The teachers and themes for the Yangsheng Meeting 2019

Faye Yip (Telford, UK) – Qigong

Faye Yip (Telford, UK) – Qigong

The Human body is a mini universe and the high mountain is within ourselves. I’d like to show deeper appreciation of the hills, the mountain, the flowing water, the animals and the beautiful nature within our body temple.

Another meaning to ‘the high mountain and flowing water’ is to describe someone (eg audience/student) is on the same thinking wavelength as the practitioner (eg artist/teacher) so there is a connection in spirit without words. I feel I am at the stage of my own practice and teaching that there is always a Qi connection in my class.

I warmly invite you to experience these aspects of practice with me in the following workshops:

  • Waking up the sounds of your organ
  • Secrets of Ba Duan Jin
  • Li Family Heritage Mindful Xing Yi Zhuang Gong
  • Discover the animal within you!

More about Faye’s life and work

Yi-Chun Hwang (Berlin, Germany) – Tea

Yi-Chun Hwang (Berlin, Germany) – TeaKung Fu Cha – Drinking tea in a little bit different way

At this year’s Yangsheng Meeting, I would like to taste some delicately produced Formosa Oolong tea varieties with interested participants in a sociable and healthy way.
Please do not think of the strict Japanese tea ceremony or formal tea ceremonies held in Buddhist temples. The focus will lay on Yangsheng through joy, relaxation and concentration. The tea drinkers, sitting next to each other, will experience tea as a means to encourage easy communication or arbitrary silence or as an agent changing the sensual perception.

More about Yi-Chun’s life and work

Wang Ning (Frankfurt a. Main, Germany) – Calligraphy

Wang Ning (Frankfurt a. Main, Deutschland) – KalligraphieFlowing ink – Chinese Calligraphy

The workshop will start with a little introduction into the world of Chinese characters. The participants will experience very closely the aspects of movement and meditation as well as the depth of Chinese world view and culture. Concentrating wholly on the harmonization of „body and mind“, we will dive into the stream of writing in its entire beauty.

We will begin by working with the following characters: Yü Yü (玉宇) – jade and cosmos – a term to describe the universe.

! Consecutive Workshop!
Due to limited available seats, please indicate your interest for this workshop on the registration form.

! Material needed!
Writing material can be purchased directly from Ning at the beginning of the workshop (costs: ). If you will need some, please also indicate on the form so that he can bring enough material with him. If you are already in to calligraphy, do not hesitate to bring your own brushes etc.

More about Ning’s life and work

Henrik Jäger (Freiburg, Germany) – Yijing

Henrik Jäger (Freiburg, Germany) – I Ching

More about Henrik’s life and work

Henrik’s theme for YSM 2018: The I Ching in theory and practice

  • Yijing – Theory and Practice I: Introduction
  • Yijing – Theory and Practice II: The deeper meaning
  • Yijing – Theory and Practice III: The deeper meaning

The “Classic of Changes” contains over 3000 years of experience with a good “care for life”. To consult the Yijing can help you to discover unforeseen resources and new perspectives in an ever-changing world.
It is advisable to attend all three workshop units as they build upon one another. We will develop our discussions from the starting point „which mountains“!

! Consecutive Workshop!
Due to limited available seats, please indicate your interest for this workshop on the registration form.

! Material needed!
Please bring along a copy of the I Ching (Book of Changes). Henrik recommends the Richard Wilhelm translation.

Sabine Weihrauch

Sabine WeihrauchSabine Weihrauch has been learning Tai Chi Chuan since 1996. In 2002, she became a student of Grandmaster William C.C. Chen, Maartje van Staalduijnen († 2016, Amsterdam) and und Laura Stone (Deventer, Netherlands). In 2009, she has been certified to teach William C.C. Chen’s Tai Chi Chuan. Sabine teaches in Amsterdam.

Workshop Theme: How to face a mountain? (Partner-work)

Sometimes in life there are mountains that simply block our way. The interesting question about that is: How do we deal with this situation? – Climbing over it or traveling around it? Running wild or staying cool?
When we try to learn something – in practicing Tai Chi Chuan as well as concerning other activities – the question is the same. It also arises in partner-work when our partner stands still like a mountain even so we struggle hard to unbalance him. Also in other activities, there may be mountains in our way: Why is it that others seem to move so lightly and freely while I feel clumsy and awkward?
The body mechanics of William C. C. Chen offer a wonderful opportunity to act coolly when facing a mountain. They help to create more effortless movements and to influence our partner with less use of force. In the workshop, we want to discover and practice this aspect working with simple movements from the form, partner-work and exercises for mindfulness.

Laura Stone

Laura Stonehas been active as a T’ai Chi Ch’uan practitioner and teacher since 1972. She is fascinated by soft, grounded contact, flowing movement and the creation of space, everything to experience the connection with our innate natural balance and power.
At the same time, by training in T’ai Chi applications and boxing, she experienced how it is possible to relax and stay open under pressure; to have access to focused power without holding back; to learn and expand boundaries with playful and intensive training. Everything with precision, awareness and freedom.
As Grandmaster William C. C. Chen says, the core of T’ai Chi Ch’uan is to always know precisely what you are doing. End of story.

Laura has delighted in teaching for her whole life . She is always looking for the right words and refinements that allow each student to experience the essence of T’ai Chi Ch’uan. – This in an atmosphere of openness and softness.

Laura received her diploma from Grandmaster William C. C. Chen in 1986 and has had her own school since 1979 (T’ai Chi Ch’uan Association of Indiana, Bloomington, Indiana, USA, and The Studio School of T’ai Chi Ch’uan, Deventer, The Netherlands).

Three interactive T’ai Chi Ch’uan workshops:

Soft Contact Connection
with Laura Stone
The Studio School of T’ai Chi Ch’uan
Deventer, The Netherlands

Ground like a mountain,
Root like a lotus flower
Connect like flowing water

The foundation of these workshops is Grandmaster William C. C. Chen’s T’ai Chi Ch’uan. The workshops will be given as a progressive series and are open to all styles and levels of practice. The exact content of individual and partner (push hands and applications) exercises will unfold according to those present.

We will explore Soft Contact Connection as the ground for being fully present with another while allowing the space for the other to also release into being fully present.

Step one: Soft Contact Connection in stillness.

Being in physical contact without pulling, pushing or intention to do anything.
The way is to deeply relax and let go while remaining fully awake and open.
The touch is gentle, forming exquisitely to the surface that is touched (matching).
The practice is with the mind of curiosity.

Step two: Applying the qualities of Step one with harmonious complete contact interaction.

The interaction is investigative, playful, healing.
Playing further with matching and joining in dynamic relationship (listening).

Step three: Applying the qualities of Step one and two to gradually higher stress situations.

Playing with “harder” contact, less space and time (yielding, neutralizing and uprooting)

Step four: Embodying “from nothing to something and something to nothing”.

Applying the qualities of soft contact connection while uniting intention and action into one focused, dynamic action (uprooting).

The results are:
Building a subtle mind-body database that expands the field of relaxed response before the automatic reaction response system kicks in.
Training a meditative mind and sensory system that remains open, receptive and responsive under stress.

Sitting and walking meditation

We will explore Shamatha (peaceful abiding) and Vipashyana (awareness) meditation.
Sitting with the stillness of a mountain and the tranquility of mind like a peaceful flowing brook (Shamantha)
Opening your sensory-awareness mind to the experience of your inner world while being awake in your environment (Vipashyana).

These are qualities of consciousness that are supportive of our presence while practicing T’ai Chi Ch’uan or Qigong individually and interactively.

This workshop is open to everyone. Basic instruction will be given in sitting posture and walking meditation.

Laura Stone has been practicing sitting meditation since 1985, including Zen retreats with Kyozan Joshu Sasaki Roshi and Shambhala Buddhism programs and retreats in the US and Europe.

Severino Maistrello

Severino has been studying martial arts since 1973 and began to teach himself in 1985. He studied in Japan and Hong Kong.
From 2000 Severino started to continue his studies with Sifu To Yu, who is one of the most important Masters of Internal Martial Arts in Hong Kong and a disciple of Fu Cheng Song. As a tenured successor of Master To Yu, Severino is a member of the 3rd generation of Fu Style, direct student and representative in Italy and in Europe of Sifu To Yu.

Severino also studied Shi Pa Lo Han Chi Kung with GM Lee Kam Wing, and in 2003/2004 became vice president of Hong Kong Northern and Southern Martial Arts Association, an office he holds up to now.

Master Maistrello is also a holder of the 8th Duan of the World Organization of Wushu and Kung Fu Masters (since 2006, Hong Kong), the 6th Dan of Okinawa Karate Shorin Ryu and the 2nd Dan of Kobudo from Okinawa.

Severino is also an internal disciple of Taoist M° Wong Chun Yin (Tai Ki Kung Sam Fung, On Zon Su®, Cau, Tou Kung …).

He is now head Master of Wudang Fu Style Academy in Italy.

Workshops – On Zon Su – Traditional Taoist foot massage

During this workshop we will study the “5 SACRED MOUNTAINS’ MAP”. This map is considered to be of great importance in the ON ZON SU tradition.
The three parts of the workshop can also be selected as individual workshops.

Additional information – Article on On Zon Su

Huang Tsui-Chuan

Huang Tsui-Chuan was born in Taiwan in 1958. She earned her diploma for pedagogics at the University for Education in Freiburg (PH Freiburg).
Tsui was named as successor by her teacher Master Lian Tze (Taiwan). Master Lian was one of the three officially recognized students of Cheng Man Ching in Taiwan. Tsui is therefore a representative of the third generation of Cheng Man Ching Taijiquan.

In Germany, Tsui worked for 10 years as instructor at the adult education center Freiburg (VHS). Since 2000 she is a self-employed teacher of Taijiquan and Qigong, also working in the sector of advanced vocational training for German hospitals since 2001. Since 2007, Tsui has been working on the perfection of her own style following the approach of „Shan Shui“ (gentle like water).

Tsui is now directing her own school of Taijiquan and Qigong in her hometown in Breisach-Niederrimsingen. Here, she has been hosting guest workshops with Yang Yun-Zhong (Hongkong) since 2014 as well as the 23rd edition of the Push Hands Meeting in the border triangle (GER-F-CH) on June, 9th 2019.

For some years, Tsui also offers (assistant) instructor and teacher trainings in Taijiquan and Qigong. Tsui’s key areas of interest are: Qigong Foundations, the 8 Brocades, the exercises for the organs following the 5 elements, five animals games, the 18 figures of Tai Chi Qigong, the 13 basic exercises of Tai Chi, the short form of Taijiquan Yang style after Chang Man Ching, the 5 fundamental forms of Water Tai Chi and the subject of Tai Chi Chuan as a method for natural healing and activation of the body’s self-healing power.

Workshop themes – Qigong

1. Sanfeng (Mountain wind)

Series of exercises with the horizontal 8

  • warm-up exercise with the horizontal 8: arms, legs and torso
  • Turning like a prayer wheel – knocking by turning the body axis
  • Meditation exercise with the horizontal 8 on three levels: in leg area, in combination with the hands and around the waist
  • 3-steps-walking on three levels: body, micro- and macrocosmic level

2. Sanlan (Cloudscape)

Series of exercises with a spiral-turn of the spine

warm-up exercise with crossed hands

  • Breathing exercise to open the 4 gates (energy points Mingmen, Jienmen, Zhangmen und Qimen)
  • 3-level turn of the spine in opposite directions and crossing link with the 6 places (liohe) and the energy boost through the doors
  • 3-level turn of the spine in same direction and its transformation into a Tai Chi form – from the cloud hands to the dragon dance

3. Saning (echo)

Series of exercises with the cosmic sound as Tai Chi-Song

  • warm-up exercise with turning hands
  • Standing meditation to open the three layers of the energy body
  • Breathing exercise with the 3-level links between the sensory organs, the inner organs and the corresponding body parts according to the 5-element theory of TCM
  • Breathing exercise to open the three gates – heaven, earth, man – and their 3-level extension to open in internal tubes (as body vessels)

4. Sanlin (mountain forest)

Series of exercises with Taichi stick and Taichi pole

  • warm-up exercise with the Taichi stick
  • Swinging exercise with the taichi pole: oscillating on two points in the feet and circling on 3 levels and in the big circle
  • Taichi walking with the basic forms and into the 4 directions