Qi Gong with Angela Lee

I am a Qi Gong instructor, and a Licensed Acupuncturist for the state of California. I received my Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from Samra University and my Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara.

I supplemented my studies with courses in Orthopaedic Acupuncture. I spent some time in China at the Beijing Institute of Orthopaedics and Traumatology. Phew! That was a lesson in itself just to see Acupuncture practiced in its element.

I also used the Qi Balancing Methods taught by Dr. Tan, OMD. using the FuXi Ba Gua and instant pain relief points.

More About Me and My Work

I’ve come to this place in my life through many years of practicing and studying qi gong. This practice has helped me to discover that the human body is capable of many miraculous things.

Qi Gong taught me to heal myself and to feel the connection of my mind, body, and spirit, giving me a sense of inner peace. I continue to experience and see many people benefit from it. Practicing Qi Gong can teach you to heal yourself … and perhaps heal others.

I became so intrigued with qi gong and that I returned to school to get my acupuncture license. At school, I gained a better understanding of Traditional Chinese medicine and the healing powers of qi, which I now bring to my work as a qi gong instructor and acupuncturist.

I hope to share my knowledge of Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, and qi gong with you in hopes that you will be able to understand and help yourself. Please contact me if you have questions about acupuncture or qi gong.

Angela Lee is available for speaking engagements on the benefits of Qi Gong and Acupuncture.

Public Qi Gong Class

You can register for my public Qi Gong Class using the link below


TEMPORARILY halted due to COVID

TEMPORARILY halted due to COVID


Online Intro to Qi Gong  
8 sessions $80.00
 
Location: Online via Zoom

Qi Gong: A Healing Art for Health Instructors:

Angela K. Lee, L.Ac.
Licensed Acupuncturist and Qi Gong Instructor

Qi Gong Class Outline:

Class 1: Intro to Qi Gong Exercise and Warm Up

Class 2: Chinese Medicine of Qi Gong

Class 3: Herbs for your Health

Class 4: Demonstration of Acupuncture

Class 5: Review Qi Gong for Health

Class 6: Progress Reports for Each Student

Class 7: Practicing on Your Own/Evaluations

Class 8: Review Stances and Benefits of Qi Gong

 


Essentials
~Dress warm for the class
~Eat a meal 1/2 hour before class
~Have loose fitting clothing for movement
~RELAX your body during practice
~Keep shoulders and knees bent
~Relax your mind and not think about the practice
Warm Up Exercises

Belly Breaths

Neck Rotation

Shoulder Rotation Forwards

Shoulder Rotation Backwards

Twist and Pat 

Giant Arm Rotations 

Back Stretch 

Hip Rotations 

Knee Rotations 

Ankle Rotations

Standing Qi Gong

Feet are Shoulders width apart

Feet are parallel

Toes are grabbing the earth

Pelvis is forward or rotated up

Butt is flat without a curve in the back

Open knees to a bowed position

Stomach is tight

Lift and open Chest

Your head is looking straight forward, you can move your eyes

Bring hands up the side of the body

Turn your wrist at your hips and hands

Come forward

Have your hands land in position in front of you like you are riding a motocycle

Readjust the shoulders to keep them relaxed

Readjust your head again to keep it forward

Bring your chin slightly down

ALWAYS KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN

Tongue is touching the roof of your mouth

Keep a fist length between your body and your arms

Elbows are in front of body

Elbows are bent and forearms are parallel to the earth

Wrists are straight and level

Fingers are curved like you are hold a ball, space between each finger, thumbs are bent and level to hand

Sitting Qi Gong

Sit on a sturdy Chair, come forward

Move Rear end towards the front of the chair for more weight to bare on the legs

Feet are one foot length apart

Feet are parallel

Toes are pressing to the earth

Knees are apart and bowed

Tighten Stomach

Straighten back

Move your Chest up and open

Tongue is touching the roof of your mouth

Hands are in a circle in front of you

Palms line up

ALWAYS KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN

Wrists are straight and level

Keep your arms from touching your body

Hands curved like you are hold a ball, space between fingers, thumbs are bent and level to hand

Qi Gong Practice Finishing Movements
Hands and arms are extended straight in front of you 

Squeeze and relax 3 x breathing in with your nose and out with your mouth

Inhale and bring hands towards neck

Press down 3x

Pat yourself off: 
arms first then 
legs 
down on the outside up on the inside 3x, 
c
ross hands to rub knees, 
p
at down legs last

Qi Gong Links
 
Qi Journal – The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health and Fitness
 
National Qi Gong Association – non-profit and umbrella organization that embraces and supports equally all schools, traditions, teaching styles, and philosophies of Qigong & Tai Chi

What’s the difference?

Acupuncture and Qi Gong are both based in Traditional Chinese Medicine. In a traditional scenario of healing both would be used to assist in the healing of the body. The key difference between the two is how each effects your qi.

First you would need to understand the concept of qi. Qi is the energy in your body that sparks your organs to work. Some people use the term “Life Force” I say, “What isn’t qi?”. Qi is that which makes your heart beat and your lungs breathe. It is present in every party of your body. When the body is low on qi this is when disease or health issues arise in the body.

In Acupuncture, a Licensed Acupuncture will diagnose you and determine your health issue and formulate a treatment plan. The Acupuncturist will then place acupuncture needles in key points to facilitate your flow of qi. This method is pushing or redirecting your qi to move in a certain speed or pathway to allow accellerated healing. Acupuncture would be needed in a series of treatments 1-2x/week depending on the health issue.

In practicing Qi Gong you will be cultivating qi and allow it to build and replenish in your body. This increase of qi in your body will improve the circulation of your body fluids and overall energy. I usually use the example of a fountain fill with water. In time if the water is evaporated and not replenished the flow of water through the channels and pump is less effiecient. When more water is added the pump and the water flow in the fountain is abundant. Qi Gong can then be practiced at home everyday to improve your health issue. Improvement will vary in time from 3 weeks to 3 months depending how much time is put into practicing Qi Gong. It is best to start with a qualified instructor to get the basic foundation to the moves and stances in Qi Gong

Shaolin Nei Jing Yi Zhi Chan Qi Gong(Shaolin One Finger Qi Gong) is a Qi Gong originating from Buddhism. It arrive from India from Dharma, a buddhist monk travelling to China to spread Buddhism around 420 D.C. to 589 D.C., and then became the founder of China’s Zen Buddhism. This is why there is not movement in the Shaolin One Finger Qi Gong. It is based on being Zen or present in the moment. No use of the mind or the body but simply to relax and feel.

Qi Gong was only passed on as an oral tradition and only a few monks were chosen by the Chief Monk of the Monastery to train in Qi Gong. They were not even allow to pass their information to their fellow monks.

Great Great Grand Master Ah Shui (1918-1982), teacher of Great Grand Master Cai Qiu Bai, retained the oral tradition of Qi Gong and in the early 1960s he shared his information to a hand full of students in Shanghai, China. Que Ah Shui was born in Suzhon Weitang to a very poor family. He became a monk when he was 8 years old as two monks took an interest in his abilities. At that time, there were two Shaolin Monasteries; one located in Song Shan in Northern China and the other one in Fujian Putian in Southern China. Ah Shui was the Chief Monk at the Southern Shaolin Monastery where he mastered Shaolin One Finger Qi Gong.

In traditional Chinese culture, it is pivotal to have offspring and pass on one’s family name. Qui Ah Shui was the only son in the family and was asked by his parents to give up celibacy as a monk in order to continue the family name. For this reason, Que Ah Shui had the opportunity to introduce and teach Shaolin One Finger Qi Gong in Shanghai, and spread it all over China in the 1960S. The spreading of Shaolin Chan Gong must be credited to Master Ah Shui.

Master

Que Ah Shui taught Shaolin One Finger Qi Gong verbally and individually. He did not allow his students to take note as he was forbidden to do the same from his masters. As a result, no one knows whether he had taught everyone the same thing or whether he had taught each of his disciple/learner differently. In fact, there were proof later indicated what a disciple/learner learned is very much difference from that of other disciples/learners. He did recognize Cai Qiu Bai as his Chief successor based on his abilities as a student.

Great Grand Master Cai started training with Master Ah Shui at 6 years of age. His mother befriended Ah Shui as she needed his assistance in healing a painful elbow. Master Ah Shui was looking for a young person to start training at a young age, and he found Cai to be very good at the basic techniques of Qi Gong. Cai trained with Master Ah Shui most of his life. Master Cai came to the United States in 1989 on a visiting Visa. He was here during the Tainanmen student uprising and was granted Amnesty by the United States to stay and become a US citizen. He was told by Ah Shui that he was to teach Qi Gong to as many people as he could and to teach in the United States. Master Cai current resides in the Bay Area and continues to teach all over the world.

Angela Lee is one of his senior Qi Gong students. Angela is ranked by the China Shaolin Nei Jing Yi Zhi Chan Association Instructor III. She has a background in Martial Arts starting from Tai Chi Chuan at 10 years old. She studied many hard Martial Arts styles through the years such as Shaolin Northern Praying Mantis, Sil Lum White Lotus, and Choy Lei Fut. She found she a better healer than a warrior, and she started Qi Gong with Master Cai in 1991. During the first 3 months of practice she did not feel much of anything, but in a burst of Qi she accellerated one night in her practice, and Master Cai saw the change and he got excited and told her through she has a lot of potential to be a master. She decided to learn more about Traditional Chinese Medicine and received her Master of Oriental Medicine in 1997. She is a Licensed Acupuncturist and herbalist and started a practice in San Francisco. She felt it was time to teach Qi Gong to her friends, and she became the first Qi Gong Instructor at UC San Francisco in 1998. In 1999 She opened the first Qi Gong class at UC Berkeley, and in 2000 She started teaching the first Qi Gong class offered at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco.

Presently there are over half a million people around the world practicing Shaolin One Finger Qi Gong.

Meridian Peak Period Chart

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Meridian Peak Period chart