Lift Qi Up, Pour Qi Down
What you'll learn
- You can become proficient in level One of Zhineng Qigong’s called Lift Qi Up, Pour Qi Down
- This will provide you with the understanding needed to establish a solid personal practice
- This serves as an "Jump-start" to further Zhineng Training with any teacher round the world.
- You can use this style to bring about deep personal healing
- Anybody can take this course
Welcome to our first Online Course - Lift Qi Up, Pour Qi Down.
This course will teach you the first Qigong form developed by Dr Pang Ming, and taught here by John Millar, Jeremy Colledge and Caroline Whyman. (Since the filming, Caroline has resigned from The Three Monkeys.)
Back in 2011 Three Zhineng Qigong Teachers met up to discuss what we could do to help Zhineng Qigong grow and develop in the UK.
Over the following years we combined our experience, skills and opinions and developed a modular Teacher Training programme.
(This film is the entry point for people who just wish to learn the form, or indeed engage with our Community or School in any way.)
Our aim at the Three Monkeys is to further Zhineng Qigong in the UK through the development of a community of practitioners, supporting both those who want to share their understanding and experience through teaching and those who want to develop and explore this powerful practice.
We believe that this community should be:
Open – a closed community is unable to be fully aware, it’s unable to listen and learn from others perspectives. In order to truly grow we must be aware and this can only happen when we are open.
Respectful – Respect helps us to be humble enough to constantly learn. Without respect we can more easily fall into the trap of feeling superior, knowledgeable or even correct.
Accessible – Our view is that everyone can benefit from exploring the practice of Qigong so it’s important to build a sustainable, supportive group that is accessible to everyone.
What is Zhineng Qigong?
Developed by Dr Pang Ming, Zhineng Qigong is an open system that is both a highly effective in healing and spiritual development.
Drawing together a range of Qigong practices as well as both Buddhist and Daoist influences, Zhineng Qigong represents a point in the evolution of Qigong that is both complex enough to support modern academic study, while retaining a simplicity that makes the practice truly accessible to anyone.
Whether you are looking for a powerful healing system with a proven track record of effectiveness or a tool with which to explore the more spiritual aspect of practice, Zhineng Qigong has a wealth of information and practice for you.
Who this course is for:
- Beginners, improvers and people who wish to continue practice with an exercise video
Hi, I’m an escapee from the City. I worked there for 15 years, and in the process I accumulated all the negative habits which accompany that lifestyle – late nights, alcohol, and cigarettes, all leading to STRESS and poor health.
In 1988, whilst trying different therapies and exercise forms in order to improve my health, I came across Chen Man Ching’s Short form Tai-chi. I found the classes extremely helpful and enjoyable – they triggered my interest in and love of eastern arts, which continues to this day. This was my “Crossroad”
The black bags under my eyes started to go, I became less susceptible to colds and flu, and my energy levels soared. Today I’m twice as flexible physically and mentally as I was 15 years ago!
My background reading into Tai-chi forms helped me to discover and thus begin my in-depth study of Qigong. I began to understand that the Qigong energy system was the key to all eastern healing methods. It was this process that led to my great escape, as I realised that having healed myself, I wanted to teach and heal others.
I was trained by the International Institute of Medical Qigong first as a practitioner, then a qualified therapist and teacher, in due course I hope to become a Doctor of Medical Qigong.
I had the privilege of studying Qigong and Tai-chi sword form with Grand Master Chen. I was also a student of Master Lam’s, studying Tai-chi and Zhan Zhuang (Pronounced Jam Jong)
I now work exclusively with teachers from Dr Pang Ming’s (Now closed) Medicineless Hospital – The Huaxia Centre – Teachers Lu and Ling, Teacher Wei and Teacher Jianshe
John Millar was born and educated in the South East of England, on leaving school John spent a short period as a professional Windsurfer before opting for a ‘proper’ job and heading to the City and a career in banking. Through a sequence of happy coincidences his career path took a diversion and he spent 20 years in the IT industry.
In 1997, while studying world religions and complimentary medicine, an insightful Reiki master introduced John to Qigong. From the outset it was apparent that Qigong provided him with a powerful tool for the exploration of spiritual and healing practices, as time passed the potential for Qigong to be integral in all parts of his life became clear.
Following graduation from the Teacher Training Program at the ‘College of Chi Kung’ in London where he met up and became good friends with Caroline, John continued to study Qigong form and philosophy, both in the UK and China, exploring the potential that resides within movement and stillness.
John’s passion is in finding simple, effective ways of expressing the understanding that resides at the core of the practice of Qigong. He believes that there is huge potential in providing people and Organisations with practices that are simple enough to be memorable, whilst being profound enough to support deeper practice.
Caroline Whyman was a driving force in the formation and development of the Three Monkeys School of Qigong. After 5 years, a move out of London to Devon and an increasing demand for her teaching abroad she has chosen to refocus her energies in other aspects of the Zhineng Qigong Community and step out of her role with Three Monkeys.
Caroline Whyman has had an interesting career as an artist, lecturer, and writer who made unique, inlaid porcelain, which was exhibited worldwide. She spent time as an ‘Artist in Residence’ in Japan, Poland, Israel and Hawaii, and worked as a lecturer in post-school Education.
Before becoming successful, she had endured a prolonged period of a mystery illness - now known as ME, or post viral fatigue syndrome, which robbed her of six years of ‘normal’ life. Regaining her health was a long process; after three years of regular acupuncture treatment her health began to return.
This was a time of deep self discovery, and she began searching for something she could do to support her own progress - an article in a Sunday paper led her to Qigong, and her first teacher, Simon Lau (with whom she studied for over 20 years).
Within the first six months of practising ‘Wisdom Form Qigong’ or Zhineng Qigong, her health, and wellbeing had returned in force, and she knew, very deeply, the power of this practice.
Caroline has always been passionate about teaching and trained as Qigong teacher at ‘The Elemental School of Qigong’, where she made friends with her teaching colleague John Millar.
In 2008 she travelled to China where she met Jianshe Liu, at the Hexju Qigong Centre and her love affair with China and with the wonderful community of Zhineng Qigong teachers began.
Caroline regularly travels to China, to train with various Zhineng Qigong Teachers,and also leads groups of people to experience Zhineng Qigong and the culture of China, and likes to practice speaking a little mandarin Chinese, which she has been learning for the last 4 years.
Caroline’s influence remains strong within the Three Monkeys and she is an integral part of our online training. We wish her well in her new ventures and look forward to working with her again in the future.