- CurriculumThe classes listed below are a combination of the core classes (Yi Ren Qigong Levels 1-3) and some of the other non-core classes that are offered on a regular basis and occasionally. With time the list of non-core classes will grow and expand to meet the demand and need of the student base. Tai Chi & Qigong Seattle Training Curriculum Core Classes and Current list of non-core classes -Level 1: Foundation, Chi Gong Exercise Awakening the Healing Powers Within (The prerequisite for all subsequent courses) Yi Ren® Qigong -Tai Chi Movement: Taoist Tai Chi For Internal & External Strength & A Peaceful Mind (Completion of Level 1 Required) -Moving With Qi: Chi Kung & Tai Chi Style Movements (Completion of Level 1 Required) Yi Ren® Qigong -Level Two: Development Of The Twelve Major Meridians and Organ Networks (Completion of Level 1 required) Yi Ren® Qigong -Jing & Rou: Integrating The Qi Into The Muscles & Tendons To Build Physical Strength (Completion of level 2 required) Yi Ren® Qigong -Level Three: The Extraordinary Meridians (Completion of Level 2 required & Jing/Rou suggested) Yi Ren® Qigong -Sound/Energy Center Correspondences (Prerequisite: completion of Level 2) Yi Ren® Qigong -Forms of Meditation: To Help People Enlighten Their…
- Yi Ren® Qigong Level 1: Internal Qi Activation & Cultivation
- Level 2: Activating & Developing the Internal Organ Energy Pathways
- Level 3: Development of the Extraordinary Meridians
- Moving W/ Qi: Qigong w/ Taichi style Movements
- Jing & Rou: Muscle & Tendon
- Tai Chi Movement: Taoist Tai Chi
- Sound / Energy Center Correspondence
- The Sacred Gates of Internal Cultivation
- Continuing Ed.
- Consultations & Private Lessons
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“When I first signed up for the Level 1 Yi Ren qigong weekend seminar with Brendan Thorson I was a little skeptical about the whole seminar. A close friend of mine had recommended the seminar because he had received great benefits from it, but I still had my doubts about qigong in general. On the very first day, I was surprised to discover how practical and ‘down to earth’ the Yi Ren qigong seminar was in general. I also appreciated Brendan’s personal account of how the practice had transformed his own life. I was also surprised to experience an undeniable healing energy working in my body during and after the seminar ended. It became readily apparent that the practice was not just theoretical, but that I could receive immediate benefits from the practice. I would highly recommend taking qigong classes from Brendan. He is not only a very experienced and knowledgeable teacher, but he is also not afraid to address any concerns or questions that you have in regard to the practice. Take his class and you will not regret it.”
I was briefly introduced to Qi Gong while I was attending a program at Evergreen State College back in 2013. A few years after I returned to Seattle I decided to find a real Qi Gong expert (Master) nearby to help me resolve reoccurring disruptive thoughts and emotional instabilities. Throughout the years I have tried many forms of treatment (both traditional and non-traditional) in hopes to recover my vitality and stop the destructive cycle of addiction, paranoia, and depression in my life. Some types of treatment I’ve tried have helped some haven’t; nonetheless, the help I received before was limited and my search for the cure lead me back to Qi Gong. While investigating online I found Brendan’s website (TaichiQigongSeattle.com), after reading through the site I decided to reach out to him.
During all of our personal sessions I’ve felt safe, fully attended to, and free to ask questions or share feelings I was experiencing. His teaching style is empowering, grounding, and comprehensive. In addition to teaching he offered DVD’s and a manual (for purchase) to reinforce what was taught. Brendan Thorson has been teaching Qi Gong for over a decade and it shows! His presence has instilled trust, curiosity, and awareness within me. Another strong quality Brendan has is his patience to complete a lesson and flexibility to find a time that works for you.
I will continue to follow his lead; I am so excited to see what lies ahead. Reflecting over the last few weeks the most significant changes I’ve noticed are emotional. Often times after we finish a practice I feel more in touch with my body, mental clarity, and openness to engage with others without losing my sense of self. The urge to use or react to triggers is slowly starting to diminish. Old vicious thinking/behavior patterns are starting to become weakened and hollow. The voyage to health continues. I encourage anyone else who is interested in regaining internal balance to contact him!
Brendan’s Qigong instruction was the best I have ever received. Why? Because the skills I learned from him helped to save my life. A few years ago I was thrown an unexpected challenge that knocked me off balance in a big way. I wasn’t sure how I could cope let alone recover and hopefully flourish. As fate would have it, I soon found myself in one of Brendan’s Introductory sessions. At the end of that one hour I felt so much better and asked if I could immediately start a series of sessions with him.
In the months that followed I learned many things I didn’t know including ways to connect with and increase my own energy. I started to become comfortable in my body as a sense of ease and deep peace began to grow. Most importantly, I learned to reach for the positive and be kinder to myself.
I’ve known several people who have benefited from Brendan’s healing sessions, including a dear friend who was very sick and near the end of her life. In his genuine and caring way, Brendan tuned into each of our specific circumstances and tailored the sessions to our individual needs.
Brendan is truly a gifted teacher and healer who practices what he teaches and shares what he knows. I would recommend him to anyone who needs a little, or a lot, of support, understanding and help with their personal growth.
LMP, Reiki Master Teacher and Acupuncture Intern
I’ve had the good fortune to come across Brendan as a Qi Gong Student and quickly noticed how patient, thorough and knowledgeable Brendan was with the application of focused awareness. He has displayed in-depth knowledge of the Qigong system that he teaches (Yi Ren) and was instrumental in advancing my interest to take serious approach to this system as a life-changing modality that I had long searched for, often in vain. I was encouraged by the process that was applied in finding contact with my body’s internal energy and noticed during the seminar work many energetic openings inside of my body that gave me indication that i was relaxing into a deeper state, letting go of long-held old tensions/fears that I had been previously unable to do on my own or with other practitioners. Similarly with his body work techniques he has shown that he is very strong and firm, consistent yet gentle. Brendan applies (apparently) very advanced knowledge of the body’s structure and function to enable release of long held aches and pains, as well as emotional burdens that are held unconsciously. If you are not in a hurry and want to find a path that will bring you to inner peace, I recommend Brendan For his Qi Gong teaching and experience. I have had 3 other Qi Gong instructors, and none of them came close to the depth and breadth of knowledge and power that he brings to the room. If you have body work needs and can handle deep body work, then he is also an excellent choice.
My experience with Brendan’s therapeutic approach to connect mind and body has turned out to be extremely helpful. In the last two years, his knowledge and guidance helped me in coping with my pains and stiffnesses. Also, I have noticed that since I practice the YiRen QiGong with Brendan, I feel emotionally and physically more stable and more joyful than before. I also appreciate that he has been able to give me very simple exercises for my daily routine, which still noticeably improve my condition.
Brendan works very thoroughly and is very sensitive in finding the right treatment for your specific situation. I fully recommend Brendan’s movement therapeutic approach.
Brendan’s qigong training dramatically helped me to balance my health and energy system!!
About four years ago I went through what is commonly referred to as a “Kundalini Awakening”. It transformed my life for the better, but also turned my health and world upside down. I began to commonly feel ungrounded, spaced out and easily exhausted. As every year passed my energies were gradually becoming more balanced, but I wanted to make some faster progress and learn energy exercises for managing, strengthening and balancing my personal energies! As a result, I looked at some qigong and yoga schools in the States. But after talking with Brendan I felt very confident in his knowledge, understanding and confidence with my situation.
Brendan’s qigong training was very simple and powerful for me. I got much more out of it than I ever expected too. It allowed me to ground, strengthen and solidify my energies so I could begin to feel much healthier again! Brendan is a very good healer and qigong instructor. I would recommend him to anyone seeking energy work for improving their health and quality of life. I wish I could find an instructor like Brendan closer to my home of Serbia. One day I hope to be able to return to Seattle to further my studies with Brendan.
I came to Brendan at a time in my life when I was lost, depressed, and weighted down with extreme sadness. My mind did not seem to find a way out of this maze of negativity and darkness. I was trying to lift myself up by eating light and healthy, regular jogging. I even started tai-chi. It did not seem to help at all. I could feel that I needed something else. The tai-chi lessons I took felt lame, mechanical, and without depth. I had practiced tai-chi before and enjoyed it, but for some reasons, going back to learning the moves one by one did not suit me. It felt empty. So, I continued looking for different tai-chi and similar arts that could help me connect with my inner self and be in harmony with my surroundings. What got my attention about Brendan’s practice was that he was practicing “healing” Qigong. Sure we all agree that qigong practices are, generally speaking, “healing”. But he was teaching a unique type of Qigong, and since I needed large amount of healing, I called Brendan.
During our first session, he first spent time listening to my story, then began the qigong, where he held his hands facing different areas of my body, using different finger positions, while simultaneously guiding my attention and breadth to different areas of my body. By the end of the session, I knew something had changed in me. At the time I was not sure what it was but could describe it as grounding. I felt more grounded. In the following days my sleep began to improve and I started to feel less depressed, more hopeful and gained some clarity on the steps I needed to take to change my frame of mind, my mental attitude. I continued to see Brendan many times after that and discovered that Brendan did not only help me heal by working on me but by teaching me how I could practice on my own. I also went to his workshops, which helped a lot by complementing what I had learned with him. As I progressed, he taught me specific exercises for all my organ systems, especially the kidney, liver, intestine, immunity, lungs, and heart.
If you practiced qigong before, you know it is often hard to describe what is going on inside ourselves during practices. What I can say is that the practices with Brendan helped me listen to my inner intelligence, my intuition if you will. It is like my body knew what to do in different situations. Little by little, I regained control of my emotions, I was able to distance myself from pain and sadness, I was able to rest my mind and feel my surroundings.
I gained so much with his sessions that I took my 15-year old daughter many times to see him.
Brendan’s sessions are powerful and the more you practice the more empowered you feel, and the more peaceful you feel.
I would recommend to anybody to go meet Brendan and let him guide you through his teachings in order to find strength and peace. Only good things will come out of meeting him.
“Working with Brendan’s Qigong program has opened up a door for my gaining greater control of my stress and anxiety, and has enabled me to approach my job duties in a more whole grounded way. I now experience a greater level of happiness in my life and a more energized and balanced perspective from which to approach the complexities of health care and modern life.” Andrew J. Gillig RN, BSN, CCM
“Brendan’s Qigong class is the best Self-Care I have found in over 25 years. I am amazed at how little I react to stressful moments. My severe anxiety issues are gone & my energy levels stay constant throughout the day.” Jill Morris, LNP, LMP, RMT