Qigong: Levels 1 & 2

with Michael Busby

August 17th—August 18th

Date details +
  • $175.00 Patron Price
  • $150.00 Program Price
  • $75.00 Repeat Price
Room: WPFC Carriage House
Program Registration is Closed.


Please note: We are offering Levels 1 & 2 again in August (half price for those repeating the program), and then will offer Level 3 in early fall, date not set yet.

Qigong is a source of health and wellness for living life with vitality. Specifically, qigong strengthens joints, muscles, tendons, and bones, nourishes internal organs, stimulates circulation of energy in our body, and enhances mental clarity. Thus in addition as a support for living a full life, it is also seen as a foundation for practicing both meditation and martial arts. Qigong is for everyone, young and old; it is an excellent way to gently help recover from injury or stiffness, and to retain mobility and good health into old age.

In this weekend, we will be introduced to several basic practices of qigong that include self-massage, stretching and standing postures. The forms presented in this program draw from two unique lineages, the Pre-celestial Limitless Gate School (Xiantianwujimen) and the Yiquan School.

This program can stand alone, giving you practices to do for the rest of your life. It is also part of a progressive unfolding path of qi gong, as taught by Eva Wong that is broken down into stages of learning, or levels, to guide the practitioner.

In Level 1 (Saturday), students will be in instructed in various techniques of outer and inner qigong. Outer qigong is concerned with strengthening the muscular-skeletal system - joints, muscles, tendons, bones, and spinal column. It includes techniques of tendon changing, bone-marrow washing, self-massage, and calisthenics. Inner qigong is concerned with nourishing the internal organs and cultivating qi, or internal energy. Students will learn Chen Xiyi's sleeping qigong and Wang Xiangzhai's standing qigong.

In Level 2 (Sunday), the focus will be on tendon changing and self-massage. The Twelve Devas Tendon-Changing System and the Nine Self-Massage System will be taught in their entirety. The Self-Massage Technique focuses on stimulating the meridians and acupuncture points and the Twelve Devas forms focus on recovering flexibility, strength, and softness in the tendons and muscles. In addition, students will continue to learn new forms of Wang Xiangzhai's standing qigong that are designed to preserve, gather, and circulate internal energy.

Review sessions will be offered in Pittsburgh to support practitioners who attend this program.  No previous training is needed.

Prerequisites:  None - Open to all!

Pricing:  For those who can afford the patron price, thank you for considering paying at that level.  It subsidizes our ability to offer scholarships to those who can't afford the regular program price.

For those who are unable to afford the regular program price, while our generosity policy is not available for this program, limited scholarships are available.  Please contact Jess for more information.

* Repeating the program?  For those who are repeating this program, the fee is ½ price!
Questions?  Please contact Will.

About Michael Busby: Michael Busby is authorized to teach qi gong by Dr. Eva Wong -- 19th-generation lineage carrier of Xiantianwujimen Daoism (Pre-celestial Limitless Gate School of Daoism) and 3rd-generation student of Wang Xiangzhai, founder of Yiquan. He has been practicing and studying qigong with Dr. Wong for ten years. He is also the owner of Daoist Lifestyle Tea, BYOtea, a company that centers around tea appreciation and seasonal curation. In addition to Daoist Qigong, he also studies meditation and martial arts. He enjoys living a simple life with his wife Trinley and cat Buster in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.