Platform: Zoom Meeting
Date: Aug 19th to Dec 16th 2023. (PST) GMT-8
Day and Hour: Every Saturday at 11am to noon.
Instructor: Master Helen Liang
- A minimum of 15 registrants are required to start the class. Class may be postponed or cancelled if the requirement is not met. Registrants will be fully refunded if the class is cancelled. All students are expected to have their camera turned on.
Health Maintenance Qigong
Health Maintenance Qigong Introduction
Qigong (Chi Kung) is a powerful system of healing and energy work originated from China. Qi is a Chinese term used to refer to all types of energy. It is the intrinsic substance or the “vital force” behind all things in the universe. Gong refers to the power to produce an effect, an attainment of, or accomplishment that is achieved with steady practice. Loosely, Qigong can be translated as the study of Qi, or working with Qi.
Health Maintenance Qigong(also known as Baojian Qigong or Yiliao Qigong) is the art and science of using breathing techniques, meditation, postures, gentle movements, vocalization and visualizations to cleanse, refine, strengthen, and circulate the life energy (Qi). Health Maintenance Qigong practice leads to improved health and vitality, increased awareness of bodily functions, tranquil state of mind, and transformation of consciousness.
Benefit of Health Maintenance Qigong
- Increases the supply and flow of energy throughout the body. It is effective for strengthening and harmonizing the functioning of all the internal organs and bodily systems.
- Good for preventing illness and disabilities that come with age, improving immune function, increasing vitality, and enhancing overall health.
- An ideal aid to recovery from illness or injury and works well with other forms of therapy.
- Improves self-awareness and concentration, induces calm mental and emotional states, and opens us to higher states of consciousness.
In this class, we will introduce a variety of techniques including but not limited to the following:
- “Fang Song Gong” (放鬆功）for deep relaxation of the body and mind.
- Dantian Breathing and Meditation for building and strengthening Dantian Qi.
- “Guan Qi Fa”(貫氣法) works on absorbing the pure essence of the universe into the body and discharging impurities from the body.
- “Jin Gang Pai Da” (Vajra Sattava Hitting 金剛拍打法): a routine of exercise for promoting the circulation of Qi in the major meridian channels of the body.
- “Organ Qigong”(臟腑功) : a long series of exercises for strengthening the functions of the internal organs such as the kidneys, liver, lungs, spleen, and heart.
- “Jian Shen Qi Gong”(健身氣功) such as: “Yi Jin Jing”(Muscle Tendon Changing Classic 易筋經) for strengthening the muscles and tendons; Wu Qin Xi (Frolics of Five Animals 五禽戲) which derives its health rejuvenating properties from mimicking the movements of the Tiger, Deer, Bear, Monkey, and Bird; “Ba Duan Jin” (Eight Pieces of Brocade 八段錦) containing eight separate exercises, each focusing on a different physical area and Qi meridian; “Liu Zi Jue’ ( Six Healing Sounds 六字訣) which involves the coordination of movement and breathing patterns with specific sounds, etc.
- Emitting and Absorbing Qigong – Shaolin internal Qi training as to how to absorb Qi to make oneself stronger, how to emit Qi to help others.
Helen began Wushu training at the age of 4 under the strict guidance of her father, world renowned Grandmaster Shouyu Liang. At the age of 11, Helen was chosen to train with Sichuan Professional Wushu School in China. Since a very young age, Helen has participated in many national and international competitions and has won a great number of gold medals.
Helen is the author of numerous videos in TaiChi, Qigong, Liu He Ba Fa (Water Style), Taichi sword, Snake Fist, Bagua Palm and Sword, and Xingyi. Her 24 Form Taichi, Beginner Taichi for Health, Taichi for Women, and Qigong for Cancer are all bestsellers on Amazon. Helen was featured two times on the cover of Kungfu Taichi Qigong Magazine in United States. She was also featured in the books of Chinese Martial Arts Elites, Contemporary Famous Chinese Martial Artists, Kungfu Elements and Extraordinary Chinese Martial Artists of the World.
In 2005, Helen and her father Grandmaster Shouyu Liang, together with Channel M, Canada had created a one-of-a-kind instructional Tai Chi television series of 130 episodes for Canada’s multicultural community. The show, planned and written entirely by Helen and Grandmaster Liang and hosted by Helen, has been picked up by stations across Canada and the United States. It was nominated for several Leo Awards, namely Best Lifestyle Series, Best Direction, and Best Host and won the Best Lifestyle Series Award.
In 2017, Helen hosted another Tai Chi video for Canada’s national telecommunications company, Telus Corporation, to promote wellness to Canada’s diverse multicultural community. She has also been featured in many media including Chinese Central Television (CCTV), Shanghai and Sichuan Provincial television in China, national pay-per-view features in the US, CBC, Fairchild Television and Channel M in Canada, as well as newspapers and magazines in US, Canada and China.
Helen was invited to demonstrate in the Opening Ceremony of the 10th World Wushu Championships in Toronto in 2009. In 2013 and 2014 she obtained level 8th degree from both International Wushu Sanshou Dao Association (IWSD) and The World Organization of Wushu Kung Fu Masters. She was also awarded Outstanding Martial Arts Achievements by IWSD.
Today, Helen dedicates herself into the teaching and promotion of the ancient arts and science of Taichi, Qigong and Chinese Martial Art worldwide with the hope of bringing health and harmony into the lives of all people that she touches upon.
Here is the list of Master Helen’s published DVD/ Stream
- Water Style for Beginners
- Simplified Tai Chi for Beginner – 24 Form
- Simplified Tai Chi for Beginners – 48 Form
- Tai Chi for Women
- Qigong for Cancer: Beginner Exercises for Healing the Prevention
- Beginner TaiChi for Health 0 Mirror- View Exercises
- Tai Ji 13 Postures
- Yi Yang Taiji 13 Postures
- Xing Yi 5 Elements Fist
- XIng Yi Twelve Animals Fist
- Selection of Traditional Xing Yi Fist Form
- 5 Elements Xingyi Sword
- 12 Animals XIngyi Sword
- Bagua Palm: Emei Swimming Body Baguazhang
- Bagua Deer horn Knives
- Bagua Sword
- Snake Fist
Frequently Asked Questions about SYL Online Classes
• Q: What platform does SYL online classes use?
A: Zoom meeting. Zoom is very easy to use and it supports IOS, Androids, Windows and Macs. You will need to download Zoom meeting apps prior to the start of the class.
• Q: Do I need a big space for online classes?
A: You don’t need a big space to learn. You will probably need to adjust position here and there to accommodate the sequence of movements.
• Q: Will online classes be recorded?
A: This class will be recorded and students will have 7 days to access the recording for review. It’s great for students who miss classes, they can always use the recording to help them catch up.
- Q: Is this class only available for local students?
A: It is open to students worldwide. In fact the beauty of online classes is that we are able to meet with students and friends from all parts of the world. Normally it is only available once or twice a year when we hold workshops for students outside Vancouver, online classes now bring us closer on a regular basis. Please be reminded to check your time difference for the class. We always try our best to schedule our class at a time that we are able to accommodate more students from around the world.
• Q: What are the benefits of online classes?
A: While we all miss physical classes and waiting for them to be resumed, online classes, however, have their benefits for times like this. Doing online classes would surely save commune time for many people. Most classes are recorded which will be a great help for students’ review. It’s a way to discipline yourself and keep up with your training especially during a time where physical activities are much more limited than before.
• Q: Do I need to have my camera on during the class?
A: Students are strongly recommended to turn on their camera so instructors have better idea about the progress of the class and also to better give feedback.
• Q: How do I register online classes?
A: Class registeration procedure is straight forward. Just go to https://www.sylwushu.com/register/
,choose class you’d like to enrol, and click register. Payment will be collected during the registration.