Dragon & Tiger Qigong as
Moving Meditation
Workshop Series

Saturday, March 2, 2019
10:00 a.m. to Noon 

(Optional Taoist Philosophy Discussion from Noon to 12:30)  

Special Topic - Physical Body Presence:
The 5 Phases of Your Breath

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 the soles of our feet when we stand and move, as taught in our Introductory workshops;

  • meditation aspects of one of the 7 moves of the Dragon & Tiger set or the transition movements; and

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

In this workshop, our special topic of focus will be Physical Body Presence: The 5 Phases of Your Breath.

When you breathe, can you be present to all of the parts of your physical body that are directly affected/changed by your breathing?  

It's useful to divide your respiratory system into 5 parts or phases:  

  1. the air passing into and out of your nostrils; 

  2. the air traveling in and out of your throat; 

  3. the air entering and leaving your lungs/chest/upper torso; 

  4. the movement up and down of your diaphragm - the primary muscle  of respiration; and 

  5. the parts of your belly/lower torso that are moved down and up by your diaphragm.

We'll explore presence to these phases one-by-one and together, while sitting or standing, doing Dragon & Tiger movements, and doing the entire set.

As the saying goes, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. When you become capable of being present to your whole respiratory system simultaneously, your experience of breathing can deepen greatly.  

Your breathing becomes like a river flowing through your body from your nose to your belly and back out again. This experience can greatly relax, quiet, and stabilize your mind and body. 


In general, we offer a workshop on the first Saturday of 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., as


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, March 2

10 a.m. to Noon, with optional discussion of Taoist philosophy led by Bill from Noon to 12:30 p.m.




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 same 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.


The next workshops in this series will be held: 

  • Saturday, May 4 - Presence and Relaxation: Letting Go of Your Mind, Chi, and Body

  • Saturday, June 1 - Physical Body Presence: Your Fingers and Palms

There will be no workshop in April, as Kathryn Komidar will offer a workshop on Embodying Compassion through Dragon & Tiger Qigong on March 31.

All Workshops include optional discussion of Taoist Practices and Philosophy led by Bill from Noon to 12:30 p.m.

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

  • Physical Body Presence: The Tops of Your Feet

  • Continuous Presence: Physical Balance

  • 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

  • Physical Body Presence: Your Hips and Tailbone

  • 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

If you would like to be notified about future workshops, please click here to join our email list.


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.