Qigong mind/body classes at Karme Choling Meditation Retreat Center, Barnet VT

Qigong & Taoism

What is Qigong?

Taoist Qigong is the type of qigong we offer in our Karme Choling programs. (See bottom of page) It is a spiritual discipline that has been practiced for over 2000 years in China. Originally called taoyin. "guiding the flow of internal energy (qi)", it cultivates both mind and body simultaneously. The exercises are designed to enhance physical strength and flexibility, nurture mental serenity and wellbeing as well as increase vitality and energy.

Our qigong training programs are led by Dr. Eva Wong, a 19th generation holder of the Xiantianwjimen Qigong lineage, and instructors authorized by the lineage. This series of training programs is a gateway to profound health, self-discovery, and well-being based on ancient wisdom traditions.

Qigong Techniques

The techniques of qigong are said to have been first practiced by the founder of Taoism, Laozi. These techniques engage with the energies that are the source of keeping the body healthy and the mind clear, by:

  • Conserving
  • Gathering
  • Cultivating
  • Nourishing and
  • Transforming them.

These were later systematized by the father of Chinese medicine, Hua Tu during the Han dynasty. Since then the techniques of qigong has been incorporated into Taoist spiritual practices up through the present day.

The techniques of Taoist qigong can be divided into three categories - outer, inner, and secret.

  • Outer qigong focuses on physical strengthening.
  • Inner qigong focuses on nourishing the internal organs and gathering and conserving energy.
  • Secret qigong focuses on dissolving the duality of mind and body to merge with the primordial energy of the Tao.

Qigong Exercises

We offer a complete and thorough training in Qigong through our five foundational levels. Experience the positive effects on your health with these classic qigong exercises.
Levels 1-5 include:

  • Self-Massage Qigong
  • Tendon Changing Exercises
  • Five Animals Qigong
  • Breath Regulation Qigong
  • Qigong Calisthenics
  • And much more.
    (See individual class descriptions for more detail.)

Qigong Health Benefits

The list of health benefits from qigong is long:

  • Improves knee and hip mobility
  • Introduces flexibility into tendons and ligaments
  • Aligns the spine
  • Increases flexibility to the spine
  • Stimulates bone marrow growth
  • Builds bone strength
  • Cleanses the internal organs
  • Strengthens the qi stored in the internal organs
  • Enhances memory
  • Brings clarity to thinking

As you go through the levels, see your physical vitality and mental clarity blend, revitalizing your energetic qi essence.

A Complete Qigong Training Path

Explore our intermediate and advanced Qigong and Taoist Programs under the guidance of Dr. Eva Wong. Enrich your practice and deepen your connection to yourself and the world around you. Begin your journey of health and well-being by viewing our currently scheduled programs below.

The Qigong Lineage of Xiantianwujimen Taoism

Xiantianwujimen is a Taoist lineage founded by Chen Xiyi in 10th century China. “Xiantian” means prmordial, “wuji” means limitless, and “men” means gate. The translated name of the lineage is Primordial Limitless Gate.

This lineage specializes in using qigong to simultaneously cultivate and transform body and mind. A hermit and household tradition, Xiantianwujimen has been transmitted uninterrupted for over a thousand years. Qigong techniques favored by this lineage include self-massage, tendon-changing, calisthenics, marrow-washing, and breath regulation.

Instruction of Xiantianwjimen qigong is offered by Eva Wong, a 19th generation carrier of the lineage, and by instructors authorized by the lineage.

Current Qigong & Taoist Programs Below: