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Archived 28-Day Qigong Challenge

This course will be archived. All topics covered in this course will be covered in the 28-Day Tai Chi / Qigong Challenge 2023.

What is the 28-Day Qigong Challenge?

An online course with daily follow-along videos that teach beginners simple techniques to combat stress and help the body heal.

"If you want to be healthy
and live to 100,
do Qigong."
Dr. OZ

What is Qigong?

Qigong is the Chinese practice of aligning breath, movement, and awareness for exercise, healing, and martial arts training, extends back more than 4,000 years.

Qigong can be described as a mind-body-spirit practice that improves one's mental and physical health by integrating posture, movement, breathing technique, self-massage, sound, and focused intent. There are likely thousands of qigong styles, schools, traditions, forms, and lineages, each with practical applications and different theories about Qi (“subtle breath” or “vital energy”) and Gong (“skill cultivated through steady practice”). Source: National Qigong Association.

There are four dimensions of qigong practice: A relaxed and focused mind and body, breathing, movement, and self-massage and acupressure.

What are the benefits of Qigong?

Qigong and Tai Chi initiate the “relaxation response,” which is fostered when the mind is freed from its many distractions. This decreases the sympathetic function of the autonomic nervous system, which in turn reduces heart rate and blood pressure, dilates the blood capillaries, and optimizes the delivery of oxygen and nutrition to the tissues.

Qigong and Tai Chi alter the neurochemistry profile toward accelerated inner healing function. Neurotransmitters, also called information molecules, bond with receptor sites in the immune, nervous, digestive, endocrine and other systems to excite or inhibit function to moderate pain, enhance organ capacity, reduce anxiety or depression, and neutralize addictive cravings.

Qigong and Tai Chi enhance the efficiency of the immune system through increased rate and flow of the lymphatic fluid and activation of immune cells. Resistance to disease and infection is accelerated by the elimination of toxic metabolic by-products from the interstitial spaces in the tissues, organs, and glands through the lymphatic system.

Qigong and Tai Chi increases the efficiency of cell metabolism and tissue regeneration through increased circulation of oxygen and nutrient rich blood to the brain, organs, and tissues.

Qigong and Tai Chi coordinate and balance right/left brain hemisphere dominance promoting deeper sleep, reduced anxiety, and mental clarity.

Qigong and Tai Chi induce alpha and, in some cases, theta brain waves which reduce heart rate and blood pressure, facilitating relaxation, and mental focus; this optimizes the body’s self-regulative mechanisms by decreasing the activity of the sympathetic nervous system.

Qigong and Tai Chi moderate the function of the hypothalamus, pituitary, and pineal glands, as well as the cerebrospinal fluid system of the brain and spinal cord, which manages pain and mood as well as optimizing immune function.

Source: Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi

"Decreased stress, anxiety and depression. Improved mood.
Improved aerobic capacity.
Increased energy and stamina.
Improved flexibility, balance and agility.
Improved muscle strength and definition.
Enhance quality of sleep.
Enhance the immune system.
Help lower blood pressure.
Improve joint pain.
Improve symptoms of congestive heart failure. Improve overall well-being.
Reduce risk of falls in older adults."

Mayo Clinic

Why learn Qigong?

Simple to learn,

Easy to do.

Triggers physiological mechanisms which speed up natural self-healingSself-regulative responses which reduce need for medications and medical procedures.

Can be done by anyone; old or young, sick or well.

The Healer Within by Roger Jahnke, O.M.D.

        "This gentle form of exercise can prevent or ease many ills of aging and could be the perfect activity for the rest of your life."

        "Tai chi is often described as "meditation in motion," but it might well be called "medication in motion." There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice, which originated in China as a martial art, has value in treating or preventing many health problems. And you can get started even if you aren't in top shape or the best of health."

Harvard Medical School

Note: Simplied Tai Chi, as studied and recommended by Harvard, with the focus on health and vitality, instead of fighting, is Qigong.

Who is hosting the challenge?

My name is David Burch.

I’m a former Information Technology Professional, turned certified Tai Chi & Qigong Instructor.

I am a Certified Teacher of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi Easy™, which is recommended by the National Counsel on Aging (NCOA).

I have attended over 500 hours of in-person, intensive training in Qigong and Tai Chi.

I’ve been interesting in Qigong since I was a teenager.

In midlife, I encounter two healing crises: First, my liver shut down. A few years later, I was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease, formerly known as End Stage Renal Failure.

Striving to improve my health, I rediscovered Qigong and I’ve been practicing daily now for well over 10 years.

When can I expect results?

The amazing thing about doing qigong is that you can often feel the results immediately; however, it can be subtle, so we’ll give you a system to recognize the differences made in your mind and body, track them, and prove to yourself the worth of a daily practice. 

What will I learn?

Each day you will watch an instruction video and a practice video. Daily practice involves learning just one move. Practice is easy: just follow me and mirror what I do.

You will also download a free practice journal to keep track of your progress.

On the last day of each week, we'll put all the movements together into a longer session. There will be four culmination practice sessions that you can keep and practice for life.

Here's the daily breakdown for the course.

Course Curriculum

David Burch

Yolanda Vela


David is a wonderful, knowledgable teacher. Great class!

I believe in the benefits of qigong & tai chi.

Scott Knauer

Small business owner

David is an awesome Qigong Instructor.

He not only has background in the techniques and benefits, but also the history and lore from its origins.

Practicing with David has been peaceful and therapeutic.

Roger Jahnke

Founder of the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi

"Take advantage of this great opportunity with a great teacher!"

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