing, marrow washing, self-massage, and calisthenics. Inner qigong is concerned with nourishing the internal organs and cultivating qi, or internal energy. Students will learn Chen Xiyi's sleeping and walking qigong and Wang Xiangzhai's standing qigong.

In Level 2, the focus will be on tendon changing and self-massage. The Twelve Devas Tendon-Changing System and the Nine Self-Massage System will be taught in their entirety.

Please note: Levels 1 & 2 are taught together. It is not possible to take just Level 1.

This weekend course is the foundation for a progressive program of qigong instruction presented by Dr. Eva Wong and authorized instructors, exclusively through Shambhala Centers.

About Suzann Duquette
Suzann Duquette has been a student of Dr. Eva Wong since 2007 and is one of eleven instructors of Daoist Qigong worldwide. Before studying with Dr. Wong, she was an instructor of Golden Ball Tai Chi in the lineage of Master Lam. She is a long-time student and instructor of body-focused disciplines, including Shamatha Yoga, presented by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Mudra Space Awareness, a body-mind discipline established by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and Lujong (body training), in the tradition of Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche.

Suzann is a former director and current Resident Acharya (or senior teacher) of Karmê Chöling. She teaches meditation and Qigong workshops throughout the United States and internationally.


Program Fee
The Baltimore Shambhala Center relies on program registration fees, as well as on donations, to be able to cover our operating expenses, including the monthly rent. We very much value your paying the registration fee for this program, if you are able to afford this amount.

Scholarships
We want anyone who wishes to study meditation and to experience the Shambhala view of basic goodness to be able to do so. Scholarships are available so that our programs are open to anyone, regardless of what tuition amount they are able to afford. (See link below if you are in need of a scholarship for this program. Scholarship requests are processed online, so that there is no delay in registration.)

A $35 deposit is requested if you cannot pay the full program fee now (unless you are requesting a scholarship). If requesting a scholarship, please go to scholarship page before registering.

Diversity
It is our objective to increase diversity at the Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center to better reflect our diverse community. To monitor our progress over time, we would like to collect information on the racial identity of participants. Providing this information, which will be tallied anonymously, is optional.

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