• Is Yi Ren® Qigong a Religion?

    By Brendan Thorson, 12/13/2012

    A few weeks ago I was teaching an introductory Yi Ren Qigong and Taichi class at East West Bookshop and during the class I mentioned how (in my opinion) based on my experience and my intuition I feel Yi Ren Qigong is the highest level Qigong available to the general public.

    That above statement caused a lady to ask is Yi Ren Qigong a religion?

    No, Yi Ren Qigong is not a religion.  However, if you are religious (any religion) it can help you to support your connection to your religion and religious lineage.  Moreover, Yi Ren Qigong may help a person of any religion better connect to and understand deeper aspects to their religion than they were able to from their previous Religious studies.

    What Yi Ren Qigong can do is to help all practioners improve their health, and begin to find their truth.   As a result, of this personal practice each individual practitioner is able to better learn how to live their life in a way that matches their individual needs, while at the same time help practioners begin to see many choices they make in their life that do not match what they truly need.  Every individual is unique and one of a kind, as a result, we all need to learn what is truly best for each of us individually.

    How do Yi Ren Qigong practitioners learn what is best for them?

    Most of us including myself are a product of our environment.  We are all individuals and make our own personal choices, but most of us have many and I mean many programs that run our life and choices we make in our life that are not our own personal ideas, but instead choices we have made based on the options we have seen available to each of us.  In addition, many of us also have numerous programs running our system that are not healthy and (to use the analogy of computers) we have many spam programs in our system that cause us to limit our possibilities because we are stuck in boxes and are unable to see outside the box, and therefore we limit ourselves in many many ways.

    This practice is for each individual to find their own personal truth.  For example, when I first began studying with Dr. Sun I originally felt that he had many of the answers for me on my journey and with time I began to understand that this is my life not his and I need to learn from my own personal experiences and based on those expreinces I would be able to grow, mature and become who I am.  Not Dr. Sun’s clone or anything similar to that.

    From continued practice of Yi Ren Qigong, practitioners are able to improve the connection between their body and mind, while at the same time making the body more sensitive.  Once the body becomes more sensitive and the mind is able to hear/listen to the body we are then able to get unlimited knowledge, intuition, wisdom, and universal information from our bodies information system that will then allow us to make choices and decisions and changes in our life from our bodies information system.  Once the body gets awakened, we can make choices with all aspects of our life based on what our bodies information system tells us.  With continued practice and development we can continue to improve our awareness levels and naturally as our awareness levels increase we are better able to see the broader picture, become more flexible (less rigid) and learn how to create a positive energy flow in our life to support us individually, our families and friends and our communities.  For example:

            1. Foods that match our individual bodies needs, which are changing all the time
            2. Clothes, begin to feel and listen to our body to understand how to dress for warmth and style (creating the true affect we want from our clothes)
            3. Activities that truly nourish us,
            4. Thoughts that nourish you
            5. Intention of how to live your life, in accordance that truly nourishes your soul
            6. And much more


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  • 13yr old Qigong Student Energy Feelings and Personal Growth

    By Brendan Thorson, 12/12/2011

    I guess it has been about a month now since the young man started his Yi Ren® qigong training with me at the Noble School of Taichi and Qigong Training.  I recall during his first class that when he and I were doing a paired exercise, (where I was energizing his Kidneys/life gate and sending the qi down to his feet to help him get more grounded) that he mentioned that he was feeling as though his feet were magnetized to the earth and it felt as though it would be challenging for him to move his feet if he wanted too.

    Later in that first class we began to do some exercises to activate energy feelings between his hands and he said that he was clearly feeling sensations on his hands and mostly in the form of hot heat.  Then, later in the class (during differnt exercises) the feelings in his hands began to change from hot to magnetic feelings.  His parents were in that class with him and I recall his father mention, something to the point- that his son had previously worked with many different highly reputable and successful energy healers over the years and they told him his son is not energy sensitive and therefore was unable to feel the energy.  The families experince in their first Yi Ren Qigong class contrary to what they heard before hand was evidence to them that there son was and is very energy sensitive.

    Based on my experience as a Qigong instructor and Healer I have found that some people are clearly more sensitive to energy than others, but eveyone I have worked with who could not feel it initially were able to feel the energy very clearly when the energy levels reach the right stage, and upgrading the Kidney energy levels (activation of low kidney energy levels to a higher point where electrical energy can be felt through the body) in most cases based on my experience is the key to help students actually feel the “Chi/ Qi/ Ki/ Prana”.

    To go back a step, so when I was working with the Young man to activate his Kidney/ life gate center and then sending the energy down to his feet… he was able to feel magnetized to the earth with his feet because we charged his kidneys and then as his kidneys were getting more charged we sent energy down to his feet to activate his feet and get him grounded, and then after his feet reached the level/ stage where the energy was able to open up his “Root Centers” Kidney #1 points on his feet then he was able to feel the magnetic and clear connection between his feet and the earth.

    I think it was in his Third class (a few weeks after his first class) I noticed the young man looked much more solid and mature than he did when I first met him only a few weeks earlier.  Over the years I have seen 100’s of students transform their health, strength, confidence…. and quality of life all the time, but regarless of how often I see it happen it never stops amazing me, warming my heart and delighting me to see students dramatically  improve their internal confidence, happiness and life.


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  • Qigong Healing Sessions… Qigong vs. Reiki

    People ask me how qigong healing is different than Reiki?

    By Brendan Thorson, 12/11/2012

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    I recall about 15 years ago when I was in massage school taking a weekend class in Reiki.  During that weekend training we spent almost all of the time either giving or recieving Reiki to the other participants of the class.  Based on what I recall today,  it was a very relaxing class and experience for me, I do not remember feeling anything that really jumped out at me and made me feel like I wanted to either learn more Reiki or offer it to any of my Massage clients.  But if I recall correclty I remember, while we were giving reiki to another person, we would set out hands on certain areas of their body related to the location of the Chakras with the intention of allowing energy from the universe to pass through our body into the person we were working on.

    Now far removed from that first and only Reiki class 15 years ago, I have now spent the past 12+ years practicing and teaching Yi Ren® Qigong and offering occasional Qigong Healing Sessions.  Even though I did not have a profound experience during my one and only Reiki experince I know it can be a very powerful form of healing and has helped many people, and I have heard personal experiences from a few people that have impressed me too.

    Before writing this article I took a peak at couple of Reiki Schools and practitioners websites to see what they said about their healing sessions…  What I learned from my short investigation is that there are many different styles and levels of Reiki healers.  Some integrate many different styles of healing including Reiki and others appear to only use REiki.

    From what I read, the one thing that still stands out to me that is completely different between the qigong healing I have learned from my personal Qigong practice and training is that we/ I, from my energy body development, have the ability to activate the specific area/s on my body that I want to work with on another person (client) and then from there I can send the universal energies.  [from my experience there are many different kinds of universal energies, Heaven (stars, planets, spirit world…), Earth (lakes, oceans, rivers, waterfalls, mountains…), Plants ( trees, flowers, herbs…)  the list goes on and on].  I will also use different hand Mudras to activate and focus on different internal energies too like the Liver/Gallbladder, Lymphatic (Spleen)/Reproductive, Heart/Small Intestine, Pancreas/Stomach, Lungs/Large Intestine, Kidney/Urinary Bladder, Extraordinary Meridians etc.

    During my healing sessions I listen to my bodies internal feelings for guidance and begin to guide the energy/ies to the areas where my feedback system tells me to send the energies to, like the energy centers, chakras, organs, energy pathways, bones, joints, muscles, tendons…  and while sending energy to specific areas I will connect to specific universal energies that have abundant energies to the area of the body I want to upgrade, for instance Bears have incredible kidney energy so I can request help from the Bear energy to help out someone with low kidney energies and this would apply to all different levels of spirit and universal energies too.  In addition, I would not directly call upon the assistance of Guan Yin the bodhisattva of Compassion for someone with low kidney energy who have low internal Will, Confidence and Courage, but instead stick with the bear energy and call upon the Virtues of the Kidneys like Confidence, Courage, Will and Wisdom to directly assist the person with what I see as there highest need at that time (transformation of excess negative kidney emotions like low Self-Esteem, excess Fear, and Paranoia’s into Virtues of the Kidneys, similar to deleting spam from your computer so it can function at a higher level).   Also, during my healing session I use my knowledge and understanding of the Yin/Yang and the 5-elements knowledge for healing too.  I hope that gives you a better idea of how the qigong healing I do is different than Reiki.  

    Ideally after doing some healing sessions the client will choose to sign up for my Yi Ren Qigong classes then they will be able to truly work on their personal healing and transformation prsocess, learn about them-self, and take higher accountability for their life.  As the saying goes:

    “Give someone a fish and they eat for a day.
    Teach someone to fish and they eat for a lifetime.”

    – Chinese Proverb

                 Energy Centers                                (close to the surface of the body)


    Chakras (deep inside the body)

    Organ energy pathways:












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  • Be Motivated to Not Be Motivated by FEAR

    By Brian Kane: 12/11/11


    “Fear is an acronym for: False Evidence Appearing Real,” Gary Busey.

    Why do we fear things, when there is nothing to be afraid of? I was lying in bed this Saturday, December 10, 2011, (right before this weekend’s Level II YiRen Qigong Seminar hosted by Brendan Thorson) and this inquiry came to my mind. Fear seems to motivate us in everything we do: Fear of being unemployed makes you work harder than you should at your job, fear of looking foolish might make you incredibly afraid to speak and/or perform in front of a crowd, fear of being single and being alone and lonely often makes individuals choose a partner that is not right for them. I think it was Robin Williams who jokingly quipped that he oftentimes finds himself with a girlfriend that he knows is not necessarily the “right” girl but the best “right now” girl.  Although many of us have similar fears, some people’s fears might seem deranged and very esoteric. Believe me when I write that if you believe some of your fears are strange, you are certainly not alone. Even if no one in the entire world shares one of your darkest most secret fears, more people than you might think are afraid of some very peculiar things.

    When I was meditating about fear an idea came to my mind. Instead of being motivated to do things by fear, perhaps it would be better to be motivated by seeking self-fulfillment. During this weekend’s Level II YiRen Qigong Seminar, after completing the Large Universe exercise, which is intended to circulate Qi, or Chi, throughout the 12 major meridians, I wrote down the following ideas:

    Fear + Ego amounts to trying to garner praise which leads to competition. Altruism + Ego amounts to trying to spread peace and joy, which leads to cooperation.  The latter is much more self-fulfilling in the long run and I am confident that if you lead your life by this design, you can be both happy and successful.

    You might question: Well, is not the opposite of fear, courage? I would answer that courage is not the opposite of fear, but rather being afraid and acting with your best interest in mind regardless of your fear.  Self-fulfillment is not the opposite of fear either, but it is a way to alleviate fear more effectively than say, being motivated to do something in order to impress other people.

    Instead of trying to impress people, it is much healthier to think about how you can help both yourself and your fellow man or woman by your actions. For instance, let us say you are a painter and you have never sold one piece of art even though your paintings seem very similar to what another renowned artist has produced. You paint what you paint because you want to be praised and want to sell pieces, but in your mind, you know that very few painters share the same brush strokes. Your fear of what others think motivates you.

    However, if you paint with the intention of being true to yourself, thus seeking self-fulfillment, more often than not your honesty will touch someone and enhance her life. That person will enjoy your art not because it is popular or “better” than someone else’s, but because it is a true representation of part of you: your soul.

    Verse Three of the “Tao Te Ching” reads:

    When praise is lavished upon the famous,

    the people contend and compete with one another.

    When exotic goods are traded and treasured,

    the compulsion to steal is felt.

    When desires are constantly stimulated,

    people become disturbed and confused.


    Therefore, the wise person sets an example by

    Emptying her mind

    Opening her heart,

    Relaxing her ambitions,

    Relinquishing her desires,

    Cultivating her character.

    Having conquering her own cunning an cravings,

    she can’t be manipulated by anyone.


    Do by not-doing.

    Act with nonaction.

    Allow order to arise of itself.


    Part of Verse 15 of the “Tao Te Ching” states


    Those who aspire to Tao don’t long

    for fulfillment,

    They selfishly allow the Tao to

    use and deplete them;

    They calmly allow the Tao to

    renew and complete them.


    To me this means that reaching complete self-fulfillment is not a goal one sets, but the pursuit of feeling fulfilled or satisfied that your actions have taken into the consideration of others as well as yourself, is imperative for your own health and well-being.


    This week I am going to start being aware of my fears and accepting them.  More importantly, I am going to try to be motivated not by fear, but, with courage, by the intention of feeling truly fulfilled that my actions are not controlled by what is seen through the eyes of others, but through the windows of my own soul.



  • Yi Ren® Medical Qigong and Mental Health, Delusions, Paranoia… Miss Wiring in the Brain…

    Yi Ren Qigong has the potential over time to rewire the mind, body and DNA.

    By Brendan Thorson 12/9/2011,

    About twenty months ago a lady, we will call her Abby, attended one of my classes and it was clear to me that something was not working properly in her system (or wiring in her brain) out of touch with reality and very child like in many aspects of her self.  Her eyes were constantly twitching and it was clear to me that the wiring in her mind was off  andout of balance, had lots of paranoia about other people following her around town and the country as she moved from location to location through her life, would occasionally ask questions that made me realize they were not all here on earth and in some ways in another world or dimension that no one else could connect to (even other people who were very connected to the spirit world) and she was also completely ungrounded too.  She liked the class, thought the energy feelings were very Fascinating and has now been coming back to the classes steadily since April of 2010.

    From the first time I met Abby I was confident she could make some amazing progress with her health and quality of life from regular practice of Yi Ren Medical Qigong.  But I had never worked with someone with this same condition before.  Over the first year she made some great progress with her mental health and seamed to be getting happier and more balanced overall.  During that first year she took numerous level one courses, level two courses and the Moving with qi class.  I was trying to have her focus on getting more grounded because I could tell that was a major imbalance of hers.  I was hesitant for her to take the level three class because that class creates a better connection between practitioners and Universal Energies and therefore I was concerned that she would get more out of touch with reality from level three if she was not more grounded first.

    Finally in the Spring of 2011 I decided to have her join the level three class and to my amazement she did not get less grounded at all, but instead has began to shown very clear signs that her brain is functioning much clearer, her eyes were twitching less and I could tell that some rewiring process of the brain was occurring from the level three training.  At this time 12/2011 Abbey is about to complete her third time taking the Level Three Series and the progress she has made is amazing.  Level Three works to nourish and develop the Nervous System, Brain and the Endocrine system, as an outsider I have witnessed the amazing reorganization of Abbey’s brain… and becoming more and more normal and less eccentric. After every round of the level three class she makes huge strides with her reality with all the other students and it is clear to me that with time her delusional thoughts are diminishing too.  Now when I see Abbey she is a completely different person than I recall from our first meeting let alone just three months ago!

    Over the last month I have heard from a handful of students who have know Abbey since she first started taking classes and they are all amazed and delighted that she now can sit down and talk to them in a very relaxed and casual way.  While before hand she would only say a few words here and there and at times would talk about some things that most people were unable to understand or connect to.

    Some people have said they thought she was Schizophrenic or delusional.  I did not know what specific problem she had or not based on Western Medicine.  But I knew Yi Ren Qigong could transform Abby and her life.  To Abbey’s credit she has been very steady with the classes and her dedication is paying off.  We will see what the future holds for Abbey, but I hope she continues to come to classes and look forward to what will happen after taking the level three classes steady for the next six months or year!


    Congratulations Abbey for your commitment and dedication to your health and interest in Qigong!!

    Thank you Dr. Sun and all the Taoist Ancestors for all of your support!!


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  • Qigong Student seeking Mantak Chia’s training is amazed with Yi Ren® Qigong

    Microcosmic Orbit

    By Brendan Thorson, 12/9/2011

    I received an email from a gentleman in early October 2011.  He noted he is very interested in learning qigong and has been studying qigong from one of Mantak Chia’s books.  During our first few emails and conversations he let me know that he wanted to study qigong, but was only looking for a style of Qigong where he would be able to develop the “Microcosmic Orbit” as Mantak Chia calls the circulation of the energy through the combined Du and Ren Meridians (or known as the Governing and Conception Channels).  I assured him that in Yi Ren qigong we begin to develop the microcosmic orbit in the level one class.

    I am happy to share that yesterday during his 5th class, 10hrs. into his training we did the Small Universe Developing Exercise and the Small Universe Enhancing Exercise and after we completed the small universe enhancing exercise I asked him if he felt the small universe circulation (“small universe” is Yi Ren qigong’s name for the microcosmic orbit) and he told me and the rest of the class with a big grin on his face that Yes, he did experience the Small Universe Circulation.  He also mentioned something to the affect that he is amazed at how powerful the Yi Ren Qigong is….

    After class he told me he is really looking forward to starting the Yi Ren Level Two training (where we switch our focus from the small universe and development of the major energy centers along the Du and Ren meridians to the twelve organ energy pathways commonly used in acupuncture.

    Organ energy pathways:


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  • Stay as Chaotic as a Muddy Torrent:

    By Brian Kane 12/5/2011,


    It has been a third of a year since I last wrote a blog regarding Yi Ren QiGong. During that short amount of time, much has changed with both me and the Noble School of Tai Chi & QiGong Training. I will touch on many of these things in the ensuing blogs. Let’s begin.


    In the immortal words of Neil Pert from the seminal rock band Rush: “…changes aren’t permanent, but change is.” Change for the better or evolving your self is almost never easy either. It takes work—hard work. And although some would rather ignore the fact that when you do try to better your life and reach your true potential, that unforeseen obstacles, adversaries and adversities will appear, this phenomenon, however unfortunate it might seem, is often inevitable. But do not falter—the Universe will lift the shroud of lies from over your eyes if you are willing to be receptive to its teachings. And now a synopsis of some of what has happened to me during my blogging hiatus.


    First of all, this hiatus was not due to indolence or writer’s block, well not completely.

    In fact since August I have improved my life substantially by accomplishing a few things I did not think I was remotely capable of. These include releasing an entire music album (see and passing a Web Developing test. And although these might not seem like life-altering or groundbreaking feats, they did not come easily. This was not because of any self-doubt or despair, but a few sucker punches from the game of life.


    For instance, while I was studying for my Web Developing test, the motherboard to my laptop computer melted. I was devastated—at first. I had about a week to study for the test, yet my computer, which is a pretty important device to study Web Developing on, was on the fritz. I was done for, I thought.


    However, I had a friend tell me that he learned code the best by writing it out longhand. So I ended up spending a great deal of time at my favorite coffee and teahouse, studying CSS and JavaScript from books (in case you forgot, books are those tangible things that have covers and between those covers are pages, made from paper, that have ink on them which convey information.) I was at the mercy of my longhand, barely legible due to lack of use, yet it got increasingly more readable as the nights of burning the midnight lamp went on. I went on to pass that test, and just as importantly, the test of facing adversity with a positive attitude, and surmounting it.


    I am still without a computer, as I type this on my Dad’s desktop. In fact, I have been without a computer for nearly two months. At first, it felt like I had a limb amputated and that my quality of life would be drastically diminished. But that has not been completely the case.


    During this time I have focused more of my time studying Taoism, Yi Ren QiGong and music. My life now consists of simple things: music, web developing, my job, and Yi Ren QiGong. I write simple not because they are of little value or easy to master. They are simple because they do not seem like a chore to me: I just do them. I wake up, do a few stretches and exercises, take a shower, shave—sometimes—get dressed, (I get dressed every time, but skip a shave maybe twice a week) grab a muffin and some tea and then head out to my friend’s apartment to carpool to work. Simple. Some might say that sounds like a drag: the life of a worker bee drone. But the end truly justifies the means. Every aspect of your life is a process. Not very many people start out at jobs they like, but if you have the right attitude, you can get the vocation that will allow you to be happy and stay centered. I believe I am on the right course. I believe it is possible for all of us.


    You will notice that when you begin to change and evolve that it might feel like the walls of life are closing in around you. This is not necessarily true. I truly believe that a great deal of our fears can manifest themselves in seemingly strange ways. Oftentimes, we know our potentials, but we do not change because we are scared of what might happen as we struggle to grow. I mentioned demons in my last blog. Demons can reveal themselves to you when you try to break free of the shackles of self-mediocrity. But during this time, as the enemies of your mind close in, as those walls get closer, remain calm. I have noticed that after moments of disarray and chaos in my life, after the smoke clears, things are much better. That is, as long as I deal with those tumultuous times intelligently. Yi Ren QiGong has certainly been one of the means I have used to stay as centered and grounded as possible. I am far from perfect. Lately, I seem to get irritated and angry easier, but I have not resorted to self abuse in order to cope with these trying times in my life. I do not drink to excess or abuse drugs. Just as importantly I try to think as positively as possible, despite what seems like a battle going on inside and around me.


    Part of Verse 15 of the “Tao Te Ching” Reads


    A sage is subtle and intuitive, penetrating and profound.

    His depths are mysterious and unfathomable.

    The best one can do is describe his appearance.


    The sage is as alert as a person crossing a winter stream;

    as circumspect as a person with neighbors on all four sides;

    as respectful as a thoughtful guest;

    as yielding as meting ice;

    as simple as uncarved wood;

    as open as a valley;

    as chaotic as a muddy torrent.


    Why “chaotic as a muddy torrent?”

    Because clarity is learned by being patient in the presence of chaos.

    Tolerating disarray, remaining at rest,

    Gradually one learns to allow muddy water to

    Settle and the proper responses to reveal themselves…


    This is currently the most meaningful passage from the “Tao Te Ching” to me. I have hundreds of questions about myself and humanity and how both fit into the Universe. I would love for the answers to reveal themselves immediately. However, many of the answers I absolutely need to know now, however trivial they might seem to others, can create delusions and blockages in my mind if I obsess over them. My advice to those who are in the same position is to meditate as much as possible to calm the mind. For those who are familiar with YiRen QiGong Level II, practice the Stomach/Pancreas exercise as much as you can and work on the Wisdom Gate meditation.


    All in all, be aware that this too shall pass. As cliché as that might seem, it is that simple truth that will get you through trying times and help you achieve a higher level of self-awareness and realization of potential. I have much more to write about but will save it for a different time. I leave you with this fact about how one connects with others and the Universe: No matter what circumstances you find yourself in, if you project negativity, negativity will be projected back to you and that energy will be like having your feet in blocks of concrete. If you project positivity into the arcane and vast Universe, positivity will be projected back to you, and although you will positively be more grounded, even gravity will not be able to restrain your feet from leaving the ground, and you will soar to new heights.



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    Yi Ren Qigong student (13yr old) says Kidneys feel like Hot Coals

    By Brendan Thorson 11/17/2011

    A new student during there second qigong class tells class they feel so hot in there lower back that it was challenging for them to focus on other energy centers during exercises tonight.  Said the feelings in his Kidneys were like hot coals (two hot coals, one in the location of the left kidney and the other in the location of the right kidney) and reminded them of his Grandpa taking Red-Hot Coals out of the fire/ Barbecue and setting them on the ground!

    Dr. Sun once shared that one of his teachers, Master Wang the 13th generation Lineage holder of the Internal Elixer Daoist Sect, said the Kidneys can reach the temperature of 200 degrees.  When the Kidneys are working at 200 degrees they

    1. Purify the blood
    2. Transform and refine many negative unhealthy energies like Fears and Paranoi’s to Virtues like Courage, Confidence, Freedom, Wisdom and Internal Will
    3. Also, when the Kidneys are functioning at a super high level (the thousand/s of diseases that man suffers from will be cured) man will not experience all these diseases that man suffers from… (taking all the drugs, and creams to treat all the symptoms and not the origin/cause of the problem).

    In Chinese Medicine they say if the Kidneys are weak then people can have health issues including:

    1. Infertility, slow development and early senility
    2. Sore and weak lower back
    3. Weak body and bones
    4. Ringing in the ears
    5. Impotence
    6. Asthma
    7. and many more problems too


    Continued Yi Ren Qigong training from the above mentioned student will help them live up to their life potential’s and give them health and wisdom far beyond the average human! -Brendan 11/16/11



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  • Qigong & Taichi to Prevent and Reverse Osteoporosis

    Qigong can help prevent and reverse osteoporosis

    Woman doing qigong – photo courtesy Wikimedia

    Image and below articles from

    Below are some research updates and excerpts from websites, books, and documents that show the benefits of qigong practice in preventing and even reversing bone density loss and osteoporosis. Note that the last entry mentions Eight Pieces of Brocade, a very easy practice to learn.

    Qi Dao Newsletter November/December 2006


    The effects of baduanjin qigong in the prevention of bone loss for middle-aged women. Chen HH, Yeh ML, Lee FY., (American Journal of Chinese Medicine. 2006;34 (5):741-7.)


    Abstract: This study aimed to assess the efficacy of a 12-week Baduanjin qigong training program in preventing bone loss for middle-aged women. An experimental design was adopted, and subjects were assigned randomly into an experimental group (n = 44) and a control group (n = 43).


    The experimental group received a 12-week Baduanjin qigong training program, whereas the control group did not. Interleukin-6 (IL-6) and bone mineral density (BMD) were measured before and after the intervention.


    The results showed significant differences in IL-6 (t = -5.19, p < t =” 1.99,” p =” 0.049)”>


    In conclusion, this study demonstrates promising efficacy of Baduanjin in preventing bone loss commonly occurring in middle-aged women. Thus, Baduanjin is valuable for promoting and maintaining the health status of middle-aged women.




    Halting Bone Loss


    Bone loss is a big problem with many women. Studies indicate that stress may be a major factor contributing to the loss of bone mass in even relatively young women. The daily stress relief T’ai Chi promotes provides a powerful preventive therapy to help ensure a long, active life for women.


    Studies have shown that QiGong practice raises estrogen levels in women, including those over 45. This is highly desirable because reduced estrogen levels after menopause cause a loss of calcium from the bones and increase the risk of osteoporosis and heart disease.


    Above excerpts are from The Complete Idiot’s Guide to T’ai Chi & Qigong Chapter 20,

    “T’ai Chi as Therapy for Young and Old”





    World T’ai Chi & Qigong Day – Medical Research


    Research from the National Institute of Mental Health reports that the stress hormones found in depressed women caused bone loss that gave them bones of women nearly twice their age. T’ai Chi and QiGong are known to reduce depression and anxiety and provide weight-bearing exercises to encourage building bone mass and connective tissue.




    Osteoporosis and Chinese Medicine


    The Chinese medicine examines two factors as main causes of osteoporosis: deficiency of energy (qi) in the kidneys and disharmony between the functions of the spleen and stomach.

    The energy deficiency in the kidneys is the most important precondition for developing osteoporosis. It is manifested in such symptoms as an overall weakness and fatigue, pains in the lower back, waist and knees; easy bone fragility, dizziness, tinnitus, insomnia, frequent urination, night sweating, dry mouth, sensitivity to cold, cold extremities, and asthma.

    According to the principles of Chinese medicine and qigong therapy, the kidneys are in charge of the condition of body fluids, part of which are used for the formation of bone marrow. The bone marrow nourishes the bones and maintains them healthy and strong. That is why, in the ancient medical treatises of China it is said that “the condition of the kidneys defines the condition of the bones” and “the kidneys stimulate the formation of bone marrow”. If the vital energy and the body fluids are insufficient, then the bone system would suffer as well, and there will present conditions for developing osteoporosis and fragile, soft bones with frequent fractures even in the lightest traumas.


    The thousand-year old experience of Chinese medicine proves that the methods of the qigong science and practice for increasing the inner energy through training of the quiet exercise (qigong meditation) represent one of the most natural, certain and effective ways of prevention and treatment of diseases.

    The increase of energy circulation within the body enhances the quality of the inner organs and their activity, improves and strengthens the bone marrow, straightens the position of bones and joints, removes the pains and the pathogenic conditions. Day by day, the qigong practitioners become more vital, more capable of working and rejuvenated. The osteoporosis patients who use the method of qigong increase in a natural way their kidney energy and regulate metabolism. Gradually, the bone tissue is replenished and it becomes possible to maintain healthy and powerful bone system.




    Ancient Eastern Exercise Cures Osteoporosis (press release)

    Thursday, October 19, 2006 by: NaturalNews


    If you know anything about the debilitating bone disease called osteoporosis will also know that it is incurable. You would know that this disease extracts calcium from the bones making them brittle over time. No matter how much calcium you try to supplement your diet with your body cannot absorb it.


    Up until the time she was diagnosed with osteoporosis, Joan Foo had lost 40% of her bone density as a result of the disease. After the diagnosis and fed up with living a sedentary life, fate would have her attending a Qi gong class. This was the turning point in her life. After one year of practicing Qi gong, doctors were dumb founded and flabbergasted to see that not only had the condition stopped, it had reversed itself.




    Tai Chi and Women’s Health


    You can increase bone strength by learning how to correct your posture—to become straight in gravity, so that the bones bear the weight. Bones in their natural, plumb position become stronger and joints become more fluid. If the skeleton is out of position, much energy is wasted in work done by muscles that are in tension and in opposition to each other. The person’s balance suffers. Chronic pain sets in. Wear and tear on joints increases. As the skeleton ages, the result of inappropriate articulation and weight-bearing is osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. Exercises to improve bone strength and joint health are on Eight Pieces of Brocade Qigong Practice DVD.

  • Transcend Stress With Yi Ren Qigong

    October 30th, 1:30-3pm, $10@ E.W. Bookshop

    6500 Roosevelt Way Northeast
    Seattle, WA 98115
    Call E. W. to reserve a space 206-523-3726

    Tai Chi & Qigong class @E.W.Bookshop

    Transcending Stress and Self-Empowerment: will be the main topics discussed in this March 1st Yi Ren® Qigong class.

    Transcending Stress & Self-Empowerment by Brendan Thorson 2/2011

    Transcending Stress and Self-Empowerment will be the main topics discussed in this March 1st Yi Ren® Qigong class.  Many people in our fastpaced society suffer from too much stress and do not know how to manage, release or increase their capacity for stress.  As a result, as every day, week and month pass their stress continues to build up, as this stress continues to build up it begins to cause havoc within their bodies and lives (muscle tension, stomach ache, ulcers, anxieties, frustration and irritation…) and before they realize it life can becomes more challenging and less enjoyable.  See for more information or excerpt below

    Self-Empowerment will be the other main topic for this class.    Everyone goes through highs and lows with their ambition and following through with what they prioritize in their life.  Remember the dreams you had as kid?  Your plans to begin a new exercise program to improve your health?  Or your desire to work on changing the way you communicate and treat your friends and loved ones?  If you were at the last stage of your life right now would you be happy or content with what you have accomplished during your lifetime?  Commonly we struggle with ambition and following through with our ideas because we lack the life force (energy) or the Internal Will to act and follow through with our grand plans and wishes. Therefore, in the class we will do exercises to activate (the Life Gate/ Kidney Center) our internal engine to upgrade our Internal Will and Ambition. During this class we will also discuss how (and do Yi Ren qigong exercises to begin to initiate these internal changes) Yi Ren qigong can help you to increase your stress capacity, transcend your stress and how we can improve our internal will and creativity so we can live up to our potential.

    At the core of Yi Ren Qigong is its unique design for self-healing, balance of unhealthy organ systems and longevity.  The system has been designed to work in conjunction with other health care modalities and healthy exercise programs.  Yi Ren Qigong also shares much of the same foundational philosophy as Traditional Chinese Medicine like Yin/ Yang and The 5-Element Theories.

    For more information and questions see or call Brendan @ 206-354-8216

    You may be asking your self what is Qigong?  Simply stated (Qi= energy) & (Gong= work or development over time).  For example if someone wants to study piano they have to study to gradually learn and advance and the same is true with qigong.

    In Yi Ren Qigong we learn exercises to help us transcend our stress like:

    1. Building up our energy levels so we can handle a greater capacity of stress
    2. Nourish our Autonomic Nervous system so we can feel calm and deeply relaxed
    3. Cleanse and refresh our bodies to release excess stress
    4. With the assistance of the “Qi / Chi” energy we increase our mind-body connection so we can better understand the bodies’ signals for    better self-care.  Integrate and amplify the mind and body connection to create better harmony within

    In Yi Ren Qigong we learn exercises to help us with Self-Empowerment like:

    1. Recharging our kidney and Life-gate energies to improve our internal Will and Ambition
    2. Creating balance throughout the system so the intention and the will are in integrity with our true-self


    The following is an except from

    Modern life is full of hassles, deadlines, frustrations, and demands. For many people, stress is so commonplace that it has become a way of life. Stress isn’t always bad. In small doses, it can help you perform under pressure and motivate you to do your best. But when you’re constantly running in emergency mode, your mind and body pay the price.

    What is stress?

    The Body’s Stress Response

    When you perceive a threat, your nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones rouse the body for emergency action.The Body’s Stress Response

    Your heart pounds faster, muscles tighten, blood pressure rises, breath quickens, and your senses become sharper. These physical changes increase your strength and stamina, speed your reaction time, and enhance your focus – preparing you to either fight or flee from the danger at hand.

    Stress is a normal physical response to events that make you feel threatened or upset your balance in some way. When you sense danger – whether it’s real or imagined – the body’s defenses kick into high gear in a rapid, automatic process known as the “fight-or-flight” reaction,  the stress response.

    Chronic stress disrupts nearly every system in your body.  Long-term stress can even rewire the brain, leaving you more vulnerable to anxiety and depression.

    Many health problems are caused or exacerbated by stress, including:

    • Pain of any kind
    • Heart disease
    • Digestive problems
    • Sleep problems
    • Depression
    • Obesity
    • Autoimmune diseases
    • Skin conditions, such as eczema

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