About White Cloud Institute
Classes at White Cloud Institute
Beginners and advanced students find a welcoming, open classroom environment at White Cloud Institute. Take a class and continue into a program, or simply experience something new. Advanced Practitioners enjoy a focused teaching environment which brings them into higher levels of excellence and professional achievement.
Drop-in to a Qigong and Meditation class or enroll in a Certification Program. Classes are taught around the world. Check our calendar for upcoming classes or request that a class be offered in your area.
Many classes are approved by the NCBTMB for continuing education credit.
Sponsor a Class
If you are interested in sponsoring a class in your area please contact us. Classes offered now and in the past include:
Chi Nei Tsang levels 1-3
Energy Medicine and Chakra clearing
Healing with Crystals
Love and Destiny Cards
Healing with Essential Oils
Healing Love for Men and Women
Well Breast Massage
CNT and Pelvic Health
Qigong and Meditation
Bone Breathing Qigong and the 6 Healing Sounds
Tai Chi Fan
External Chi Healing
Qigong Teacher Training
White Cloud Institute offers continuing opportunities to individuals and professionals wishing to improve their health and well being. Our curriculum focuses on Asian Bodywork, Energy Medicine, Qigong, meditation, stress reduction practices, and preventative & alternative healing modalities.
Our programs are open to the general public. Community and national projects include a longitudinal study of Well Breast Massage began in January 2007, and research on the effects of Qigong practices on the reversal of Osteoporosis began in 2008. Please contact us if you would like to participate
What is Qigong?
Many of our beautiful flowing Qigong forms have been handed down from masters and today we are discovering how to balance our lives with some very simple, yet powerful meditative movements.
Qigong is moving meditation. Lets take a look at the word; Qigong. It is made up of two Chinese characters; Qi or Chi, meaning air, or a universal energy that permeates and flows thru everything; the breath that we all breathe, and Gong; which represents the effort or practice of learning to interact with chi and cultivate it for healing.
Qigong is a meditative practice of moving chi through and around the body to affect balance and better health.
There are thousands of Qigong forms, many developed specifically by individuals to heal certain ailments. There are Martial forms of Qigong like Bone Breathing, or Bone Marrow Washing and Tan Tien Qigong which come from the Iron Shirt Tradition. There are Spiritual forms of Qigong like Primordial Qigong and Dream practices. The Alchemical branch of Qigong includes meditations such as the Inner Smile and 6 Healings Sounds, Microcosmic Orbit, and Fusion of the 5 Elements. And there are Medical Qigong forms, like the ones I learned at the Xi Yuan hospital in Bejing which balance the organs energy. And there are specific forms to strengthen the Liver, like Jade Woman.
Many Qigong forms include slow meditative movements, yet the most advanced forms do not require movement, only the directing of the chi through the organs and meridians of the body, to affect balance of chi flow for optimum health.
Chi takes on many qualities. It can be vibrant and of high quality or stagnant and charged with low level energy. We individually live with chi that is either enlivening and in balance, in excess or deficient. With conscious practice, observation and quiet reflection we can learn to evaluate and work with our chi level and how it flows through our bodies.
We gather chi from the air, food, water and from sleeping. Our thoughts and emotions also affect the quality of chi. Qigong practice teaches us to purify, cultivate, circulate, store and project chi for healing. As we become still like the practitioners of the past we become more attuned to where we are out of flow, or out of balance.
As we move gently with Qigong, the breathing becomes deeper and the mind quiets. The blood shifts back into a more balanced ph which allows for deeper meditation. Life events and emotions become less intense as the body and its glands and organs find new balance and fill with the higher virtues that we were born with.
With simple and consistent practice we begin to cultivate life, and return our energy to pure source and the realm of primordial awareness.
How do Seasonal Qigong Forms support your health and vitality?
Humans are Nature. Our rhythms move naturally with the movement of the sun, moon, (light and dark) planets and stars, tides and rivers, the flowering and fruiting of plants, the movement of animals and birds. Even the digestion of our foods is dependent on what is available each season. Everything that we need to know about our world and keeping healthy can be found simply or metaphorically in nature.
Our breath is just right for a human body. The respiration of a tree is just right for the tree. Both have consciousness and ways of communicating. The planet has one breath each year, an inhale and an exhale. Drawing in chi and letting go of chi as the earth moves on its axis. The hummingbird has a quick movement, the galaxies a much slower movement.
Qigong movements create a flow of chi through the body and its structure; the meridians. Each meridian is a river of chi moving between the interior and the exterior of the body, from organs to the extremities and back. Every organ has it’s season, sound, and color, and time of day. And therefore we can use qigong to strengthen the organs and our overall health by choosing a movement which recognizes the organ and brings more chi into the organ. Sound and color produce a quality of chi. Movement creates a flow of chi.
For example, during the Spring it is a great idea to choose movements that clear and tonify the Liver chi. Locate the liver and gallbladder meridians and make some movements, or do some stretches and massage for the liver and gallbladder meridians. Make it fun. And send some vibrant spring green color from your mind’s eye into the liver and gallbladder to tonify them. Sounds will break up stagnation and move out stuck chi. Try the sound Shhhhh and see the old chi moving out of your liver to be recycled by the universe.
Now you have a spontaneous Qigong form.
Each Season/Element has a movement. Winter/Water brings us to a still point; a place of rest and rejuvenation. When we give ourselves the gift of stillness our entire being has an opportunity to become refreshed. Winter Qigong forms that I teach focus on slow movements to open the kidney and bladder meridians, and have longer quiet sitting meditations. I allow the natural darkness to fill the room. Pearl of the Night is a Winter Qigong form that I created. It is very simple and restorative.
Spring/Wood begins the movement upward and outward like the sap rising in the trees, stimulated by the wind moving the woods. Traditionally we use this time of year to detoxify our bodies. Nature, and our liver, is pushing chi up and out through branches and meridians. Qigong forms that stimulate the liver are great for Spring. I like forms like Swimming Dragon which open the spine and Jade Woman which clears liver chi.
Stay tuned for more Seasonal Qigong messages……