Brendan’s Blog

  • 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.


  • 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

  • Tai Chi / Qigong Seattle/ Internal Feng-Shui

    Following the 5-Elements, with spring and spring cleaning on the horizon have you ever thought about why we naturally do spring cleaning?  If no, you are not alone, but most of us naturally know and understand how necessary it is and how refreshing, good and light it makes you and your home feel.  From my feelings and understanding this act of spring cleaning is our bodies natural intuition telling us that we need to clean up our home (Feng-Shui) to prepare for new opportunities and ideas (planting & growth) that comes with Spring and the thriving (peak of growth and maturation) that comes with summer.  Much like a farmer preparing for the new years crop, they have to prepare the fields before they can plant the new crop.  If you are like me then you know how good you feel to complete your spring cleaning.  So can you imagine how good and refreshed you would feel to do your own internal spring cleaning of your mind and body?  Recall how much better you feel after you complete your spring cleaning or clean up a messy room.  Therefore, imagine how much stagnant energies you have accumulate over your life time in your body and mind?  And how much creativity and growth you have available to your self if you cleaned up many of those old undesirable energies blocking room for your new growth (your own internal Feng-Shui).  Do you want to feel new and fresh like a child again?  If yes, then I look forward to seeing you in class soon! -Brendan

  • Tai Chi / Qigong Seattle: Tai Chi 'can relieve depression and boost self-esteem'

    Yi Ren Qigong and Tai Chi Training has helped practitioners overcome depression, Release Fears and boost self confidence.  It has been very effective to help practitioners release old emotions (old baggage) so individuals can become more relaxed, content and happier.

    Tai Chi ‘can relieve depression and boost self-esteem’

    The sedate Chinese martial art of Tai Chi can relieve depression and boost self-esteem, new research shows.

    By Kate Devlin, Medical Correspondent 7:30AM BST 21 May 2010


    Practising the precise movements also reduced stress and anxiety, researchers found.

    Millions of people around the world practise Tai Chi every morning, and many believe that it has physical and mental health benefits.

    It is particularly popular in China where many flock to public parks to start their day with the slow, methodical movements.

    It is designed to promote relaxation and improve balance, strength and suppleness.

    Researchers looked at the results of 40 studies on the effects of the martial art.


    They found that it did have positive psychological effects, but called for more thorough research.

    Dr Chenchen Wang, from Tufts Tufts University School of Medicine in Massachusetts, said: “Tai Chi … has been practised for centuries for health and fitness in the East and is currently gaining popularity in the West.

    “It is believed to improve mood and enhance overall psychological well being, but convincing evidence has so far been lacking”.

    She added: “More detailed knowledge about the physiological and psychological effects of Tai Chi exercise may lead to new approaches to promote health, treat chronic medical conditions, better inform clinical decisions and further explicate the mechanisms of successful mind-body medicine”.

    Previous studies have suggested that it could be helpful in the treatment of arthritis, but the results were unclear.

    The above medical information was originally found at

  • Tai Chi & Qigong Seattle / ARTHRITIS & Osteoarthritis

    Reading the research below you will be able to see what many people in our culture need to convince themselves that something is good for them or get them to try something new to enhance their life and health.  I know from personal experience that sometimes when you are desperate like I was to improve my life and health that you will just keep trying new things until you finally find what feels right.  But, then there are others who have such good intuition and just know something like Yi ren qigong can improve their health, and then the exact opposite type of person.  Well if you are the one who wants to improve your life and health then maybe you have found your path.  -Brendan T.

    TaiChi Research for Arthritis & Osteoarthritis

    ARTHRITIS. T’ai Chi’s low impact causes no joint damage (unlike other higher impact exercises), while its weight-bearing aspect may encourage development of bone mass and connective tissue. WTCQD Note: Those with arthritic knees may want to do modified Tai Chi forms sharing weight on both legs rather than fully centering the weight over one knee.


    Twelve studies were included in the study, with 5 randomized controlled clinical trials and 7 nonrandomized controlled clinical trials dating up to June 2007. The review showed promising evidence in support of using Tai Chi to reduce pain associated with osteoarthritis and even reported larger effect sizes in pain reduction from Tai Chi than from other popular interventions, such as using nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. – Medscape Today, from WebMD, 10/26/2010

    Read entire article at:
    Rheumatoid Arthritis:

    The review mainly showed that Tai Chi statistically improved ankle plantar flexion in those with RA, but most other measures such as activities of daily living and swollen joints showed no improvements after Tai Chi interventions. None of the studies indicated any harmful effects of Tai Chi practice, and the review reported that adherence rates in the Tai Chi interventions were higher than in the controls, indicating that subjects may enjoy participating in Tai Chi over other exercises. – Medscape Today, from WebMD, 10/26/2010

    Read entire article at:

    Older people with knee pain may get help from tai chi

    Knee pain from osteoarthritis is a common and often chronic ailment for older people. But a new study finds that practicing tai chi exercises may not only reduce osteoarthritis pain, but improve function as well.

    — Los Angeles Times, Oct. 30, 2009

    Read entire article here. or related articles below:

    Science Daily

    CBC Canada

    UK Guardian

    US News & World Report

    UK Telegraph

    Private Healthcare UK

    Irish Health

    Arthritis. In a 40-person study at Tufts University, presented in October 2008 at a meeting of the American College of Rheumatology, an hour of tai chi twice a week for 12 weeks reduced pain and improved mood and physical functioning more than standard stretching exercises in people with severe knee osteoarthritis. According to a Korean study published in December 2008 in Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, eight weeks of tai chi classes followed by eight weeks of home practice significantly improved flexibility and slowed the disease process in patients with ankylosing spondylitis, a painful and debilitating inflammatory form of arthritis that affects the spine.

    Harvard Medical School’s Health Publications, May, 2009

    Tai Chi ‘can cure arthritis’

    New York (PTI): Suffering from arthritis? Try Tai Chi, a form of exercise which is regularly practiced in China, for a study says that it can reduce chronic pains.

    An international team has found carried out the study and found that Tai Chi helps in mitigating the pain associated with problems like arthritis and lessen disability — in fact, it reduces pain with trends towards improving overall health…

    “The fact that Tai Chi is inexpensive, convenient and enjoyable and conveys other psychological and social benefits supports the use this type of intervention for pain conditions such as arthritis,” lead researcher Amanda Hall.

    Hall of George Institute in Australia and colleagues have based their findings on an analysis of systematic review and meta-analysis, the results of which are published in the latest edition of the Arthritis Care & Research journal.

    The Hindu News Update Service

    Read more at:

    Newswise – Tai chi is effective in the treatment of pain and physical impairment in people with severe knee osteoarthritis, according to research presented this week at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting in San Francisco, Calif.

    American College of Rheumatology (ACR) 22-Oct-2008

    Mean comparisons of the change scores revealed that the experimental group perceived significantly less pain in their joints and reported fewer perceived difficulties in physical functioning, while the control group showed no change or even deterioration in physical functioning after 12 weeks. In the physical fitness test, there were significant improvements in balance and abdominal muscle strength for the tai chi exercise group.

    — Journal of Rheumatology, 30, 2039-44

    Tai chi helps cut pain
    of knee arthritis: study

    (Reuters; October 26, 2008) – The traditional Chinese form of exercise known as tai chi can help reduce pain and physical impairment in people who have knee arthritis, researchers said on Saturday.

    In their study, one group of people in their 60s with severe knee osteoarthritis performed tai chi for an hour twice a week for 12 weeks while a similar group did the same amount of conventional stretching exercises over the same period.

    Those who did tai chi experienced greater pain reduction, less depression and improvements in physical function and overall health, researchers led by Dr. Chenchen Wang of Tufts Medical Center in Boston reported at a meeting of the American College of Rheumatology in San Francisco.

    (Reporting by Will Dunham; Editing by Julie Steenhuysen and Peter Cooney)
    . . . read entire article at:


    Medical research found at

  • Tai Chi exercise for Balance & Falls

    The muscular-skeletal benefits obtainable from TaiChi and qigong can be quite impressive.  The research listed below does not include some of the types of experiences like I have had with the repairing of my physical body.  For example, I watched many old tight (like beef jerky) areas of my body gradually fill up with energy from the meridians and the muscle Fascia (like watering a dried up plant and seeing it stand back up and display it’s renewed vitality and happiness)  leading  to greater mobility and increased strength.  Imagine a young healthy and juicy baby and then the other extreme an old dried up man.  During my short life I have gone already gone from the baby stage to the dried up man and now from Yi Ren qigong my body has gradually filled (filling) it’s empty tank (dried up body) back up and my health and life keep improving every year while sadly in contrast I watch many other of my friends and associates about the same age as me beginning to decline with energy and vitality.  -Brendan T.

    TaiChi Research For The Elderly


    Tai Chi lessons and reduced medication should be used to prevent falls in the elderly, according to experts in the UK and the US.

    The latest thinking on tackling falls is included in new guidelines for doctors, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.Falls are one of the leading causes of death for old people.
    – BBC News, Jan. 13, 2011


    A ten year study on aging through Harvard, Yale and Emory University determined not only that T’ai Chi was superior to more technological balance therapies, but that T’ai Chi reduced the risk of injury by falling by 48%.

    Complications from these injuries are the sixth leading cause of death in older Americans, and account for about $10 billion loss per year to the economy.

    — USA Today, May 1996

    Tai Chi & Qigong Medical research found at

  • Yi Ren Qigong Medical Conference

    The First Conference on Medical Qigong & Integrative MedicineJanuary 7th & 8th, 2011Mark your calendars!

    The Institute of Qigong & Internal Alternative Medicine (IQ&IAM) invites you to The First Conference on Medical Qigong & Integrative Medicine, which will take place Friday evening and Saturday, January 7th & 8th at Bastyr University Chapel (Kenmore, WA). The theme of this conference will be Cultivating Healthy Qi, Developing Healthy Behaviors and Building Healthy Community.

    The purpose of this conference is to promote the paradigm shift from a focus on disease to one based on wellness and the intrinsic strength and potential abilities of the mind and the body. This conference will present a model of an integrative medicine approach for improving chronic illness care and management.

    The keynote speakers will include:

    • Jennifer C. Lovejoy, Ph.D., Mind-Body Medicine Researcher, Corporate Wellness Program Developer, Affiliate Faculty at Bastyr University and University of Washington
    • Nooshin Darvish, N.D., FICT, Physician, Writer, Lecturer and Educator in the field of Naturopathic, Integrative and Anti-Aging Medicine
    • David Kearney, M.D., Researcher of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction and Associate Professor at University of Washington and VA hospital
    • Guan-Cheng Sun, Ph.D., Founder and Executive Director of IQ&IAM, and Developer, Teacher and Researcher of Yi Ren® Medical Qigong

    Other speakers will include: acupuncturists, a certified nutritionist, a psychologist, a rehabilitation therapist and numerous Yi Ren® Medical Qigong practitioners.

    The IQ&IAM is so delighted to bring the experts in the field together for this exciting presentation. We hope that you find this conference interesting and that you will be able to attend!

    • Date:
    • Friday, January 7th
    • Saturday, January 8th
    • Time:
    • 6:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
    • 8:30 A.M. – 5:30 P.M.
    • Location:
    • Bastyr University Chapel
    • 14500 Juanita Dr. NE
    • Kenmore, WA 98028
    • View a map
    • Cost:
    • $55 general admission
    • $45 Yi Ren® Practitioners
    • $25 full-time students
    • includes lunch at Bastyr

    If you prefer not to register on line, fill out and send in this form, call 206.290.6072, or email us. Lodging at Bastyr is available for one or two nights; contact Amy Putiri at 206.290.6072 for more information, or email her .

  • Seattle Tai Chi & Chi gong Classes starting

    Harmony Between Heaven, Earth and Humanity

    Now that the new year has come and gone many people are finally ready to get back to their normal schedules and therefore I will begin my new set of classes this week.

    The Noble School of Tai Chi & Qigong Training

    Tonight and tomorrow I will have a couple of introductory classes for current students and for new students to me and Yi Ren® Qigong.  Oh, and I will also be holding an intro class on Merer Island nest Thursday 1/20/11.   Then starting on Sunday 1/16 new sets of classes will also begin.  See class schedule page for all the details.

    -Level One: Foundation, Chi Gong Exercise
    Awakening the Healing Power Within

    1. Sundays 1/16-2/20,      4-6pm   /Yi Ren® Qigong
    (The prerequisite for all subsequent courses)

    2. Mondays 1/17 – 2/21,     7-9PM
    The Noble School of Tai-Chi & Qigong Training
    5623 University Way N.E.
    Seattle, WA 98105                    6/2 hr classes

    Many other advanced classes also starting

  • Yi Ren® Medical Qigong Conference / Tai Chi & Qigong Seattle

    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!

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