Sep
30
to Oct 1

Nei Gong Workshop September 30 - October 1, 2017

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The purpose of the series of events in Atlanta over the last two years has been to sensitize students to their energetic body. At one level, there is a sense of achievement in learning the physical aspects of Dao Yin and Qigong. At a deeper level though, Nei Gong helps us observe what the energy body does and it is not really until students experience this that they understand what it takes both physically and emotionally to regulate energetics. It takes two to three years to develop the early stages of this skill and at our last event it seemed that things started to "click" for people.

This is an important achievement and it should be rewarding. Moving forward, practitioners consolidate their training and improve their ability. We do this by examining and tuning aspects of the exercises we have been working with in the light of what experience now tells us. For instance, what is intent as opposed to concentration, and how much lengthening and opening can we sustain before these techniques become tension themselves? Several students are at a point where experience can start giving them answers.

When dealing with structure, Qigong practitioners often hear teachers encouraging students to lift their head "as if suspended by a golden thread". This is a useful aid for newcomers to rely on. In the longer term, however, simply suspending one's head this way does not help build root and may even contribute to a weak root. So, as we develop our skill, we modify technique to develop skills for "filling". 

Surprisingly, the art of filling does not happen from the ground up. Instead, it happens by successfully dropping mass first.  With practice, at some point the opening of the spinal vertebrae - or the "celestial pillar" - and other joints happens by dropping mass through the body which in turn causes the body to "inflate", or "fill". Provided we are able to drop mass, filling happens automatically, helping practitioners to open joints. In Taijiquan, this condition is called "peng".

At our event on September 30th we will examine techniques to learn how, by sinking physical tension and releasing soft tissues through the body using breath and intent, the body's soft tissues can start "filling" to instill expansion through the joints. The technique, called "Sung", is crucial in arts like Taijiquan and Qigong, and helps practitioners control upward distribution of qi which can lead to sometimes surprising results at an early stage of the nei gong process.

At this stage, practitioners are better equipped to evaluate what it takes physically and emotionally to optimally transport information with the acquired meridiens, and over the next few events we will turn attention to improving and conditioning sensitivity to the "jing luo" using our syllabus material.

The event is suitable for returning students and newcomers.

Location: Studio 87 Yoga & Tai Chi - 87 S. Peachtree Street, Norcross, GA 30071

Cost: $210  - Register using the PayPal button below.

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Jun
3
to Jun 4

Nei Gong Workshop June 3-4, 2017

Over this weekend, Steve will look at techniques for more efficiently purging pathogens from the body.

Following an established process of improving physical fitness, practitioners begin to sensitize to their underlying energetic constitution, and as the energetic “body” begins to regulate by purging, practitioners move through the Nei Gong process, eventually developing requisite skills for Nei Dan.

Our bodies play a principle role in connecting Heaven and Earth and in pursuit of this core Daoist principle the spine, often referred to as the “celestial pillar” plays both a symbolic and functional role. Over this weekend Steve will work with targeted stretching and Dao Yin to open the spine and with co-ordination of breathing techniques will examine how to manage body mass, or qi.

The weekend assumes practitioners are practiced at the Dragon Dao Yins so that we can refine techniques through the application of “ting”, and develop processes to efficiently lead pathogens from the body. However, newcomers are welcome.⁠⁠⁠⁠

Location:

Studio 87 Yoga & Tai Chi

87 S. Peachtree St

Norcross, GA 30071

Cost: $210

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Feb
4
to Feb 5

Five Elements February Workshop

Over two days Steve builds on 5 Element Theory to help practitioners connect 5 Elements’ theoretical propositions with practical experience. Nei Gong relies on Qigong practice to help practitioners test propositions by connecting to meridians like Heart, Spleen, Lungs, Kidney, and Liver. By sensitizing to meridians, practitioners can attach to predictable attributes established in Five Element theory.

The workshop cover physical conditioning, Nei Gong, and a series of Qigong exercises to help practitioners connect with the Five Elements. Five Element Theory is a dynamic which establishes predictable associations between the energetic and physical realms.

The workshop is open to newcomers and continuing students. It can be viewed as a standalone workshop with no prior experience necessary. It is also a workshop in the continuing series of Nei Gong workshops offered by Steve in Atlanta. Included in this workshop, Steve will work with Lotus Nei Gong's Level 1 Nei Gong syllabus.

Location: 87 S. Peachtree Street, Norcross, GA 30071

Dates: February 4 - 5, 2017 9:30 - 5:00

Cost: $210

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Nov
5
to Nov 6

Nei Gong 5 Element Course November 2016

Over the last two years LNG’s Atlanta events have followed a structured approach to Nei Gong, encouraging improvement in physical flexibility to help practitioners engage with aspects of their energetic system. As ability improves, predictable attributes which we associate with “connection” to the components of the energetic system – heart, lungs, etc., become easier to tap into.

Five Element Theory is a Daoist paradigm which explains how the Jing – Qi – Shen proposition more fully explains creation and the physical world. With the help of written notes which we encourage students to assimilate in advance, over this weekend (Date?) Steve Galloway will introduce Five Element theory, and how we use arts like Nei Gong to test the propositions set out in Five Element Theory.

The objective of the weekend is to continue LNG’s emphasis for improved physical flexibility and an understanding through the use of Wu Xing and other practices how theory can be tested with direct experience. This is a fundamental aspect of Daoist practice.

This event builds on previous work in Atlanta and although progress is dependent on individuals’ continuing development with their Nei Gong process, the event is open to all. Notes will be provided in advance to attendees using the usual Evernote platform to help students understand the concepts we will be working with.

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Aug
27
to Aug 28

Nei Gong Course with Steve Galloway

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Over the weekend of August 27- 28, students will explore the dynamics of Five Element Theory. 

Within the context of San Bao, or the Three Treasures, LNG relies on Five Element Theory to theoretically underpin the Neigong process. In this paradigm, theory posits that the physical world is seeded by consciousness in a single point of light which fragments in the spectrum into vibrational frequencies which in turn seed energetic and consequently physical existential states.  

We attach to the physical realm through touch, sight, and other senses readily however our ability to connect to energetic and consciousness states diminishes. 

In practical terms, San Bao and Five Element Theory implies that by reversing the process of creation, by "returning to origin", practitioners experience or sensitize to energetic, and consequentially, consciousness realms.

"Five Elements" is more than an intellectual proposition. Through application of co-ordinated Qigong and Neigong, practitioners learn to attach, or sensitize, to physical attributes which predictably map to energetic frequencies. We are already the sum total of the product of these attributes, and through the use of Neigong practice we can learn to sensitize to the individual energetic states that Five Element Theory predicts.

Although theory is borne out by practice, the rate at which practitioners sensitize or progress is not predictable. Regular practice improves our ability to connect, and often our own haze of concentration obscures us from the subtleties of that which we are already connected to.

Through printed notes and a program of exercises over this weekend, the course is designed to help students unify theoretical considerations with practice.

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May
21
to May 22

Nei Gong Level 1 with Steve Galloway

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When: Saturday & Sunday, May 21 & 22, 2016  9 am - 5 pm

Where: Studio 87 Yoga & Tai Chi

             87 S. Peachtree Street

             Norcross, GA 30071

Cost: $210

Questions: Contact Cindy Ashcraft at cashcraft@foundationtaiji.com

Over two days, in May 2016, LNG's Steve Galloway will consolidate exercises assimilated so far in the Atlanta syllabus program with application of internal techniques to introduce and or develop the Nei Gong process. Nei Gong is a process rather than an application. Practitioners use Qigong as an application to help practitioners connect to their energetic body. By developing the physical aspects of Qigong exercises, practitioners turn their attention to internalized practices to understand how to lead qi.

The May 21st - 22nd event will examine existing material in greater detail, introduce the concept of 5 Elements within the context of Daoist creation theory, and expand on material contained in Damo Mitchell's two books, The Four Dragons and Heavenly Streams.

The event is open to newcomers and in keeping with LNG Atlanta's syllabus program, will be accompanied by an online notebook featuring supporting written material and suggested reading.

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Feb
6
to Feb 7

Lotus Nei Gong Hunyuan Qigong with Steve Galloway

Course Details

When: Saturday & Sunday, February 6 & 7, 2016  9 am - 5 pm

Where: Studio 87 Yoga & Tai Chi

               87 S. Peachtree Street

              Norcross, GA 30071

Cost: $210

Over two days students will be introduced to Hunyuan, or "Mixed Circles" Qigong as well as the Drunken Dragon Dao Yin. The course is suitable for existing students in this ongoing program of LNG's syllabus courses in Atlanta, and it is suitable for newcomers or returning students wanting to review previous elements of the syllabus covered so far.

Mixed Circles

This exercise system goes deep into the congenital energetic pathways of the eight extraordinary meridians. The Hunyuan training system helps practitioners manage channels normally too deep within the body to work with through more conventional Qi Gong systems. The quality of the movements combined with specific intention begins to activate a series of automatic internal rotations which are required in order to awaken the deeper elements of the Jing Luo system.

Dao Yin

During the weekend students will also work with "Drunken" Dragon, one of a set of four Dragon Dao Yins which work on opening joints and mobilizing the spine to a far greater degree. Movement is combined with controlled intention and breath work to help in the purging process.

Course details

Saturday 6th February 2016 (9am – 5pm)

Sunday 7th February 2016 (9am – 5pm)

The cost of the course is $210

Address

Studio 87 Yoga & Tai Chi

87 S. Peachtree Street

Norcross, GA 30071

 

To register for this course please use the PayPal button at the top of this page.

If you have any questions, please email Cindy at: cashcraft@foundationtaiji.com

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Nov
7
to Nov 8

Nei Gong Foundations with Steve Galloway

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Steve Galloway continues LNG's Nei Gong syllabus in Atlanta GA on November 7th - 8th with a two day course covering physical conditioning, remaining practical work with Ji Ben Qi Gong and a review of the year's material. The course expands on material covered in the supporting book, Daoist Nei Gong, and will focus on physical conditioning, completion, and review of Ji Ben Qi Gong in preparation for 2016's series of courses.

Nei gong is a process which uses Qi Gong as a tool to connect to the energetic body, and successful practitioners regularly return to fundamental Qi Gong practices to sustain their training. In addition to remaining Ji Ben Qi Gong exercises not yet covered, and continued work in connection to and regulation of the energetic body, the November 7th - 8th weekend is designed to ensure students have a thorough understanding of practical content covered in the course book Daoist Nei Gong to facilitate material which we are covering throughout 2016.

The course is ideal for students who have missed material dealt with throughout 2015, and for newcomers. The weekend is balanced with new material designed to complete the current component of the LNG's Nei Gong syllabus.

Improving flexibility helps students connect to their energy body, and the weekend will continue it focus on physical conditioning with a program of stretching and static postures.

To maximize time for practical work, a course note book will be available prior to the event which includes recommended reading, theoretical concepts, technical information, and other miscellaneous material.

Course details

Saturday 7th November (9am – 5pm)

Sunday 8th November (9am – 5pm)

The cost of the course is $210

Address

Brenau University Student Union

220 Sorority Circle

Gainesville, GA 30501

If you have any questions, please contact:

Cindy Ashcraft

cashcraft@foundationtaiji.com

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May
16
to May 17

Nei Gong Foundations with Steve Galloway

  • 220 Sorority Cir Gainesville, GA, 30501 United States (map)
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“Zhuji” is a term used by alchemists to describe preparatory neidan stages purposed with replenishing original essence, original breath, and original spirit for use in later stages of the alchemical process. The principle is in keeping with Sanbao, or the Three Treasures paradigm covered in February.

Lotus Nei Gong's(LNG) May 16th – May 17th weekend similarly continues the February 2015 weekend which concentrated on basic physical conditioning in preparation for our developing nei gong program in Atlanta. In addition, Zom(Steve) will cover the remaining exercises in LNG’s Ji Ben Qigong set on a physical level.

While this course is a continuation from the February course, it is not a requirement to have attended the February course in order to attend this course.

Course details

Cost: $190

Location:

Brenau University Student Union

220 Sorority Circle

Gainesville, GA 30504

Each day runs from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM with a break for lunch.

Please note our facility manager limits attendance to 25. Also, LNG is distributing detailed course notes to attendees in advance of the weekend. To enable you to get the most from your weekend and avoid disappointment should we meet our attendance limit we encourage timely subscription.

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Feb
7
to Feb 8

Nei Gong Foundations

  • 220 Sorority Circle Gainesville, GA 30501 (map)
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LNG returns to Atlanta in February 2015 for a two day long event dealing with the foundation stages of Daoist energetic practices.

On Feb 7th-8th, LNG's Steve Galloway will work with Ji Ben Qi Gong, a principle component in LNG's nei gong syllabus. You can see a demonstration of the 8 exercise set here . Over two days, Steve will also discuss the role nei gong plays in the Daoist energetic arts, covering.

This is a Nei Gong Foundations course. Progress in the energetic arts is helped by improving physical fitness. By lengthening muscles and tendons, practitioners can loosen joints to help flush stagnation and improve energetic flow for the nei gong process. To this end there will be an emphasis on physical stretching.

The course is the first in a sustained program of courses that LNG is running in Atlanta. LNG's nei gong syllabus is already being taught in the UK, Scandinavia, and France. LNG is teaching its Qi Gong Certificate program in the United States, however that course is aimed at teachers, whereas our program in Atlanta is ideal for students who want to develop their skills without having to undertake dedicated teacher training.

Concepts for this course are covered generally in "Daoist Nei Gong - Philosophical Art of Change", written by LNG's Damo Mitchell, and published by Singing Dragon.

Course details:

Cost: $190

The course is being held at:

Brenau University Student Union

220 Sorority Circle

Gainesville, GA 30501

Each day runs from 9:00am - 5:00pm with a short break for lunch.

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Nov
1
to Nov 2

Dragon Dao Yin Workshop

Intent is a crucial factor in nei gong and progress in the internal arts is often impeded by practitioners "forcing" their practice. This is counterproductive and eventually harmful. Over the weekend, Lotus Nei Gong senior teacher Steve Galloway will help students identify the conditions needed to enable qi to be led within and beyond our physical structure. Using Dragon Dao Yins discussed in "The Four Dragons"(also available here) students will learn how intent is used to lead pathogens away from the body. The tools are invaluable for good health, and also "internal" martial artists and clinical practitioners who rely on transmission for their practice.

Cost: $190

Location:

Brenau University Student Union building

220 Sorority Circle

Gainesville, GA 30501

 

Contact Cindy Ashcraft for more information

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