Welcome to a different perspective on health and healing! Zhineng Qigong is a practice utilizing simple movements and the power of the mind's intention to work with qi to consciously achieve and maintain health. In Zhineng Qigong, one learns to exchange qi with nature for your healing intention.
"Qi" is often defined at "energy". Qi is in everything and everything is qi. Qi can be in the form of the unseen wind, but we see the effects of the wind blowing the leaves of trees. Qi can be in the form of the trees, so solid-seeming to our physical senses.
Zhineng QIgong has 6 levels of practice. Each level has a primary "form" or a practice with a series of movements done in a certain order. You can remain with level 1 practice and advance as far as you can go. No other levels are necessary, but they are there for you if you want to learn.
Lift Qi Up Pour Qi Down is the primary form of Level 1. It, along with other practices, comprise a simple method to begin to learn how to consciously move qi to intentionally heal the body, mind and spirit.
Zhineng Qigong was developed by Dr. Pang Ming of China in the 1980's. A doctor trained in both western and Chinese medicine, Dr. Pang studied with 19 qigong masters. He chose the best and simplest qigong practices so that people of any physical ability could practice the movements and benefit.
Dr. Pang also set up the first "medicine-less" hospital, to study and research the effects and benefits of practicing Zhineng Qigong.
I had been interested in Tai Chi, a different type of qigong practice for years, but found its movements complex to learn. In 2011, I took a Zhineng Qigong training at a massage retreat place where I worked. I loved it, but the weekly class available at the time didn't fit my work schedule.
A few years later, recovering from major surgery, I revived the practice. It was something I could do as I regained my strength.
Soon, however, Zhineng Qigong became more than a way to heal from surgery. I discovered, through daily practice, that I was not only gaining physical strength , but felt more calm and my thinking became more clear and focused.
Hungry to learn more, I attended a week-long retreat in 2019 with Master Yuantong Liu. There is more here than I knew. My experience during the retreat increased my desire to learn more.
In 2020, I began a year-long training to become certified to teach level 1 Zhineng Qigong. Gaining some understanding of the hunyuan qi theories has helped improve my regular practice and increase the benefits I get from it.
The foundation of theory and level 1 movements and techniques are an integral part of my teaching the initial class to learn the form. I want students to have a solid background and basic understanding of the practice so they can benefit as much as they can.
The practice will teach you; continue learning the form by practicing it.
I took the training for myself, but remained open to teaching others.
Here I am today, sharing this beautiful, beneficial practice with you!
It is helpful to first learn the level 1 basic "form" or series of movements, along with basic theory. I teach the form in an 8-hour format. The 8 hours is split between 2 days. Basic theory woven into this initial class. You should feel comfortable with the basics of the form after this class and be able to more easily follow along in a one-hour class.
However, you are welcome to join an ongoing class and follow along.
If you have a group that would like to learn together, a class can be organized for you, either in-person or online.
Free introductions are often offered on Zoom. This allows you to learn more about Zhineng Qigong and level 1 Lift Qi Up Pour Qi Down. Just contact Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org for the next available free introduction. Upcoming trainings and cost are covered during the introduciton.
Yes. Online classes to learn the form are offered on Zoom and available upon request. We meet the 1st Sunday of the month at 10:00 am EST for a one-hour class. Other online offerings available upon request.
Group practice is an enriching and powerful experience! Come, join us on the First Sunday of the Month on Zoom
**Currently, classes are held on Zoom on the first Sunday of the month @ 10:00 am. Available at other times and for groups upon request.