Upcoming Taiji/Qigong Classes

To Sign Up for Classes: (360) 398-7466, or email

Two Locations and Five Weekly Classes

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 pm to 1:00 pm. Note the New Day.

-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 Thurs Afternoons, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Sign Up: (360) 354-0359


2015 Taiji (Tai Chi) and Qigong (Chi Kung) Class Schedule

2015 Series A

Monday, January 5 to Thursday, Feb 26, 2015
Delightful Dozen Qigong (Movement Set)
Empowered Breathing Set (Breathing)


2015 Series B

Monday, March 2 to Thursday, April 23, 2015
Primordial Qigong Form (Formal Sequence)
Insomnia Qigong (Breathing and Massage)


World Taiji Day

Saturday, April 25, 10:00 to 11:00 (tentative) (2015)


2015 Series C

Monday, April 27 to Thursday, June 18, 2015
Liangong 1 (Stretching)
Primordial Qigong Form (Formal Sequence)


2015 Series D

Monday, June 22 to Thursday August 6, 2015 (Seven week Series)
Liangong 1 (Stretching)
Super Gentle Qigong (Movement Set)


2015 Free Qigong in the Gardens (Axton Road location)

Three Tuesdays: June 30, July 7, July 14; 6:00 to 7:00

June 30: Super Gentle Qigong

July 7:    Five Flowers Qigong

July 14:  Flowing Waters Qigong

2015 Series E

Tuesday, September 08 to Thursday, Oct 30, 2015
Old Man Looking at the Reflection of the Moon in the Tide Pool (Healing Sounds)
Simple Taiji (Tai Chi) (Formal Sequence)

New Price: $88 for the Eight Week Series.

Note: No class on Labor Day (Sept 7).

Taiji (Tai Chi)

The practice of Taiji is much more than a health exercise. It is a moving meditation, an ever-moving succession of healing motions, a deeply-layered mine of precious ore, a never-ending book of teachings, a builder of character, an intellectual exploration, a training of the wandering mind, a reorganizer of the chaotic body, a calming down of the spirit, a bringer of natural rhythms, a tool for understanding yourself. It is a practical and philosophical way to deal with the river flow of life, the vicissitudes of change and ceaseless flow. It is an ocean of possibilities. It is a mini-galaxy in a self-contained orbit in the greater universe.


Qigong is training your body, mind, breath and energy to work together in gentle, self-healing ways. It is an ancient practice developed in China through continuous generations of practice through four  millennia. Book Dragon Qigong (Robert’s approach) is an integrated system of gentle self- healing movements drawn from a wide array of ancient and modern practices from China; from the science of the West; from healing systems both Eastern and Western; and from his personal experience in teaching Qigong since 1996.


2015 Series F (Eight-week series)

Monday, Nov 2 to Wednesday, Dec 23, 2015
Hun Yuan Qigong (Movement Set)
Balancing Tai Chi (Taiji) (Formal Sequence)

Cost: $88.

Hun Yuan Qigong

Hun Yuan Qigong is a superb way to build immune strength as you ride the spinning Earth into the wetter, colder, darker, more indoor months of the Northern Hemisphere. The movements of Hun Yuan Qigong are of great benefit to staying healthier in the winter. The slow, rhythmic, gentle movements smooth the flows of your meridians; clear gunk, junk, funk and other detritus from your tissues and energy field; and balance the internal organs. They are also ideal for maximizing your lymphatic powers emphatically.

There are three general types of movements:

Straight Forward Movements balance your vertical currents and flows and  your three head, heart and belly (three Dantians).

Turning Movements massage your abdominal organs for a strong digestion and build Kidney Qi in your body.

Bending Movements massage and stretch your abdominal organs in a different plane while building your Kidney Qi even more.

Arm Motions

All of the 12 movements utilize hand and arm motions to smooth the meridian Qi, build hand Qi, and build organ Qi.


Balancing Taiji

Go to an earlier article on this website to read about Balancing Taiji (Tai Chi).