Discover Taoist secrets to youthfulness at every age …
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.
In this seven-session live online course, you can learn the version of these classic Taoist exercises that were done by Li Qingyun, the 250-year-old man, along with his core teachings on daily habits and attitudes. The practice of Eight Brocades, when paired with these principles for approaching everyday 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.
This course is now closed. Join the waitlist to be notified when registration opens again in September 2020.
Taoists believe that we suffer the effects of old age because we don’t incorporate the laws of nature. If we want to feel good, we need 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, as the exercises 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 are helping the body remember, bring up, 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 sessions for this course will be held live and recorded starting again next year (2020) in the fall.
There will be four class sessions which will be held roughly every other week.
There will also be an additional three Integration Sessions, held most often on the off-weeks between class sessions. These will provide an opportunity for review, practice, and Q&A.
Exact class schedule will be provided when we announce the opening of registration for this class in September.
All class videos and course materials will be available within a day or so after each live session (including Integration Sessions) and registrants will have unlimited access to them.
Structure of the Course Sessions
Lecture Portion of the Class Session:
- Each class will begin with a lecture by Stuart on the Longevity Methods.
- This will be followed by a Question and Answer period.
Practice Portion of the Class Session:
- Patrick will explain, demonstrate, and teach two of the Eight Brocade exercises that participants will follow along with.
- During the class, he will answer questions and give feedback. Ideally, you would have your video screen on in order to receive proper guidance and feedback. This portion of the class should take approximately an hour depending on the number of questions asked.
Between the lecture and practice part of the class, each class session should last around two hours.
Integration sessions will be led by one of our Eight Brocades Instructors, either Patrick, Bruce, or Denis. They will lead a review of each of the brocades, and a practice of each one. Students will be encouraged to ask questions before, during and after.
After each week’s class, along with the replays of each class, you will receive a practice version of the brocades you’ve learned up to that point- both in audio and video formats. So by the end of the course, you will have a complete guided-practice of Eight Brocades in both audio and video format.
Check back in September for the dates of the fall 2020 course.
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, which will take place twice a year for the next two years at least, 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.
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 other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.