Emei Qigong Four-Day Level I Workshop

A four-day Emei Qigong Level I workshop will be held on October 17 and 18 and November 14 and 15 at the Unitarian Society of Hartford. Diana Heymann, Emei teacher and student of Master Pat Bolger and Grandmaster Fu Wei Zhong, will teach this seminar.

Qigong instruction has become increasingly available. “Classes and seminars are appearing in recreation, community and yoga centers, some of them simply called qigong and others with a descriptive title,” noted Heymann. “It’s easy to be confused about the differences among various schools and beginning students may mistakenly conclude that all Qigong forms are the same; however, the differences are profound.” Of the three major schools in China, Emei Qigong is the one most focused on healing the body’s physical, emotional and spiritual aspects.

Emei Qigong was founded in 1227 when a monk climbed Emei Mountain and sat until reaching enlightenment. With this enlightenment came a synthesis of more than 3,600 schools of thought, philosophies and techniques that he called the Emei Linji School of Qigong-Emei Qigong. This knowledge was kept secretly alive for 700 years. All of this changed when the lay lineage holder, Grand Master Fu Wei Zhong determined his mission was to disseminate this knowledge and, to that end, he has trained teachers in the West to carry on the Emei tradition with their students.

“Emei Qigong is distinctive because movements are easy to learn, it strengthens healing energy and graduated levels of training offer a well-defined path for continuing study,” adds Heymann.

Practitioners report enhanced physical vitality in the form of increased energy and strength, improved mobility, reduction in back pain and migraine pain, normalization of blood pressure, reduced gastrointestinal distress and more.

“Emei Qigong can also help reduce emotional stress by enabling individuals to face life’s uncertainties with ease, dispel chronic anger, relieve worry and anxiety, lift the weight of sorrow and grief and free the mind from overthinking,” says Heymann, adding, “It eliminates illnesses at their source, removes blocks that perpetuate old habits and enables practitioners to heal themselves.”

Unitarian Society of Hartford, 50 Bloomfield Ave, Hartford. The workshops run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, with the exception of October 18, when it ends at 2:45 p.m. Cost is $99. To register, contact 860 233-9897x102 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Details available at



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