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

    Anonymous 10/2/2012,

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Yi Ren Qigong Introductory class at East West Bookshop 9/16/2012

    Sunday, September 16 at East West Seattle
    Qigong in Tea Garden:
    1-2:30 pm $10 Register Now!

     
    Would you like to find your fountain of youth? Over the past 5,000+ years the ancient Taoists discovered many secrets to health, happiness, vitality and longevity. Now many of these secrets are available to you from Yi Ren® Qigong!

    Yi Ren Qigong instructor BRENDAN THORSON, LMP, of the Wu Hsing Tao School of Acupuncture and The Noble School of Taichi & Qigong Training has personally transformed his health and life from Yi Ren Qigong. Join Brendan for an introduction to Yi Ren Qigong and learn simple and powerful transformative Taoist “qi” exercises for the chakras, organs and endocrine glands to reverse the aging process.

     

    Exciting news!

    Brendan currently has an article published in the current 2012 Summer edition of Qi MagazineThe Journal of Traditional Eastern Health and Fitness. Currently available here at East West Bookshop. Brendan has an upcoming level-1Yi Ren® Qigong Weekly classes starting on 9/17 and a Level one Weekend Seminar on 10/13 & 10/14.

     

     

  • Level One: Yi Ren Qigong Seminar 10/13/2012

    Level One: Internal Qi Activation & Development
    (The beginning point of entry for all new Yi Ren Students): Yi Ren® Qigong

    1. Saturday and Sunday 10/13 & 10/14, 10am – 5:15pm
    5623 University Way NE
    Seattle, WA 98105. 2/6hr. classes, with a one hour lunch each day

    A. $190 by 10/3

    B. $210 by 10/12

    C. $225 day of

     

    *$40 Discount for repeating L-1 Students of TNSOT&QT , multiple family members, full time students & low income Senior Citizens. One discount per/ person. Pay regular price, send email with details and will receive refund via Pay Pal.

  • Sound Energy Center Seminar: Yi Ren Qigong 9/22/2012

    Sound/ Energy Center Corespondence
    (Completion of Level 2 required) Yi Ren® Qigong

    1. Saturday and Sunday 9/22 & 9/23, 10am – 5:15pm
    5623 University Way NE
    Seattle, WA 98105. 2/6hr. classes, with a one hour lunch each day

    A. $190 by 9/12

    B. $210 by 9/21

    C. $225 day of

     

    *$40 Discount for repeating Sound Students of TNSOT&QT , multiple family members, full time students & low income Senior Citizens. One discount per/ person. Pay regular price, send email with details and will receive refund via Pay Pal.

  • Level Three: Yi Ren Qigong 9/19/2012

    Level Three: Activation of the Extraordinary Meridians
    Development of Brain, Endocrine & Nervous System & Energy Protection Network
    (Completion of Level 2 required) Yi Ren® Qigong

    1.  Wednesdays 9/19- 10/24, 7- 9pm
    5623 University Way NE
    Seattle, WA 98105.  6/2hr. classes

    A. $165 by 9/9

    B. $185 by 9/18

    C. $200 day of  

     

    *$30 Discount for multiple family members, full time students & low income Senior Citizens.  One discount per/ person.  Pay regular price, send email with details and will receive refund via Pay Pal.

  • Jing Rou/ Muscle Tendon: Yi Ren Qigong 9/18/2012

    Jing & Rou: Muscle & Tendon Qigong 
    Development of the Yang Energy Body: For Strength, Protection and Internal Peace
    (Completion of Level 2 or Moving with Qi required) Yi Ren® Qigong

    1. Tuesdays 9/18 – 10/23, 7:30 – 9:30pm
    5623 University Way NE
    Seattle, WA 98105. 6/2hr. classes

    A. $165 by 9/8

    B. $185 by 9/17

    C. $200 day of

     

    *$30 Discount for multiple family members, full time students & low income Senior Citizens. One discount per/ person. Pay regular price, send email with details and will receive refund via Pay Pal.

  • Level 2 Yi Ren Qigong 9/20/2012

    Level Two: Activating & Developing the Internal Organ Energy Pathways
    (Completion of Level 1 required) Yi Ren® Qigong

    1.  Thursdays 9/20- 10/25, 7- 9pm
    5623 University Way NE
    Seattle, WA 98105.  6/2hr. Classes

    A. $165 by 9/10

    B. $185 by 9/19

    C. $200 day of

     *$30 Discount for multiple family members, full time students & low income Senior Citizens.  One discount per/ person.  Pay regular price, send email with details and will receive refund via Pay Pal.

  • Level ONe Yi Ren Qigong class 9/17/2012

    Level One: Internal Qi Activation & Development
    (The beginning point of entry for all new Yi Ren Students):  Yi Ren® Qigong

    1.  Mondays 9/17- 10/22, 7- 9pm
    5623 University Way NE
    Seattle, WA 98105.  6/2hr. classes

    A. $165 by 9/7

    B. $185 by 9/16

    C. $200 day of

     *$30 Discount for multiple family members, full time students & low income Senior Citizens.  One discount per/ person.  Pay regular price, send email with details and will receive refund via Pay Pal.

  • Chronicle your Journey in a Journal

    By Brian Kane,

    axal.org

    The other day I was looking back on some journal entries I have written since starting Qigong back in October of 2009—and also entries that predate my Yi Ren Qigong Journey. Reading about my state of mind and outlook and how both have changed over the last few years was an encouraging reminder about how far I have come on my spiritual journey: I needed that reminder to give me the fortitude to forge ahead on improving my overall being.

    During one’s quest for self-discovery and self-improvement, it is very easy to only recognize our faults and weaknesses and ignore our improvements and strengths. When you keep a journal,–be it daily, weekly, or even monthly—you can look back on where you were at a certain point in your life. This can be very helpful to assess your progress and just as importantly, it can remind you of lessons and revelations you might have learned quite some time ago, but in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, you forgot.

    For instance, some of the revelations that came to me over the years are as simple as: fear does not equal cowardice, what you might be worrying or obsessing about is just a distraction from the actual root of your problem, that what makes a woman attractive is not necessarily her physical appearance but the energy she emits, that playing music seems to tap into the same part of the brain and soul that Qigong does,, that I should moderate or abstain from certain foods and substances such as Caffeine, Marijuana and Alcohol because they can cause me to be emotionally imbalanced. (Of course, as Brendan Thorson stated in a recent Yi Ren Qigong class, everyone is different and what is good for one person, might not be good for another. You have to discover these things along your journey to becoming more self-aware and becoming a wise man or woman.)

    Also, it is a good idea to keep a log about your progress with the Yi Ren Qigong exercises and any noticeable mind and/or body sensations that you are experiencing. For instance, I wrote down that when I first learned the pushing hands exercise, my hips were far too rigid and my arm was too stiff. Today, my hips move very fluidly and I am able to determine how much force to exert with my arms, depending on the actions of my pushing hands partner. Additionally, after each class, I try to write down any revelations I learned during the lesson. It seems very easy to forget what was taught in class and regress back to old, bad habits. Writing down your revelations can serve as a useful reminder about what you might need to change in your practice. I have even seen students bring a notepad to class and take notes, which is a very good idea.

    Another method that I have incorporated into my daily routine is to write on paper what I call my morning defragging—much how a computer defrags itself to bring order into how its system runs. One of Brendan Thorson’s students revealed this method to me during a coffee meeting we had discussing the future of the Noble School of Tai Chi and Qigong training. What she said is that when you wake up in the morning, perhaps during your breakfast, just start jotting down the thoughts (anything that comes to mind) that you have. These thoughts do not need to be depicted in complete sentences or really even make any coherent sense. I usually write about a page of these thoughts and it seems to really help clear my mind and give me a more positive perspective about my upcoming day. After I jot down these thoughts, I usually make a list of things I would like to accomplish with my day—checking each one off when it is finished.

    Keeping a journal, making to-do lists and defragging the mind might seem a bit tedious–albeit a simple idea—but from my experience, if you make these practices part of your routine, it could very well aide and even excel your progress as you practice Yi Ren Qigong. If you are like me, your imagination can get carried away and intrusive, negative thoughts might obscure your reality. Writing serves as both a therapeutic tool and a strong reminder for where you have been, where you are going and where you would like to be.

  • Level One Qigong Seminar 8/4 & 8/5: Internal Qi Activation & Development– Yi Ren Qigong

    Level One: Internal Qi Activation and Development:
    (Level-1–Beginning point of entry for all new Yi Ren Students) Yi Ren® Qigong

    1.  Saturday and Sunday 8/4 & 8/5, 10am – 5pm  
    5623 University Way NE
    Seattle, WA 98105.  2/6hr. classes, with a one hour lunch each day

    A. $190 by 7/25
    B. $210 by 8/3
    C. $225 day of

    *$40 Discount for repeating Level-1 Students of TNSOT&QT, multiple family members, full time students & low income Senior Citizens.  One discount per/ person.  Pay regular price, send email with details and will receive refund via Pay Pal.

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