Eight Brocades and the Longevity Teachings of Li Qingyun Course

Learn the teachings of Li Qingyun, a Taoist sage who lived for 250 years (1678–1933), on how to avoid unnecessary health problems, live long and enjoy life to the fullest.

Now, more than ever is a good time to focus on our health and longevity. 

In this online program, you can learn the version of these classic Taoist exercises that were done by Li Qingyun along with his core teachings on daily habits and attitudes. 

Taoists like Li Qingyun believe that we suffer the effects of old age because we don’t incorporate the laws of nature. Li Qingyun teaches that if we want to feel good, we need to follow the laws of nature to nourish the nature within us.

When it comes to working with the body, Taoism is all about going back—re-storing, re-generating, re-vitalizing. Taoism teaches us to recreate sensations and conditions of our youth so that we experience this kind of recall psychologically and physiologically—including the way we breathe, the way we move, and the way we produce saliva.

Eight Brocades Seated Qigong is one practice Taoists used to recall these past states, with exercises that imitate the movements of an infant in the mother’s womb. Taoist sages used their deep intuition and insight into nature to develop these simple yet advanced practices to go backward in the aging process, toward the time when our bodies had their fullest powers to regenerate themselves to health. By recreating those movements, we’re helping the body remember and utilize those youthful ways of operating internally once again.

Through this process of recalling youthfulness, we develop our Three Treasures of Jing (bodily essences), Qi (vital energy), and Shen (spirit), and help them flow throughout our bodies. In Traditional Chinese Medicine and in Taoism, when any of these three energies are weak or lack flow, these are the conditions out of which all ailments arise. However, if we have strong Jing, Qi, and Shen flowing well throughout the body, we have good health.

The practice of Eight Brocades, along with Li Qingyun’s principles for life, will help you to develop and increase the flow of your Jing, Qi, and Shen, creating a solid foundation for health and longevity in your life.

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This online program combines pre-recorded teaching modules with two live Q&A & Practice sessions. Here is what is included in the program: 

Module 1 Lecture: Fundamentals of Longevity
  • How to develop your Three Treasures with Nourishing Life practices:
    • Jing—developing and conserving bodily fluids
    • Qi—developing breath and heat in the body
    • Shen—calming and focusing the mind.
  • Li Qingyun’s habits to nourish life:
    • Sleeping like a deer—conserves the jing.
    • Walking like a crane—promotes Qi flow.
    • Sitting like a tortoise—calms the mind and awakens the spirit
Module 1 Practice: First and Second Brocade
  • First Brocade- Knock Teeth, Beat Heavenly Drum
  • Second Brocade- Shake the Heavenly Pillar
Module 2 Lecture: Develop the Jing
  • Which type of plants are the most powerful at developing Jing
  • Before Heaven and After Heaven Qi and Jing, and how to conserve the former and build the latter
  • Sexual energy’s relationship to health and longevity–the importance and means of preserving and strengthening it
Module 2 Practice: 3rd and 4th Brocades
  • Third Brocade- Red Dragon Stirs the Sea
  • Fourth Brocade- Warming the Kidneys
Module 3 Lecture: Develop the Qi
  • Using the breath to develop the Qi and longevity
  • How and when to do the nine types of breathing in Taoist practices to truly develop your Qi, including (amongst others):
    • Natural Breathing
    • Cleansing Breath
    • Closing the Breath
    • Yin-Yang Breath
    • Tortoise Breath
    • And the most advanced and powerful–Embryonic Breath
  • And the physiological and physiological effects of each method
  • How to do natural breathing properly in everyday life and meditation
Module 3 Practice: 5th and 6th Brocades
  • Fifth Brocade- Windlass
  • Sixth Brocade- Supporting the Void
Module 4: Develop the Shen
  • Meditation methods to observe the mind and emotions to balance and calm the mind
  • How to incorporate Taoist philosophy and practices to experience a less stressful lifestyle
  • How to incorporate these practices and habits into your life without adding stress and tension
  • How to incorporate micro-practices of Li Qingyun into your everyday life
Module 4 Practice: 7th and 8th Brocades
  • Seventh Brocade—Bend over and seize the feet
  • Eighth Brocade—Red Dragon again, kneading feet, flicking ears, blinking the eyes
Bonus 1: Six Healing Sounds

The Six Healing Sounds have profound effects on one’s health, longevity, and spiritual development. The use of sound in Chinese spiritual practices goes back deep into antiquity, and across cultures, the healing power of sound is recognized. In this practice each sound creates specific vibrations that affect a particular organ, and is used to massage, clear, and enliven that organ.

In this bonus, which everyone who takes part in the course will receive, you will receive a pre-recorded audio file of Patrick explaining each sound and demonstrating each sound, that you can follow along with, and then you will receive a recording of all the sounds done repeatedly, one after another, that you can follow along with for your practice.

These will be Li Qingyun’s specific versions of the Six Healing Sounds, the exact ones which he practiced and recommended.

Bonus 2: Fundamental Longevity Methods of Li Qingyun

VIDEO from the DVD: Li Qingyun’s Longevity Methods, teaches you the ways of:

  • “Walking Like A Crane”
  • “Sitting Like A Tortoise”
  • And “Sleeping Like A Deer”

PDF guide on these three methods, excerpted from the book Li Qingyun, Longevity Methods of the 250-Year-Old Taoist Immortal.

Class Logistics

When you register, you will be sent an email with information on how to access the program in our Class Portal.

There will be two Q&A/Practice Sessions: One will be held on October 18th, and the other will be held on November 15th, both at 11:00 am, Arizona Time, running 2–3 hours. 

Each of these sessions will include time for questions and discussion with Stuart. Also, in the first session, Patrick will review the first four brocades, and in the second session, he’ll go over all eight.  

Videos of these sessions will be available within the Class Portal within a couple of days after each live session, and you will have lifetime access to all program materials.

Structure of the Course Sessions

Lecture Portion of the Class Session:

  • Each module contains a recording of a lecture by Stuart on the Longevity Methods with a recording of a Q&A session from the previous year’s class. 

Practice Portion of the Class Session:

  • Each module will contain a recording of Patrick teaching two of the Eight Brocade exercises that participants will follow along with.

Dates:

Q&A/Practice Session One: Sunday, October 18th

Q&A/Practice Session Two: Sunday, November 15th 

Pricing:

$299

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This one-time payment includes:

  • Lifetime access to the class materials through the class portal, and
  • Free enrollment in all future Eight Brocades classes each time we run this program live, so you can practice and learn with a group and ask questions that come up in your practice, this will give you time and support to refine and ingrain these practices.

*Medical Disclaimer*

The content on this page or in this course is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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