Four Seasons Qigong & Food as Medicine
YMAA Boston Special Class

Focus: Summer (Heart Health)

Summer Qigong Set—Heart Health:

1. Forward and Backward Swing Arms (Qián Hòu Shuǎi Bì) 前後甩臂
2. Left and Right Turn Windlass (Zuǒ Yòu Lu Lu) 左右轆轤
3. Feudal Lord Pulls the Bow (Bà Wáng Lā Gōng) 霸王拉弓
4. Immortal Pushes the Stone Tablet (Xiān Rén Tuī Bēi) 仙人推碑

5. Large Roc Arcs Its Wings (Dà Péng Gǒng Chì) 大鵬拱翅
6. Large Roc Spreads Its Wings (Dà Péng Zhǎn Chì) 大鵬展翅
7. Sway the Head and Swing the Tail (Yáo Tóu Bǎi Wěi) 搖頭擺尾
8. Baby Bird Receives the Food (Yòu Niǎo Shōu Shí) 幼鳥收食
9. Crane Shakes Its Wings (Bái Hè Dǒu Chì) 白鶴抖翅

This 8-week course will be half theory and half exercise focusing on the summer season Qigong exercises (heart health) as well as a discussion of eating properly to treat illnesses and prevent disease in the late summer & autumn.

Four Seasons Qigong is a well-known traditional medical Qigong practice in which one learns how to regulate the body from one season to the next to avoid common illnesses. This Qigong specializes in training the five internal Yin organs; heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, and spleen, which correspond to the four seasons of the year.

It is believed that when we get sick, it is often due to the body’s difficulty in adapting to the changes from one season to another. For example, when Fall arrives, it is easier to catch a cold, and when Summer comes, the heart can be too excited. By practicing Four Seasons Qigong, you are able to adjust your body’s Qi during the change of seasons so your health can be maintained.

Food as Medicine: Healing begins with an optimal diet and balanced overall nutrition. Chinese food therapy is a practice of healing that uses natural foods instead of medications to correct imbalances and disharmonies in the body’s Qi (vital energy). Eating properly according to the seasons can treat and prevent illnesses and disease.

4 Seasons Medical Qigong—All Five Sets

Focus: Five Elements Health & Meridians

TCM Time Course | August 5th-September 9th, 2021 | 6-week course | Thursdays 7:00-8:00PM EDT

  • Learn a well-known traditional medical Qigong practice that will help you naturally adapt your body energy through the four seasons to prevent common illnesses and stay healthy
  • In Chinese medicine, five major organ systems correspond to the four seasons of the year: Summer (Heart), Autumn (Lungs), Winter (Kidneys), Spring (Liver) and All Seasons (Spleen)
  • This 6-week course will focus on Traditional Chinese Medicine Health and Five Elements Theory related to Organs, Meridians, and Acupressure
  • Theory and exercises of all five seasons Spring-Summer-Late Summer-Autumn-Winter Qigong sets will be covered in-depth
  • SPRING QIGONG & Liver/Gall Bladder Meridians (WOOD)
    Sense Organ: Eyes | Tissue: Tendons | Emotion: Anger
    Healing Sound: 噓 XU (sounds like "shu" or "shooo")
    • 1. Left-Right Single Lifting
    • 2. White Ape Picks up the Peach
    • 3. Lo Han Bows
    • 4. Zhong Wan Up and Down
  • SUMMER QIGONG & Heart/Small Intestine Meridians (FIRE)
    Sense Organ: Tongue | Tissue: Blood Vessels | Emotion: Joy
    Healing Sound: 呵 HE sounds like "hah" or "haaaw"
    • 1. Forward and Backward Swing Arms
    • 2. Left and Right Turn Windlass
    • 3. Feudal Lord Pulls the Bow
    • 4. Immortal Pushes the Stone Tablet
    • 5. Large Roc Arcs Its Wings
    • 6. Large Roc Spreads Its Wings
    • 7. Sway the Head and Swing the Tail
    • 8. Baby Bird Receives the Food
    • 9. Crane Shakes Its Wings
  • LATE SUMMER QIGONG & Spleen/Stomach Meridians (EARTH)
    Sense Organ: Mouth | Tissue: Muscles | Emotion: Worry | Healing Sound: 呼 HU sounds like "huh" or "whooo"
    • 1. Double Hands Hold Up the Heavens
    • 2. Large Dragon Loosens Its Neck
    • 3. Buddha Explores the Sea
    • 4. Circle the Waist Horizontally
    • 5. Regulate the Middle and Lower Burners
    • 6. Loosening the Upper Burner
    • 7. White Crane Loosens Its Wings
    • 8. White Crane Shakes Its Wings
  • AUTUMN QIGONG & Lung/Large Intestine Meridians (METAL)
    Sense Organ: Nose | Tissue: Body Hair and Skin | Emotion: Sadness or Grief
    Healing Sound: 呬 SI sounds like "shi" or "tzzz"
    • 1. Forward and Backward Swing Arms
    • 2. Left and Right Turn Windlass
    • 3. Feudal Lord Pulls the Bow
    • 4. Immortal Pushes the Stone Tablet
    • 5. Large Roc Arcs Its Wings
    • 6. Large Roc Spreads Its Wings
    • 7. Sway the Head and Swing the Tail
    • 8. Baby Bird Receives the Food
    • 9. Crane Shakes Its Wings
  • WINTER QIGONG & Kidney/Bladder Meridians (WATER)
    Tissue: Bones | Sense Organ: Ears | Emotion: Fear
    Healing Sound: 吹 CHUI sounds like "shuee" or "chway"
    • 1. Two Hands Hold the Feet
    • 2. Phoenix Spreads Its Wings
    • 3. Turn the Head to See the Moon
    • 4. Large Bear Softens the Waist

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$40

4 Seasons Medical Qigong—Summer Set

Focus: Heart Health & Meridians

TCM Time Course | June 3rd-July 8th, 2021 | 6-week course | Thursdays 7:00-8:00PM EDT

  • Learn a well-known traditional medical Qigong practice that will help you naturally adapt your body energy through the four seasons to prevent common illnesses and stay healthy
  • In Chinese medicine, five major organ systems correspond to the four seasons of the year: Summer (Heart), Autumn (Lungs), Winter (Kidneys), Spring (Liver) and All Seasons (Spleen)
  • This 6-week course will focus on how to prevent sickness of the Heart/Small Intestine and Pericardium/Triple Burner, especially through the summer season for: Lack of joy and more, Lack of enthusiasm & vitality, Pale complexion, cold sensitivity, Nervousness, Heart palpitations and irregular heart beat, Chest pain or tightness, cardiac problems, heart attacks & stroke, Mental restlessness, Depression, despair, Insomnia, excessive dreaming, Poor long-term memory, Slow reactions, Disorientation, dementia, or behavioral changes, Psychological disorders
  • Key acupressure points and Chinese medicine meridians (Qi flow pathways) will be introduced related to Heart/Small Intestine and Pericardium/Triple Burner health
  • Theory and exercises of the Summer Qigong set will be taught in-depth

Summer Qigong Set—Heart Health & Meridians:

1. Forward and Backward Swing Arms
2. Left and Right Turn Windlass
3. Feudal Lord Pulls the Bow
4. Immortal Pushes the Stone Tablet

5. Large Roc Arcs Its Wings
6. Large Roc Spreads Its Wings
7. Sway the Head and Swing the Tail
8. Baby Bird Receives the Food
9. Crane Shakes Its Wings

5 Elements Correspondences

  • Element: Fire
  • Yin Organ: Heart
  • Yang Organ: Small Intestine
  • Sense Organ: Tongue
  • Color: Red
  • Season: Summer
  • Tissue: Blood Vessels
  • Emotion: Joy
  • Healing Sound: 呵 HE sounds like "hah" or "haaaw"

Purchase this Course:

$40

4 Seasons Medical Qigong—Spring Set

Focus: Liver Health & Meridians

TCM Time Course | April 8th-May 20th, 2021 | 7-week course | Thursdays 7:00-8:00PM EDT

  • Learn a well-known traditional medical Qigong practice that will help you naturally adapt your body energy through the four seasons to prevent common illnesses and stay healthy
  • In Chinese medicine, five major organ systems correspond to the four seasons of the year: Summer (Heart), Autumn (Lungs), Winter (Kidneys), Spring (Liver) and All Seasons (Spleen)
  • This 7-week course will focus on how to prevent sickness of the Liver/Gall Bladder, especially through the spring season and for tendon problems, eye problems, poor sleep, mood problems, short temper, high levels of stress, irritability, anger, indigestion, nausea, burping, bloating, flatulence and a reduced ability to tolerate fatty foods, constipation, premenstrual mood changes, skin problems (including acne), headaches and migraines, fatigue, depression and low motivation
  • Key acupressure points and Chinese medicine meridians (Qi flow pathways) will be introduced related to Liver/Gall Bladder health
  • Theory and exercises of the Spring Qigong set will be taught in-depth

Spring Qigong Set—Liver Health & Meridians:

  • 1. Left-Right Single Lifting
  • 2. White Ape Picks up the Peach
  • 3. Lo Han Bows
  • 4. Zhong Wan Up and Down
  • Massage the Liver
  • Massage Acupressure Point SP-6 San Yin Jiao (Three Yin Meeting)
  • Massage Acupressure Point LV-3 Tai Chong (Greater Rushing or Great Surge)
  • Massage Acupressure Point GB-20 Feng Chi (Wind Pool)
  • Massage Acupressure Point PC-6 Nei Guan (Inner Pass or Inner Balance)

5 Elements Correspondences

  • Element: Wood
  • Yin Organ: Liver
  • Yang Organ: Gall Bladder
  • Sense Organ: Eyes
  • Color: Green
  • Season: Spring
  • Tissue: Tendons
  • Emotion: Anger
  • Healing Sound: 噓 XU (sounds like "shu" or "shooo")

Purchase this Course:

$40

4 Seasons Medical Qigong—Winter Set

Focus: Kidney Health & Meridians

TCM Time Course | January 14th-February 25th, 2021 | 7-week course | Thursdays 7:00-8:00PM EST

  • Learn a well-known traditional medical Qigong practice that will help you naturally adapt your body energy through the four seasons to prevent common illnesses and stay healthy
  • In Chinese medicine, five major organ systems correspond to the four seasons of the year: Summer (Heart), Autumn (Lungs), Winter (Kidneys), Spring (Liver) and All Seasons (Spleen)
  • This 7-week course will focus on how to prevent sickness of the Kidney/Bladder, especially through the winter season and for back pain relief, knee problems, growth, reproductive & sexual health, and emotions of fear
  • Chinese medicine meridians, or Qi flow pathways, will be introduced as well as key acupressure points of the Kidney/Bladder channels
  • Theory and exercises of the Winter Qigong set will be taught in-depth

Winter Qigong Set—Kidney Health & Meridians:

  • 1. Two Hands Hold the Feet
  • 2. Phoenix Spreads Its Wings
  • 3. Turn the Head to See the Moon
  • 4. Large Bear Softens the Waist
  • Massage the Ears
  • Massage the Kidneys
  • Massage the Sacrum
  • Massage Acupressure Point SP-6 San Yin Jiao (Three Yin Meeting)
  • Massage Acupressure Point KI-1 Yong Qun (Bubbling Well)

5 Elements Correspondences

  • Element: Water
  • Yin Organ: Kidney
  • Yang Organ: Bladder
  • Sense Organ: Ears
  • Color: Blue/Black
  • Season: Winter
  • Tissue: Bones
  • Emotion: Fear
  • Healing Sound: 吹 CHUI sounds like "shuee" or "chway"

Purchase this Course:

$40

4 Seasons Medical Qigong—All Four Seasons Set

Focus: Spleen & Triple Burner Health and Meridians

TCM Time Course | November 5th-December 22nd*, 2020 | 7-week course | Thursdays 7:00-8:00PM EDT

*No class Thu, Nov 26th Thanksgiving Holiday — Make-up class on Tue, Dec 22nd 7:00-8:00PM EDT

  • Learn a well-known traditional medical Qigong practice that will help you naturally adapt your body energy through the four seasons to prevent common illnesses and stay healthy
  • In Chinese medicine, five major organ systems correspond to the four seasons of the year: Summer (Heart), Autumn (Lungs), Winter (Kidneys), Spring (Liver) and All Seasons (Spleen)
  • This 7-week course will focus on how to prevent sickness of the Spleen/Stomach through all four seasons and how to strengthen your digestion
  • Chinese medicine meridians, or Qi flow pathways, will be introduced as well as key acupressure points of the Spleen/Stomach and Triple Burner channels
  • Theory and exercises of the All Four Seasons Qigong set will be taught in-depth

All Four Seasons Qigong Set—Spleen & Triple Burner Health:

  • 1. Double Hands Hold Up the Heavens
  • 2. Large Dragon Loosens Its Neck
  • 3. Buddha Explores the Sea
  • 4. Circle the Waist Horizontally
  • 5. Regulate the Middle and Lower Burners
  • 6. Loosening the Upper Burner
  • 7. White Crane Loosens Its Wings
  • 8. White Crane Shakes Its Wings

5 Elements Correspondences

  • Element: Earth
  • Yin Organ: Spleen
  • Yang Organ: Stomach
  • Sense Organ: Mouth
  • Color: Yellow
  • Season: Late Summer (or All Seasons)
  • Tissue: Muscles
  • Emotion: Worry
  • Healing Sound: 呼 HU sounds like "huh" or "whooo"

Purchase this Course:

$40

4 Seasons Medical Qigong—Autumn Set

Focus: Lung Health & Meridians

TCM Time Course | September 17th-October 29th, 2020 | 7-week course | Thursdays 6:30PM-8:00PM EDT

  • Learn a well-known traditional medical Qigong practice on how to regulate your body naturally from one season to the next to avoid common illnesses and stay healthy
  • In Chinese medicine, five major organ systems correspond to the four seasons of the year: Summer (Heart), Autumn (Lungs), Winter (Kidneys), Spring (Liver) and All Seasons (Spleen)
  • This 7-week course will focus on how to prevent sickness of the Lungs in the Autumn and how to adjust your body's Qi to strengthen your immune system
  • The Lung and Large Intestine meridians (Qi flow pathways) will be introduced
  • Theory and exercises of the Summer-Fall Qigong set will be taught in-depth with a focus on breathing techniques and tips on food as medicine

Autumn Qigong Set—Lung Health:

  • 1. Forward and Backward Swing Arms
  • 2. Left and Right Turn Windlass
  • 3. Feudal Lord Pulls the Bow
  • 4. Immortal Pushes the Stone Tablet
  • 5. Large Roc Arcs Its Wings
  • 6. Large Roc Spreads Its Wings
  • 7. Sway the Head and Swing the Tail
  • 8. Baby Bird Receives the Food
  • 9. Crane Shakes Its Wings

5 Elements Correspondences

  • Element: Metal
  • Yin Organ: Lung
  • Yang Organ: Large Intestine
  • Sense Organ: Nose
  • Color: White
  • Season: Autumn
  • Tissue: Body Hair and Skin
  • Emotion: Sadness or Grief
  • Healing Sound: 呬 SI sounds like "shi" or "tzzz"

Purchase this Course:

$40

4 Seasons Medical Qigong Series

A traditional medical Qigong practice that will help your body naturally adapt through the four seasons to stay healthy and avoid common illnesses

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Course 6:
All Five Sets—Five Elements Health & Meridians
TCM Time Course | 4 Seasons Medical Qigong
August-September 2021 (6 weeks)
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Course 5:
Summer Set—Heart Health & Meridians
TCM Time Course | 4 Seasons Medical Qigong
June-July 2021 (6 weeks)
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Course 4:
Spring Set—Liver Health & Meridians
TCM Time Course | 4 Seasons Medical Qigong
April-May 2021 (7 weeks)
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Course 3:
Winter Set—Kidney Health & Meridians
TCM Time Course | 4 Seasons Medical Qigong
January-February 2021 (7 weeks)
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Course 2:
All Seasons Set—Spleen & Triple Burner Health
TCM Time Course | 4 Seasons Medical Qigong
November-December 2020 (7 weeks)
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Course 1:
Autumn Set—Lung Health & Meridians
TCM Time Course | 4 Seasons Medical Qigong
September-October 2020 (7 weeks)
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Special Classes:
Summer Set—Heart Health & Food as Medicine
Hosted by YMAA Boston | 4 Seasons Medical Qigong

July-August 2020 (8 weeks)
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