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Ritual for Beginning Each Qigong Class or Practice

Qigong Self-Healers

Just in time for my Qigong teaching Sabbatical (starting the last week in February and going until the end of 2017), here is the new ritual for beginning a class. It is intended as a way to get more focused and prepared in order to receive the most from a Qigong class, practice or workshop.

Starting with a Stronger Focus

It has often been my way to lollygag my way into focus as the class progresses, following the meandering pathways that present themselves in the process of teaching, listening, watching, following and leading. It is an improvisational, Taoistical method. This is a good method for me; yet it sometimes takes a while for the shape of each class to form out of the fog of beginnings and the sloppiness of drawing a group of people into a unified, health empowerment dynamic. Bringing a number of people together—grounded, open, heart-centered—deepens the class experience and improves individual healing results. And it is more fun to learn and practice together this way. So I am looking at ways to more strongly start, to begin with a multi-aspect energetic and intention that defines our macro-soft outlook and stance; and propels us forward more surely and more fully.

Being in the Heart to Heal

I was inspired in part to put this ritual together by the Heart Centered Therapy course I just took  in Sacramento with the Chikly Health Institute. This was my fourth HCT course. Each time I am re-enthused about being more from the heart in my healing, teaching, and private life (which are all the same, really). HCT is one of many sources I have gone to for healing philosophy and practice principles over the last 30 years (I began Chiropractic College in Los Angeles in January of 1987). It is a worthwhile forever quest.

A Secular Prayer

You will notice that the Class Starting Ritual (which doesn’t have a snappy name yet) is somewhat like a prayer. However, as in all my Qigong, it is meant to be secular. I want all to be welcome in my Qigong teaching, regardless of religious beliefs or lack thereof. If you have a particular spiritual tradition, you can—in your private Qigong practice—add that to this beginning prayer.


I hope you find this ritual as inspiring as I do,
Dr. Robert B. Bates, DC
Near Bellingham in Washington State, Earth


The baseline measurement of a good Qigong practice is in improvement of physical health. If you are more healthy with Qigong than you are without it, then it is a beneficial, proven Qigong. Keep doing it to keep being more healthy than not, and maybe lots more healthy for a long time.

And, there are many other aspects of health that Qigong can help with, including psychological, social, spiritual, sense of gratitude and abundance, intelligence, intellect, clear thinking, applied creativity, familial strengthening, connection to nature and its rhythms, vocational clarity and empowerment.


Qigong Starting Ritual

First version: February 4, 2017

Let’s get into our body, breath, and heart.


I let go of the outside world and outside concerns to focus on Qigong.

Breathing deeply I open my abdomen and feel my Dantian.

Breathing fully I feel all the cells of my body become more alive.

Breathing slowly I engage all of my body.

Relaxing down I let go of tension to root into the ground.

Waves of life force rise through me from the Earth.

Standing tall I enter and center in my true spine.

Relaxing upward, light and intelligence from the stars shower downward through my body.

I feel the energy paths throughout my body open and flowing.

I feel the fluids, tissues, and spaces engaged and enlivened.

I connect to my heart and feel compassion and gratitude while being inspired to have a great practice.


A Sabbatical in 2017 and for a while

Happy New Year

Reflecting on the upcoming year always gives us a chance to align with our vision and priorities. As I make progress in my long-time desire to become a teacher in the Lymph Drainage Therapy system of healing it has become clear to me that I need to take a break from regular Qigong teaching. After much contemplation and discussion with, I have made the difficult decision to put Qigong teaching aside for a while.

I am planning a sabbatical from teaching Qigong and Tai Chi classes. This time off will begin at the end of the current series of weekly classes, the last one being February 23, 2017. Thus, beginning in late February, and extending for the entire year of 2017, I won’t be teaching any Qigong or Tai Chi classes at Axton Gardens (my studio) or at the Body in Balance Studio in Lynden.

Update: Actually I am extending my Qigong Teaching Sabbatical for an unknown period into the future. Iwill be focusing on some personal Qigong training for a while, mainly in Wild Goose Qigong.

I had considered teaching a few workshops over the year, but, even though that is a good idea, it isn’t the right idea for me now. I believe it will be sometime in the future. But a teaching sabbatical is a teaching sabbatical. It is time to refresh the pond waters, and train lymph and travel a little.

As much as I love teaching Qigong, and as much as I even more value my teaching times, it is time to step back on teaching my beloved Qigong. With the schedule I have committed to for training, travel and workshops in the coming year, I couldn’t see a way to maintain a regular schedule of classes.

I have been teaching Qigong continuously for 20 years, from one to five times a week, except for short breaks in between courses. Now is the time for me to step back from regular teaching. A change can be good for recharging and reconfiguring.

I will continue to offer treatment sessions and private lessons for Qigong and Taiji. This will work around my travel schedule, but will largely be much as I have been offering it, Mondays through Thursdays.

I love teaching Qigong; I envision teaching it for the rest of my life, in one form or another, just not for the rest of 2017.

I want to remind everyone that Qigong is a wonder. Whether there is a class or not, practicing Qigong confers a multitude of benefits. The time spent practicing is always worth it. You may want to join with others in Qigong practice groups to keep the momentum flowing.


With a grateful heart,

Robert Bates

January 9, 2017




Practice Right Away to Remember

Learning new ways to move is fun and satisfying. In Qigong and Taiji learning new movements is a constant part of the training. I have found that many students have difficulty with remembering the moves from one class to the next. Here are a few tips to make the intake of new movements a natural, normal part of your life.

Commit to Self-Practice

Learning and remembering new movements takes conscious effort, constant renewal and a commitment to practice. It takes an active engagement with the process. Just receiving the lessons in class isn’t enough. You will most likely forget by the next class. If you repeat a movement often enough, it becomes a body memory.

Practice Does Not Need to be Perfect

I sometimes hear people say they didn’t practice their moves because they weren’t sure of the details. The old saying is that perfect practice makes perfect. Wanting perfection, they avoided practicing any of the new exercises at all. Don’t go for perfection when learning something new. Just get it down in rough form. Go for stick figure drawing, not renaissance painting. Getting the stick figure down is creating the skeleton for further details to be added upon later.

Learn them Digitally at First

Learn as basically as possible. Where does each arm go? If you are stepping, which foot are you stepping with? If you are turning the body, which way? Do rough run-throughs. e.g. for Part the Horses Main, my right hand goes forward and faces up. My left hand is down and back. My right leg is forward.

Repeat as Soon as Possible

Repeat while the material is fresh. Otherwise it quickly dematerializes in your memory, a ship quietly sailing away into the fog of time. It is soon gone, and you’ve lost something small but tangible to build further upon. Then you have to relearn it. I recommend practicing the moves a few times when you get to where you are going.

Repeat Repeatedly for a Few Days

Do quick reviews, just to get the basic physical sequence down.

Short Sessions

Stop what you are doing periodically through the day or three after learning these new moves to do brief and scanty run-throughs. These micro-practices don’t have to be any big production, just doing the moves one or more times. Whenever you think about it as you go about your day. Just do a run-through a few times.

Review in your mind

You can also visualize the movements at odd moments. Visualizing is nearly as good as doing to motions themselves

When you have something, even just a glimmer, nurture that glimmer by repeating it. If you have a base of movement that is even remotely close to the proper way to move, practice that base. By practicing it you are able to remember something. Then you can change it, correct it, improve it in later classes and personal practices. If you don’t try at all, you have to start over, which is frustrating and slows your progress.

In Review

Think about any new moves you have just learned in class as you go home. Keep these new moves fresh in your mind. As soon as you are able, physically go through them a few times again. I recommend to this as soon as you get to the next place you are going.

Make remembering and practicing priorities.

Example #1: On the Bus

I remember my Medical Qigong teacher Jerry Alan Johnson telling us how he learned a Chen Taiji form in Beijing (I think it was Beijing). He was in China learning more about Medical Qigong, so while he was there he also found a martial arts master in a park and took lessons in a form he didn’t know. After each lesson, riding the bus to the hospital he was studying at, he would go through the moves. Sitting on the bus he would move his hands and turn a little, reviewing while the material was fresh. He learned the full Taiji form. When I saw him perform it several years later, it inspired me to seek out and find  some Chen Taiji. And I did. When Bob Lau moved to Bellingham he was able to teach me the long form in the New Frame style.

Example #2: Practicing First Thing

An example of how to grasp movement lessons happened recently. I just began learning the Partner Form (San Shou) in Yang Style Taiji from Michael Gilman, who is a long drive and a ferry ride away from me. In the first workshop we learned 10 moves, all done with another person. After the workshop, my training partner and I practiced these new moves as soon as I dropped him off at his house. There in the yard, we reviewed. Then I drove home and practiced the moves again, in my living room, visualizing a partner. Several times each day I practiced. The moves stuck with me. I’m ready for the next workshop.


Qigong is Sustainable Self-Healing

This Saturday, June 30, I will be presenting a talk and leading some exercises in Qigong at a workshop on sustainable living.

Qigong, I have long thought, is one of the most sustainable practices there is. It is an inexpensive method of self-healing that can save a bundle on medical bills. Modern medicine has devolved into an ever-more expensive commodity, a growing Juggernaut that seems to gain more mass and unstoppable power to sap and suck the money from society and individuals. The number one cause of bankruptcy in the USA is unpayable medical bills. These bills are unpayable for so many millions because of the gigantic amounts that are owed. The system as it is out of control.

This may not effect you directly, but it does effect you. Even if you have insurance that pays most of your bills, that money must come from somewhere, from the greater common fund. The Western World will soon reach a tipping point of unsustainability with these massive costs, these thousands, tens of thousands, and hundreds of thousands of dollars that are charged to millions of patients pulled into and stuck in the gargantuan system.

Much of allopathic medicine is to be admired and be grateful for. Much is not. Sure, surgerical techiniques, a short, few medicines, and the sciences of anatomy, physiology, and sanitation have been of tremendous value. The modern magic of mainstream medicine–with it’s many life-saving and life-prolonging methods–is not all joy and fun. Unnecessary surgeries, botched procedures, expensive tests, drugs rife with side-effects, very short doctor visits, and a great lack of the personal, human touch are rampant. Medical facilities that promote money-making and closed- heart, harried, over-worked practitioners have become the norm.

People are looking for something more, something real and humane and heart-stirring. So many of us are recognizing that how our society is operating with disease and health is not working. A change will be arising soon.

Qigong practice is sustainable healing. When I say sustainable, I mean it is cheap, renewable, takes few resources, and offers more resources than it takes (you get more energy than you spend). Qigong teaches you how to be more aware of your body and mind. It offers many exercises that help the systems of your body function more powerfully to bring you the robust vitality you desire. It teaches you how to breathe right for goodness sake, a crucial and mostly-ignored aspect of healing. Qigong is fun, gentle, and easy to begin. Almost anyone gets benefits from the earliest foray.

For most people, a regular practice of Qigong inceases the health of their bodies, minds and spirits. It decreases illnesses, increases vitality, expands perspective, engenders inspiration, and saves money. Fewer doctor’s visits, fewer invasive procedures, fewer side-effects to deal with. The future of health is in such practices as these. The current economico-medical model is about to topple, unsustainable under its own unwieldy weight and excess. We will need simple home and community practices like Qigong to help maintain our health and wellness.

Sustainable Living Workshop

I know all of the principals of this workshop and reccomend their concepts and work. If you are seeking to bring more grounded truth to your life, and more sustainability to your days, come to the workshop.

Mind, Body, Spirit, and Earth: Techniques for Thriving in a Complicated World

Matheson Farms Sustainable Living Education Center presents its inaugural workshop:

June 30, 2012

Laurel Grange Hall

6172 Guide Meridian, Bellingham, WA

9:00 AM-2:30 PM (Check-in begins at 8:30 AM)

The Workshop Includes

Dr. Robert Bates – Fun with Qigong (release stress and foster health through movement)

Dudley and Dean Evenson, MS – Music, Healing, and Meditation

Serene Stevenson, M Ed – Us for Precedent (empowerment and implementing creative change)

Dr. Sandra Matheson – Respecting the Earth in Your Everyday Living, Building Sustainable Relationships


Lunch will be available from the Community Food Co-op if registered and pre-ordered by June 26—or bring your own sack lunch if you choose.

Everyone 13 years of age and older is welcome. We provide a safe, fun, and sup-portive environment! Come learn and practice some amazing techniques from lead-ers in their respective fields. Wear comfortable clothing/shoes.


Enrollment is limited so register today!

Your Investment:

Adults $59 with lunch included/$49 without lunch

Youth ages 13-17 $39 with lunch included/$29 without lunch

Registrations at the door: Add $10 to the applicable fee

To register online:

Or email:










“First 64” Workshop in June

Wild Goose Qigong: “The First 64” Form

When: Saturday, June 11 and Sunday 12, 2011

-and- Saturday, June 25, 2011

Time: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm each day

Cost: $195 for the first two days. Retake: $100

             $95 for the third day. Retake: $50

(We will practice the sequence more slowly than I performed on the YouTube video.)

First 64 workshop flyer with Robert 2011

The workshop fee includes a DVD of the form and a detailed handout of the 64 exercises.

Please bring lunches for each day and note-taking materials.

The Power of the Wild Goose

Wild Goose Qigong exercises are Chinese longevity exercises that originated centuries ago in the Kunlun mountains of China. Wild Goose Qigong is widely practiced in China today. The exercises represent the daily routine of a wild goose—a bird of longevity and high energy—and are effective at helping treat disease, increase energy, improve mental clarity and brain functions, and maintain fitness.

The Fabulous, Famous, Fantastic “First 64”

The “First 64” is the most well known form of the Wild Goose system, and usually the one first taught. It consists of 64 named moves that are performed in succession along a specific stepping pattern, much like a Tai Chi form is done. Each of the moves has particular benefits for health, wellness, and healing. The movements flow together in a beautiful active tapestry. The “First 64” is a lot of fun to practice and has many unexpected and unusual moves. The form includes turning, twisting, stretching, leg strengthening, balance building, and spinal strengthening. There are moves to eliminate old, stuck and toxic energy from your body and fill yourself with fresh new energy.


Master List of Articles

Here is a List of the Principle Articles and Videos on this Qigong Website

Note: These listed articles come from the Blog section of this website. There is also a section of Pages, which contains much information as well. The links to the Pages can be found to the right on any page.

Fun with Qigong Homepage

How to use this site.

Welcome to Fun with Qigong

My first post.

Introduction to Qigong

A video explaining the basics of Qigong.

A Simple Explanation of Qigong

What exactly is Qigong?

Audio Interview

A 55 minute overview of Qigong, along with a sample of the Six Healing Sounds.

The First Principle of Qigong

Practice. Preferably daily.

My First DVD: Fun with Qigong

A video guide to learning the gentle, powerful, principle-based Qigong set called The Five Flows.

Moderation and Fasting

All endeavors seeking health should not be excessive. Excess kills. Moderation heals.

Healing the Heart

Simple approaches to heart health.

Reducing High Blood Pressure

Video detailing some Qigong ideas for lowering pressure.

Breast Health

Exercises and resources from a non-invasive, vitalistic, self-empowering approach. Every woman should learn about these methods.

Inexpensive Acupuncture

Social justice through heartful needles.

Sudden Inhalation Syndrome

Shock breathing is normal but not natural. Learn how to breathe with ease.

Qigong and Fibromyalgia

Decrease pain with Qigong.

Simple Taiji Video

An introductory form to practice the principles and basic movements of Taiji (Tai chi).


Insomnia Article

Thoughts and exercises for working on that night-stealer insomnia.

Insomnia Video 1

Overview of Qigong exercises for overcoming insomnia.

Insomnia Video 2

Charge the Kidneys and connect the Kidneys to the Lower Dantian.

Insomnia Video 3

Warm the feet.

Insomnia Video 4

Draw Qi from the Lower Dantian to the feet. 

Front-loading Qigong

Practice extra amounts of Qigong before travel, expected stressful events, or busy times to come.

Hot Hands of Qi

Qigong will warm and balance your hands.

Qigong and Warm Hands: Part 1

A second class with the heat camera shows some fascinating photos.

Relax Your Shoulders, Descend Your Qi

Sink your Qi to relax your being.

Qigong and the Upside Down Snowman

Get out of your head and center in the lower abdomen. Health and joy await you. Let go of tension and sink your Qi to feel much, much better. [with a video]

You Can Cure Hot Flashes

Make hot flashes a thing of the past with this simple, powerful technique. [with a video]

Qigong, Vitality and “Limitations”

Work within your limits, but don’t let them define you.

Four-Part Protection Process

A Meditation and Medical Qigong Method for staying sane and clear in an insane world.

Alleviating Depression and Other Traumatic Emotions 1

The overview video of the “Old Man…” exercise.

Alleviating Depression and Other Traumatic Emotions 2

The second video of the “Old Man…” exercise. Lungs and sadness.

Alleviating Depression and Other Traumatic Emotions 3

The third video of the “Old Man…” exercise. Open the heart and release armoring.

Alleviating Depression and Other Traumatic Emotions 4

The fourth video of the “Old Man…” exercise. Clear worry, excess emotions, and anger from the middle burner.

Alleviating Depression and Other Traumatic Emotions 5

The fifth video of the “Old Man…” exercise. Putting it all together.

Three Types of Qigong Practice: Singles, Sets, and Sequences

Three ways you might practice: Focused, expanded, or sophisticated ways.

Qigong Sets

Understanding what Qigong sets are and how to utilize them.

Qigong Sequences

Understanding what Qigong forms are and how to utilize them.

Five Flows in a Single Exercise

One exercise can take you through all of the flows, if  you stick with it.

Preventing Colds and Flu with Qigong

These gentle, immunity-enhancing exercises truly work.

More on Preventing Colds and Flu with Qigong

Use healing sounds and slow, gentle, movements.

Qigong Strategies for Illness

How, when, and when not to do Qigong when illness is in the picture.

Qigong Workshops

A baker’s dozen of Qigong workshops your group may want to host.

The World-Famous First 64 Form

From Wild Goose Qigong, there is much healing in the intracies of these fun movements.

Reduce Stress with the Super Powerful Method of Belly Breathing

So much of a person’s stress arises from the backward, upside down, unnatural, but entirely common practice of chest breathing.

Pay Attention to Your Feet

With so much heady focus in our world, we lose connection to the whole of our bodies and the sustenance of the earth. Become more whole and balanced by paying attention to your feet as much as to your brain.

Save Yourself from a Lightning Strike

Crouch and survive.

Simplified Exercise Set

Sometimes an entire set is too much.

Open and Move from the Gate of Life

The Gate of Life is so important and so practical and so unknown.

Can Qigong Save America (and the World?)

We desperately need inexpensive, effective healthcare. Qigong is one of the answers to this urgent need.

Slap Yourself Healthy

Gentle tapping methods for wellness.

The Three Intentional Corrections

How to reframe and refocus your experience in the moment with Qigong.

Healing Knee Pain 1

Using the wall sitting exercise.

Healing Knee Pain 2

Success with the wall sitting exercise.

Change Your Life in Two Minutes a Day

Getting a daily Qigong practice started can reward you with big health dividends later on.

Bend Your Knees for Health’s Sake

Bending your knees helps alleviate many chronic pain symptoms.

When in Doubt, Shake

Use the Shaking the Body exercise to release fear, uncertainty, and tension.

Exercise with Ease

Be gentle and moderate with your Qigong to get the most out of it.

Qigong Will Soon Be a Common Sight

“People just have to get used to it.”

Spend a Billion Dollars to Save a Trillion

Qigong could save huge amounts of money, nationally.

Qigong is a Medical Bargain

It is downright cheap. It is gold that takes put pennies on the dollar.

Three Little Words Can Change your Life

The first three principles of Qigong: Practice, Modify, and Refine.

I Healed My Smashed Toe with Qigong

Using the gentleness and gentility of Qigong for giant gains.

Stay Centered or Suffer the Consequences

Multi-tasking leads to injury.

Breathe When You Type

Qigong is cheap medicine, easily accessible.

Train Your Qigong in Calmness

Qigong practice cautions.

The Secret Practice of True Wealth

Invest in Qigong and reap the lifelong rewards.

The Half-Half Rule

At least do some Qigong. You will be happy you did.

The Baby Bowl

Healing babies instead of watching the Superbowl.

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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


Qigong in the Gardens: 2010

Qigong Classes on Monday Evenings in July

This Summer will be the seventh year I have offered free Summer Qigong classes. The first year I held them in Whatcom Falls Park in Bellingham. Every Summer since I have held them at the glorious garden space of my home. 

These classes are open to anyone intrigued or entranced by Qigong, whether new to the art or a seasoned practitioner.  

Qigong in Nature

Yin Yang and Nature


Free Qigong in the Gardens

Summer 2010 

When:     Each Monday in July (July 5, 12, 19, and 26) 

Time:     6:00 pm to 7:00 pm 

Cost:      None  

Where:   1095 East Axton Road 

Who:      Anyone interested; and whoever they invite  as well.  

Directions and Confirmations

There is no need to confirm you are coming. Just show up. However if you need directions, please contact me directly and I will send them to you. 

Come to any of the classes you can get to, or to all of them. 

Contact Robert Bates to get directions 

2010 Free Qigong in the Gardens whole page

2010 Free Qigong Classes postcards (multiple copies)

Qigong is an Investment

Qigong (“Chee Gung”) is the art, science, and philosophy of natural healing and personal energy management. Qigong is extremely effective in increasing wellness, ensuring longevity, and curing many ailments. Qigong is remarkably effective as a significant health care approach, yet amazingly inexpensive (especially this particular series of classes). Practicing Qigong is a superb investment for both building wellness and saving money by staving off current or future health problems. Someday Qigong may be a primary part of American healthcare. The way the medical money tide is growing and insurance avalanche is going, that day may come soon. Start learning it soon so you will be ready. 

Gentle Exercises for Grand Results

This summer’s focus will be on The Five Flows Set, and on specific Qigong Prescriptions. The Five Flows Set is a satisfying set of slow and gentle exercises that brings great balance to the body and calmness to the mind. Prescriptions are specific exercises designed to help particular health conditions. The Qigong Prescriptions will include exercises for several common problems, including colds and allergies, insomnia, hot flashes, heart issues, and nausea. We will start each class with the basic Five Flows Qigong. Then I’ll lead people through particular Medical Qigong Prescriptions. 



Breathing Workshop

Awaken the Breath

When:         Saturday, June 5, 2010

Time:         10:00 to 2:00

Cost:          Only $40

Location:    Robert’s beautiful healing studio at

                  1095 East Axton Road, North of Bellingham.

Sign Up:     (360) 398-7466, or


Breathe Bigger, Better and Easier

Breath Practices are some of the most powerful healing exercises you can do. You can insert conscious breathing into just about any part of your day and be better off for it. You can benefit from conscious breathing practices virtually your entire life. Any amount of good breathing you do adds to your health.

With These Breathing Practices You Will

  •  Massage the internal organs for greater all around health
  •  Keep the head clear and promote mental clarity
  •  Help move the lymph throughout the body, increasing immunity function
  •  Increase your energy
  •  Calm your emotions
  •  Increase your lifespan
  •  Decrease tension
  •  Sleep deeper
  •  And much, much more

 What We Will Cover in This Workshop

  • Qigong breathing practices, each with different health goals
  • Simple tests to assess how well you are breathing
  • Easy ways to integrate vastly more quality breathing into your   everyday life
  • The Framingham Study: How your breath capacity can accurately predict your lifespan; and how to definitely increase your lifespan with breathing practices

 Breathing Exercises We Will Practice

Follow the Breath. Just watch. Notice how you are actually breathing. You can learn a lot about yourself this way.

Graduated Quiet Breathing Meditation. Build awareness and sink into a relaxed, healing mode of being as you activate your parasympathetic nervous system, coordinate your consciousness and balance your brain

Abdominal Breathing. The foundation of proper breathing. Breathe into and out of your abdomen, letting it expand with the inhale and flatten with exhaling.

Belly Book Breathing. Re-teach yourself how to use your diaphragm to pull air into your body by expanding your abdomen, instead of lifting your shoulders to bring air in.

Pelvic Breathing. Sometimes breathe low into your pelvis to build power and prevent many problems.

Low Back and Kidney Breathing. Drawing the air into the lower back to expand that area and fill the Kidney’s with Qi.

Filling the Vase. Fill your torso with breath like pouring water into a vase; the water fills up the lower parts first before working up. Empty your breath in reverse.

Gentle Breath Holding. Holding the breath for a short time—repeatedly—to help relax tensions in the breathing apparatus.


The Remembering Breath. Put up green dot stickers. Every time you see the dot, take a deep breath. This will give you many deep breaths each day.

10 Percent More. Add just a little to the size or seconds of each breath.

Breathing Awareness Set (to take home.) Begin to take more control of your daily breathing habits.


Taiji Qigong

Taiji Movements for Health

Learn Taiji Qigong (Tai Chi Chi Kung)

Gentle Exercise Series with Robert Bates 

May and June, 2010  

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

Three Times

  • Mondays 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.   
  • Mondays 6:00 to 7:00 pm.                 
  • Fridays 12:00 to 1:00 pm.

Dates: May 3 through June 25 

Cost:   Only $80 for the entire series                      

Location: 1095 East Axton Road. This is a few miles north of Bellingham. 

Graceful Relaxation and Gentle Strengthening

Taiji Qigong is a set of graceful, meditative exercises based on the healing martial art of Taiji. This 18-movement set is also known as Shibashi. The movements are easy to learn and practice and have many healing benefits. Taiji Qigong is great for those wanting some of the grace, beauty and health benefits of Taiji Chuan but aren’t ready to commit to 10 years of difficult training. 

Tai Chi Chi Kung

Taiji Qigong

Taiji Qigong is effective in opening major acupuncture points, balancing the brain and body, and improving the strength and flexibility of the spine. You will develop smooth coordination, gain more body awareness and you will attain a peaceful sense of empowerment. 

With Taiji Qigong You Will Also

  • Gather energy
  • Heal chronic injuries
  • Become more relaxed and calm
  • Clear the fog from your brain
  • Enhance your immune system
  • Improve Posture
  • Feel better
  • Strengthen internal organs


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