The Nine Methods of Yuan Qigong

Yuan Qigong methods are easy-to-learn and effective. Yuan Qigong is the only Qigong system specifically designed to work on all levels of life – balancing the body from head to toe, improving the Qi condition, opening the heart and cultivating the mind.

Seven Online Learning Guides contain PDFs with audio and/or video files to fully explain or demonstrate each method and its underlying concepts.

The Yuan Qigong system is fully integrated – with each method reinforcing the other methods. The total system offers a safe and effective path leading to its ultimate goal – higher realization and wisdom.

Each course also comes with the option to purchase a private online session with a teacher at a discounted rate. If there is a Deep Dive associated with the course, it will be made available free to course participants

In addition to MP3 audio and written instructions, most At-Home Learning courses include an instructional video and a practice video like this one.

The following Yuan Qigong methods primarily address body and Qi (energy).

These methods are most effective when learned and practiced sequentially – in the order shown here.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Safety is of the utmost importance to Yuan Qigong and its creator, Yuan Tze. Practicing Yuan Qigong along with other forms of Qigong could result in Qi disturbance – potentially causing harm to one's physical and mental health and well-being. If you adopt a Yuan Qigong practice, you should discontinue the practice of any other style of Qigong.

TIAN YUAN | gathering energy

Foundational Method #1
Beginner to advanced. Coordinated use of mind and body to release and unblock tensions held in the body and to gather in new, fresh energy.

Physical Aspect
Series of symmetrical, flowing movements.

Increases energy • Reduces stress and tension, especially in the neck and shoulders • Opens up the energy channels in the body • Calms the mind.


DI YUAN | nourishing energy

Foundational Method #2
Beginner to advanced. Standing postures and breathing directed at critical energy storage areas (Dantians) to nourish, consolidate and integrate energy stored in the body. Directs the mind to a calm, relaxed and natural state.

Physical Aspect
Held postures, graceful transitions from one Dantian to the next.

Increases energy • Strengthens the body at the muscular-skeletal level • Opens up shoulders, neck, lower back and hips • Calms and clears the mind.


REN YUAN | moving energy

Foundational Method #3
Beginner to advanced. Coordinated flowing movements that draw on a wide range of disciplines (traditional Chinese, sports medicine and martial arts) to move energy deep into the body. Movements sequentially address the five main body parts moving from head to toe.

Physical Aspect
Beautiful, energetic, symmetrical and asymmetrical movements. Movements alternate between opening and closing, tensing and relaxing, and gathering and dispersing energy.

Improves flexibility and balance • Improves overall health and aids in preventing illness • Promotes energy flow to organs, bones and marrow and out to muscles, sinews and skin • Strengthens body/mind unification •Develops both strength and grace


XIA YUAN | strengthening energy

Foundational Method #4
Beginner to advanced. Aligns energy and intention. Uses the mind, sound, color and movement, including mouth positions and hand gestures to direct energy to each organ. Practiced in a free, natural, light and joyful state, the body moves, relaxed and unrestricted..

Physical Aspect
Rounded graceful movements. Sequential focus on moving and manipulating specific parts of the body.

Strengthens the functioning of organs • Promotes the transformation of organ Qi (energy) • Strengthens the unification of body, Qi (energy) and mind


The following Yuan Qigong methods focus on the heart and mind. They can be practiced before, after, or alongside the methods above.

TONG YUAN | opening the heart

Foundational Method
Through the method of Opening the Heart we explore and reclaim the five essential qualities of the heart: Trust, Openness, Love, Gratitude, GongJing. Opening the heart is an essential step on the road to higher realization. The heart provides the key to encountering our True Self and accessing its wisdom.

Physical Aspect
Still Qigong can be enjoyed sitting or lying down.

As each heart quality is strengthened, both our internal sense of wellbeing and our external relationships improve. We approach life differently and the world responds differently. There is no end to the journey of enriching our heart, and no end to the rewards of doing so.


LING YUAN | transforming patterns


MING YUAN | cultivating awareness


Courses available from REN XUE teachers:

REN XUE Parenting

With Dorrie van Roij-Houtappels

This course is especially designed for Parents, Caregivers and future Parents who are new to life development. In a fluid and approachable way you will learn tools to help with your parenting.


Individual Sessions – Qi Healing

If you are already familiar with Yuan Qigong and looking for support, or if you are interested in a Qi healing, you can arrange for an introductory individual online session, independent from our online course offerings.