London (BST) 17:00-18:00
San Francisco (PDT) 9am-10am
New York (EDT) 12noon-1pm
Berlin (CEST) 18:00-19:00
Wu Qin Xi (五禽戏) – The Five Animal Frolics (Dance/Play) Qi Gong is considered the earliest form of Medical Qi Gong in Chinese history, dating back to the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220). “Bear moving” and “Bird stretching” are clearly documented as regular exercises for Chinese people who lived 2300 years ago.
The famous Chinese physician Hua Tuo (110-207) created the “Five Animal Form” as a mimicry of the movements of the tiger, bear, deer, monkey, and bird. The form was taught to facilitate the cultivation of Qi and spirit and to boost general health and flexibility.
The “Five Animal Play” focuses on the training of internal Qi. It combines the soft and hard interpretation of movements with the focus of guiding Qi flow in the body. As an internal form, there may be martial art implications. The five animal forms incorporate many fluid and beautiful active movements; therefore, it is often referred to as the practice of the dance of the five animals.
Hua Tuo taught that through imitating the movement of the tiger, deer, bear, monkey and crane, the Five Animal Qi Gong brings us back to our free human nature. Symbolically, the animals are related to the five elements, colors, sounds, seasons, internal organs, sensory organs and emotions. The system of Five Animals is practiced through simple forms of movements, meditation and spontaneous play of the animals. Internally the practice opens the Qi channels and cultivates Jing, Qi, Shen (essence, vital energy, and spirit). Externally it improves the function of bones, joints, tendons, muscles, circulation, hair and skin. It is an integrative, omprehensive practice that promotes health, vibrancy and longevity.
Dr. Alex Feng, a lineage holder of the Zhi Dao tradition, is one of the few masters who can tap into the secrets that are revealed through this magical, rare animal form. An accomplished Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, grandmaster of the Internal Martial Arts, and Daoist Priest, Dr. Feng has developed an approach to teaching Qi Gong that enables the practitioner to understand the inner workings of the medical principles and the Daoist alchemy at play with this unique form of Qi Gong exercise and meditation.
With the guidance of Dr. Feng, the essence of the five animals will become alive in you – the energy of these animals will soar through your being, your channels, your body. Dr. Feng is able through these teachings to evoke your innate animal instinct and beauty… bringing vitality and rejuvenation. The forms are taught with medical and spiritual applications that were formerly unavailable to the English-speaking world. Although others may teach the choreography of the Five Animals, movements without the depth of understanding that Dr. Feng can impart are meaningless.
Dr. Feng collaborated with the eminent Professor Wang Pei Kun and Professor Zeng of the Shanghai Institute of Physical Culture to authenticate this rigorous and comprehensive Five Animal Play Qi Gong curriculum. This series of classes integrates physical movement, medical, spiritual and shamanic aspects of a holistic healing process. The student will learn to be in touch with the energetic vibrational, spiritual and shamanic expressions similar to Kundalini awakening.
Introduction is strongly recommended for all. After that you can take select animals or the entire course.
11th May - Introduction and Overview
18th May - Bear
25th May - Bear
1st June - Bird/Crane
8th June - Bird/Crane
15th June - Monkey
22nd June - Monkey
29th June - Tiger
6th July - Tiger
13th July - Deer
20th July - Deer
27th July - Summary and Graduation!
This course will provide the learner with an opportunity to learn and master a Medical Qi Gong practice that integrates physical, mental and spiritual health from a Daoist and Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective. The forms can be performed with no additional equipment in any space and at any time of day. Participants report restoration and maintenance of more robust health as a result of practicing these forms.
This resource from Dr Alex Feng may be a useful course companion available from Zhi Dao Guan, The Taoist Center - 'Five Animal Play Qi Gong DVD and Book'
Type of Format: Course
Duration of Each Session: 60 minutes
Technical Platform: Zoom Pro
Concessionary Ticket - is only for job seekers, students and seniors with a low household income.
Drop-In Ticket: You can only purchase one Drop-In ticket at a time. You can expect an email from Intercultural Roots within 1-2 working days providing you with a choice of Drop-In sessions available to you. Upon receipt of your confirmation we will will manually add you to the Zoom meeting and you will receive your confirmation and link.
Please ensure that you book at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the course, excluding Drop-In tickets where available, to allow time for you to receive confirmation emails and your entry link to Zoom. This is because we rely on third parties for confirmation etc. Please ensure you have read the Legal notices on our website before booking, in particular our notices regarding Privacy (including Privacy Considerations When Using Zoom), Refund & Cancellation, Disclaimers and Terms.