Healing Tao Institute

Qigong Classes & Workshops

Beginning Qigong 101 (12 hours)
Discover the wonders of Qigong, the ancient Chinese techniques to feel vibrant, fit, and alive. Let go of daily stress, relax, and use your mind and movements to heal yourself. You will learn a series of graceful, simple, yet powerful energy flow movements that will help you integrate your new body-mind awareness into your daily life.  

Forms taught include: Lying Down Dantian Breathing Qigong, Swimming Dragon Qigong, Standing Post Qigong, Nine Threading Breaths Qigong, and Eight Trigrams Inner Palms Qigong. 

Eight Brocades Qigong & Hua Shan Qigong (12 hours) 
The Eight Brocades, or Ba Duan Jin, are one of the most popular sets of Qigong exercise of all to come out of China. They have been practiced for nearly 1,000 years, and there are many variations on them. There is one main set of eight exercises done in standing position, and another set of eight seated exercises.

Legends attribute their creation to one of China’s most famous generals in history, Yueh Fei (1103-1142AD), who is also credited with the creation of Xing Yi Quan (Hsing-I Ch’uan), one of the three sister internal styles of martial arts. Other histories and legends credit the creation of the seated Brocades to Chung-Li Chuan (Zhongli Quan), one of the Eight Immortals.

The Eight Brocades are practiced as a foundation of many Medical Qigong systems, and are also used as supplementary conditioning exercises for Tai Chi and other martial arts. Daily practice develops a strong immune system, great strength and increased flexibility.

Lian Gong Shr Ba Fa Qigong (12 hours) 
Students will learn Lian Gong Shr Ba Fa (Refinement Skill in 18 Methods), a healing Qigong style practiced by over 20 million people worldwide for general fitness and for preventing and treating a complete range of musculoskeletal and internal disorders.

Five Animal Frolics Qigong  (12 hours) 
Learn one of the oldest, yet perennially popular forms of exercise in the world. In the 2nd century A.D., the great Taoist physician Hua Tuo created a physical, energetic and mental exercise system based on the movements and spirit of five animals: the crane, bear, deer, monkey, and tiger.

Develops strength, balance, focus, flexibility, courage, and calmness. Used successfully by thousands of people to regain health and fitness and treat chronic diseases.

Primordial Wisdom Qigong (12 hours) 
Primordial Wisdom Qigong or Hun Yuan Qigong is a 12 movement set of Taoist Qigong meditative exercises, attributed to the famous Taoist priest, Hu Yaozhen (1879-1973), of Beijing, China, and his disciple, Chen Style Tai Chi Master Feng Zhiqiang (1928-2012).

It is also said by some to have come from the Wudang Mountains Taoist Temple. Hun Yuan Qigong is practiced as part of martial arts training, for self-healing from a variety of conditions, and for deeper spiritual awareness, as Taoist meditation in action.

Qigong Crane

Healing Tao System Qigong Classes & Workshops

The Universal Healing Tao is a precise and powerful system of meditations, internal exercises, and other practices that can enhance every aspect of your life.

These methods are among the earliest known forms of body/mind

training and have been used for thousands of years for healing, self-defense and spiritual development. They require no religious commitment and can benefit everyone. 

Tao Basics: Microcosmic Orbit Meditation (12 hours)  
Opening the Microcosmic Orbit is the ancient foundation for healing and martial arts. It awakens, circulates, and directs Chˆi (or Qi), the generating life force, through the two main acupuncture channels in the body. The Microcosmic Orbit Meditation then draws in and circulates healing energy from the universal, cosmic, and earth planes to empower the body/mind.

Also taught are the Inner Smile Qigong and the Six Healing Sounds, useful in reducing stress, negative emotions, fatigue and other maladies.  
Healing Love Through the Tao (Taoist Secrets of Love): Cultivating Male and Female Sexual Energy (12 hours)  
The Taoist secrets of love, which can be practiced either alone or with a partner, teach you how to conserve, restore, balance, increase, heal and transform your sexual energy. By circulating sexual energy through the Microcosmic Orbit pathway, your vital life functions are invigorated and rejuvenated. These practices can enhance sexual fulfillment for both women and men, and can also be transformed into a powerful energy for spiritual awakening and growth. Pre-requisite: Microcosmic Orbit Meditation. 

Tai Chi Chi Kung I: The Inner Structure of Tai Chi (12 hours)  
Tai Chi Chi Kung I is a simple yet powerful form of Yang style Tai Chi that reveals the Taoist principles of Yin and Yang in movement. You’ll learn an exercise set that improves balance, flexibility, calmness, improved breathing, and adds various other health benefits to your daily life. This form stresses the inner structure of Tai Chi, the way Chi (life force energy) flows in the body, and the way that energy is transmitted through the bone structure from the ground. Simple and easy to learn and master, it contains all the essential 13 original movements of Tai Chi. Because there are few movements to learn, you can quickly begin to reap the rewards.

Tai Chi Chi Kung II (12 hours) 
Tai Chi Chi Kung II, also called Tai Chi Fa Jin, compliments the physical, energetic, mental and spiritual conditioning available through Tai Chi Chi Kung I. In contrast to the first form which is preformed very slowly, Tai Chi Chi Kung II is a more advanced fast and martial form that focuses on training you to discharge or issue energy to an opponent. This form enables adepts to harness the energy of Yin, Yang and the earth force in one’s lower Dantien and then to discharge it to an opponent as an explosively powerful blow for self-defense and partner practice as well as in healing techniques.
Fusion of the Five Elements I (12 hours)  
In this practice of Taoist Internal Alchemy, you will learn to neutralize the negative emotions of worry, sadness, arrogance, anger and fear back into pure energy by anchoring the source of the emotions in the bodily organs, and establishing a balance through the Five Elements control cycle. The purified energy is crystallized into a radiant energy pearl within the inner cauldron. This pearl is then circulated through the Microcosmic Orbit, attracting to it the external Chi of the Three Forces: Heaven, Earth, and Cosmic Force. The formation and circulation of the pearl plays a pivotal role in the nourishment of the soul or energy body. Pre-requisite: Microcosmic Orbit Meditation 

Fusion of the Five Elements II (12 hours)  
Fusion II practice uses the crystallized energy of the pearl to nourish the positive emotions or virtues of kindness, joy, fairness, courage, gentleness and compassion as a natural expression of inner balance. This virtue energy is then condensed into the pearl and used to open the three Thrusting Channels in the core of the body. In addition, the pearl is directed to open the Belt Channels which encircle and protect the nine major energy centers of the body. Pre-requisite: Microcosmic Orbit Meditation, Fusion I 

Fusion of the Five Elements III (12 hours)  
The third level of Fusion of the Five Elements completes the cleansing and opening of the eight extraordinary energy channels in the body by activating the Yin and Yang Bridge and Regulator Channels. This makes the entire body extremely permeable to the circulation of vital energy. Additional practices of circulating energy for protection and sealing of the aura are also included, as well as a condensed and concise daily practice incorporating all three levels of the Fusion practice. Pre-requisite: Fusion II 


The Taoist Soul Body: The Lesser Enlightenment of the Kan and Li (36 hours)  
The Lesser Kan & Li is the next step in Taoist internal alchemy meditation. The practice combines the compassion of the heart energy (Yang/fire) with the sexual energy originating in the kidneys/reproductive organs (Yin/water) to form the soul or energy body. You will literally “steam” and transform the sexual energy (Jing) into life-force energy (Qi or Chi) by reversing the location of fire and water power in the body. The inversion places the heat of the bodily fire from the heart center beneath the bodily water generated by the sexual energy from the reproductive organs, thereby liberating the transformed sexual energy.

The birth of the soul body is not a metaphor. It is an actual process of converting energy into a subtle body. Death is no longer to be feared, because life beyond the physical body is known through direct experience. 

Cosmic Healing Qigong I (12 hours) 
Cosmic Healing Qigong is a special system of Taoist energetic healing recently introduced by Taoist Master Mantak Chia. Based on the foundations of the Healing Tao system, Cosmic Healing Qigong is a straightforward step-by-step Medical Qigong style that shows you how to use your mind, heart and Qi to heal others.

Discover how to use color, intention, and the energies of heaven and earth to clear away diseases and healthy function. Learn how to transform ordinary water into a healing elixir. Explore charging up your bones and marrow with healing energy. Truly one of the best of the Healing Tao courses.  
Iron Shirt Chi Kung I (18 hours)  
A unique system of standing meditation and breathing exercises for both martial arts and healing, Iron Shirt Chi Kung packs Chi into the fascia and connective tissue surrounding the vital organs, strengthening, healing, armoring and protecting them from injuries due to accidents or blows. You will learn how to root yourself and direct the Earth's gravitational and healing power through your bone structure for immovable stability, and how to draw in the Chi of nature for washing the marrow and strengthening the bones. Pre-requisite: Microcosmic Orbit Meditation.  
Iron Shirt Chi Kung II: Changing the Tendons (12 hours) 
In this second level of Iron Shirt Chi Kung, the static standing postures learned in the first level evolve into moving postures. This series of movements enables you to grow and strengthen your tendons, to stimulate your vital organs, and to increase your ability to move and discharge the Earth force through your body structure. You will develop the special ability to absorb and discharge energy through your tendons, and to integrate your mind, eyes, heart, fascia, tendons, muscles and bone structure into one coordinated force. You will also learn methods for releasing accumulated toxins in your muscles and joints, increasing the free flow of energy so that accumulated bodily wastes can be discharged without resorting to extreme fasts or special dietary aids. Pre-requisite: Iron Shirt I  
Iron Shirt Chi Kung III: Bone Marrow Nei Kung (12 hours)  
In the third level of Iron Shirt, you will learn how to cleanse and grow the bone marrow, regenerate sexual hormones and store them in the fascia, tendons, and marrow, as well as how to direct your internal power to the higher energy centers. This level of Iron Shirt works directly on your organs, bones, and tendons to strengthen your entire system beyond its ordinary capacity. An extremely efficient method of vibrating the internal organs enables you to shake toxic deposits out of the inner structure of each organ by enhancing Chi circulation. This once highly secret method of advanced Iron Shirt, also known as the Golden Bell System, draws the energy produced in the reproductive system into the higher energy centers to carry out advanced Taoist practices. Iron Shirt Chi Kung is one of the five essential branches of Taoist Esoteric practice. Pre-requisite: Iron Shirt I, Healing Love.