- CurriculumThe classes listed below are a combination of the core classes (Yi Ren Qigong Levels 1-3) and some of the other non-core classes that are offered on a regular basis and occasionally. With time the list of non-core classes will grow and expand to meet the demand and need of the student base. Tai Chi & Qigong Seattle Training Curriculum Core Classes and Current list of non-core classes -Level 1: Foundation, Chi Gong Exercise Awakening the Healing Powers Within (The prerequisite for all subsequent courses) Yi Ren® Qigong -Tai Chi Movement: Taoist Tai Chi For Internal & External Strength & A Peaceful Mind (Completion of Level 1 Required) -Moving With Qi: Chi Kung & Tai Chi Style Movements (Completion of Level 1 Required) Yi Ren® Qigong -Level Two: Development Of The Twelve Major Meridians and Organ Networks (Completion of Level 1 required) Yi Ren® Qigong -Jing & Rou: Integrating The Qi Into The Muscles & Tendons To Build Physical Strength (Completion of level 2 required) Yi Ren® Qigong -Level Three: The Extraordinary Meridians (Completion of Level 2 required & Jing/Rou suggested) Yi Ren® Qigong -Sound/Energy Center Correspondences (Prerequisite: completion of Level 2) Yi Ren® Qigong -Forms of Meditation: To Help People Enlighten Their…
- Yi Ren® Qigong Level 1: Internal Qi Activation & Cultivation
- Level 2: Activating & Developing the Internal Organ Energy Pathways
- Level 3: Development of the Extraordinary Meridians
- Moving W/ Qi: Qigong w/ Taichi style Movements
- Jing & Rou: Muscle & Tendon
- Tai Chi Movement: Taoist Tai Chi
- Sound / Energy Center Correspondence
- The Sacred Gates of Internal Cultivation
- Continuing Ed.
- Consultations & Private Lessons
- Contact Us
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
The following testimonial is written by a grad student with some background in both martial arts and meditation.
Seattle Tai Chi & Qigong student testimonial
“Several months before attending the level one class I was trying to learn various meditation methods to dissolve and let go of stress and tension. The profession I’m about to go into can be very stressful and I felt that finding a healthy way to let go of stress would be necessary so I wouldn’t have to carry it with me and let it build up. Eventually I started reading about qigong or chi gung and learned that it was a great starting place before trying deeper meditative practices, so I sought a class that talked about working with the body’s energy specifically.
I learned a lot from just taking the 6 week level one class. From day one I learned to feel this connection between my hands and from this foundation slowly built up my awareness of this feeling throughout various points in my body. Towards the end of the class I could circulate this connection or energy around my body and even down into my feet, which was something I never thought I would personally experience for myself.
I started practicing at least 40 minutes on most days of the week. This helped a lot to slowly build up this connection I was feeling with my body, and every week my practice got a little deeper. I noticed I felt more rested when I woke up in the morning, which was a problem I had in the past. A year ago no matter how much sleep I got I would never wake up feeling refreshed. I also became more conscious of how stress affected my body, and practicing was a great way to not only dissolve stress from the day but it made me more resistant to stress as well, which was my major motivation for seeking this practice.
Brendan is a very patient and compassionate teacher & this qigong method is great in that it focuses on feeling and working with “chi.” I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to learn YiRen Qigong as it is something I will be able to carry with me for the rest of my life. I am currently taking the level two course & I will have a lot more to share in the near future…”
“Time is the Master Hypnosis item of life….choose wisely to be in Presence and the worlds will open to you. Brendan is a facilitator and holder of a key you will want to gain greater insights into our multi sensory world. G*d loves a good story and its Wake Up to Life.”
Cris Angel, DA, EAMP, H.DD – Bellevue, WA
“For most of my adult life I have experienced severe premenstrual pain that made my life very challenging. During my level-1A class my discomfort almost disappeared. Now months after taking the classes I have a Qigong exercise that Brendan prescribed for me to use if I feel any discomfort. It works marvelously and now my life is so much easier. I also feel calmer, happier and more energetic than I did before taking Brendan’s classes.”
“Brendan is such a warm, compassionate, supportive, confident teacher. Plus the Qi Gong he is teaching is so effective. I have tried Qi Gong before and it felt so complicated and difficult to follow and I didn’t feel positive affects from it. But in this teaching, I sleep much better, I feel more grounded and I feel much more energy.”
-Katelon, Licensed Massage Therapist
“I moved to Seattle 3 years ago from the East Coast…. Almost immediately upon arriving, I felt a total disconnect to the West Coast. As each month passed, I felt worse. I would say to people that I felt “soulless”. I couldn’t feel anything, rarely laughed and spent most of my time huddled in my apartment. The loneliness and isolation was virtually destroying me. I tried many practitioners from channelers to soul retrieval…. But to no avail.
I had come to the conclusion that maybe if I moved to another state, I would feel better. At the encouragement of my therapist, she got me to try to find an interest that I could participate in. Well, the day I saw her, I decided Qi Gong would be something I might like. I Googled the topic and in about 5 minutes I had found an introductory class offered by Brendan the next night.
I attended (without much hope) I must admit, but he had a gathering of about 20 people and from the first moment, I was hooked. Brendan has such a gift for teaching and communicating with his class. I have just completed his Level I class and it has brought amazing changes to my life.
I guess qi really is the life energy….. I feel whole again, am happy, find joy in life. With every class, I feel an improvement. I truly believe I will follow this path for the rest of my life.
And yes, I have even learned to love Seattle and its ‘laid-back’ people…………”
“I had no idea what to expect when starting the beginner Qigong/Tai Chi class, except that it would possibly be a new technique to use for self improvement. From the very first class, I could feel the powerful energy between my hands and a little through my body and I thought to myself, “These feelings seem familiar.” I’ve felt this before but had no idea what it was. It excites me to know that I can now learn to control this energy. The dull pains in my chest, shoulder center and kidneys I felt the day after class confirmed how powerful these techniques are.
Brendan shows great care in helping his students understand these techniques and encourages us to not get too discouraged if you don’t “get it” right away. I am now hopeful that as I continue to use Qigong techniques along with my other positive habits, I will be able to reach my personal goals to become a better person inside and out.”
“I’ve taken Yi Ren Qigong classes from Brendan Thorson for approximately one year. I take the classes weekly and also practice at home. The movements are calming and easily learned. Brendan’s method does not require physical strength, and does not make me sweat or breathe heavily. It is helping to resolve long-standing issues of balance, symmetry and stiffness that have not responded to anything else.
As a result of Brendan’s classes, I feel livelier, stronger, more energetic and more relaxed. I am beginning to feel my body gradually release and get back to the norm. And my blood pressure is substantially lower, without the use of medication or other medical treatment.
From a young age I was subjected to periodic severe beatings at home, and lived in an atmosphere of fear. My body started having many holding patterns, causing my muscular and skeletal structure to be unbalanced. For example, my left leg measured a half-inch shorter than the right leg because of the holding. I thought it actually was shorter… but have realized that unconscious muscular tension held it that way.
Over the years I pursued many different types of therapies to resolve the emotional impact of these childhood experiences. Brendan’s classes are providing me with an unexpected, and most welcome, physical relief, energy and vitality.”
“I met Brendan while he was advertising for his classes at a street fair in the University District. I had been told about the benefits of Qi Gong previously, and was slightly interested, but would have walked right on by him if I had not felt so drawn into his warm and open presence. The next weekend, I attended three of Brendan’s introductory Qi Gong classes.
Within minutes of the first class, I was able to viscerally feel the energy (Qi) between my hands in the form of a hot, magnetic charge. By the end of the class, I could “magnetically” connect with each of seven major energy centers on my body. The class helped me to feel more balanced in my body, and it helped my body to feel more alive and alert. I left with an invigorating, pulsating energy moving through my entire body.
Cultivating my relationship with the Qi has already, with only several days of practice, dramatically affected my relationship with my body and my mind. As if the energy had a secret treasure map of my body, it moves through me, uncovering emotional goldmines I have kept buried, out of fear. This experience has proved to be both confusing and refreshing– to really look at the emotional trauma I have faced is painful, but the physical and emotional releases I am experiencing through this process are profound. I feel lighter, and more free.
Brendan is a humble and passionate teacher. He is invested in and maintains a thorough understanding of the value of his work. Brendan has learned to present Qi Gong, the vocabulary around which may confuse the Western mind, in a totally accessible way to groups of people with myriad constructions of foundational knowledge.
I deeply and wholeheartedly believe in the value of this work, individually and in reference to our global community. I am excited to continue my Qi Gong practice, and I am deeply grateful to have found such a kind and supportive guide in Brendan.”
“I started taking Qi Gong with Brendan Thorson over a year ago. I had never taken a Qi Gong class before and didn’t know what to expect. During the very first class I began to feel a startling sensation: a magnetic, taffy-like energy between my hands and a current spiraling from my head through the core of my body. Admittedly, I was both unsettled and full of wonder about what this mysterious feeling was. It was Qi, and my new awareness of it would change my life. Later that day after my first class, I began to feel discomfort in my chest as if a cork were stuck and trying to burst. I remember thinking that I wasn’t so sure Qi was a good thing! In retrospect, I understand that the Qi was working to push through years of stagnant accumulation in my chest—feelings I had held onto that were impeding my health, my ability to be open, and in general my ability to “go with the flow.” Within a couple more classes with Brendan my chest became clear, the discomfort went away, and I began to experience a strong connection with Qi during my practices. During some practices the Qi felt like a gentle, cleansing waterfall through my head and hands. I could take a deep breath. I was sleeping better at night. I was feeling more vitality. A light that I hadn’t seen in my eyes for a while returned. My skin seemed to glow. I was happier and feeling more in tune with myself, connected with others, and more at ease with the ebb and flow of the universe. I became dedicated to cultivating Qi and to continuing to strengthen my reserves and to leading a more aware, healthy and balanced lifestyle.
Recently I moved from Seattle to Los Angeles. What I have missed most is Brendan’s class! Whenever I come back to Seattle to visit I always try to participate in as many of Brendan’s classes as I can. Brendan’s classes even partly inspired me to begin studying Traditional Chinese Medicinein Los Angeles. I love my classes and am excited to be on this new path. I am grateful to say that Brendan’s Qi Gong class and my personal discovery of the wonders of Qi cultivation have enhanced my life. I wholeheartedly recommend Brendan’s classes to anyone who is curious about exploring Qi Gong.”
Catherine, Los Angeles – 5/31/2010