Archive for August, 2010

Sleeping Through Insomnia 4

In the fourth of four videos, to slip into a deep and pleasant and wonderful repose, draw your Qi down to your feet.

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Sleeping Through Insomnia 3

Here I present the third (of four) videos on using Qigong methods to reduce, repel, repulse and remove insomnia.

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Sleeping Through Insomnia 2

This is the second of four videos, detailing a Qigong method for alleviating insomnia, that aggravating sucker of energy.  

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Qigong Class Schedule

Schedule for Weekly Qigong Classes with Robert Bates

September 2010 to August 2011

Each class series will have as a foundation some practice and training in the Five Flows Set. For overviews and detailed descriptions of the Five Flows Set, please refer to the pages section to the right of this text.

Classes Are Held

  • Mondays from noon to 1:00                   
  • Mondays from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Fridays from noon to 1:00

 Prices come out to about $80 per 8-week series.

Come to one, two or three classes a week for the same price!

The Eight Brocades

Sept-Oct 2010

Monday, September 6th to Friday, October 29

Price: $80

These famous and widespread Qigong exercises are about 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.

Preventing Colds and Flu

(Six Healing Sounds and Hun Yuan Qigong)

Nov-Dec 2010

Monday, November 01 to Friday, December 17 (no class Friday, Nov 26)

Price: $70

The Six Healing sounds clear the organs and tissues of stagnant Qi, open blocked Qi channels and reinvigorate sluggish lymph. Passageways are opened so fresh energy can then enter, circulate and be refined. Hun Yuan Qigong consists of slow, gentle movements that move the Qi. This set is a marvelous way to stave off getting sick Whenever I start to feel rundown—maybe on the verge of getting sick—I practice the slow motion Hun Yuan set for about 30-40 minutes. By the end of the practice I can feel a pulsing, whole-body empowerment. I get a strong sense that the healing forces in my body have been renewed and reinvigorated.

Taoist Yoga and Healthy Breathing

Jan-Feb 2011

Monday January 03 to Friday, February 25

Price: $80

Taoist Yoga is a term often used to describe the many and varied stretching practices found in the vast cornucopia known as Qigong. Taoist Yoga—rather than being long-held postures—is always in motion. Stretches are expressed, then released after a breath or two. It is Qigong stretching. Taoist Yoga puts emphasis on growing flexible strength in the joints, ligaments, tendons and fascia than the more muscle-focused Indian Yoga. Breathing Practices are some of the most powerful and all-effecting healing exercises you can do. Our focus will be on building the all important belly breath, then working up to full-vase breathing.

Healthy Joint Qigong

March-April 2011

Monday, February 28 to Friday April 22

Price: $80

In Healthy Joint Qigong you will learn:

  • Joint Rotation exercises for clearing the joints and increasing range of motion
  • Joint Expansion practices for increasing the space between bones
  • Joint Pulsing practices for building Qi in your joints
  • Joint Strengthening exercises to add more resilience to your joints
  • Joint Massage techniques for bringing blood, Qi, and lymph through joints
  • Bone Breathing meditations for clearing the joints and charging them up

Simple Taiji

(Taoist Five Yin, Taoist Five Yang, and Johnsonian Purging)

May-June 2011

Monday, May 02 to Friday, June 24

Price: $80

These movements are great for improving the health and strength of your internal organs, especially the essential five that Chinese Medicine focuses on. Simple Taiji will also strengthen your whole body, lower your blood pressure (if needed), improve the health of your spine, replenish your energy resources, improve your breathing, aid your digestion and elimination, and release tension.

Qigong in the Gardens

July 2011

Monday nights only: July 04, 11, 18, 25

Price: Free!

Free classes offered to the greater Whatcom community. This will be the eighth annual series. These Qigong classes are introductory. For those who haven’t done any Qigong before, it is a chance to experience a little of its joyful, internal healing power. For everybody it is an opportunity to practice, refine your skills and to share a healing experience with others in a beautiful garden setting amidst nature.

Summer Break

August 2011

No scheduled Qigong classes


Sleeping Through Insomnia 1

Here is the first of four videos, detailing a Qigong method for alleviating insomnia, that thief in the night.

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