The Dragon's Way® FAQ's

The Dragon’s Way®

A Six Week Journey to Stress Reduction and Wellness

 

10 Easy and Elegant Wu Ming Qigong Movements that you can do at home for increased energy, stress reduction, weight loss and wellness

6  Weekly Classes that meet for 1 ½ hours; includes a guided audio practice CD with Grand Master Nan Lu, creator of the Dragon’s Way® and a class manual

5  Five Element Framework of Traditional Chinese Medicine  

4  Components that include Wu Ming Qigong, Eating for Healing, Herbal Support, Lifestyle Issues

2  Herbal Supplements (optional) that amplify energy, especially of the Liver and Kidney functions

1  LIFE- CHANGING EXPERIENCE

 

The Dragon’s Way® offers you healing tools you can use for the rest of your life. The Wu Ming Qigong energy movements are gentle and relaxing and with practice activate the body’s natural power to heal.

 

The Dragon’s Way® is for you if you are ready

  • to increase your Qi, or vital life force
  • to bring your body into balance and harmony
  • to heal and prevent health issues
  • to manage stress
  • to discover how to eat for energy
  • to understand and respond to your body’s unique energy messages
  • to enjoy life more than you ever imagined

 

Program Costs

The cost for the 6-week Dragon’s Way® program is $199. The cost to repeat the program is $99. In addition, participants have the option to purchase other materials to enhance their Dragon’s Way® experience.

Look For a Current Class Here or Join Our Mailing List or Contact Paula to get information about the latest classes.

Five Element Theory

Screen Shot 2015-06-17 at 6.55.32 AMFive Element Theory, one of the oldest theories of how the universe operates, is essential to the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Ancient TCM doctors learned how to apply its principles in their medical practices.  It provides a framework in which to understand all health issues -- body, mind, emotions and spirit. The longer you study  Five Element theory, the more fascinating discoveries you will make. Click here to download a Five Element Chart from the Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation.

TCM's ancient Five Element theory is an incredibly detailed master blueprint that diagrams how nature interacts with the body and how the different dimensions of our being impact each other. It is an intrinsic aspect of Chinese culture, where, in addition to TCM,  it forms the foundation of healing disciplines like Feng Shui (fung schway) the I Ching (ee ching) and the martial arts.

Each of the five circles on the above chart represents one of the ELEMENTS: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Within each circle are other things that correspond with that particular element: a body organ and its partner organ, a season, a climate or environmental factor, a direction, an emotion, a sense organ, a taste and a color. And each element contains a spiritual essence, as well.

According to TCM, all aspects of the human body and mind are related by their nature to one of the five elements. Everything is related to some other thing and all things are woven together into a seamless whole.

Summer = Season of the Heart

Organ: Heart

Partner organ: Small Intestine

Element: Fire

Emotion: Joy

Direction: South

Sound: Laughing

Environmental Factor: Heat

Color: Red

Sense Organ: Tongue

Interested in discovering more about the Five Element Theory? My Dragon's Way® classes are a great place to explore this exciting framework. Each week we study one of the elements in depth and learn ways support its organ function from an energetic perspective--practicing qigong and nurturing the organs with food and lifestyle choices.

What is Qigong?

Qigong is an ancient energy practice that has been used by the Chinese throughout the ages as a way to help the body, mind and spirit work as one holistic system. The movements, which are gentle and relaxing, stretch tendons as well as the body’s meridians. Practicing the movements daily soothes stress while increasing Qi and stimulating healing at a deep level.

Creator of the Dragon’s Way®  Master Nan Lu says to think of Qigong as an internal shower, where each day you give yourself a good internal scrubbing and rinse. Without it, Qi can get clogged. With it, one cleans out the emotional and digestive systems and recharges Qi.  Master Lu suggests making Qigong practice a part of daily life, as basic as the daily shower.  The purpose of your Qigong practice is to help you open up, to use your “Internet,” to connect to the unlimited power and the unlimited wisdom of the universe that is called life force.

What is Qi?

According to Dr. Nan Lu, there are three fundamental aspects of Qi. The first is power or strength. Do you have power? Do you feel like you can do something, like you are young and powerful?

The second is information. Qi gives you knowledge and wisdom. For example, take a computer without software.   Even if it has batteries or electrical power, without software it will be useless. The software connects to the Internet, to the whole world. So when we think about Qi, the other type of power is information that will help you connect to the universe.

The most important aspect of Qi is life force. It comes from the universe. This Universal life force moves through your body’s invisible network that we call “meridians” and connects to the visible body.

Is the Dragon's Way a diet?

The Dragon's Way is not a diet. It is a self-healing program for weight loss, stress management and wellness. Based on established principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the program strengthens the function of key digestive organs, helping them become more efficient. The Dragon's Way does not rely on food restrictions and deprivation. Participants are to feel satisfied and happy, not deprived and frustrated. It doesn't ask for strenuous exercise or appetite suppressants. It's all about learning to partner with your body, listen to its messages and give it the Qi it needs to heal a deep level.

Do I need to do the program with a group?

Participating in a class is best. You learn from each other by sharing questions and observations. Plus you get support as your move the different stages of the program and your own healing. When a group practices the Wu Ming Qigong movements together, the energy field created magnifies the benefits. You can feel the magic!

Are there special things I need to buy for class?

No special clothing is required! Just wear something comfortable and loose-fitting. Dr. Nan Lu's book A Natural Guide to Weight Loss that Lasts is recommended. You can order it from www.tcmworld.org, from amazon.com or from me. Also available is a practice DVD with Master Lu. At our first class I will give you an audio practice CD and class manual.

HEART ACUPRESSURE-BASED FIRST AID ~ Take Action Until Help Arrives
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Courtesy of the Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation

In Chinese Medicine summer is the season energetically associated with the Heart. People already experiencing physical or energetic imbalances may be prone to cardiac conditions at this time of the year. Following are some acupressure-based first aid tips to use if you or a loved one is experiencing any kind of immediate heart condition while waiting for help to arrive. These actions provide stimulation to support your Heart function.

  • Open and close both hands, making sure your fingers curl down to touch the palms of your hands. Your middle fingers are the most important fingers to make connection with the palms (Acupoints Pericardium 8 and 9). Continue to open and close your hands for at least five minutes, or as long as possible.
  • Apply pressure, as hard as you can, to the middle of your forearm where it is tender. (Acupoint Pericardium 4). Do this as long as necessary.
  • Bite your pinky fingers at the corners of the nails closest to the palm. Careful not to bit off your pinkies! Bite until help arrives or you feel symptoms subsiding.
About The Dragon’s Way®

The Dragon’s Way®

A Six Week Journey to Stress Reduction and Wellness

10 Easy and Elegant Wu Ming Qigong Movements that you can do at home for increased energy, stress reduction, weight loss and wellness

6  Weekly Classes that meet for 1 ½ hours; includes a guided audio practice CD with Master Nan Lu, creator of the Dragon’s Way® and a class manual

5  Element of Framework of Traditional Chinese Medicine  

4  Components that include Wu Ming Qigong, Eating for Healing, Herbal Support, Lifestyle Issues

2  Herbal Supplements (optional) that amplify energy, especially of the Liver and Kidney functions

1  LIFE- CHANGING EXPERIENCE

The Dragon’s Way® offers you healing tools you can use for the rest of your life. The Wu Ming Qigong energy movements are gentle and relaxing and with practice activate the body’s natural power to heal.

The Dragon’s Way® is for you if you are ready

  • to increase your Qi, or vital life force
  • to bring your body into balance and harmony
  • to heal and prevent health issues
  • to manage stress
  • to discover how to eat for energy
  • to understand and respond to your body’s unique energy messages
  • to enjoy life more than you ever imagined

Program Costs

The cost for the 6-week Dragon’s Way® program is $199. The cost to repeat the program is $99. In addition, participants have the option to purchase other materials to enhance their Dragon’s Way® experience.

Look For a Current Class Here or Join Our Mailing List to get information about the latest classes.

Disclaimer

Disclaimer

My passion is something I call CreativiQi, a blend of artistry and energy, or vital life-force energy called Qi. At Wake Up Qi, the information, instruction and coaching I provide are intended to inspire, support, educate and entertain you on your personal journey towards creative expression and well-being.  It is for people who seek to improve their health and live more creatively, as well as for those pursuing specific creative dreams. 

I believe that creativity and energy work are deeply healing practices. That said, the material I share in workshops, written materials on and offline, in my teaching, coaching, and facilitating groups, is clearly not a substitute for a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care, legal or financial professional and is definitely not intended as medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Whether mixing paints in my studio or outdoors sketching nature, nothing in my life moves me more than the spirit of art.  It’s important to me that you understand that creative expression often touches and opens deeply-held emotions. Likewise, engaging in an energy practice like EFT or Qigong moves energy inside a body in ways that might at first feel unfamiliar or even uncomfortable. Typically, these experiences pass as energy moves through the body and becomes unblocked. If you are under the care of any health professionals (or should be), I strongly encourage you to discuss modifications in your diet, exercise, lifestyle, or use of EFT or Qigong with them before making changes and never discontinue or reduce prescription medications without consulting your doctor.

CreativiQi is my deepest joy, and I am so glad you are exploring the flow of artistry and energy with me. I hope you enjoy my website.

My husband and I both took the Dragon’s Way® and enjoyed it immensely. We are both mid-seventies in age and we find the exercises enjoyable. We both lost weight, about 10 to 15 pounds each and have maintained what we lost. We’ve done a better job with the fruits and veggies than with the exercises. I am looking forward to taking another class as I need the discipline to help me work on the exercises.

Carol E.

I took the Fall 2013 Dragon’s Way class with instructor Paula Graham and thoroughly enjoyed the mix of energy movement practice and discussion of the traditional Chinese medicine principles on which The Dragon’s Way is based.  Paula’s knowledge of The Dragon’s Way theory made a complex subject approachable and fun. Her own continuing training experiences with Master Nan Lu provided the class insights into the correct performance of the Qigong movements and The Dragon’s Way program.  As I continued to practice the Qigong movements of The Dragon’s Way, I noticed an increasing flexibility in my knee and hip joints (all of which have been surgically replaced due to arthritic wear and tear).  For the first time in years, I was able to go up and down stairs foot over foot instead of stopping with both feet on each step.    Paula’s personal demeanor speaks for itself as an example of health and well-being, and at the same time, she connects easily with class members and readily relates to their various states of well-being.   I appreciated how Paula encouraged us and kept up the interest of our very diverse group.  I look forward to taking another class with her.

Lynn M

I have just finished a 6 week course of Dragon’s Way.  I must say that it was a total life changing experience.  It was hard for me to believe that such gentle movements and thinking of food in a different way could make such a drastic difference.  I consider myself very knowledgeable about food and eat well, but this course put a different spin on things.  Maybe our Western ways aren’t the be all, end all of how we should approach our bodies and how they truly work.  I have always sought ways of improving the quality of my life and this course gave me the tools to do that.  I will take the knowledge that I gained by taking this course and apply it into my everyday life.  I have shared this experience with everyone that I talk to as I feel everyone should be made aware that this kind of program is out there.

Cheryl

My mother is almost 86 years old and has had many health challenges since her 50’s. Fortunately, as she has become older she has been more open to my suggestions. Not, however, without several unfortunate medical faux pas.

She struggles today keeping her weight above 90 pounds so I could not approach this as a weight loss program. I told her it was for her glands, and that the exercises were simple. After a month or more of owning Master Lu’s DVD, she finally tried it. Truly, she is addicted now. After a week, I noticed a difference in her energy and vibrancy  but she didn’t see it.  Now, after about a month, I believe she is convinced and is starting to correlate changes to the program. Yesterday she mentioned that she believes it is helping her to walk better and notices it when she is climbing stairs. I can tell you her voice and energy are more positive and vibrant. I feel like I have my mom back!! Thank you for sharing this wonderful program.

Linda

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