Northampton, MA Workshops
Dragon & Tiger Qigong as
Saturday, August 4, 2018
10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
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 exchangted practices with each other.
Liu and Bruce adapted the set to be fully consistent with Taoist Water tradition qigong and meditation practices
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 most important to you at any time.
The Workshop Series
Our plan is to offer a workshop each month in which we will explore various aspects of Dragon & Tiger qigong as Taoist moving meditation.
We will schedule more workshops based on the success of the June events.
To participate you will not have to attend each workshop in the series. You may attend when you can.
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 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 with which you can explore the meditation principles and practices that he'll teach.
What You Will Learn
In each workshop we will explore:
- a particular meditation principle of the Taoist Water Tradition.
The core principle we will explore in all workshops will be to develop your ability to remain continuously present (mindful) while you are doing a Dragon & Tiger movement. We also will explore how and to what ends you apply that presence as you develop it. Key possibilities in our tradition include: balance; relaxation; opening your mind to be present to many things simultaneously; and aligning yourself with gravity, the energies of the seasons, and other natural flows of energy.
Principles specific to Dragon & Tiger practice include: establishing steady, rhythmical patterns of movement to smooth your mind, emotions, and nervous system; articulating in unison all of your joints to allow your body and mind to rediscover how to move naturally and flow as one; learning to relax your body, mind, and chi so you can feel, stay present to, and "ride" the natural flows of chi inside and outside of your body; and releasing and clearing stagnant energies in your body, chi, emotions, and mind.
- a practice in which you foster presence to an aspect of your lower body, such as how you step or turn
- a practice in which you foster presence to an aspect of your upper body, such as how you move your hands or how you breathe
- a practice we do in each workshop to help you assess your progress over time in developing and expanding your presence capacities
- your experiences while practicing - at the physical, energetic, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels.
Bill Ryan has been practicing tai chi and qigong since 1980, over 35 years ago. In the late 1980's 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.
Saturday, August 4
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
$30 for each workshop
Registration and Payment:
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let us know. If there is sufficient interest, we will offer another section of the workshop on the same day.
The next workshop in this series will be held:
Saturday, September 8
10 to 11:30 a.m.
If you would like to be notified about future workshops, please click here to join our email list.
- 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.