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  • How I became Captain America (sort of)

    5/4/2014

    What is a hero? To me a hero is many things. A hero can be anybody. This is because a hero is a person who overcomes his or her fears, works on weaknesses and optimizes his or her strengths in order to be the best person possible.

    During the last couple months, I have been watching a great deal of movies about fictitious comic-book heroes such as Iron Man, Spiderman, the Avengers and my favorite, Captain America. Why is he my favorite? It could be because I relate to him.

    No, I never was in the military, or even had a remote interest in being in the military. However, I was at one time energetically weak with a slight stature. I was not as scrawny as Captain America was before he became the subject of a military experiment to turn him into the ultimate American soldier. But I was skinny. I was about six feet tall and 140 pounds in high school (I even got down to almost 130 pounds at one point.) My basketball coaches and peers used to tease me all the time about my weight. Even though I ate like a horse and worked out, I could not gain weight very easily. So I quit sports out of frustration, and turned to other hobbies, such as music and writing.

    About that time, I was diagnosed with having a heart condition called Mitral Valve Prolapse (MVP), in which the heart’s mitral valve does not always close properly. In my case, as in most cases, MVP is not life threatening. Although, coincidentally, when I was diagnosed with it at 16, Reggie Lewis of the Boston Celtics, who had the same condition, ended up dying from it. I was even in Boston on a family vacation at the time Lewis passed away. Sitting in a Boston Hotel room, watching the news about Lewis on television, I decided then I had to quit the game I loved. Although I had played in my high school’s select basketball program for four years and would probably have been on the junior varsity team and eventually varsity as a backup shooting guard (I was good, but not a star player) I just had a feeling I needed to stop playing. Sometimes I regret that decision, but it allowed me to spend more time concentrating on my other passions.

    Another basketball player, “Pistol” Pete Maravich (who I believe had he not injured his knee fairly early in his NBA career, would be more of a household name) was actually missing the left coronary artery of his heart. To me, it is amazing that he could even play basketball, let alone be a star player in college at LSU and in the NBA at Atlanta, New Orleans and Boston. Despite his rare heart defect, he became an incredible player and a true hero. Unfortunately, Maravich died young, at age 40, of heart failure, right after playing a pickup game.

    Despite my energetic and physical musculature shortcomings, I still worked out through college and after graduating in 2003 got up to a solid 165 lbs. with around 10 percent body fat. I was making progress with getting my muscles bigger and stronger, however, as was curious to me, I did not feel major improvements in my overall energetic levels and stamina. I thought I was just out of cardiovascular shape. However, it would not be until 2009, when I met Brendan Thorson, owner and instructor of the Noble School of Tai Chi and Qigong Training here in Seattle, Wa., that I would soon discover that weight training and cardio fitness were only part of the equation to becoming physically (and mentally) healthy. When I started taking classes from Thorson, I was fairly physically fit, but my stamina was not what I felt it could be.

    About a year after starting my Yi Ren Qigong training with Thorson, my energy levels increased dramatically, and my weight lifting performance improved as well. I gained more muscle mass and just as importantly my body began to feel less stiff and more flexible. I was integrating the physical body with the qi body and it felt amazing!

    This is not to say that muscle size is an indication of strength. In fact, in the world of Traditional Chinese Medicine, tendon health and vitality is given more consideration for developing strength. However, in my case, I set goals for what I wanted to look like physically, and those goals were not necessarily to look like a body builder, but to look physically fit with lean (cut) muscles which would allow me to live an active and healthy lifestyle. I finally went from being Steve Rogers (Captain America’s real name) to Captain America. I was not injected with some scientific serum, but with qi (chi), harnessed and channeled into not only my muscles, but my body’s organs, tendons and endocrine glands, all by practicing this powerful form of Qigong called Yi Ren Qigong.

    So whether you are a comic fan, a sports fan or just a fan of successful people, remember those who are touted as heroes—or those we admire—often had to overcome many obstacles in life to achieve their high stature. We often only see the end results of their hard work, and not what it took to get those results. Speaking of which, I have to get back to working on myself right now…Until the next time, this is your peaceful warrior signing off…Be well…

  • Integrating Thinking and Feeling = Productive Time

    4/27/2014

    I have been doing a lot of reading this week. Not all of the books I have been reading are related directly to Qigong—Yi Ren or other styles—but rather books about learning and design. In one book titled “The Design of Everyday Things” by Donald Norman, the author brings up an interesting point about learning.

    [People develop math phobias] not because the material is difficult, but because it is taught so that the difficulty in one stage hinders further progress The problem is that once failure starts, it soon generalizes by self-blame to all of mathematics. …The viscous cycle starts: if you fail at something, you think it is your fault. Therefore you think you can’t do that task. As a result, next time you have to do the task, you believe you can’t so you don’t even try. The result is that you can’t, just as you thought. You’re trapped in a self-fulfilling prophecy. (Norman, 1988).

    This excerpt got me thinking about how that concept applies to Yi Ren Qigong and the concept of worrying: worrying that I will fail, worrying that I will not make any progress, worrying that I will not be able to memorize or do the exercises correctly, and—worrying that I don’t have enough time!

    I don’t have enough time to practice Qigong because I have to (fill in the blank). But actually, what I find is that when I am not practicing Yi Ren Qigong I spend most of my free time worrying. Instead of worrying for almost an hour a day that I am not going to the gym, eating right, practicing Qigong, meditating enough and doing other healthy lifestyle habits, I have found that I should just practice these habits.

    For instance, for the next three months or so, I will be busier than the previous three months. However, in the previous three months, I fell behind in my Yi Ren Qigong practice. As a result, my overall well-being was not as balanced and I began to feel extremely stressed. Part of that stress was caused by knowing that I was not doing the things that keep me healthy. The thing is, balance is the key. Intellectual and business endeavors are important, however, as other Yi Ren Qigong practitioners have discovered, it is important to keep a balance between the mind, body and spirit: They all influence each other. And all of us have different needs. Take for instance this passage from the “Bhagavad Gita” Chapter 14 Text 5. “Because living entities have different kinds of bodies, in terms of the different aspects of nature, they are induced to act according to that nature. This is the cause of the varieties of happiness and distress.”

    All in all, we can think with our brains, but we have to remember that we can also think with our bodies. Our bodies can communicate a great deal of information to us. Some might call this kind of thinking “feeling” or “sensing.” This type of thinking is not considered intellectual, but it is just as import in your Yi Ren Qigong Practice. But don’t take my word for it: here is what renowned martial artist and Taoist Lineage Master Bruce Frantzis has to say about it in his book “Relaxing Into Your Being: The Water Method of Taoist Meditation.” Here he is discussing the Teacher/Student relationship and how a teacher can communicate knowledge to a student.

    “Although words and symbolic representations or images can allude to mind/body/spirit knowledge, the words themselves are rather like the shadow of the thing, rather than the thing itself….”(Frantzis, 1998).

    Frantzis goes on to say (and this is my own summation in my own words) that a teacher’s energy that resides in his or her body and ultimately mind (not non-verbal cues, but rather feelings of knowledge—knowledge energy if you will) can be transferred to a student and implanted in his or her subconscious as a sort of seed of knowledge. These seeds sprout knowledge that is often more clear than what can be described with words and usually appears to the student when he or she is ready.

    I bring this up because I, like many practitioners, have made the mistake of thinking that I can learn the concepts of Yi Ren Qigong much like, say, Mathematics (ie. I can read the concepts and do the exercises and therefore gain full knowledge). However, in my experience, much more knowledge is gained not by letting the intellectual material teach me about the exercises but rather the exercises leading me to knowledge about the intellectual material—the written words.

    So this week, I thought about worry and how useless it is in my life. Of course we all have our worries and concerns. However, I have found that the answers to some of my questions are often discovered by taking time away from the task at hand to practice Yi Ren Qigong. This can often lead to more clarity in my mind, and more clarity leads to being more productive.

    Sources:
    Norman, Donald A (1988). The Design of Everyday Things. New York, NY Basic Books.

    Frantzis, B.K. (1998). Relaxing Into Your Being: The Water Method of Taoist Meditatio Volume1, Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.

  • Intent and Letting Go:

    4/20/2014

    I was lying on the couch, watching TV when I noticed that my right kidney area began to spasm vigorously. I have heard of this happening to other Yi Ren Qigong students, but never experienced it myself. It lasted about five minutes, off-and-on, and when it was through, I noticed that I felt much more relaxed and freer from the anxieties that had been ailing me throughout the week.

    My experience might have been similar to what an ancient Qigong practitioner might have felt when connections were being made between the body’s organs and certain emotions and virtues. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, some of the emotions that the kidneys are associated with are self-confidence, self-esteem, fear, willingness and inner freedom. When my kidneys (mostly the right kidney) began to spasm, my first reaction was that of worry, but as time went on, I noticed that I could actually feel my lower back loosen up and the area where my kidneys reside began to feel stronger, less vulnerable and relieved—as if I had released bad energy from them.

    I am currently taking the Level II Yi Ren Qigong class taught by Brendan Thorson. During the first session this week, we did an exercise that included the following mantra “I am ready to explore the inner world and I look forward to experiencing the process of internal healing and development. I will be growing stronger and wiser from this energy practice and enhancement.”

    To me this mantra has to do with intent. In the past, I have recited this mantra, but did not fully absorb the words and let myself believe in them. I noticed that as we repeated these words and I put my intent into believing them, that afterwards, the exercises seemed to penetrate Qi into my body on a deeper, more beneficial level. My conclusion is that if you let yourself go and trust that Yi Ren Qigong is a real therapeutic way to heal and nurture your mind, body and spirit, then then you will make greater positive strides in your practice and ultimately your life.

  • Fears and Limitations

    I was thinking about something seemingly trivial the other day: When I was a teenager, I had a friend who could do a backflip on a large backyard trampoline. When I was younger, it bothered me that I thought I could not do the same. I wondered, could I not do a backflip because I was too scared to attempt it, or I had physical limitations—my back not being flexible enough, or my legs not being strong enough, etc.—that disallowed me from successfully completing a full backflip?

    To me, now, this query does not cause me any personal distress. I have always been a pretty competitive person, and this is probably why I wanted to be able to do what my friend could do. However, I have since learned a few things about life. For one, you often choose your own battles. But even more importantly, there is a very fine line between fear and limitations and that those who are successful are not afraid to toe that line, often failing many times before finding success.

    However, you also have to incorporate into this equation costs and benefits: Is it worth taking the risk to complete the task? Let’s say that I attempted to do a backflip on a trampoline and my intuition was correct: my back is not flexible enough and I don’t have the type of coordination it takes to do a backflip on a trampoline. The result could be me severely injuring by body, including breaking my neck. However, let’s say that I successfully completed the backflip, overcoming my fear. All in all, a successful backflip really has no major impact on my own life. Therefore whether I attempt the feat or not does not matter and I get to choose my own battle. For the record, I have never attempted to do a backflip on a trampoline and because of the possible negative result, I have no desire to.

    On the other hand, I know that everything carries some measure of risks. For instance, I know that every time I write a piece of text or a piece of music, someone could have something negative to say about it, and that could upset me. But what are the costs and what are the benefits? If I write something that a critic or friend dislikes, that is a cost. However, that same piece could give a person an insight into his or her own life, and that person could make better life decisions as a result. In this situation, although I sometimes become fearful and feel vulnerable before writing something, I know that the potential negative costs are well worth the potential positive benefits.

    This whole thought process was spurred by what Michael Jordan stated during his controversial 2009 Basketball Hall of Fame Speech. Although his speech at times seemed rather pompous and self-absorbed, he did end it with something that has stuck with me. Jordan stated:

    “Although I’m recognized with this tremendous honor of being in the Basketball Hall of Fame, I don’t look at this moment as a defining end to my relationship with the game of basketball. It’s simply a continuation of something I started a long time ago. One day you might look up and see me playing the game at 50 [audience laughs]. Oh don’t laugh. Never say never, because limits (limitations) are often like fears—an illusion. “

    So starting this week, I personally pledge to stop negative self-talking myself out of doing things I desire and believe I have the capacity and facility to do. I could be wrong, but if I keep in mind the costs and benefits—the risks involved—and that failure is not a bad thing as it will steer me towards success, then what is to stop me? What is to stop you?

  • Perserverance

    Perseverance. That word can mean so much. I am not going to lie: I have seen many people reach a wall in their Qigong practice. Instead of taking a break or lessening the intensity of their practice, some people just quit altogether. I think that’s a huge mistake.

    I went to my first Yi Ren Qigong lesson in several months yesterday and I am sure glad that I did. Today, I feel stronger and more aware of what I need to do to continue to live a healthy life. Yi Ren Qigong along with tai chi and meditation will be a large part of the rest of my life. I know that through this spiritual journey that I will reach many obstacles and even feel like just going back to old programs and habits that don’t fix the problem and nourish my body and soul, but just act as an anesthetic, numbing the problem—not fixing it.

    In Level III yesterday, some of the exercises we practiced included re-directing our reproductive energies back into the body to nourish it and also, directing qi into the different glands of the endocrine system. I really felt the benefits to my endocrine system in my adrenal glands and thyroid. At the end of the class, my mind was much quieter and I felt more energetically balanced.

    I especially noticed that my kidneys sucked up the qi and my lower back, which had been a bit achy earlier in the day, felt stronger and free from pain. That is not to say that all I experienced during the lesson was pleasant: I did have moments of pain in my muscles and joints, but that subsided as the lesson continued. Some people have felt a great deal of pain the next day after a Yi Ren Qigong lesson. But this pain is not caused by the Qigong, but rather by the qi working through what could be old injuries or blocked qi along the acupuncture meridians…

    So my advice to those who are frustrated with their Qigong practice is to not give up! You will reach many hardships and obstacles along your Qigong journey, but if you persevere through them, the rewards are well worth you struggle…

    This is your Yi Ren Qigong friend, the Peaceful Warrior, signing off…

    Be well…
    The Peaceful Warrior.

  • Continuing Education for Acupuncturists, Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers

    Nationally Certified to give Continuing Education hours to Acupuncturists, Massage Therapists & Bodyworkers. 

    • Approved by the NCCAOM to give PDA points to Acupuncturists LAc. (East Asian Medicine Practitioner)
    • Approved by the NCBTMB to give CE (CEU) hours to Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers
  • Classes & Seminars for February, March & April 2014

    Level 1, Part 1: Internal Qi-Activation & Cultivation

    (The Beginning point of entry for all new Yi Ren students): Yi Ren® Qigong

    See a Description of Level One: Internal Qi Activation & Development

    • Details – Late Winter

    • When: 3/15 & 3/16, 10am – 5:15pm
    • Where: 5623 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105.
    • How Long: 2/6hr. classes, with a one hour lunch each day

    Purchase Options

    $190 by 3/5
    $210 by 3/14
    $225 day of

    *$40 Discount for multiple family members, full time students & low income Senior Citizens. One discount per/ person. Pay regular price, send email with details and will receive refund via Pay Pal.

    Level 1, Part 2: Internal Qi-Activation & Cultivation

    (Minimum Completion of Level 1, part 1 Required): Yi Ren® Qigong

    See a Description of Level One: Internal Qi Activation & Development

    • Details – Spring

    • When: 4/26 & 4/27, 10am – 5:15pm
    • Where: 5623 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105.
    • How Long: 2/6hr. classes, with a one hour lunch each day

    Purchase Options

    $190 by 4/16
    $210 by 4/25
    $225 day of

    *$40 Discount for multiple family members, full time students & low income Senior Citizens. One discount per/ person. Pay regular price, send email with details and will receive refund via Pay Pal.

    Level One: Internal Qi Activation & Development

    (The beginning point of entry for all new Yi Ren Students): Yi Ren® Qigong

    See a Description of Level One: Internal Qi Activation & Development

    Details – Winter

    When: Thursdays 1/16 – 2/20, 7-9pm
    Where: 5623 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105.
    How Long: 6/2hr. classes
    Purchase Options

    $165 by 1/11

    $185 by 1/15

    $200 day of

    Details: Late Winter

    When: Thursdays 3/6 – 4/10, 7-9pm
    Where: 5623 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105.
    How Long: 6/2hr. classes
    Purchase Options

    $165 by 2/24

    $185 by 3/5

    $200 day of

    Late enrollment of weekly classes is available for new students–contact Brendan for details.

    *$30 Discount for multiple family members, full time students & low income Senior Citizens. One discount per/ person. Pay regular price, send email with details and will receive refund via Pay Pal.

    Level Two: Activating & Developing the Internal Organ Energy Pathways

    See a Description of Level Two: Activating & Developing the Internal Organ Energy Pathways

    (Completion of Level 1 required) Yi Ren® Qigong

    Details – Winter

    When: Wednesdays 1/15 – 2/19, 7- 9pm
    Where: 5623 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
    How Long: 6/2hr. Classes
    Purchase Options

    $165 by 1/10

    $185 by 1/14

    $200 day of

    Details – Late Winter

    When: Wednesdays 3/5 – 4/9, 7- 9pm
    Where: 5623 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
    How Long: 6/2hr. Classes
    Purchase Options

    $165 by 2/23

    $185 by 3/4

    $200 day of

    Late enrollment of weekly classes is available for new students–contact Brendan for details.

    *$30 Discount for multiple family members, full time students & low income Senior Citizens. One discount per/ person. Pay regular price, send email with details and will receive refund via Pay Pal.

    Moving With Qi: Qigong w/ Taichi Style Movements

    See a Description of Moving With Qi: Qigong w/ Taichi Style Movements

    For Internal & External Strength & a Peaceful Mind(Completion of Level 2 or instructor permission required) Yi Ren® Qigong

    Details – Winter

    When: Tuesdays 1/14 – 2/18, 7:30- 9:30pm
    Where: 5623 University Way NE Seattle, WA 98105
    How Long: 6/2hr. Classes
    Purchase Options

    $165 by 1/9

    $185 by 1/13

    $200 day of

    Late enrollment of weekly classes is available for new students–contact Brendan for details.

    *$30 Discount for multiple family members, full time students & low income Senior Citizens. One discount per/ person. Pay regular price, send email with details and will receive refund via Pay Pal.
    Jing & Rou: Muscle & Tendon Qigong

    View Description of Jing & Rou: Muscle & Tendon Qigong

    Development of the Yang Energy Body: For Strength, Protection and Internal Peace

    (Completion of Level Two required) Yi Ren® Qigong

    Details – Late Winter

    When: Tuesdays 3/4 – 4/8, 7:30- 9:30pm
    Where: 5623 University Way NE Seattle, WA 98105
    How Long: 6/2hr. Classes
    Purchase Options

    $165 by 2/22

    $185 by 3/3

    C. $200 day of

    Late enrollment of weekly classes is available for new students–contact Brendan for details.

    *$30 Discount for multiple family members, full time students & low income Senior Citizens. One discount per/ person. Pay regular price, send email with details and will receive refund via Pay Pal.

    Level Three: Activation of the Extraordinary Meridians

    View Description of Level Three: Activation of the Extraordinary Meridians

    Development of Brain, Endocrine & Nervous System & Energy Protection Network

    (Completion of Level 2 required) Yi Ren® Qigong

    Details – Winter

    When: Mondays 1/13 – 2/24, 7- 9pm (No Class Presidents Day)
    Where: 5623 University Way NE Seattle, WA 98105
    How Long: 6/2hr. Classes
    Purchase Options

    $165 by 1/8

    $185 by 1/12

    $200 day of

    Details – Late Winter

    When: Mondays 3/3 – 4/7, 7- 9pm
    Where: 5623 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
    How Long: 6/2hr. Classes
    Purchase Options

    $165 by 2/21

    $185 by 3/2

    $200 day of

    Late enrollment of weekly classes is available for new students–contact Brendan for details.

    *$30 Discount for multiple family members, full time students & low income Senior Citizens. One discount per/ person. Pay regular price, send email with details and will receive refund via Pay Pal.

  • Sunday February 23, Elixer Field & Kidney Qigong for Self-Healing & Self-Care

    Sunday, February 23 at East West Bookshop Seattle

    1-2:30pm in Tea Garden $10
    Register Now!

    Over the past 5,000+ years the ancient Taoists discovered many secrets to healing and maintaining one’s health. Now many of these secrets are available to you from Yi Ren® Qigong! In this introductory class you will learn to activate your energy field and your internal energy system. We will focus on the activation and balancing of the Elixir Field (Dantian) and the Kidney Energy Centers. Join Yi Ren Qigong instructorBRENDAN THORSON, LMP, of The Noble School of Taichi & Qigong Training to begin your journey.

    “Yi Ren Qigong healed my body and aligned my spirit. I started this practice over two years ago and am still amazed at the unfolding benefits that I feel. This practice has calmed my mind and given me increased spiritual clarity. My back has been dramatically healed after trying everything from pain killers to chiropractic work. I quit smoking cigarettes thanks to the deepening awareness of my body. I am stronger and more present in my body thanks to the increased connection to higher realms and the earth.”–Michael, Healer & Shaman

    A Vibrant Elixir Fieldis essential for one to maintain Powerful Regeneration Energies throughout life for enhanced vitality, longevity and creativity. The Elixir Field is our energy source for Self-Healing, Personal Growth and Spiritual Development. While the Kidneys are our Internal Power Station and having powerful kidney energy is necessary for one to have a strong and healthy body and mind. The kidneys are related to the strength of the bones and bone marrow.

    + Activation of the Kidney fire energies is a key to the activation of the Elixir Field
    + Deeper internal connection between the Kidneys and the Elixir Field enhances one’s internal healing powers
    + Our Elixir Field is more or less like our Energetic Bank Account–thus we want to keep our energetic bank account full so we will have the energy to live a full life. Just like one wants to have plenty of money saved for retirement. “In my experience, one’s energetic bank account is even more important than one’s financial bank account because you can always earn money if you are strong and healthy, but you cannot enjoy your life regardless how much money you have if you do not have your health.”

    Additional Benefits from the Development of the Elixir Field:
    + Help women get over premenopausal symptoms
    + Center to nourish our Motherly energies
    + Connects to the Moon energies

    Brendan has ongoingLevel 1 training and upcoming seminars

    Brendan has had articles published inQi Magazine:The Journal of Traditional Health and Fitness.

  • Sunday, February 9, Heart and Kidney Qigong for Self-Healing and Self-Care

    Sunday, February 9 at East West Bookshop Seattle

    1-2:30pm in Tea Garden $10
    Register Now!

    Over the past 5,000+ years the ancient Taoists discovered many secrets to healing and maintaining one’s health. Now many of these secrets are available to you from Yi Ren® Qigong! In this introductory class you will learn to activate your energy field and your internal energy system. We will focus on the activation and balancing of the Heart and the Kidney Energy Centers. Join Yi Ren Qigong instructor BRENDAN THORSON, LMP, of The Noble School of Taichi & Qigong Training to begin your journey.

    Vibrant heart energy is essential for one to have the Power of Self Love and Self Healing. While the Kidneys are our Internal Power Station and having powerful kidney energy is necessary for one to have a strong and healthy body and mind. The kidneys are related to the strength of the bones and bone marrow. The heart is related to the quality of the blood vessels and to the blood circulation and internal energy flow.

    Balancing of the Kidney/ water and Heart/ fire energies of the 5-Elements and the Yin and Yang energies is an important step in the internal cultivation process and essential for one to improve and maintain their health:

    This step begins to bring our water/ yin and fire/ yang energies back into harmony

    The energetic connection between these two Energy Centers will give birth to new internal energy development

    The water energies of the kidney will control the fire energies of the heart so the fire will not allow the body to get too hot and dry

    The fire energies on the heart will keep the cool water energies of the kidneys in check so the body does not get too cold and wet

    Will help to release the excess fear and paranoia energies of the kidneys and promote the development of self esteem, self confidence, courage and self will

    Will help to release the excess jealous and envious energies of the heart and promote the development of joy, admiration, appreciation and respect

    And much more.

    “Just 48 hours before I happened to find myself in one of his introductory classes, my marriage had fallen apart. Even though I was in shock, I instantly knew that I needed to practice this style of qigong in order to help myself through this crisis. After each class I attended, I could feel a glimmer of chi energy growing within me. Brendan shared his personal experiences of self healing in such a positive way that I felt motivated to keep going through my struggle to find myself again. I found his classes helped me to develop and maintain many healthy habits.

    Yi-Ren Qigong prevented me from going down into despair or into any type of long-term negative thinking or activity. Instead, it helped me to grow a stronger sense of wellness than I had ever felt before. Building my qigong practice has helped to benefit me in all areas of my life, especially in my emotions, my thinking and my sense of place in the world.”–Tonya Zarlengo, LMP & Acupuncture Student

    Brendan has ongoing Level 1 training and upcoming seminars

    Brendan has had articles published in Qi Magazine:The Journal of Traditional Health and Fitness.

  • Qigong and Tai Chi classes starting 10/28/2013

    Seattle Area Intro Classes

    Intro Class–Self-Healing & Self-Care for Health Care Providers

    (All are welcome Health Care Practitioner or not)

    3 CE Hours for Massage Therapists

    Link to explanation of self care for health care practitioners

    • Details

    • When: Sunday 11/3, 10am- 1pm
    • Cost: $40
    • Where: Bellevue Massage School
      15921 NE 8th, Suite C-106 Bellevue, WA 98008

    Seattle, Washington

    Level One: Internal Qi Activation & Development

    Level One: Internal Qi Activation & Development

    (The beginning point of entry for all new Yi Ren Students): Yi Ren® Qigong

    Weekly Level One Classes

    • Details – Late Fall/Early Winter

    • When: Wednesdays 10/30- 12/11, 7-9pm (No Class Thanksgiving week)
    • Where: 5623 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
    • How Long: 6/2hr. classes

    Purchase Options

    $165 by 10/23
    $185 by 10/29
    $200 day of

    *$30 Discount for multiple family members, full time students & low income Senior Citizens. One discount per/ person. Pay regular price, send email with details and will receive refund via Pay Pal.

    Level One Weekend Seminars

    • Details – 11/9 – 11/10

    • When: Saturday & Sunday 11/9 & 11/10, 10am – 5:15pm
    • Where: 5623 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
    • How Long: 2/6hr. classes

    Purchase Options

    $190 by 10/30
    $210 by 11/8
    $225 day of

    *$40 Discount for repeating Level One Students of TNSOT&QT , multiple family members, full time students & low income Senior Citizens. One discount per/ person. Pay regular price, send email with details and will receive refund via Pay Pal.

    Level Two: Activating & Developing the Internal Organ Energy Pathways

    View Description of: Level Two: Activating & Developing the Internal Organ Energy Pathways

    (Completion of Level 1 required) Yi Ren® Qigong

    • Details – Late Fall/Early Winter

    • When: Mondays 10/28- 12/9, 7- 9pm (No Class Thanksgiving week)
    • Where: 5623 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
    • How Long: 6/2hr. classes

    Purchase Options

    $165 by 10/18
    $185 by 10/27
    $200 day of

    *$30 Discount for multiple family members, full time students & low income Senior Citizens. One discount per/ person. Pay regular price, send email with details and will receive refund via Pay Pal.

    Jing & Rou: Muscle & Tendon Qigong
    -Development of the Yang Energy Body: For Strength, Protection and Internal Peace

    (Completion of Level Two required) Yi Ren® Qigong

    • Details – Late Fall/Early Winter

    • When: Tuesdays 10/29- 12/10, 7:30- 9:30pm (No Class Thanksgiving week)
    • Where: 5623 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
    • How Long: 6/2hr. classes

    Purchase Options

    $165 by 10/19
    $185 by 10/28
    $200 day of

    *$30 Discount for multiple family members, full time students & low income Senior Citizens. One discount per/ person. Pay regular price, send email with details and will receive refund via Pay Pal.

    Level Three: Activation of the Extraordinary Meridians: Development of Brain, Endocrine & Nervous System & Energy Protection Network

    Level Three: Activation of the Extraordinary Meridians Development of Brain, Endocrine & Nervous System & Energy Protection Network

    (Completion of Level 2 required) Yi Ren® Qigong

    • Details – Late Fall/Early Winter

    • When: Thursdays 10/31- 12/12, 7- 9pm (No Class Thanksgiving week)
    • Where: 5623 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
    • How Long: 6/2hr. classes

    Purchase Options

    $165 by 10/21
    $185 by 10/30
    $200 day of

    *$30 Discount for multiple family members, full time students & low income Senior Citizens. One discount per/ person. Pay regular price, send email with details and will receive refund via Pay Pal.

    Moscow, Idaho

    Level-2B: Activating & Developing the Internal Organ energy Pathways

    Level-2B: Activating & Developing the Internal Organ energy Pathways

    (Completion of Level One Required)

    • Details

    • When: Saturday and Sunday 11/16 & 11/17, 10am – 5:15pm
    • Where: 1912 Center: 412 East Third Street, Moscow, ID 83843
    • How Long: 2/6hr. classes, with a one hour lunch each day

    Purchase Options

    $190 by 11/6
    $210 by 11/15
    $225 day of

    *$40 Discount for multiple family members, full time students & low income Senior Citizens. One discount per/ person. Pay regular price, send email with details and will receive refund via Pay Pal.

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