About Us

  • What is Yi Ren Qigong?

    Yi Ren Qigong (YRQ) is the practice of cultivating the inherent potential and well-being through a growing awareness of “Qi”-a bioenergy-information system (BEIS) within us, as well as surrounding us. In Chinese, the character “Yi”(易)means change, the upper part symbolizes the sun and lower part symbolizes the moon. Through the dynamic interactions of Yin and Yang, the character “Yi” graphically suggests the Dao (道, Tao) of change, the laws of different energy interactions in the natural world. The character “Ren”(人) means human. With YRQ studies and practice, practitioners become increasingly aware of energy flow and interactions in the physical body, and in the living environment, and start to live in accord with the Dao, the laws in the nature.

    The Yi Ren system of Qigong is designed to support an individual in the exploration and expression of the intelligence and wisdom already within the body. It helps one become consciously aware of and understand the body’s functions at different levels, including energetic, informational, emotional, subconscious and collective unconscious levels. A regular and disciplined practice of YRQ helps individuals increase harmony within Qi-Mind-Body-Soul, which leads to self-knowledge, self-healing, self-care, self-realization, self-mastery, and self-fulfillment.

    YRQ represents a synthesis and integration of ancient wisdom (i.e. Huang Di Nei Jing – The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, Dao De Jing – The Way of Virtues, Yi Jing -The Book of Change, Zhu Bing Yuan Hou Lun -Treatise on the Causes and Manifestations of Diseases) with modern life science such as molecular genetics, psychology, and physiology. Thus, YRQ serves as an important bridge between the ancient wisdom, and modern science and Western medicine. Taken together, YRQ offers opportunities for a thorough and synergistic understanding of the physiological, energetic, emotional, and “informational” bases of the body for preventing and healing chronic illnesses and for improving the quality of people’s lives.

    YRQ includes two basic components or areas of emphasis: Intrinsic and Extrinsic Qigong. Intrinsic Qigong refers to communication and interaction within the mind-body-soul with Qi cultivation; Extrinsic Qigong encompasses the interactions between individuals and their environment, including other people, society, and nature through Qi communications.

    Yi Ren Intrinsic Qigong focuses on the development of three energetic bodies:

    • Internal energy body (energetic matrix and Qi communication net-work) development
    • Internal transformative body development
    • Internal law body development

    Yi Ren Extrinsic Qigong focuses on the applications of Yin/Yang theory, five phases transforming theories, the codes of energy flow, and Yi Jing in advanced internal cultivation and in treating others for healing sessions and for improving the quality of people’s life.

    By Guan-Cheng Sun Phd. The Originator of Yi Ren Qigong

  • Mission Statement

    To empower ALL people to gain the wisdom and self-knowledge to improve their health and reach their life’s potential. 

  • Brendan Thorson LMP, Yi Ren® Qigong Instructor

    Brendan Thorson

    Brendan began practicing Tai Chi and Qigong in 1994. Five years later, in 1999, he began studying qigong with Dr. Sun the originator of Yi Ren® Qigong and began teaching Yi Ren Qigong in 2001.  Yi Ren Qigong has transformed his life and health.  Through his dedicated practice, Brendan has overcome years of fatigue and exhaustion, a compromised immune system, insomnia, hypoglycemia, chronic muscle and joint pains, excess anxieties, fears and stress, and weakened mental capacity and memory.

    He is a career Qigong instructor. He began teaching Yi Ren Qigong in 2001. Between 2001-2007 he taught private qigong classes and in 2008 began teaching public classes and weekend workshops. Between 2009 and June of 2014 he was commonly teaching classes 5, 6 or 7 days a week and since 2009 he has taught well over 1,000 classes and over 50 weekend workshops. Beginning in the summer of 2014 he stopped teaching weekly class series to focus on teaching weekend workshops in Seattle and introducing Yi Ren Qigong to other areas throughout the U.S. He founded The Noble School of Qigong in 2009, and has had five articles published in Qi: The Journal of Eastern Health and Fitness.

    Brendan originally began his pursuit of Tai Chi and Qigong to improve his lost health and vitality. Before finding Yi Ren Qigong he studied other forms Tai Chi and Qigong that were very nice, but he rarely felt the energy (Qi) in those forms and also did not experience any significant health improvements.

    Between 1994 and 1995 he studied Tai Chi Chuan from local Seattle instructor Chu-Lan Chiong LA.c.  Then, in 2003 he was very fortunate to have the opportunity to study Tai Chi with Madame Gau Fu.  From Madame Gau Fu’s instruction he began to learn deeper aspects of the Internal Martial Arts including the Dantian rotation, Standing Meditation and the States of Empty and Solid.   Madame Gao Fu was an accomplished Taiji master in both Yang and Chen styles of Taiji.

    He was also blessed to learn from his friend and fellow Yi Ren Qigong instructor Bill Fouts and Qigong Master Dr. Xue Zhi Wang

    Brendan is also a practicing licensed massage therapist (LMP) with 19 years of experience. He graduated from Brenneke School of Massage in Seattle, WA in 1997. Then studied Myofascial Release and Structural Integration for two years with certified Hellerworker Maureen Warren from 1997-1999. He also studied with a few Rolfers including R. Louis Schultz PhD. the Author of an excellent fascial anatomy book, “The Endless Web”. During Brendan’s massage sessions he combines and integrates all of his learning and knowledge from western massage training, traditional Chinese medicine theory, qigong, taichi, and the soft, firm and gentle touch he developed from his years as an avid potter during his teens and early twenties to provide a healing session for each client.

  • Yi Ren® Qigong Developed by Dr. Guan-Cheng Sun

    Dr. Guan-Cheng Sun

    About Dr. Sun

    Dr. Guan-Cheng Sun originally learned a QiGong system from his granduncle at age nine. Dr. Sun has spent over 30 years refining his skills and has developed a new system called Yi Ren QiGong.

    After earning his Ph.D. in molecular biology from the Graduate University for Advanced Studies in Japan in 1993, Dr. Sun was awarded a fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. During his years in Japan, he also began teaching his QiGong system. In June 1994, Dr. Sun came to the University of Washington where he continued his research of the endocrine system at the molecular level. This research into the hormonal balance and transformation of the body has enriched Dr. Sun’s theory and practice of QiGong. In March of 2000, Dr. Sun accepted an invitation to lecture at the Mayo Clinic on integrating traditional Eastern healing arts with modern concepts of physiology.” He recently completed research with type two diabetes and Yi Ren Qigong at Bastyr University.

    As of 2/2011 Dr. Sun is engaged in Energy Medicine Cancer Research with Fred Hutchinson / UW Medicine / & Bastyr University. He is the Qigong Instructor at Bastyr University and teaches Yi Ren Qigong seminars about once a month.

    All Yi Ren® Qigong classes taught by Brendan Thorson are approved from Dr. Sun for taking his advanced level workshops. For example, if the prerequisite is the completion of level 2 class for Dr. Sun’s workshop and you have completed at least level 2 from Brendan, then you have met the requirements to register for Dr. Sun’s workshop.

  • Brief History of Qigong

    Qigong (pronounced chee gung) is a traditional Chinese energy medicine practice combining breathing, movement, and meditation. In Qigong, the term “qi” (or “chi” ) means “vital energy of the body” and “gong” means the skill and achievement cultivated through regular and disciplined practice. It is part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), which works with the Qi as a key feature of human psychology, physiology, and biology for healing and improving health conditions. Qigong has been practiced with documented results in China for thousands of years and has many different styles and types.

    In ancient times, one of the terms used to denote what we, today, call Qigong was “Tu Na,” which means “breathing”. The famous philosopher Zhuang Zi, ” in his book Nan Hua Jing (3rd century BC.), explained that “the immortal’s breathing reaches down to their heels and the normal person’s breathing to the throat.” To this day, one of the commonly accepted definitions of Qigong is breathing exercise.

    Qigong has a long history in China as a type of traditional exercise for maintaining health and fitness. The Qigong exercises known as the “Six Healing Sounds” are an excellent traditional Qigong practice, involving the formation of sounds and their vibrations in order to cleanse, re-energize, balance and harmonize the internal organs, thereby creating optimum health.

    Meditation is also an important part of Qigong practice. Da Mo, the first Buddhist Patriarch Bodhidharma, came from India to preach Buddhism in China during the Liang dynasty (502-557 A.D.). He is considered the ancestor of the Chinese Chan Zong sect of Buddhism. Later, the Chan Zong sect of Buddhism and its training was brought to Japan and became Zen meditation in Japan. Meditation is an important practice in Qigong training because it is a necessary process for training the mind to direct and regulate the energy flow in the body. Once the energy is activated it must be coordinated with the activities of the mind, so that mind and body can benefit from the synchronization and mutual influence. The mind, when trained by meditation, is able to perceive the subtle levels at which the Qi functions, both at the level of the mind and at the level of the body. As an example, in recent times, Yan Xin Qigong is known as a meditation-based form of Qigong practice.

    Qigong has also been known as “Dao Yin,” which means “guiding and directing the Qi flow” by means of specific movements and breathing. For example, the “Five Animal Frolics”, the “Eight Pieces of Brocade”, are all well-known forms of Dao Yin styles of Qigong practice.

    However, recently many forms of Qigong offered in the public and in the scientific Qigong research setting are designed for the purpose of maintaining general health, but not including specific connections between practice and specific health conditions. The various styles of Qigong differ in form, body movement, breathing, and meditation, but are not authentic Qi-energy centered internal cultivation practice. In addition, the training courses of many Qigong programs tend to focus on intellectual knowledge from textbook and traditional techniques/methods and lack the systematic internal Qi-energy activation, cultivation, development, refinement and management.

    By Guan-Cheng Sun Phd. Originator of Yi Ren Qigong