- 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
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Seattle Tai Chi Classes & Chi Gong Training
Do you want to take charge of your life and health? Then you do not want to miss this amazing opportunity to hear and meet many individuals who have personally changed their life, like I have, by integrating Yi Ren qigong into their lives! See yi ren qigong conference for all the details about this upcoming event so you can put it on your calendar. Improve sleep, transform stress and self awareness. Please invite any of your friends who also want to improve their live too!
Seattle Tai Chi & Qigong Training
In Chinese medicine, they believe if you have Strong Kidney Energy then you are likely to have longevity, health and a quality life. Regardless of age, many people have experienced appearing and feeling older than they desire too or than they believe they should look or feel. And sadly many of those people also believe nothing can be done to change their fate. But, I know that is not true, I have seen countless people who have studied Yi Ren® qigong, including myself, who have dramatically improved their energy levels, (from feeling exhausted all the time or feeling just less energy than you remember from 5-10 years ago). In addition, people naturally begin to look more and more beautiful. I have and continue to see people change dramatically in a matter of a few months. For example, I have watched people faces transform from tired and droopy to firmer and more refreshed, and others with lifeless and gaunt faces gradually become brighter, fuller and healthier. You too can become more beautiful and enlivened from Yi Ren qigong.
Stress like most things in our lives needs to be in balance. Too little stress and we become stagnant and do not grow. However, too much stress from work, relationships and lifestyle is detrimental to our health, and is damaging to the nervous system and all the organ systems of the body. Many people are aware of the negative impact stress can have on the heart system, like hypertension and high blood pressure. Most of us have personally experienced how short periods of excessive stress can lead to muscle tension, irritability, impatience, a short temper, and poor communication with friends and loved ones. Many of us have also experienced long-term stress, feeling overwhelmed and stressed out, and seen or experienced how it can cause people to develop undesirable behavior patterns in most areas of their life.
Scientific research has found excessive stress to be the cause for anxiety, depression, and insomnia. When stress is experienced over long periods of time it begins to create havoc in the body. For example, in the case of Anxiety it causes the body to become overloaded with chemical bi-products that contaminate the body. In regards to depression, it represses/inhibits the development of new nerve cell production necessary for feeling fresh. And insomnia is the result of the body getting stuck in a hyper arousal state and, thus the body is unable to reach deep levels of relaxation necessary to fall asleep or reach deep levels of sleep. With time the stress continues to grow and a domino affect begins to take place that can weaken all the bodies systems.
I know from personal experience how stress can completely alter and degrade your health. I once suffered from insomnia, anxiety and mild depression. They all started out very mild and as time passed they progressed and became stronger to the point where my health and body inversely became weaker and weaker. As a result, my life was very difficult and frustrating and my vitality continued to degrade as every month and year passed. Every system of my body became weak and fragile. I suffered from many weaknesses associated with every organ system. In addition, a few of the ones that stand out for me were the “chronic pains” fibromyalgia, I lived with throughout my body, the depleted immune system that caused me to get sick almost every week with a cold, Flu or serious allergy/sinus problems and the “exhaustion”, chronic fatigue syndrome. To summarize I experienced and extreme case of how stress can negatively affect the quality of one’s health and life.
How do we overcome our stress? Many people go on vacation, seek massage or counseling to manage their stress and associated problems. And many people experience temporary results from those types of therapy. But they are all short term relief because they do not improve the origin of the problem. From the point of view of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the best way to help someone overcome excessive stress and its side affects are too improve one’s energy levels so they can handle a greater amount of stress, eliminate the stressors stuck in the body, and heal or balance the unhealthy organ systems.
In Brendan’s Yi Ren® Qigong and Tai chi classes you will learn exercises that will improve your energy levels and thereby your capacity for stress. Nourish the nervous system to help you feel calmer and have a more peaceful mind. Process/eliminate the damaging stress related pollutants trapped in the mind and body. Begin to reprogram and rebalance unhealthy organ systems. The goal of this workshop is to give the participants first hand experience of how these exercises can give them long term assistance and tools for overcoming stress and enhance their health and quality of life.
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.
During this workshop Brendan will discuss the role and benefits Yi Ren® Taichi and Qigong can have on reversing the aging process specifically related to “Balancing and Strengthening Hormones”. It is common knowledge today that many people regardless of age, (20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s 60’s, or 70’s), can feel dramatically better, maintain their strength and possibly improve their strength from hormone replacement therapy.
Unfortunately, hormone replacement is unnatural and as with most things that seem too good to be true, there are risks involved, (please Google, “Risks of Hormone Replacement Therapy”, to learn for yourself). But, I am happy to share with you that through the use of Yi Ren® Taichi and Qigong the body can begin to naturally create it’s own medicine like hormones. During this workshop I will explain the bridge between the anatomy and physiology of how Yi Ren® qi gong can nourish and correct the human body related to hormones. Come to this workshop and learn how a combination of taking YiRen® Taichi and Qigong classes and incorporating some of the exercises into a personal practice can make you look/feel younger and improve your hormone levels.
But most importantly during this workshop we will spend a majority of the time learning Yiren Taichi and Qigong exercises. Comfortable clothes and shoes suggested.
Even if Hormone strength and balancing is not an issue for you this will still be a great class to attend:
1. Build the energy field
2. Recharge the Kidney Energy, the Life Gate/Kidneys
3. Activate the major energy centers/Chakras
4. And Much more…
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.
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
“Time is the Master Hypnosis item of life….choose wisely to be in Presence and the worlds will open to you. Brendan is a facilitator and holder of a key you will want to gain greater insights into our multi sensory world. G*d loves a good story and its Wake Up to Life.”
Cris Angel, DA, EAMP, H.DD – Bellevue, WA
“For most of my adult life I have experienced severe premenstrual pain that made my life very challenging. During my level-1A class my discomfort almost disappeared. Now months after taking the classes I have a Qigong exercise that Brendan prescribed for me to use if I feel any discomfort. It works marvelously and now my life is so much easier. I also feel calmer, happier and more energetic than I did before taking Brendan’s classes.”