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Luohan Gong

Qigong gentle moving forms and meditation classes are beneficial to all levels. These are ongoing weekly classes where we focus on grounding the body and nervous system, getting out of the body’s stress response, clearing out the lymphatic system, improving blood flow and circulation, boosting the immune system, clearing the mind and body of worry, fear, and stuck or imbalanced emotions that weaken the body’s natural ability to heal. 

 

Ready to get started? Come join us and treat yourself to an hour of getting to know the magic of you a little more. One of the primary forms we focus on in our level 1 class is the first form “The Hands of the 18 Luohan” within the Luohan Gong system.

 

The Hands of the 18 Luohan is a part of a style of qigong known as Yi Jin Jing or "Muscle & Tendon Changing" Qigong. This form was originally developed for the first monks of the Shaolin temple during the 6th century by Bodhidharma who has come to be known as the founder of Chen Buddhism or Zen. Choy Fook, a surviving monk to escape the destruction of the Shaolin temple in 1723 passed the Luohan Gong system on to Chan Heung; who’s family became the heirs of the Shaolin tradition. The Hands of the 18 Luohan is one of four forms that never left the inner circle of the Chan family until taught to Sifu Gasper Garcia. It is the bridge between yoga and qigong. It also is known as the origin, the pattern from which many of our modern day martial arts have stemmed. 

The Luohan Gong System

Luohan Gong, meaning “The art of the breath of the enlightened ones”, is a system for developing the 3 treasures (Jing, Qi, and Shen), beginning with The Hands of the 18 Luohan form. This first form creates the foundation of structure in mind, body, and energy; focusing more on the Jing, or physical level of the body and energy system. This form uses movement and breath to generate qi, emphasizing the extremes of Yin and Yang in its postures. The Hands of the 18 Luohan form opens up, clears, and develops the meridian channels, restores mobility within the joints, strengthens and detoxifies the organs, muscles, and tissue of the body. The Hands of the 18 Luohan restores the circulation of the blood, qi, and consciousness throughout the body creating a strong foundation of vitality for deeper spiritual work.

Sui Luohan is the second form that builds on the foundations of the first. Sui Luohan focuses more on the middle tan tien, the elixir field at the level of the heart in the development and refinement of one's qi. This form focuses more on using the breath to generate qi. The movements in Sui Luohan are more rounded and softer, incorporating stationary postures, mudras and toning.

Dai Luohan is the third form and is practiced with legs crossed focusing on the development of spirit and consciousness in the elixir field of the upper tan tien, or the center of the head. Dai Luohan uses various mudras and focuses more on the points along the central axis of the body within the conception and governor meridian channels. Whereas Hands of the 18 Luohan and Siu Luohan focus more on the development of the organ meridians.

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Hands of the 18 Luohan

This is a medical qigong form that increases your available qi reserves which are used to dredge the meridian channels; improving digestion, assimilation, and transmutation of qi in the body. This is also a yang form and activates the transformative effects of spirit in the body (Original Essence). This form greatly enhances one’s inner and outer flexibility, emotional balance, and overall physical health. By opening, strengthening, and clearing the energy in the spine, joints, muscles, tendons, organs, and meridians of the body, energy flow can be restored creating healing for the whole system.

Hands of the 18 Luohan

Tree Qigong

Ground and Develop Root. Learn to sink your qi and ground into the planet. Build a deeper awareness of the balance of Yin & Yang within your body and energy system. 

Zhan Zhuang
Tree Qigong

Yin Yang Walking Qigong 

This form activates the 3 gates, opens the hips joints and flows the energy through the expressions of Yin and Yang

Yin Yang Walking Qigong

San Jiao Qigong

Develop the San Jiao and Middle Tan Tien, while opening the energy center of the heart.

San Jiao Qigong

Wuji

Explore the flow that comes through within emptiness, the state of non-doing that lacks all polarity.

Wuji

3 Jackies

Develop the 8 Extraordinary meridians through movement.

3 Jackies

8 Treasures

These 8 short forms are the classical version of the 8 Pieces of Brocades. They support the organs and physical body, release emotion, and balance the body, mind, and spirit. 

Ba Duan Jing
The 8 Jewels

8 Trigrams

Have direct experience of the energy within the 8 Trigrams of the I Ching and learn to embody this natural flow of nature.

8 Trigrams

3 Tan Tien

Cultivate the 3 elixir fields in the body boosting the volume, communication, and transformation of jing, qi, and shen. Boost immunity and activate the body's natural healing ability.

3 Tan Tien
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