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Santa Monica Qi Kung Workshops In March

Tai Chi - Qi Gong - Santa Monica

This post is just a reminder that TC Hou will be repeating his notable, three part Qi Gong Workshop series on the last three Saturdays of March. If you missed this workshop series before, now is your chance to deepen your understanding of the internal power of Tai Chi.

This series is also great as a refresher course. It is a LOT of knowledge to internalize in a short period, so repetition can’t hurt 🙂

The schedule will be as follows:

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Workshop 1: Tai Chi Breathing and Qi Flow in Meridians

In this workshop you will study Qi channels (meridians) in the human body and learn to nourish them with the correct breathing patterns. This practice can be applied to Tai Chi Chuan, Qi Gong or any daily activity. TC will be demonstrating this within the application of his custom San-Shou routine.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Workshop 2: Qi Kung I

You will learn how to make Qi power your movements. You will also be learning how to circulate Qi through our body in when in motion. Additionally we will be exploring the connection of this to our coordination. Application and practice will be further facilitated by continuing through TC’s San-Shou routine.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Workshop 3: Qi Kung II

Workshop 3 will be a continuation of the principals in Workshop 2. This will also finish up the San-Shou routine. By the end you will have been through both the defense and offense of a complete San Shou routine!


The workshop will be on three consecutive Saturdays from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm in the afternoon.


They will take place in Santa Monica at the Yahoo! Center located at 2425 Colorado Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90404.

Please read more about Qi Kung Workshops In Santa Monica and Los Angeles by clicking here.


You can also call Julia Lee at (202) 270-1350 for more information on class times and fees.

We hope to see you there!

Workshop 2: Qi Kung I – This Sunday 1-29

Qi Gong Workshop Los AngelesIn the second session of our Tai Chi Qi Gong workshop, we will emphasize on the guidance of energy flow throughout our entire body. Through the practice, you will strengthen the flow of energy and eliminate any blockage – resulting in alleviation of pain and stress, better digestion, better sleep, a clearer mind… all around a better life! With this practice, you’ll increase your ability to handle all the challenges that appear in life with grace and centeredness.

Topic: How to make Qi power our movements. Learn to circulate Qi through our body in motion, also practice our coordination.

Date: January 29, 2012, Sunday

Time: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Tuition: $70 (or $180 for all three essions)

Location: Yahoo Center (2425 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, Ca 90043)/ Entrance of underground parking is on

Colorado Ave near Cloverfield)



Tai Chi does A Life Good

*** FYI Tai Chi / Chi Kung?

Qigong practice reduces stress, improves your total well-being, and simply feels wonderful. People who practice this form of Qigong have reported healings from:

Pain: neck, shoulder, knee, lower back,
postoperative pains, arthritis, joint pain
Migraine headaches, sinus conditions
Spinal problems
Weight problems
Stress, anxiety, and depression
Circulation problems
Digestive ailments
Panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder, addictions, obsessive compulsive disorder, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders
Fatigue, lack of energy
…and countless other ailments!!!

Qigong, chi kung, or chi gung (气功 or 氣功) (pronounced “chee-gung”) is a practice of aligning breath, movement, and awareness for exercise, healing, and meditation.[1] With roots in Chinese medicine, martial arts, and philosophy, qigong is traditionally viewed as a practice to balance qi (chi) or what has been translated as “intrinsic life energy.”[2] Typically a qigong practice involves rhythmic breathing, coordinated with slow stylized repetition of fluid movement, and a calm mindful state.[3] Qigong is now practiced throughout China and worldwide, and is considered by some to be exercise, and by others to be a type of alternative medicine or meditative practice.[4] From a philosophical perspective qigong is believed to help develop human potential, allow access to higher realms of awareness, and awaken one’s “true nature.”[5]

T’ai chi ch’uan vs qigong

Main article: T’ai chi ch’uan

T’ai chi ch’uan (tàijíquán, 太极拳), or simply tai chi, is often translated as “supreme boxing” or “supreme balancing”, and is a popular system of internal (Nèijiā 內家) martial arts focused on spiritual, mental, and qi-related aspects of practice and characterized by complex stylized movements.[16][27] The Chinese character 极 , jí or chi, means “final” or “extreme”, in contrast with 氣, qì or chi, which means “life energy”. While some scholars and practitioners consider tai chi to be a type of qigong,[28] the two are more commonly distinguished as separate but closely related practices, with qigong playing an important role in training for tai chi, and with many tai chi movements performed as part of qigong practice.

notes from essentail taichi workshop

If you missed today’s Tai Chi Qi-Kung  workshop with TC,  I’ve made some notes and transcribed them here.

I will not cover any of the movements or hand motions, but I am creating some notes on the ordering. In the Vimeo video link below you can see a visualization of the order of the meridians to be combined with the breathing. The video plays a little fast, as this is a prototype animation- just pause the video when needed.
An expanded version of the following animation (including the movements) will be presented in future editions. For now, please enjoy:

The ordering is like the list below. Color emphasis added is similar to the acupuncture mannequin TC presents:

1. Gall Bladder
2. Liver
3. Lung
4. Large Intestine
5. Stomach
6. Spleen
7. Heart
8. Small Intestine
9. Bladder
10. Kidney
11. Pericardium
12. Triple Burner

The above five colors are also the colors of the Wu Xing:

, Yellow, Green, White, and Blue (sometimes represented as Black).
The pattern to these colors can be discovered on the Wikipedia link –  The Wu Xing

As TC mentioned ‘water’ and ‘bodies of water,’ you can think of the colorization (wu xing) to determine the flow of those rivers based on wu xing cycles…

…learn more at the next workshop, Chi Kung Workshop #2.

Cold Weather Breathing

Recently, temperatures have dropped as the cold weather season has arrived in the northern hemisphere. There are many ways to stay warm this winter. When the mind is determined to deal with the weather change- the body will cooperate. Breathing will follow to achieve this goal. The breathing pattern is just one of many tools, but a good tool to start with. Below is a brief write up about how to stay warm with simple breathing and you can look at a piece of animation to get the idea. The text below the following URL is a descriptor of what is happening in the animation:

The animation is located here:

Reverse breathing / Daoist breathing

-abdominal/core engaged, and pulled “inward”
-back is relaxed, and expanded “out”
-perineum is gently raised (pulled up)

-abs/core are “expanded” (like traditional belly breathing)
-back is relaxed / deflated
-perineum is gently lowered (pushed out)

So on the inhale, the air is compressing towards the center-line, while the back expands and fills with air. On the exhale, the base of the torso (near the navel/dan tien and below) expands like a bellows. Mentally, inhale should ‘contract’ and exhale should ‘expand.’ On the exhale, when you are expanding the base of the trunk: that is when you are sending blood-flow/chi throughout the body. Send this energy to the extremities and the surface of the skin. This creates a sort of ‘force field’ against outside influences- including cold. This is a similar breathing technique that T.C. teaches in various classes and workshops.

In general keep the inhale/exhale durations the same. When you are cold, make the exhales longer to warm up faster. Conversely, in the summer (and times of warmth), if you need to cool down more, inhale longer, and make the exhales shorter. So, roughly, in this respect: inhale = cooling, exhale = warming. Use the mind to compress (cool) the inhales, and expand (warm) the exhales. I have found success if I start ‘warming’ earlier than I need it (i.e. start the concentrated breathing BEFORE I go out into the cold.) All breathing should be slow, calm, and accurate.


I have also found this:

While it is a different technique than what I have presented above. It is included here as more evidence that [warmth-through-breath] is a finite possibility. As stated, there are many tools, and many possibilities…


None of this is meant to serve as any sort of medical advice. I am simply presenting concepts. Winter is only three weeks away, so start practicing. The key is exploration. Experiment! Find what works for you.

Have an enjoyable winter and holiday season!

Brian Weaver