• Melissa

    My life has made a 180 degree turn for the better since I’ve been taking Qi Gong / Tai Chi classes from Brendan. I can’t even describe it. It has been a source of stability for me in my life, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. When I started Brendan’s classes my life was in a whirlwind. I was dealing with the death of my father, and loss of my job. My mind was in constant chaos; my health was starting to suffer from stress and weight gain, which then started reflecting on my relationships with my family and friends. Looking for alternative healing solution to cleanse my mind and body, I decided to take a few of Brendan’s free introductory Qi Gong class, to my surprise I started feeling relaxed and peaceful after each class, so I decided to sign up for Brendan’s Level 1 A class.

    I’ve been studying and practicing Qi Gong / Tai Chi with Brendan now for five months, I am constantly amazed of the changes and improvements I feel in all aspects of my life. It has been a life changing experience with positive results. The benefits for me are internal, which changed my body awareness and internal strength.

    ~Physically -I feel more balanced, more stamina, and able to sleep through the night. I have learned much more about how my body feels from the inside, the connection with each individual organ. To listen within. I’m continually losing the excess weight I’ve been caring around for years.

    ~Emotionally – I am able to attain a balance of my emotions and physical sense of well-being which allow me to deal with the everyday stresses and demands of life in a much more positive light.

    ~Mentally – My mind is becoming clearer and more peaceful each day, the constant chatter seems to disappear from my mind, as I breathe in more energy. With this I am now able to acknowledge the concepts and beliefs that are no longer useful in my life. Giving me the ability to clear out these old programs from my deep consciousness, and replace with new concepts and beliefs that are in harmony with my mind, body and spirit.

    ~Spiritually – I have noted a renewed enthusiasm for my ‘self’ and appreciation on many levels. Realizing the more I surrender and allow myself to flow, the more opportunity is presented. I feel a beautiful connectedness more consistently throughout each day. More and more experiencing the vibrancy of my own spiritual energy, the unique treasure of awareness, knowledge, wisdom, talent, power and potential that reside within myself.

    I encourage more and more people to step into their power and use techniques like Qi Gong to claim their divine birth right of perfect health on all levels of being.

  • Massage Therapist & Acupuncture Student


    Like a sacred circle, Brendan’s qigong class has provided me with a safe place in which to do my healing work. 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.
    I am truly grateful to Brendan and to Dr. Sun for teaching us these ancient yet powerful exercises that I have found to be so life enhancing.

    Thank you!

    Tonya Rehder, LMP
    August 20, 2013
    Des Moines, WA

  • Chiropractor Traveling from Idaho to Seattle for Training

    I am a chiropractor, I practice in Moscow, Idaho (5 hr drive from Seattle). I’ve been studying Qigong with Brendan for six months. I’ve taken his weekend level 1, 2 and 3 classes, Jing and Rou and Moving with Qi. The material is amazing, and the speed with which it comes together is incredible. I’ve studied a variety of disciplines for over 30 years and nothing has come close to developing internal power and sensitivity the way Brendan’s material does. My ability to perceive what it is my patients need has gone up exponentially and my ability to treat them has expanded enormously since I started this practice. For decades I’ve been searching for the catalyst that allows us to consciously join with the unseen force that creates and binds all together. Yi Ren qigong is that catalyst. I strongly endorse Brendan’s teaching.

    Kevin Smith, D.C.

  • Yi Ren Qigong healed my body and aligned my spirit


    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 the higher realms and the earth. My entire body has awakened and quite often I feel the hum of the universe coursing through me and connecting me to healing energies that before I was unable to access. This practice has been very empowering and intellectually stimulating. My entire world shifted after my first class of experiencing the chi between my hands!
    –Michael, Shaman & Healer

  • Reducing Alcohol Use–Desire to drink withered away & much more…

    Anonymous 10/2/2012,

    I’ve been taking Yi Ren Qi Gong for about 4 months now. The experience I’ve had is hard to put into words so I’ll just outline some of the benefits I’ve noticed.

    1.) I can feel more fully what my body does and does not want. I am much more aware of how specific types of food, exercise, activities and mental/emotional states affect me. Yi-Ren Qigong has greatly amplified my natural feedback system so I am much more aware of my reaction to things.

    2.) I do not have the urge to drink anymore. Before I began qigong I was a very heavy drinker. I am not sure if I was an alcoholic or not, but I drank the equivalent of a bottle or two of wine daily and would get antsy when I didn’t drink. After beginning to take Yi Ren Qigong with Brendan my desire to drink just sort of withered away. After starting my qigong practice I was left drinking out of pure habit and realized (since there were nights that I now wasn’t drinking) that I had basically spent the last ten years of my life either constantly (at least) mildly hung over or intoxicated. Since I started doing the classes the compulsion disappeared and I have realized the negatives outweigh the positives. I’ll still have a beer or glass of wine with dinner or while out and about, but it is no longer a defining part of my life, a crutch or an impediment.

    3.) I realized that my body, or whatever it is that constitutes me as a person, is different from what I, as a scientifically educated, US born, biological materialist was led to believe. My body/mind/spirit/energy being is… not more complex necessarily, but different from how I’ve always thought it to be. Manipulating the Qi energy as I am learning in Yi Ren QiGong is like taking the reigns on parts of my life I’ve always struggled to control.

    4.) I have always suffered from anxiety. Although I can’t say I’ve come close to curing it yet, I’ve started to be able to discern large complex sets of emotions/reactions/sensations that underlie my anxiety. I’ve awakened a deeper part of my mind from which has sprung an organic symbolic/visionary language of images and sensations I can use as tools for healing myself.

    On top of the above mentioned benefits I can say that through Brendan’s Yi Ren Qigong classes I’ve begun to develop an experientially based spirituality. I am seeing the world in a much different, more full, and better way. I can’t help feeling like I’ve stumbled upon something truly amazing.

  • Testimonial by C, a Female Massage Therapist

    Testimonial by C:


    About a year and a half ago my life was in shambles – financially, physically, emotionally and energetically.  Everything about me was dark and disconnected.  I knew I needed help.  First I did some soul searching, then some researching, and finally found my way into an introductory Qigong class, taught by Brendan Thorson.

    I have found that Yi Ren Qigong allows me to cultivate an extremely powerful energetic experience, and at the same time assists me in achieving a heightened physical and spiritual state of awareness. This practice helps me to be more grounded and connected to all aspects of this wondrous life.

    Although my class attendance has been sporadic, due to my travel schedule,  I am continually feeling the pull to deepen my practice.  Completing Level 1 Qigong, taking Tai Chi,  then attending  a class or two every few months along with a Level 1 CD has been helpful.   I am in a much better ‘inner’ place these days.

    For now, I am being gentle with myself and jumping thru the windows of opportunity as they are opened to me.  My great hope is to be blessed with the opportunity to move back to Seattle, let my roots sink once again into the NW soil, and continue growing and learning Qigong thru classes with Brendan.  I have found Brendan to be a kind, intuitive, and knowledgeable instructor.  Thank you Brendan for sharing this gift with so many!

  • Megan’s Testimonial / Tai Chi Qigong Seattle

    Seattle Tai Chi & Qigong Testimonial

    The practice of QiGong has given me the opportunity to experience energy in a much more tangible way in and around my body;  As an Energy Intuitive, embracing this as a personal practice  is expanding my sensitivity to seeing, feeling, and being energy.  Brendan is gifted in teaching and modeling QiGong so it has become easily incorporated into my lifestyle not as an additional exercise, but as an expanded way to experience myself.  MM, Energy Intuitive




  • Andrew’s Testimonial / Tai chi Qigong Seattle

    Seattle Tai Chi & Qigong Testimonial

    Andrew Forrayi 3/9/2011

    I have been studying Yi Ren Qigong with Brendan Thorson for 8-months now and it has been incredible.  I am currently a student pursuing an engineering degree, have many areas of interest in metaphysics, have taken roughly 7-years of yoga pursued with a devotion to connecting deeply to myself and my surroundings.  Yoga has definitely shifted myself and the dynamic relationship with the world both internally and externally.  At a certain point in my yoga training I ungrounded myself and it took me several years to find something that would be effective for me with where I was and allow me to take it further and deeper, once I was able to ground myself and could return to the homeostasis state.  I found the ability to not only ground myself in qigong but take the experience even further.  As with how yoga opened my eyes to how amazing life could become if your bliss is nurtured, so to with qigong although totally different, amazing in another way entirely.  I began to feel the energy pathways of my organs, certain chronic pains from joints and my back have for the most part healed themselves and I can feel them continuing to do so J.  I have found it to be absolutely incredible and will continue exploring it probably for many years.  It has the potential to be paradigm shifting and exponentially amazing.  The greatest impact has been to my overall sense of well-being, being grounded and tapping into and releasing the stored emotional baggage [Energy Blockages] with the strength from being grounded and the presence of mind to comfortably engage and set free these past issues putting that bounce back into my step and the wonderful feeling of feeling healthy and that it can keep getting better.

    Some of the benefits I’ve experienced:

    • A growing sense of well being as my deep internal energy levels have improved
    • Certain chronic ailments are no longer causing me trouble (my knees, and rotator cuff)
    • Increased retention in my studies
    • Starting to feel the internal energy from my organs and the meridians as they circulate within my body
    • I generally sleep less and feel much more rested with the less sleep (which has been awesome!)
    • Im becoming able to maintain my sense of the self I want to be even when under stressful situations and have the presence of mind during so to act as I would feel good about after 🙂 which can be developed with any meditation yet in Qigong it is definitely uniquely incredible.
    • Over all I am finding that with this meditation I am building and nurturing a metaphorical “ball rolling down a hill”, as my greater energy levels are increasing.  Its not particularly difficult but is definitely something to take seriously if you have interest in biological energy fields especially your own.

    I am deeply grateful for this opportunity I have been given to study with Brendan.

    –Andrew Forrayi


  • Lynn, Registered Nurse

    “As a Nurse, I initially felt pretty skeptical about attending the QiGong training with Brendan. My days are spent in science based activities and Western medicine. I was really surprised when I was able to feel the energy between my hands and an unexplainable sense of joy and lightness during the first class. The benefits have been: sleeping more soundly, feeling more energized during the day, not feeling as overwhelmed during the day with stress, greatly reduced anxiety, feeling grounded and feeling more connected to other people. My diet and appetite has also changed for the better, I now crave healthier foods.” Lynn, Registered Nurse

  • Brena Fiorilla, Tai chi & Qigong Testimonial

    Yi Ren® Qigong Level 1 Testimonial
    Brena Fiorillo

    “When I first began taking classes in TaiChi and Qigong, my initial intention and attraction was to increase my ability to feel and sense and move energy. I was also interested in learning what appeared to be a healing practice or modality. After I had taken several classes, I was excited to see that both of these were happening for me at an even greater depth than I had anticipated. I had begun to gradually sense energetic changes and movement each day. I also found myself using techniques outside of class quite frequently.

    What I experienced in class throughout the different practices was a growth of awareness and sensitivity to energetic activity in my body and around it. Some of the many ways I could describe feeling the energy is like warmth, pulsing, vibration, increase or decrease of pressure, expanding and contracting, magnetic, directed flow, tingling, and peaceful and calm. Each time we met and practiced, I noticed the ability to tap into the energy at a quicker rate. I cultivated a very strong and focused concentration to maximize the effect of any given practice, including cleansing, purifying, healing, or grounding. I also learned to use my intuition to communicate with what I was sensing in my energy body. An example of this would be either choosing the right practice for what I felt or focusing on a particular area of the body that felt stuck or stagnant. By the end of the 5th class I felt 100 times more clear and aware of my body and ability to heal myself.

    Some of the many other benefits I noticed from this practice seemed to integrate into my other practices. I had increased awareness of my body during yoga practice. I have experienced greater levels of peace, wellbeing, health, and vitality. Increased ability to heal physical injuries and practice regular energetic detoxes. I have noticed quicker and deeper access to meditative states and an overall clearer more peaceful mindset. I built upon my knowledge of energy movement through breath and have a much stronger relationship with it now. With all of these benefits in just 5 weeks, I am looking forward to continuing the practice and opening up to even greater opportunity and capacity to use this incredible healing life force.” -Brena


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