Qigong 3 - The Gourd and Cauldron: Chinese Medicine and Qigong

with Michael Busby

February 1st—February 2nd

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  • $175.00 Patron Price
  • $150.00 Program Price
  • $75.00 Repeat Price
  • Limited scholarships available, see below
Room: WPFC Carriage House
Program Registration is Closed.


Chinese Medicine and Qigong enjoy a long history of relationship, mutually influencing each other in their approach to health and longevity. The Gourd is the symbol of Chinese medicine, and the cauldron is the symbol of the Taoist arts of health and longevity.

Your introduction to the Gourd and the Cauldron begins with Hua Tu Five Animals Qigong, one of the most well-known systems of health practices. Hua Tu was the founder of Chinese medicine, and his animal qigong forms are designed to enhance both physical and energetic health. In this qigong, the tiger trains tendon strength, the bear trains bone strength, the deer focuses on preserving generative energy, the monkey trains agility, and the bird sends energy from the base of the spine to the head.

As you continue to explore the Gourd and the Cauldron, you will enter the world of Immortals’ Guide to Self Massage and Breath Regulation and the Red Phoenix Calisthenics. Here, you will learn how to use techniques of breath regulation to work on specific health needs such as improving knee and hip mobility,  introducing flexibility into tendons and ligaments, aligning the spine, stimulating bone marrow growth, and strengthening qi stored in the internal organs.

The highlight of Qigong 3 is an evening practice that is designed to strengthen bones and increase bone marrow density. Minimizing the risk of bone fracture and breakage is an important part of preventative medicine.

Our exploration of the world of the Gourd and the Cauldron ends with learning how to let qi that is circulated soak deep inside the body. After we have moved qi through the body, we rest in the relaxed stillness of four more standing qigong postures, allowing what we have practiced to have long lasting benefits.

Please note, on Saturday this program continues into the evening with a special talk and qigong practice.

** Repeating the program? For those who are repeating this program, the fee is ½ price!

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.

Prerequisite: Qigong levels 1-2.

Questions?  Please contact Trinley.

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 since 2009. He is the owner of Via Tiempo, a tea shop inspired by Daoist tea appreciation. In addition to qigong, he also studies meditation and martial arts. He enjoys living a simple life with his wife Trinley and cat Buster in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have any difficulty in registering online, please contact Trinley and she will register you. Thank you!