Dragon & Tiger Qigong as
Moving Meditation
Workshop Series

Saturday, September 7, 2019
10:00 a.m. to Noon 

(Optional Taoist Philosophy Discussion from Noon to 1 p.m.)  

Special Topic - Physical Body Presence:
Your Hips & Tailbone

If you choose to practice Dragon & Tiger qigong as meditation with us, we will teach you three aspects of doing so - mental focus, relaxation, and spiritual exploration.

You can choose which of these aspects are more important to you at any time.

(For background on Dragon & Tiger qigong as a part of the Taoist Water Tradition of meditation, please scroll down to the bottom of this page.)


This workshop is part of a monthly series. In each monthly workshop in addition to addressing a special topic, we also explore and deepen:

  • our foundation practice of becoming more and more present to our feet when we stand and move, as taught in our Introductory workshops; and

  • how to develop better presence when doing the entire set.

In this workshop, our special topic of focus will be Physical Body Presence: Your Hips & Tailbone.

In tai chi and qigong, there is a concept called the “five extremities". These are your two hands, your two feet, and your head and face. Each of these extremities is naturally energetically connected to the others. In recent workshops we have focused on developing better presence to these extremities.

In this workshop we will turn our attention to developing better presence to your hips and tailbone, which are located in the center of your body between the extremities.

If you think of the body as being like a wheel, your extremities are on the rim of the wheel and your hips are its hub in the middle.

There are two principles in tai chi and qigong which state the importance of this “hub”:

  • “the big moves the small.” This principle at the physical level refers to the fact that your hips and tailbone and the soft tissues that surround them are the biggest bones, muscles, ligaments, etc. in your body. Movements of your body in general are most efficiently and best generated from this “hub”. So you want to be present to this hub whenever you move your body.

  • “in order to go out, you must go in”. At the energetic level this principle refers to the fact that in order for your chi to flow out fully to your five extremities, it must flow fully inside your lower dantian chi center, which is located in the center of your body in your lower belly in front of your hip bones.

    Since your chi flow in any area of your body is linked to how well you can feel that area, then it is important to become present physically to your hips and lower belly so that you can then become more and more aware of your lower dantian.

We'll first explore a simple practice to help you feel and relax all areas of your hips and tailbone, including your lower belly, genitals, and anus, while sitting, standing, or moving.

Then we'll play with how to develop and maintain presence to your hips and tailbone as you do movements from Dragon & Tiger qigong. 

We'll also spend some time on how your presence to your hips and tailbone can naturally combine with your presence to your feet and/or hands - with time and practice and as you "sung" (relax, open, and enliven) your body and mind.


In general, we offer a workshop every month in which we explore various aspects of Dragon & Tiger qigong as Taoist moving meditation.

To participate you do not have to attend each workshop in the series. You may attend when you can.

Each workshop builds on the information and practices presented in our Introduction to Moving Meditation workshop, which you must take first in order to participate.


Bill Ryan has been practicing tai chi and qigong since 1980. In the late 1980's - over 30 years ago - he began learning Taoist Water Tradition meditation, including tai chi and qigong as moving meditation practices. Moving meditation has been a primary focus of his study and practice ever since.


You must have attended one of our Introduction to Moving Meditation workshops.

Ideally, to participate you would know all seven movements of the Dragon & Tiger qigong set well enough to do them without thinking about how to do them. Please click here for how you can learn them with us, in person or online.

But if you wish to come and don't know the movements yet, you may join us. Bill will teach you a few simple moves from Dragon & Tiger qigong with which you can explore the meditation principles and practices that he'll teach.


Saturday, September 7

10 a.m. to Noon, with optional discussion of Taoist philosophy led by Bill from Noon to 1 p.m.

The focus of the optional discussion will be Chapter 5 of the Tao Te Ching (Daodejing) by Lao Tzu (Laotse).




Please click here to register online and pay by credit card through our website. 

Or you may pay in person at our studio by check, cash, or credit card.

Or you may mail us a check with a registration form. Please click here for instructions and to download a registration form.

Please note that enrollment is limited, and we will not save you a space until we receive your payment. 

If we have run out of space when you try to register, as soon as you can please email us (info@towardharmony.com) to let us know. If there is sufficient interest, we will offer another section of the workshop on the following day.


  • If you pay for the workshop and are not able to attend due to an illness, emergency, or other circumstances beyond your control, then we will refund the fee you paid, minus a $10 administrative fee.

  • If you pay for the workshop and decide not to attend for any other reason, if we are able to fill your space with another student, then we will refund the fee you paid, minus a $10 administrative fee. Otherwise, we will not refund any of your fee.

  • In any of the above circumstances, instead of issuing of refund, we will be happy to hold your full fee as a credit to be used for classes or workshops with us in the future.


Possible Future Workshop Subjects include (in no particular order):

  • Continuous Presence: Physical Balance

  • Physical Body Presence: The 5 Phases of Your Breath

  • Physical Body Presence: Your Hips and Tailbone

  • Physical Body Presence: The Tops of Your Feet

  • Chi (Etheric) Body Presence: Feeling the Pathways

  • Emotional Distractions: Wu So Wei and You Suo Wei

  • Open-Minded Presence: Simultaneous Awareness of Many Phenomena

  • Continuous Presence: Strategies for Reducing Your Gaps in Presence

  • Physical Body Presence: Your Head and Face

  • Chi (Etheric) Body Presence: Feeling Below Your Feet

  • Chi (Etheric) Body Presence: Feeling Past Your Hands

  • Chi (Etheric) Body Presence: Feeling Your Lower Dantian

  • Continuous Presence: The Importance of Rhythm

  • Continuous Presence in the Set: How to Use the Transition Movements

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Our teacher Bruce Frantzis learned Dragon & Tiger qigong in Beijing in the mid-1980's from Zhang Jia Hua, a doctor of Chinese Medicine.

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She learned Dragon & Tiger from her uncle, who was a high-ranking monk in the Shaolin Temple. He told her that the set had been practiced there since not long after the Temple's founding around 500 AD. Dragon & Tiger was used at the Shaolin Temple as a complement to the Chan (Zen) Buddhist meditation practices and the Shaolin kung fu martial arts that originated there.

Bruce shared the set with his Taoist Water Tradition teacher in Beijing, the Taoist Sage Liu Hung Chieh. Together they explored the set and ascertained that its design was of Taoist origins, given its emphasis on softness, relaxation, and directly feeling qi. They were not surprised that a Taoist set had found its way into the Shaolin Temple because the Temple historically was known to be a place where many people shared and exchanged practices with each other.

Liu and Bruce adapted the set to be fully consistent with Taoist Water tradition qigong and meditation practices.