Qigong Weekend - Levels 1 and 2
with Acharya Mathias Pongracz
This course is now full.
Cultivate strength of body and peace of mind through the healing Taoist practice of qigong. Take this rare opportunity to receive instruction in two unique lineages, the Pre-celestial Limitless Gate School (Xiantianwujimen) and the Yiquan School, neither of which have previously been fully transmitted to students in the West.
Friday Evening - Introductory talk and practice (open to everyone)
Saturday - Level 1: We will practice techniques of inner and outer qigong, including tendon changing, marrow washing, self-massage and calisthenics, which strengthen the muscular-skeletal system, nourish the internal organs, circulate internal energy and still the mind. We will learn Chen Xiyi’s sleeping and walking qiqong and Wang Xiangzhai’s standing qigong.
Sunday - Level 2: we will delve more deeply, studying the Twelve Devas Tendon-Changing and Nine Self-Massage systems in their entirety. The Tendon-Changing postures are powerful techniques that cultivate flexibility, strength and softness in the joints, muscles and tendons. The self-massage exercises focus on nourishing the internal organs and facilitating the circulation of qi in the meridians.
There are no prerequisites for this program, and both new and experienced practitioners are welcome.
Please note that students agree not to teach any form of Xiantianwujimen or Yiquan Qigong without permission from the Lineage.
Completion of these two levels will qualify students to register for Level 3 which will take place in London in May.
A concession fee of £80 is available for those earning below £17,000 per annum and a concession fee of £60 is available for those earning below £12,000 (including full time students). Please contact email@example.com
To reserve a place on this course please pay a £20 deposit upon registration. Participant numbers will be limited to 20 to ensure quality support and guidancde. Early registration is advised.
Sat/Sun: tea/coffee & registration 9am, start 9.30am. Finish 5.30-6.00pm
Acharya Mathias Pongrácz
Born in Congo to Hungarians immigrants, Mathias studied Political Science at University of Vienna, and worked for 20 years as a television journalist and reporter for the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation.
He studied with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche beginning 1983, with Zen Teacher Kobun Chino Roshi until his passing, and with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, head of the spiritual community of Shambhala, who appointed him as an Acharya (senior teacher in Shambhala).
Mathias has 40 years of Yoga and Tai Chi practice experience, and has immersed himself in the Sacred Dances of Gurdjieff, different schools of Qi Gong, as well as disciplines of contemplative movement and Maitri Space Awareness. He teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Shambhala programmes across Europe.
Acharya Mathias Pongrácz is one of a small number of Dr. Wong’s students who is authorized to teach these levels.
About Eva Wong
Dr. Wong is a 19th generation lineage carrier of the Primordial Limitless Gate School of Daoism. The student of Sun Di, she is also a 3rd generation lineage descendant in Wang Xiangzhai’s Yiquan school of martial arts and Zhangshuan - standing qigong. She is an independent scholar who has written and translated many books on Daoism and related topics, including Nourishing The Essence of Life: The Outer, Inner, and Secret Teachings of Taoism and A Master Course in Feng Shui (published by Shambhala Publications). On behalf of her lineage, she offers a comprehensive program involving nine levels of qigong training that she started teaching in Chicago in 2007.
Nourishing the Essence of Life: The Outer, Inner, and Secret Teachings of Taoism, by Eva Wong.