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    • Saturday, March 16, 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • Sunday, March 17, 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • Xuan Ju Daoist Center (Francestown, NH)
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    Spring Qigong with Master Zhou Xuan Yun

    When: March 16th - Class beings 9:30am with break at 12pm.  Class resumes from 1:30pm to 4pm.  Open discussion from 4:00pm - 5:00pm. 

    Where: Xuan Ju Daoist Center (Francestown, NH)

    What: In this course, Shifu Zhou Xuan Yun will be teaching the 4-Movement Spring Qigong Set suited for practice throughout the Spring Season.  The workshop will include the set done in standing and sitting positions, theories and methods of the Qigong Set.


    • Tuition: $100/day (Members price: $80/day - become a member)
    • Boarding: $30/night
    • Meals: $35 (fee includes Breakfast and Dinner only.  Lunch with be taken at a nearby restaurant).

    Space limited to 10.  Register today!

    Daoist Rituals for Health with Master Zhou Xuan Yun

    When: March 17th   - Class beings 9:30am with break at 12pm.  Class resumes from 1:30pm to 4pm.  Open discussion from 4:00pm - 5:00pm.

    Where: Xuan Ju Daoist Center (Francestown, NH)

    What: In this course, Shifu Zhou Xuan Yun will be teaching the theory and methods of Daoist Prayer and discussing their health nourishing properties, such as walking, ritual movements, hand positions, and breathing methodology.


    • Tuition: $100/day (Members Price: $80/day - become a member)
    • Boarding: $30/night
    • Meals: $35 (fee includes Breakfast and Dinner only.  Lunch with be taken at a nearby restaurant).

    Space limited to 10.  Register today!

    Spring Qigong

    Regarded as the "first season" according to the Lunar Calendar, Springtime is characterized as being a time for life to emerge and flourish after hibernating away during the winter months.

    Yang qi begins to emerge, and thus the Yang qi of people will grow and flourish as well.  Springtime qigong promotes and nurtures the Yang qi in accordance with nature.

    In terms of lifestyle, we should sleep later BUT also wake earlier.  We should awake as the sun rises.  We should walk in natural landscapes so as to allow the body and mind to relax and become more open so as to allow the yang qi to develop.

    In terms of diet, we should eat more vegetables and less meat.  Since it is a time for yang qi and life to flourish, the consumption of meat diminishes the Yang qi of nature and thus is not in accordance to the natural way.  We should also make sure to not eat and drink colder food and beverages which are more yin in nature.

    Spring is represented by the wood phase of the five phase theory.  The organ that corresponds to Wood is the Liver.  Spring Qigong works to support the functions of the liver, loosen and strengthen the hips and back, clear and promote the sense of sight and smell, and bring a sense of relaxation and peace to the mind and body.

    Daoist Rituals for Health

    Daoism is China's native religion that has become well known worldwide for its health nourishing practices.  Today there are few who have not at least heard of Tai Chi Chuan/Taijiquan or Qigong.  

    Daoist health practices permeate all facets of life however beyond just their exercises and martial arts.  Practices such as acupuncture and herbal medicine are becoming more and more widespread.  It is the Daoist theories and life habits that draw the complete picture of Daoist Yang Sheng (Health nourishing practices). 

    Daoists revere long lived creatures such as turtles.  Therefore walking imitates the turtle by moving slowly whilst being mindful of the qi settling peacefully in the lower dan tian like calm waters. 

    In Daoist prayer, attention is paid to the hand position to form the Taijtu symbol.  The hands will then be held to the upper dan tian and the breathing is focused there as well.  As the head is lowered, so too must the breathing follow down into the lower dan tian, before being gently exhaled out according to the meridian of the body back out.   

    • Saturday, April 06, 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • Sunday, April 07, 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • Xuan Ju Daoist Center (Francestown, NH)
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    Baguazhang Basics Workshop  with Master Zhou Xuan Yun

    When: April 6th and 7th

    Where: Xuan Ju Daoist Center (Francestown, NH)

    What:  In this course, Shifu Zhou Xuan Yun will be teaching Standing Meditation, Circular Stepping, The Eight Palm Changes, and Theory of Wudang Baguazhang.  Classes start daily at 9 AM.

    4/6/19: Standing Meditation, Basic Circular Stepping, Palm Changes 1 - 3

    4/7/19 Palm Changes 4 - 6


    • One Day Tuition: $100/day (Members price: $80/day - become a member)
    • Boarding: $30/night 
    • Meals: $20/day (fee includes Dinner on the night of your stay and Breakfast the following morning.  Lunch will be taken at nearby restaurants.  If you choose to opt out, feel free to bring your own food.)

    Space limited to 10.  Register today!

    Baguazhang is one of the three major “Internal” Chinese Martial Arts style with the other two being Taijiquan and Xing Yi Quan.  The creation of Baguazhang is attributed to Dong Haichuan.  In the same way there are different styles of martial arts due to differing theories, training methodologies, and specialties in combat, so too are there various schools of Baguazhang.  These schools include: Cheng, Yin, Sun, and Wudang styles to name a few.  Though they share the root of Dong’s teachings,  other practitioners would bring their own theories and experiences to the art and make changes thereafter. 
    For instance, the famed master Sun Lu Tang (founder of Sun Bagua) was originally a master of Xing Yi Quan.  When Sun was introduced to the art of Bagua, he became quite taken with it and thus began practicing it himself.  He then came to develop his own school of Bagua known as “Sun Bagua.”  When compared to other schools of Bagua, the influences from Sun’s Xing Yi Quan can be seen and thus differentiates his style of Bagua from other schools.
    Baguazhang was originally known as “Zhuan Zhang” or “Turning Palms.”  In time, it came to be known as Baguazhang, referencing the Daoist concept of the “Bagua” diagrams.  In the 80s, when Wudang Mountain began its attempts to restore its cultural heritage post-Cultural Revolution, the Daoists sought out many of the mountain’s original masters who had gone into hiding.  These masters aided in the restoration of Wudang’s martial arts and included notable masters such as Lu Zi Jian. 
    The foundation of Wudang Bagua lies in its Standing Meditation and Turning methods.  In combat, it teaches adaptability through twisting and twining motions.  When an opponent changes, so too does the practitioner.  Power is developed through understanding principles of Yin and Yang. 
    Legend has it that Bagua’s creation came about when Dong Hai Chuan sought out two Daoist masters to teach him their ways.  An already accomplished martial artist, the Daoists took on Dong as their student and instructed him to train circular steps around a tree.  They said to him “circle around this tree until you feel as though the tree is following you.  Once you have achieved this, return to us.”
    Though he didn’t understand his masters’ intention, Dong dared not to question them.  After 7 years of diligent training, his feet had dug a deep circular trench around the tree he had chosen.  Then one day, Dong’s circular stepping had become so fast that he almost felt as though the tree itself was moving.  He had finally come to understand his masters’ intentions and reported back to them. 
    The Daoists were pleased and had now confirmed that Dong was a capable and suitable student.  He was then taught 8 methods of turning, or so-called “Palm Changes” and was then instructed to practice these Palm Changes by using his circular stepping to weave himself in and out between two trees.  After another two years of training, Dong finally felt as though both trees were following him.  After hearing of his progress, the Daoists were once again pleased and continued to teach him the advanced techniques of “adaptation.”  It took Dong another two years to master these techniques at which point the Daoists said with joy “we have nothing left to teach you.”


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Saturday, September 29, 2018 BaGuaZhang Workshop

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