Daoist Taiji Stick and Ruler Neigong (Qigong)

Tuesdays

10:30a - 11:45a

Thursdays

9:00a-10:15a

 

Daoist Taiji Stick and Ruler Neigong (Qigong)

 

The Taiji Stick and Ruler Neigong is a classical method of mind-body cultivation. As the name suggests, this Neigong (i.e., Qigong) set uses a pair of wooden implements in practice – the Taiji Ruler (taiji chi 太極尺) and the Taiji Stick (taiji bang 太極棒). Although the name of the set uses the same name as Taijiquan (Tai Chi Ch’uan 太極拳) the martial art, the Taiji Stick and Ruler Neigong developed independently of Taijiquan. Other names for this set of exercises include the Guiding Qi Needle (dao qi zhen 導氣針), Stilling Mind Needle (ding xin zhen 定心針), and Heaven Earth Precious Ruler (qian kun bao chi 乾坤寶尺).

Origins – The Sleeping Immortal 

by Dr. Henry McCann

Taiji Stick and Ruler Neigong is attributed to the Daoist Immortal Chen Tuan (陳摶). Also known as Chen Xiyi (陳希夷) and Chen Dan (陳丹), he was born in Zhenyuan, Henan Province in the last half of 9th century – the same birth location as Lao Zi (Lao Tzu). Between 900 and 930 Chen wandered around various mountains seeking instruction from Daoists and other recluses, a common practice of his day. He also stayed awhile on Wu Dang Mountain where he learned Daoist meditation and Daoyin techniques. Other tradition says that Chen was taught directly by Ma Yi Dao Zhe, the ‘Hemp Cloud Daoist’, and Lü Dongbin, the grand patron of Daoist alchemy. In 937 Chen was documented to be in Sichuan, and in the early 940s restored Yun Tai Guan monastery on Mount Hua in Shaanxi. Chen eventually died in 989 at age of 118.

As a result of his deep Daoist studies and personal cultivation, Chen developed great insights into the nature of the universe and the Yijing (I Ching, Book of Changes). Chen was said to have developed the famous Taiji symbol and was renowned for his accomplishments in mediation and Inner Alchemy. He developed the Taiji Stick and Ruler Neigong, as well as a set of Daoyin exercises that harmonize the body with the 24 seasonal nodes of the Chinese calendar. He was also a master of Sleeping Yoga, hence his nickname the 'Sleeping Immortal'.

Chen Tuan(陳摶)

 

The Practice

The word Neigong means “inner practice” (內功). While Qigong is a modern term that refers to a wide range of breathing and movement exercises, Neigong is an earlier term that describes practices that build internal Qi, sometimes associated with either Inner Alchemy or Internal Martial Arts. The Taiji Stick and Ruler Neigong uses these two implements, one representing Yin and the other Yang, to help the practitioner develop internal power.

There are several sets of exercises that comprise the total repertoire of Stick and Ruler. The student starts with exercises comprised of breathing patterns, physical movement and visualizations, that strengthen and build sensation of Qi in the Dan Tian (丹田), the area of Qi cultivation in the lower abdomen. Over time the student then uses the Neigong to circulate Qi through the channels of the arms and legs, and some of the Extraordinary Vessels such as the Du, Ren and Dai. Then, later exercises develop a connection between the practitioner and Pre-Heaven Qi. Overall the Stick and Ruler Neigong is a complete system of health cultivation.

Taiji Stick and Ruler Neigong is especially useful to professional acupuncturists, chiropractors, bodyworkers/ healthcare professionals, musicians, athletes and keyboard users . 

Benefits from this Unique Training:

    1    The Taiji stick and ruler practice helps to prevent overuse injuries as it strengthens the wrists, tendons and muscles.

    2    It develops hand, wrist and arm strength.  If you notice that you are losing hand and arm strength in performing daily tasks, such as, turning the tap, opening jars and bottles, you will find a significant improvement after practicing the Taiji stick and ruler practice.

    3    It teaches you to feel and integrate your core strength with arm movements.  

    4    It improves coordination and balance.

    5    Taiji stick and ruler practice will improve your circulation. No more cold hands and feet!

    6  This practice will improve your digestion. Since your digestion system is the keystone for the rest of the physiology of the body, one can extend this to improving all systems of the body.

    7  Learn to nourish your QI! This practice will have lasting effects on your nervous system and your capacity to relax more profoundly.

   8  Practicing the Taiji stick and ruler neigong regularly will improve your internal power and Taiji quan skill without you even being aware of it.

   9  Cultivate a quiet mind and still Heart.

 

All levels welcome including beginner's - no prior experience necessary.

New 14-week series start Tuesday September 5th & Thursday September 7th 2017!

When: Tuesdays  10:30am - 11:45am & Thursdays 9am - 10:15am ( 14 weeks)

(Please note that registering for one of the series grants you access to both Tuesday and Thursday classes, should you miss a class or choose to attend more than one  Daoist Taiji Stick Qigong class/week.)

Where: Putney Community Center -10 Christian Square, Putney, VT 05346

Cost:  $325 check or cash ( if you already have a stick).

             $370 check or cash ( if you need a stick). 

**If you are interested in registering for both Daoist Taiji Stick Qigong class and the Beginner's Hunyuan 12 Taiji quan class there is a discount price. Please register and see the payment options under the Beginner's Hunyuan 12 Taiji quan Class (scroll down for more information).

Please note that all students must preregister before the start of the first class. This will secure your spot. The class fills up quickly so sign up early. 

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Payment Options:

Send a check to:

Thomas Garbarino 314 Putney Mountain Rd.,  Putney, VT 05346

or 

pay with paypal online (there is an extra processes fee added to credit card purchases)

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Beginner's Hunyuan 12 Taiji Quan form

 Tuesdays

9am - 10:15am

(14 weeks)

 

Beginner's Hunyuan Taiji quan is a 14 week series that  introduces the principles of  alignment, balance, correct movement, qi (vital energy) cultivation. Each week participants will learn a new movement of the Hunyuan 12 movement Taiji quan form. Through dedicated practice, students will complete the form by the end of the series. Participants will also learn chan si gong (silk reeling) exercises to help open and relax the joints while simultaneously nourishing the vital qi and blood of the body. All are foundational practices to re-condition the mind/body connection, deepening one's capacity to relax, release stress, improve balance, and build core strength.   

New class series starts Tuesday September 5th 2017!

Space limited so sign up early.

When: Tuesdays 9am-10:15am  for 14 weeks

Where: Putney Community Center, Putney, VT

Cost:  $300 (new students), $285 (returning students)

*Half off the price for students combining this class with Daoist Taiji stick Qigong class. New students  - $475, Returning students - $467.50

(For those that don't have a stick there is an additional cost of $45.) 

Please note that all students must preregister before the start of the first class. This will secure your spot. The class fills up quickly so sign up early. 

Name *
Name

Payment Options:

Send a check to:

Thomas Garbarino 314 Putney Mountain Rd., Putney, VT 05346

or 

pay with paypal online (there is an extra processes fee added to credit card purchases)

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Hunyuan 24 Taiji Quan form

Thursdays 10:30a-11:45a

(14 weeks)

 

The Hunyuan Chen-style Taiji quan (Tai Chi Chuan) is a unique system of the internal martial arts. It combines the outer movement form and application of Chen-style Taiji quan with the internal practice of neigong (internal qi cultivation). Matched together, they make for a powerful practice.

The Hunyuan Chen-style Taiji quan 24 form is great for helping to relax the body and mind while teaching to coordinate the body's movement with qi. The 24 movement form practices the first four of the thirteen energies of Taiji (peng, lu, ji, and an) and creates a foundation for all the more advanced forms, push hands, and weapon forms.

No class is being offered at this time. 

When: Thursdays 10:30am-11:45am  for 14 weeks

Where:  Putney, VT

Please note that all students must be approved by Thomas Garbarino to enter this class. All students approved for the 24 Hunyuan class may also attend the Beginner's Hunyuan 12 Taiji quan class free of charge.

Name *
Name

Payment Options:

Send a check to:

Thomas Garbarino 314 Putney Mountain Rd., Putney, VT 05346

or 

pay with paypal online (there is an extra processes fee added to credit card purchases)