With Michael Mayer
Classes Held in the Woodlands of Orinda
Saturdays 9:30-11:30 a.m.
$75.00 per month or $20.00 for single classes.
Classes are ongoing and beginners are welcome.
For more information call: (925) 254-6616
In this ongoing Qigong/Tai Chi class you’ll be initiated into the ten sets of Bodymind Healing Qigong that Michael synthesized from three decades of training with some of the world’s most respected masters of Tai Chi and Qigong.
What is Bodymind Healing Qigong?
Bodymind Healing Qigong is a physical exercise system, a Self-healing pathway, a spiritual practice, a method of transforming one’s life stance, a way to find our ground in the midst of the emotional crosscurrents of everyday life, and an initiatory tradition. It is grounded in psychoneuroimmunological and quantum biological research, and may become a practice that will stay with you for a lifetime.
These ten systems of Bodymind Healing Qigong include:
Set 1: Raising & Lowering Qi with Heavenly Palms
Set 2: Tai Chi Ruler
Set 3: Standing Meditation: Wuji and Yi Chuan Qigong
Set 4: Exercises after Standing to Disperse Stagnant Chi
Set 5: Ancient Taoist Healing the Internal Organ Exercises
Set 6: Bodhidharma’s changing muscles, sinews & bone marrow
Set 7: Ancient Animal Qigong
Set 8: Spiritual Qigong Practices
Set 9: Walking Meditation
Set 10: Yang Style Taiji Chuan
Over time students can choose which elements of the practice are most important to their lives. For example, if you’d like to focus on Tai Chi, you can learn the traditional 108 movement, long form of Yang style Tai Chi Chuan, along with various two person (push hands) practices. You’ll learn how every Tai Chi movement has four levels of purpose: self healing, spiritual unfoldment, self defense, and changing your life stance. This perspective is discussed in Michael’s book (Secrets to Living Younger Longer: The Self-healing path of Qigong, Standing Meditation and Tai Chi) where the theory is put forth that Tai Chi/Qigong stems from a long lost lineage where these four dimensions were an integrated part of the practice. If you’d like to focus on medical Qigong, Michael teaches various dimensions of these practices including the five animal forms of medical Qigong.
*Please also inquire about Bodymind Healing Qigong Certification programs, tailor-made to your unique needs.
Directions: From the Orinda Exit on Highway 24 go west on Camino Pablo, go 3 lights and on your left you’ll see El Toyonal Street (the sign on the right side says Orinda Way) turn left on El Toyonal, go up 3/10’s of a mile where the road splits go straight on Loma Vista, go up 2 blocks and turn left on La Bolsita Way. Go to end of block and park in driveway at 11 La Bolsita Way, Orinda, CA., 94563.
Michael Mayer , Ph. D., has been practicing and teaching Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong for many years in addition to being a psychologist in private practice. Michael has presented his integrated system of bodymind healing, at many hospitals and at universities, conferences and workshops. He was a keynote speaker for the National Qigong Association, and is the author of 20 publications on bodymind healing. Click Below for more information.
Michael’s background in Tai Chi and Qigong includes three decades of training in the internal martial arts at the Integral Chuan Institute with master Fong Ha where he learned Tai Chi Chuan (also spelled Taiji Quan), Xing Yi Chuan, and Yi Chuan. Some of this training includes Taiji, sword, saber and staff, the 108 movement long form of Tai Chi Chuan right and left sides, eight systems linking form of Tai Chi push hands, and the long form of San Shau. Sifu Ha trained with Tung Ying Chieh (first generation disciple of Yang Chengfu) and Yang Shouchung (a lineage holder of the Yang style). Michael trained in Yi Chuan with Sifu Ha and masters Han Xingyuan (a first generation disciple of Wang Xiangzhai), Sam Tam (master of Eagle Claw, Yi Chuan, and Taiji Quan), and to a lesser extent with masters Lam Kam Chuen and Han Jing Chen. Michael studied Wuji Standing Meditation with master Cai Sungfang. He has also trained with many other masters of medical Qigong such as Dr. Alex Feng in the Five Animal Forms of Hua Tau. He has been a colleague/friend of Taoist scholar Ken Cohen where many traditions have been mutually exchanged; for example, he was the first person to teach Ken the Yi Chuan Standing and Walking Meditation Qigong. Michael received a certification in Chinese Health Arts from the Acupressure Institute of Berkeley.
Dr. Michael Mayer’s professional background with Qigong includes: Michael has taught many workshops in Tai Chi/Qigong at universities, hospitals, workshops and conferences. For example, he keynoted the National Qigong Association Conference (2004) and was chosen to do a master level workshop at the Eleventh World Qigong Congress in San Francisco (2008). For many years he offered his Qigong workshops at world-renowned Esalen Institute; and he has certification programs which include Bodymind Healing Qigong for Qigong practitioners/teachers, and a Bodymind Health Practitioner’s Certification Program for health professionals. He has written four books and many professional articles on the integration of Qigong with Western mind-body healing practices. He received certification as a Tai Chi Master Instructor by The American Tai Chi and Qigong Association.