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Become a Chi Kung Teacher with the College of Elemental Chi Kung 

 

Call on 07761 398079 or email us at info2@elementalchikung.com

 

College of Elemental Chi Kung
Chi Kung Training Programme

 

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Course Syllabus

Overall Intention of the Training
The overall intention of the training is to present Chi Kung as a way to relate to expressions of life forces within the human system. In particular to listen and be aware of how you are, to be more present with body dynamics and movements of Chi within the body and mind. The training will teach the following skills:

self reflection, stability and groundedness, stillness of mind and body, sensitivity to Chi, use of intention, synchronised movement along with an understanding and appreciation of the body's structure and functions, Traditional Chinese Medicine concepts and Taoist philosophy. The training seeks to provide a nuturing and safe learning environment.

Teaching Format

  • Small class sizes are maintained.
  • Learning occurs by exploration, discussion and practise.
  • Teaching methods include lectures with the use of visual aids, demonstrations, guided sessions, visualisation work, small group exploration and feedback, supervision feedback all with an emphasis on student experience and exploration.
  • Tutorial and supervision sessions are included in each training module.
  • Fifty percent of class time will be given to practical experiential exercises.
  • Some course notes will be provided each seminar. These will be a mix of relevant extracts from key texts in the field or from related fields along with notes unique to the program.
  • The seminar time is designed to explore themes and approaches within Chi Kung and create clarity for participants. Time between seminars is for deepening into these and for further reading and contemplation.

Purpose of the Training

  • To nurture and encourage the personal development of both tutor and student alike
  • To provide an integrated training in Chi Kung firmly rooted in classical Chi Kung and more recent approaches
  • To provide an in-depth appreciation of the healing principles of Chi and its unfoldment in the human system
  • To provide an in depth understanding and appreciation of these principles and to be able to safely and adeptly practice and teach Chi Kung
  • To graduate skilled and safe Chi Kung practitioners and teachers

Course Work and Student Assessment

Home-study is assigned each seminar which includes both written work and reading. All home-study is expected to be completed on time. It is designed for completion between seminars in order to integrate material covered on the seminar and to prepare for the next seminar.

Students are expected to establish a regular Chi Kung practise and to keep a practise diary that needs to be submitted at various intervals.


Students are assessed in an on-going fashion throughout the course. Tutors will meet from time to time with each student on an individual basis to help understand how best the course can meet the student’s particular needs and to give feedback. In the latter part of the course the students will be asked to demonstrate the principles taught during the course by written and practical means.


Students will be asked to give short presentations during seminars and to lead or demonstrate various Chi Kung forms in order to develop confidence and creativity.

Students are encouraged to form local study groups which meet between seminar times.

SEMINARS

Seminars are outlined in collapsible panels. To view the outline select the SEMINAR. You can close the panel the same way.

SEMINAR 1 Chi Kung Basics

The first seminar will begin defining the course and its objectives. The main themes of the course will be explored especially 
defining what Chi Kung is and what its aims are. The course syllabus will be looked at in detail along with course expectations and 
outcomes. Time will be spent developing sensitivity to Chi by coming into greater awareness of our physical and energetic body. Wu Chi and the central channels will also be explored. These basic movements will be repeated throughout the course.

The Tao, Simplicity, Being Empty


The Dan Tien, Moving from the Dan Tien


The Three Treasures and Wu-Chi


Introduction to Five Element concepts

Relating to the whole body and emotional states


Chi Kung breathing (introduction)


Introduction to stillness - stillness in movement and movement in stillness



SEMINAR 2 Earth

In this seminar we will explore the action and importance of Earth. We will be introducing the Support Cycle and the Control Cycle using the Five Element model as well as Five Element guidelines for Earth i.e. taste, smell, time of year, animal and colour.

Exploring the properties of Earth in Nature; Support Cycle and Control Cycle; Looking at Stomach and Spleen; Movements and forms which support the Earth Element in an effortless way; The Monkey forms explored.

 

SEMINAR 3 Fire

The third seminar will explore the Fire Element and being aware of the Heart and Shen. In this seminar we will look at the upward expanding energy of Fire as well as the earthy, grounded qualities found in Fire.

Looking at the Heart energetically and physically; Awareness of Shen; Importance of Upper Fire and Lower Fire; Understanding the Heart Protector and Triple Burner; Introduction to the relationship between Blood and Chi; The Bird forms will be explored.

 

SEMINAR 4 Water

The fourth seminar will explore the action and importance of the Water Element. The main focus will be on flow and Jing. In this seminar we will also be looking at the properties of Water found in Nature and learning how they manifest in the body. Self assessment will also be covered.

Exploring flow and Jing; Water in Nature and how it manifests in the body; Looking at the Kidneys and Bladder; Movement forms which support the Water Element; Emotions and how to support them in the Water Element; The Bear forms explored; Self assessment. 

 

SEMINAR 5 Wood

This seminar looks at Wood Element, the Element of growth and transforming stagnation. In this seminar we will clarify the relationship between Wood and Water and develop the relationship between Wood and Jing.

Looking at Liver and Gall Bladder; Exploring forms to ensure transformation and increased Chi flow; Relationship between Water and Wood; Wood and Jing; Joint suppleness and muscle relaxation; The Deer forms explored.

SEMINAR 6 Metal

The sixth seminar will explore the Element of Metal. We will be introducing External Chi fields. We will also start to see the importance of synchronising movements and a clear awareness of boundaries.

Action of the Lungs and Large Intestine; Breathing forms; Strengthening Wei Chi, synchronising movement and awareness of boundaries; The Tiger forms explored.

 

SEMINAR 7 Anatomy & Physiology for Chi Kung

This seminar will give you a sense of how the chi flows through the fascia, muscles and skeleton affecting the body  to a cellular level. This understanding will help the mind (Yi) to guide and organize the 
chi flow in more holistic manner.

Bring awareness to the Three Dan Tiens; Working with the fascia and the myofascia (muscle fibres embedded in their associated fascia); Accessing the Central Nervous System.

 

SEMINAR 8 Teacher Training

This seminar is designed to support graduate teachers in their delivery of the Five Element system to students.  We teach safe classroom practices and how to cater to the group and the individual. This seminar also teaches how to hold the classroom energetically allowing for more effortless chi awareness. Holding the Chi fields in the class room; How to create an effective lesson plan (for group or one to one); Creating safe class room environment; Developing observation skills for teaching; Teaching in Wu Wei 

SEMINAR 9 Nei Kung

In this seminar we will begin to explore Nei Kung, which simply means internal work. Although it is a part of the Chi Kung family it is also a distinctly separate and a more ancient Daoist practise. Nei kung is a very highly developed internal practice, not a specific set of exercises as in chi kung although there are forms and exercises and 
movements which can seem similar. Nei Kung is a life long practise of continual refinement and development. This seminar will give you a foundation for this discipline.  At a basic level Nei Kung will strengthen the body, the immune system and the mind.  When that has been achieved the more refined spiritual practices (the Shen) can be 
explored.

Daoist breathing techniques, meditation; Transformation of the Three Treasures (Jing Chi Shen); Intro to Circle Walking
 

SEMINAR 10 Developing the Yi

This is the last seminar of the training. In this seminar we will look at basic meditation methods and basic visualisation techniques. We will do this by exploring static and moving forms we have already developed during the two year training. We will also be looking at combining breath, movement and the Yi (mind and intention). Through simple visualisation techniques and symbolism we can enhance and deepen our understanding of the concepts leading to a more effortless practice.