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  • Finding Our Truth. Seattle TaiChi & Chi Kung

    By Brian Kane 3/ 15/ 2011,

    This was the second week of the Tai Chi Class. However the important lesson I learned was not during class. It is a lesson that pertains to honoring the lineage, teachers and students, as we are all one, on the same path towards happiness and spiritual freedom.

    Many of us want to feel powerful, beautiful, smart, highly esteemed et-cetera. This is part of our egos. However, one of the great cosmic paradoxes is that we are all, in a sense, one. All part of the universe and all connected to each other—whether we know it or not. In the YiRen School, every person involved is following a similar path. In order for all students to feel the healing power of YiRen Qigong, we must all learn the same techniques taught in a sequence which has been developed by Dr. Sun, who is carrying on a teaching lineage that is thousands of years old.

    Of course Qigong will evolve over time and become more effective as the masters develop it.  But this process takes time. It also takes time to improve and develop yourself through Qigong, but once you have surmounted personal obstacles, the feeling of freedom is very rewarding and empowering. However, everybody’s path and rate of progress will be different, and a great deal of it depends on how much effort the student is willing to put forth, which will require courage and open-mindedness.

    On Friday, March 18, Brandon Thorson held an Intro class at the 8-Limbs Yoga Center on Capitol Hill. One of the attendees, a man named Andrew, brought up a very insightful observation during the class. After one of the exercises, he said that he was becoming aware of new sensations and realizations in his mind and body. Upon discovering these things, he felt that he had two choices: either explore this new found territory (which could be uncomfortable) or hold off, and wait until he felt ready to venture into this newly discovered area of his being.

    I think this idea applies to each of us in our own lives. Qigong is away to improve our lives. Just like learning a new skill to get a better job. This in turn can improve the quality of life for our families, which can help your spouse and/or children and friends, relatives (all the people you know) find inspiration to improve their own lives. But these individuals must find the courage and strength fulfill their dreams.

    To me, it is kind of like turning frustration, into inspiration; it is like turning jealousy into joy.  I experienced both of these feelings this week. An acquaintance of mine, I can tell, is really improving her focus as an artist. Her recent musical efforts have received attention and accolades from a few revered publications. This brought attention to my own aspirations and the fears or hang-ups that have prevented me from exploring new territory in my own music and other interests. At first I felt very jealous and even angry about her recent achievements. However, then I thought about it: I am sure that she had her own fears and internal blockages at one time. Just about all of us have fears. However, she overcame them, at least enough to whip up the courage to really go for it and release some great music. And then I thought about it more: What I was jealous about was even the wrong thing. I was jealous of the praise she was getting from critics and fans alike. But it was jealously from an egocentric perspective about her being exalted. (I want to be deemed brilliant too, I thought.) What I should have been jealous about was the elation she has experienced by having spread happiness to others. However I should not have felt jealous about that at all, but rather joyful and inspired. This is how I feel now.

    I think that by realizing that we are all part of the universal consciousness and are all one, I have begun to free myself from jealousy and resentment. I now better realize that my actions can have a profound impact on others, especially those on the same path. I have stepped outside myself for once and am aware that I am no greater or lesser than anyone else.  If my goals keep all of those around me that I hold dear in mind, and if I continue to develop a view of life from a universal perspective, I will feel satisfied, happy and successful. It will take courage. It will take time. I have both. I hope all of you all find the same.

    Brian Kidd


  • Dr Sun’s Healthy Liver Seminar


    Emotional Well-Being of the Liver

    With Guan-Cheng Sun, Ph.D.

    • Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics, Qigong Master, Founder of Yi Ren Qigong & Currently doing Energy Medicine Cancer Research with Fred Hutchinson  / UW Medicine / & Bastyr University.  He is also the Qigong Instructor at Bastyr University

    (Prerequisite: completion of a Level One class in Yi Ren® Qigong)

    Class contact info: Phone: (206) 301-0778  Email:

    During the internal cultivation process, the issue of emotional passive reactive response can be one of the most challenging aspects for many individuals. For example, anger, excitement, worry, sadness, and fear – everything depends on the body on the inside in terms of how one responds to the outside world. The nature of an emotional passive reactive response drives the internal energy outward and causes loss of energy. Such passive reactive responses are generally not conducive to health, and sometimes may be destructive. The series on the development of emotional well-being is designed to increase our awareness levels of our emotions and to cultivate them and to transform the emotions for self-healing, self-nourishment and self-transcendence. This seminar introduces methods for developing emotional strength of the liver and for transforming the anger energy and frustration to self-healing and self-nourishment and self-realization on the emotions of the liver.

    • Date:
    • Saturday, March 12th
    • Time:
    • 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
    • Location:
    • Bastyr University
    • 14500 Juanita Dr. NE
    • Kenmore, WA 98028
    • View a map
    • Cost:
    • $150 up to 10 days before seminar
    • $170 up to day before seminar
    • $185 day of seminar

    Fill in this form, making sure to indicate which seminar you are registering for, if registration with check is preferred.


  • 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




  • New Taichi & Qigong classes have started: Tai Chi & Qigong Seattle

    By Brian Kane 3/8/2011,

    This week, The Noble School of Tai Chi and QiGong training has started new classes. I have taken all the classes available for the six-week series, and am currently enrolled in the Tai-Chi Movement class.

    One thing I have noticed , and teacher Brendan Thorson has expounded on, is that even when you have taken one of the classes, you still develop more understanding and Qi each time you retake a specific course

    This Tuesday, I started the Tai Chi Movement class. Since November 2009, I have taken the Tai-Chi and Moving with Qi courses about five times, and each time both my coordination and general calmness of mind has increased. We started the class with exercises that those of you in Level Two will learn.

    (Do not be too concerned with remembering the details of the below description. From my own experience, when first starting QiGong, it is best to practice the exercises and FEEL how they are affecting your mind and body as opposed to THINKING or INTELLECTUAL ZING the practice. )

    First, we practiced the Kidney/Urinary tract exercise, really building up our internal energy. Of the five elements: wood, water, fire, earth and metal– the kidneys and the Urinary Tract, associated with the Bladder, are yin energy associated with water. In order to nourish the wood associated with the Liver (yin, wood) and Gall Bladder (yang, wood), we then moved on to the Level Two Liver and Gall Bladder exercise, really calming the nervous system and creating a strong bond between the Gall Gladder 21 points on the top of the shoulders, and the Kidney One points (also referred to as the Root Centers or Bubbling Springs) on the bottom of the feet. Our last Level Two exercise was the Lungs (yin, metal) and Large Intestines (yang, metal). For me, working on these two organs associated with the metal element, really opened up my breathing and released a lot of stress. In QiGong, breathing is very important, and during this exercise, we filled our lungs deeply with oxygen and released stagnant energy.

    For those in Level one, you will be working with the kidney meridian and energy centers mostly—developing the Small Universe. This is a necessary step before you move on to level two, but like I stated earlier, one series of classes is not necessarily better or more advanced than the other. However, in your own QiGong growth, you must fulfill the prerequisites in order to ensure that your body and mind is aware enough to move to the next level. And we all grow at our own pace.

    After our warm up exercises, which also included warming up the joints and connecting the hands, wrists, arms and feet to the Dantien (where Qi is stored between the Earth Center and the Life Gate) it was time to practice the Qi Ball Movement exercise. I am taking this class with the same people I took the Tai Chi, Moving with Chi, class with and we all have improved vastly over the last six weeks. One student has even developed a more fluid movement of the exercise. Yi Ren Qigong style of Tai Chi does not necessarily involve complex movements, however–as attested to by many of Brendan’s student– it does concentrate more on cultivating Qi(Chi) energy than some of the more known forms of Tai Chi (which is a QiGong exercise) in the United States.

    I ended the class with the Pushing Hands exercise with Brendan Thorson. Brendan commented on how much smoother and correct my movements have become over the past year. My sacrum and hip area used to be very tight and uncoordinated, hampering my ability to perform the Pushing Hands Exercise effectively. This exercise teaches the student how to work with others and also move in concert with his or her partner’s energy–not pushing or retreating too hard or soft. All this, while the student is aware of not only the rotation of the hips, but also the joint pairs: the wrist and the ankles, the shoulders and the hips, and the knees and the elbows. An easy way to remember these pairs is to imagine that you are a quadruped or four legged animal (as opposed to our exclusive bipedal, two legged, human mode of movement) and match the joints in your mind that way. If that doesn’t make sense, I apologize…

    Classes are just getting started and you can still start next week if you would like.  I feel that this is an exciting time for QiGong in Seattle, and with spring arriving soon, this is a great time to clear out those winter cobwebs from your body and mind: a sort of spiritual spring cleaning, if you will.

    Remember, that QiGong and Yoga work very well together. I take a Vinyasa Flow class once a week, and I am certain that QiGong and Yoga are very symbiotic, as my performance and internal peace is greater when I do both.

    If anyone would like me to attend an Intro Class with them, please let me know. You can reach me at my email

    Cheers to all!

    Look for this blog to be updated weekly!




  • 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

  • New Realizations: Qi Communication with the Environment

    Brian Kane 2/19/2011,

    It was late September and the incessant sound of the Pacific Ocean calmed my spirit as I sauntered down the South Promenade towards downtown Seaside, Oregon. As I began to approach Broadway, my heart filled with anticipation at what would await me: ice cream shops, bars, restaurants, music stores, an historic arcade, clothing stores and of course the novelty shops that I even enjoyed as a kid. In fact, I had not been to Seaside in more than 10 years, and many memories flooded my mind as I turned right onto Broadway.

    It had been so long since I had visited Seaside that I hardly recognized any of the shops, so I couldn’t tell if they had been there long ago or not. One shop in particular really sparked my interest. I would have remembered this shop as a kid because it stood out amongst the rest, but I did not remember ever visiting it. Upon approaching the store, I noticed there was no sign outside. Oriental decorations were on display in its windows including Buddha statues and garden bird baths.

    I entered the store trying to appear calm and collected, but upon breaking the entryway threshold, I noticed that my whole body began to feel energized. Two places on my body in particular were tingling very strongly: the Internal Energy Promoters. This point is located between the index and middle finger where the tendons meet on the inner palm. While practicing YIRen QiGong, this is the area where both hands are faced toward each other in order to generate an energy ball of Qi.

    At first I thought it must be imagining the sensation, and it was just because the shop reminded me of QiGong (part of Chinese culture) that I was experiencing a kind of Pavlovian or conditioned response. After checking out the Katana Blades and garden displays, I went outside to collect my thoughts. What in the world was happening?

    I thought, okay just walk quickly inside and check out more of the oriental figurines in the back. I scurried back inside, trying to avoid looking at the shop owner, who had a sort of impish smirk on her face. Did she know?  This was all in my imagination. It had to be. However, just like the first time entering the store, my Internal Energy Promoters were activated and my mind seemed very alert.

    After about five minutes of browsing the items in the store, I left empty-handed, but made note of a couple statues that I would purchase upon returning, hopefully sooner than in 10 years. I actually plan to return this summer.

    Back in Seattle I told a fellow QiGong student about my experience and she thought it might have happened because some of the items in the store had been blessed. I wasn’t sure what to think, but it did make me feel good knowing that there was a possibility that I had somehow connected with the energy of inanimate objects that very well could have been blessed and were most certainly from China, where QiGong was developed.

    This January, I went to Las Vegas as part of the celebration of my dad’s 60th birthday. I visited there in 2003 with a friend. During that visit I had more of a Hunter S. Thompson mentality of engaging in every depravity, mostly legal of course, that I could. Of course I was younger then, and quite honestly, this time I really wanted to visit as many of the Hotels and other tourist attractions that I could, being mostly sober.

    I was with my Aunty Marge and brother Steven as we approached the Bellagio. Just inside the entrance we took in the beautiful ceiling display of Chihuly glass, formed into different colored flowers. After relishing the beauty of the Chihuly display, we entered a large area with glass ceilings through which natural light illuminated the Chinese New Year Exhibit.

    I was in Vegas. For the most part, QiGong was one of the furthest things from my mind. However, as soon as I entered the Bellagio Garden with the Chinese New Year exhibition, just like at the arcane store in Seaside, my Internal Energy Promoters began to pulse with Qi. This time when it happened I casually told my Aunt what was going on. I thought she would kind of grin and dismiss it. However she simply said, “Yeah, ‘cause you’re probably picking up on sensations created by the exhibit…” I think she was probably right.

    So what’s to make of all this? I am really not sure.  I consider myself an avid QiGong practitioner, but there is no way I can explain what happened during those two incidents.  The phenomenon was definitely a positive one and although foreign, it has left two impressions on me.

    First of all, I believe that whether we are aware of it or not, everything we do affects us more than we might be cognizant of. This includes not only who we consort with and what we put in our bodies, but even the places we visit.  For instance, Seattle during the winter always leaves me sort of in the doldrums. It is almost like the Seattle I knew of during the summer (that of a very energetic, beautiful city with the most gorgeous cherry blossoms I have ever seen) is a completely different place. My mind thinks back upon July and August, and I feel as though a celestial veil of gloom has been placed over the beautiful Emerald City, and that it will never be lifted.

    Regarding this feeling, Noble School of Tai Chi and QiGong instructor Brendan Thorson stated that when you practice QiGong, no matter where you are, it can always feel sunny inside of your mind and body. Recently, after one class, a student of his actually stated that he read that Seattle was created as a place to torture people. I found that notion fairly humorous, but in a city with the highest suicide rate (and curiously the greatest number of college graduates) one cannot ignore the fact that for some reason, depression pervades in Seattle.  I have battled with depression myself, and Yi Ren Qigong andTai Chi have definitely helped stabilize my moods.

    However, one’s immediate environment, such as a person’s living quarters, can also affect the energy a person feels. The idea of Fung Shui used to seem preposterous to me, but after living in a studio apartment for years now, I noticed that when I remove clutter from my life and actually clean and organized my domicile, that my mind feels more peaceful and I am less stressed.

    Secondly, I am certain that when you practice QiGong, it is possible to develop yourself to the point that you can communicate nonverbally with other people, even from afar. For instance, I now believe that prayer works perhaps because a higher power is involved, but also perhaps because our thoughts of healing and/or helping a person can reach that individual and affect their state of being.  When I walked in that Seaside shop, it is possible that I was receiving messages from the people that had blessed the items in the store and the energy was very positive and nourishing.  It is also possible that the store owner herself practices some sort of energy work such as QiGong or meditation and I picked up on her energy.

    Obviously many of the explanations I have proposed in this blog are just guesses. As I continue to grow with Yi Ren QiGong and find greater inner peace and understanding, I am sure better explanations will reveal themselves. For now, however, I am just happy and excited that my whole being seems to be traveling a path to a much better place.


  • 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


  • Tai Chi / Qigong Review classes

    Review classes for the week of 2/27/2011

    L-1, 2, 3 & Taichi movement Review classes week of 2/27:                 By Donation

    You are invited to attend one or more of the following applicable Review classes:

    1. Level-1 Review class Monday 2/28, 7-9pm
    (Prerequisite completion of level 1 Yi Ren® Qigong)
    5623 University Way NE Seattle, 98105
    Cost: by Donation
    2. Level-2 Review class Sunday 2/27, 1-3pm
    (Prerequisite completion of Level 2 Yi Ren® Qigong)
    5623 University Way NE Seattle, 98105
    Cost: by Donation
    3. Level-3 Review class Sunday 2/27 10:30am-12:35pm
    (Prerequisite Completion of Level 3 Yi Ren® Qigong)
    5623 University Way NE Seattle, 98105
    Cost: by Donation
    4. Tai Chi Movement/ Moving With Qi Review Wednesday 3/2, 7-9pm
    (Prerequisite Moving with qi (Yi Ren® Qigong) or what I formally called “Tai-Chi Movement”)
    5623 University Way NE    Seattle, WA 98105

    Cost: By Donation

  • Kathleen Nordgren Acupuncturists

    I am an acupuncturist who has attended Brendan Thorson’s Qi Gong classes for nearly 2 years.  I have been an acupuncturist for 9 years and I have found the classes to be extremely helpful to me in my work. I can now feel the meridians flow in my body and have gained greater sensitivity feeling Qi during my treatments.

    I first studied Qi Gong nearly 20 years ago.  At that time, I learned a lot about cleansing the body with Five Organ Breathing, but I did not learn much about building my Qi or about gaining greater physical strength and grounding.  I also did not feel much energy.

    But when I began studying with Brendan Thorson and began practicing Yi Ren Qi Gong, I began to actually feel a great deal of Qi between my hands and up my legs and I began to build up my internal energy.  I have now experienced greater grounding, physical strength and emotional calmness due to the exercises.

    Kathy Nordgren, Licensed Acupuncturist
    White Crane Wellness Center
    3435 California Avenue SW
    Lincoln Park location
    7723 45th Avenue SW
    Seattle, Washington 98136
    phone 206-930-3401

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