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Welcome to the Fun with Qigong Blog and Website

This is the site of Dr. Robert B. Bates DC, MMQ, an avid Qigong practitioner, Qigong teacher, and Qigong healer. Robert is also a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic, Cranio-Sacral Therapist, Medical Qigong Therapist, and Lymph Drainage (Dray nahj) Therapist.

Good Qi to You

A Blog and a Website

This website is divided into two main parts: An ongoing blog of articles and announcements and regular web pages with information. Go to the Master List of Principle Articles page to scan the list of posts. See the “Pages” section to the right for more information.

This website and blog is all about the great healing and movement art known as Qigong (say “chee gung.”) Qigong is a an Ancient (and modern) approach to wellness and healing. In fact, it has been used as a primary healthcare for thousands of years.

See the Master List of Principle Articles from the Blog

The Fun with Qigong website celebrates and elucidates the power of Qigong for self-healing. Learning new exercises, sets or forms—or deepening your understanding of a move—or set is satisfying, and good for you. Qigong is fun to practice.

On this site, in both the blog posts and pages, are descriptive articles of Qigong, explanations of Qi and Qigong, photos of exercises, videos, exercise suggestions, and even a few opinions. There is an ever-growing collection of self-empowering exercises, prescriptions for all kinds health issues.

Fun with Qigong Qigong DVD

The Fun with Qigong DVD is available by clicking the “Buy Now” button below. This DVD is an excellent introduction to the fascinating and energizing world of Qigong. It is only $19.95 (U.S.) plus shipping. These exceptional healing exercises are easy to learn and gentle on the body, suitable for almost anyone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Delightful Dozen DVD

If you have learned the Five Flows Qigong, the Delightful Dozen will expand and deepen your skill. If you haven’t learned the Five Flows, you might want to go back and learn it first.

The Delightful Dozen is slightly more advanced than the Five Flows, but you can learn it as a first set if you choose. It is also an introductory set for Qigong.

In terms of the flows of Qi as defined on my Fun With Qigong: Five Flows DVD, the Delightful 12 is mostly balancing, with some charging and some centering.

For this video I again take out mysteriousness and make Qigong as accessible as it truly can be. With principles taught on the DVD, you can gain great benefits from a regular Qigong practice.

I hope you gain rich rewards from your learning, practice and eventual mastery of the Delightful Dozen.

If you want the DVD you can pay through Paypal, or with a credit card.It is just $19.95 plus $3.99 shipping and handling.

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Super Gentle Qigong DVD

The Super Gentle Qigong set that I teach has only 8 movements (plus an optional, extra ninth one) so it is easy to remember.

I created the Super Gentle Qigong set for seniors as a highly accessible way to get some of the great healing benefits of Qigong. I had noticed that a number of my healing clients and Qigong students couldn’t’ do many of the gentle exercises I was teaching them. So I started evolving an even more gentle approach, simplifying and making easier and easier until I reached a foundation of Qi flow in a balanced, doable set. This is highly accessible healing.

Besides people in their later years, Super Gentle Qigong is also an excellent practice for those new to Qigong, people recovering for surgery or serious trauma, and people with other physical issues, whether from injury, arthritis, chronic pain, long-term illness, or mobility issues.

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Upcoming Courses in Whatcom County, WA

Two Locations and Five Weekly Classes for Qigong (Chi Kung) and/or Tai Chi (Taiji)

Come to any or all classes during the series for the same price, at either or both locations.

Axton Road:     1095 East Axton Road. North of Bellingham, WA

When:                 Monday and Wednesday afternoons, 12:00 to 1:00 pm

   -and-                Monday evenings from 6:00 to 7:00                

Sign Up:             (360) 398-7466, or rbbatesdc@comcast.net

 

Lynden:               Body in Balance Studio

8837 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264

When:                  Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, 12:00 to 1:oo pm  

Sign Up:             (360) 354-0359

Qigong is on Mondays and Thursdays

Taiji is on Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Qigong Foundations Courses

There are eight Qigong Foundations courses. In these courses are taught 12 different Qigong sets or practices, comprising many movements and principles. You may begin at any point among the eight courses. Once you are reasonably familiar with at least most of the movements, meditations, ideas and principles, then you may be eligible for the intermediate classes.

Qigong Foundations  Course 1

Monday, January 04  to Thursday, Feb 25: 2016

Cost:           Only $90 for the 8-week entire series. You may attend any or all of the classes.

Super Gentle Qigong (Movement Set)

A simple way to begin to feel Qi and get the benefits of Qigong. Especially useful for seniors, people recovering from surgery or serious trauma, for someone with fatigue; and people with chronic pain, long-term illness, or mobility issues. We are all in those each of those categories sometime in our lives.

Insomnia Qigong (Breathing and Massage)

Five sequential internal movements that greatly help people with sleep issues. The practice yields sleep that is regularly deep, long, and regenerating. Also good for building up energy and other uses.

Two Locations and Five Weekly Classes for Qigong Foundation
Come to any or all classes during the series for the same price, at either or both locations.

 

Intermediate Qigong Course 1

January 5 to February 27, 2015

Two locations and two classes per week:

Body in Balance Studio near Lynden, WA

Tuesdays from 1:00 to 2:00.

Robert’s Healing Studio near Bellingham, WA

Wednesdays from 1:00 to 2:00.

You may attend either or both classes each week. Also included in the price is the attendance to any or all of the Foundational classes (see above).

Come to one or any or all of these classes, for the same price of $90!

When You Are Ready For More

The Intermediate class will teach Levels  3, 4, and 5 of Book Dragon Qigong; as well as special topics. You are ready for the Intermediate class when you know most or all of the first two levels of movements and meditations in the Foundations Courses; and are reasonably familiar with the principles of those levels.

Winter 2016 Course Focus

Medical Qigong

Qigong Therapy, also called Medical Qigong, is a form of Chinese energetic healing that one person performs on another and also involves giving specific exercise prescriptions to clients. Medical Qigong is a powerful and effective style of energetic medicine based on many centuries of development.

Learn how to work with the energetic flows of someone in order to help them heal.

 

Qigong Foundations  Course 2

Monday, February 29 to Thursday, April 21, 2016

Cost:          Only $90 for the 8-week entire series. You may attend any or all of the classes.

Five Flows Qigong (Movement Set)

http://www.funwithqigong.com/five-flows-qigong-set/

Sun and Moon Detoxifying (Meditation)

Blend the golden Qi of the Sun with the silver Qi of the Moon to create a healing stream of cleansing Yin and Yang balanced Qi throughout your body. Clear your cells, energy body, emotions of detritus.

 

Qigong Foundations  Course 3

Monday April 25 to Thursday, June 16, 2016

Cost:          Only $90 for the 8-week entire series. You may attend any or all of the classes.

Delightful Dozen Qigong (Movement Set)

http://www.funwithqigong.com/what-is-qigong/delightful-dozen/

Six Healing Sounds

Qigong Foundations  Course 4

Monday, June 20 to Thursday, August 11, 2016

Five Flows Set 2 (Five Flowers)

Self Healing Qigong Massage

 

Qigong Foundations Course 5 and Simple Tai Chi (Taiji)

Dates: Tuesday, September 07, 2016 To Thursday, October 27

Cost:           Only $90 for the 8-week entire series. You may attend any or all of the classes.
Monday and Wednesday classes are at the Axton Gardens Studio

Axton Road:     1095 East Axton Road. North of Bellingham, WA

When:                 Monday and Wednesday afternoons, 12:00 to 1:00 pm

   -and-                Monday evenings from 6:00 to 7:00                

Sign Up:             (360) 398-7466, or rbbatesdc@comcast.net

 

Tuesday and Thursday Classes are at the Body in Balance Studio

Lynden:               Body in Balance Studio

8837 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264

When:                  Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, 12:00 to 1:oo pm  

Sign Up:             (360) 354-0359

Early Fall 2016 Qigong Focus

Super Gentle Qigong (Movement Set) and The Eight Pieces of Brocade. Each of the sets contain just eight movements. You can get a full body gentle stretching and body alignment; and an easy, regulated Qi flow.

A simple way to begin to feel Qi and get the benefits of Qigong. Especially useful for seniors, people recovering from surgery or serious trauma, for someone with fatigue; and people with chronic pain, long-term illness, or mobility issues. We are all in those each of those categories sometime in our lives.

Super Gentle Qigong

Highly Accessible Healing

I created the Super Gentle Qigong set for seniors as a highly accessible way to get some of the great healing benefits of Qigong. It is also an excellent practice for those new to Qigong, people recovering for surgery or serious trauma, and people with other physical issues, whether from injury, arthritis, chronic pain, long-term illness, or mobility issues.

Standing, Seated, or Lying

Each movement can be done seated or standing, or even lying down (except for #7).

Practice each movement until you sense shifts in your body with it, maybe 12 to 20 reps.

Key Results to Expect

  • Easier breathing
  • More energy
  • Stress relief
  • Improved lymph flow
  • Better disease resistance
  • A sense of greater peace and inner ease
  • A balancing of the four neurological polarities of the body

Super-Gentle Qigong Emphasizes

  • Hand and arm motions
  • Slow motions
  • Synchronizing breath with the movement of the hands and arms
  • Simple, non-Oriental, non-philosophical, non-technical terms
  • Smooth movement
  • Equal speed of movement in both directions
  • Relaxation

Key Lessons for all the Movements

  • Belly Breathing
  • Equal Breathing (inhale and exhale the same rate)
  • Synchronize breathing with movements
  • No muscle force
  • Feel and sense all of your body
  • Good vertical posture (if sitting or standing)

8 Pieces of Brocade (Stretching Set)

These famous and widespread Qigong exercises are at least 800 years old. They are used for gently training the intrinsic health of the muscles, joints, connective tissues, digestion, the spine, and more. The Eight Brocades engage the physical body wholly, bringing flowing, resilient, flexible, strength. There are many different versions of the Eight Brocades. The version below is from Shanghai Lan Shou teacher Master Wu Ji, via Bob Lau, with a few small changes from me. (Lan Shou is a type of Kung Fu that is usually practiced at slow speeds, and gently.)

 

Early Fall 2016 Taiji Focus

The Simple Taiji Portion of the Early Fall Series will be the form called Balancing Taiji.

Balancing Taiji

Balancing Taiji is a Simple 10-movement form that was used in a study for improving seniors’ balance. After only 10 weeks of practice the rate of falling decreased by 47%. In this form you will practice the basic principles of Taiji while improving your stability, leg strength, mental calm, emotional ease, physical relaxation, breath ease and joint health. Taiji feels good. It’s fun. It is beautiful to behold.

For those new to Taiji and the Balancing form you will learn the basic movements and principles. For those continuing on, you will gain more skill with Taiji movements.

 

Qigong Foundations Course 6 and Simple Tai Chi (Taiji) (Late Fall)

October 31 to December 14, 2016

Late Fall Qigong Focus

Five Flows Qigong Set and The Four-Part Protection Process

Five Flows Qigong (Movement Set)

Foundational series of twelve exercises that introduce several of the most important Qigong principles, such as deep relaxation, basic alignment, belly breathing, the pelvic tilt, the Dantian, and Gate of Life.

The Four-Part Protection Process (Meditation)

A quick and effective method to protect yourself from chaos and excess energies around you. People who are sensitive, intuitive, introspective, quietly artistic, and tired out by the wild ways of the world need to do these kind of practices to stay energetically and emotionally safe and whole.

Late Fall Taiji Focus

Balancing Taiji
Balancing Taiji is a Simple 10-movement form that was used in a study for improving seniors’ balance. After only 10 weeks of practice the rate of falling decreased by 47%. In this form you will practice the basic principles of Taiji while improving your stability, leg strength, mental calm, emotional ease, physical relaxation, breath ease and joint health. Taiji feels good. It’s fun. It is beautiful to behold.

For those new to Taiji and the Balancing form you will learn the basic movements and principles. For those continuing on, you will gain more skill with Taiji movements.