Webinar: External & Internal Elixir Qigong

This webinar is over. The recording will be available on Vimeo on Demand.

Pre-order date to be announced.


Saturday, April 24th

1pm - 3pm Eastern /

10am - 12 noon Pacific

(Eastern Daylight Time is - 4 UTC)

  • 2-hour live session

  • Lecture, exercises, and Q&A

  • BONUS! Zoom recording and handout included

Discounts for:

  • Multiple participants sharing a device (email us). Your integrity is appreciated.

Early bird extended to Monday, April 12, 2021



The internet connectivity at the Retreat Center is unpredictable. While we do what we can to provide the best experience possible, the video feed quality may not be up to your standards. Please do not register for the live session if this will be an issue for you.

An HD recording of the live webinar will be available for purchase in the future.


External & Internal Elixir Qigong

Chinese Qìgōng can generally be categorized into External Elixir (Wàidān, 外丹) and Internal Elixir (Nèidān, 內丹) Qìgōng. In External Elixir Qìgōng practice, a student learns how to build up the Qì to a higher level in the limbs and at the surface of the body. He or she then allows it to flow inward to the center of the body to nourish the internal organs. Through this practice, Qì circulation can be improved and enhanced to achieve the goal of maintaining health. Physical exercise, acupuncture, acupressure, and massage are considered external elixir practices.

In Internal Elixir Qìgōng practice, a practitioner will build up the Qì internally through proper breathing and meditation methods. When the Qì has been built up to an abundant level, it will then be distributed outward to nourish the entire body and enhance its vital functions. Small Circulation (Xiǎozhōutiān, 小周天) and Embryonic Breathing (Tāixī, 胎息) meditations are considered internal elixir practices.

In comparison to Internal Elixir Qìgōng, External Elixir Qìgōng practice is simpler, easier and safer to practice. However, the benefits that can be obtained from External Elixir practice are limited to enhancing the health of the physical body. If one wishes to reach the goal of longevity and spiritual enlightenment, Internal Elixir Qìgōng practice is essential.

This webinar will introduce the following concepts:

  • What are External and Internal Elixir? What are examples of each practice?

  • The body’s Qì network

  • Qì Channels and Vessels

  • Muscle/Tendon Changing and Brain/Marrow Washing Qìgōng

  • Foundations of External and Internal Elixirs

Recommended articles by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming:

  1. A Brief History of Qigong

  2. The Twelve Primary Qi Channels

  3. The Eight Extraordinary Qi Vessels

  4. Muscle/Tendon Changing and Brain/Marrow Washing Qigong


Qigong Categories

Qigong is any practice relating to the human body's Qi (internal energy). It can range from sitting meditation to high intensity physical activity. Qigong practice can be categorized into 5 groups according to the primary purpose in training.

  1. Maintaining Health (preventing illness and injury)

  2. Curing Sickness (and ailments)

  3. Prolonging Life

  4. Martial Arts

  5. Spiritual Enlightenment


Seminar will be held on Zoom

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  • Meeting ID, password, and details will be emailed on Thursday, April 22nd.

(Please email us if you do not receive it by Friday, April 23rd.)

Registered name MUST match Zoom username

  • When signing in to the Zoom meeting, please use the same name you registered under. First name & last initial or vice versa are acceptable.

  • Participants will be placed in a "Waiting Room" and allowed into the meeting only if the names match.

  • We require these steps for security purposes. Thank you for understanding.


Hosted by: Jon & Michelle

Questions? Email woof@BarkingRabbit.com

Please do not contact Dr. Yang or anyone else regarding seminar logistics.


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