About Us

  • Mission Statement

    To empower ALL people to gain the wisdom and self-knowledge to improve their health and reach their life’s potential. 

  • Brendan Thorson LMP, Qigong Instructor

    Brendan Thorson

    Brendan learned Yi Ren Qigong from Qigong master Guan Cheng Sun starting in 1999 and wants to thank him for what he learned. However, Brendan no longer studies with master Sun or teaches Yi Ren qigong and realizes master Sun was never his actual teacher or anyone’s. Brendan wanted a teacher who could teach him authentic qigong, support students to reach high levels of qigong development, help students obtain great health, improve personal life, family life and professional life. But, instead Brendan discovered Master Sun was the opposite of the kind of teacher he wanted and, therefore no longer studies with Master Sun or calls the qigong he teaches Yi Ren qigong to separate him from Master Sun and instead connect to the Source/ the Tao instead of to Master Sun’s support. Since Brendan taught Yi Ren qigong for many years you will see Yi Ren qigong posted throughout the website in many articles and blogs and some other locations to. In the coming months Yi Ren qigong will be removed from the website in all places possible. Dated 10/18/21.

    Brendan began practicing Tai Chi and Qigong in 1994. Five years later, in 1999, he began studying qigong and began teaching Qigong in 2001.  Qigong has transformed his life and health.  Through his dedicated practice, Brendan has overcome years of fatigue and exhaustion, a compromised immune system, insomnia, hypoglycemia, chronic muscle and joint pains, excess anxieties, fears and stress, and weakened mental capacity and memory.

    He is a career Qigong instructor. He began teaching Qigong in 2001. Between 2001-2007 he taught private qigong classes and in 2008 began teaching public classes and weekend workshops. Between 2009 and June of 2014 he was commonly teaching classes 5, 6 or 7 days a week and since 2009 he has taught well over 1,000 classes and over 50 weekend workshops. Beginning in the summer of 2014 he stopped teaching weekly class series to focus on teaching weekend workshops in Seattle and introducing Qigong to other areas throughout the U.S. He founded The Noble School of Qigong in 2009, and has had five articles published in Qi: The Journal of Eastern Health and Fitness.

    Brendan originally began his pursuit of Tai Chi and Qigong to improve his lost health and vitality. Before finding ? Qigong he studied other forms Tai Chi and Qigong that were very nice, but he rarely felt the energy (Qi) in those forms and also did not experience any significant health improvements.

    Between 1994 and 1995 he studied Tai Chi Chuan from local Seattle instructor Chu-Lan Chiong LA.c.  Then, in 2003 he was very fortunate to have the opportunity to study Tai Chi with Madame Gau Fu.  From Madame Gau Fu’s instruction he began to learn deeper aspects of the Internal Martial Arts including the Dantian rotation, Standing Meditation and the States of Empty and Solid.   Madame Gao Fu was an accomplished Taiji master in both Yang and Chen styles of Taiji.

    He was also blessed to learn from Qigong instructor Bill Fouts. 

    Brendan is also a practicing licensed massage therapist (LMP) with 19 years of experience. He graduated from Brenneke School of Massage in Seattle, WA in 1997. Then studied Myofascial Release and Structural Integration for two years with certified Hellerworker Maureen Warren from 1997-1999. He also studied with a few Rolfers including R. Louis Schultz PhD. the Author of an excellent fascial anatomy book, “The Endless Web”. During Brendan’s massage sessions he combines and integrates all of his learning and knowledge from western massage training, traditional Chinese medicine theory, qigong, taichi, and the soft, firm and gentle touch he developed from his years as an avid potter during his teens and early twenties to provide a healing session for each client.

  • Brief History of Qigong

    Qigong can be described as a mind-body-spirit practice that improves one’s mental and physical health by integrating posture, movement, breathing technique, self-massage, sound, and focused intent. There are likely thousands of qigong styles, schools, traditions, forms, and lineages, each with practical applications and different theories about Qi (“subtle breath” or “vital energy”) and Gong (“skill cultivated through steady practice”). The mission of the National Qigong Association is to help each individual find a path that best supports their personal goals, and to evolve this amazing energetic science.

    Reference:

    https://www.nqa.org/what-is-qigong-