Eight Brocades Qigong and the Longevity Methods of the 250-Year-Old Man

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.

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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.

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 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
  • What part of our daily life Li Qingyun believed was responsible for 50% of our health
  • 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.

This video and PDF will become available right after the first module of the course, so you may learn and practice what will be explained in that lecture.

Bonus 3: Self-Massage for Digestion and Sleep

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, as well as Western Medicine, digestion and sleep are two of the most critical keys to good health. Li Qingyun highly recommended regular abdominal massage. Taoists have a long history of self-massage for health because they understood that we can do simple things for ourselves to have a profound effect on our own health.

In this pre-recorded instructional and practice video, Lily Shank, a trained massage and shiatsu therapist, will teach you a Taoist massage technique you can perform on your abdomen that will help promote and improve digestion, as well as a couple of acupressure points commonly used by Taoists for digestive health.

She will also teach a second practice of an effective Shiatsu massage technique and a few acupressure points you can do on yourself to experience more calm and better sleep.

These are skills that, once learned, you can also use to help your loved ones if they are experiencing difficulty in these areas. This bonus is available for all who take the course so that you may use this Taoist wisdom to improve your sleep, digestion, and health.

Class Logistics

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:

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.

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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, 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.

*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 other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

Course Links

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