YANG SHENG MASTERY

A five weekend course in 2022 for practitioners and students of Chinese medicine therapies

CITY COLLEGE of ACUPUNCTURE
LONDON, UK
& ONLINE

  • Master the core essence of Yang Sheng along with powerful techniques to empower your patients to help themselves and supercharge your own health. 

  • Learn how the external seasons, climate and day night cycle affect body physiology and pathology in a deep, tangible and highly technical way, improving your ability to not only to practice Yang Sheng but also to enchance your clinical outcomes.

Sign up for FREE introductory webinar on core Yang Sheng theory -

10am-12:30pm Sunday December 12th

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Course Summary

Yang Sheng is not often taught in a dedicated way in the West but it is its own discipline with its own theory, historical development and range of techniques.

 

I have been teaching Yang Sheng for 10 years to the public and spent 20 years immersed in Chinese culture, language and medicine. 

There is a logic set out in the Huang Di Nei Jing based around the 5 characters:


SHENG 生 ZHANG 長 HUA 化 SHOU 收 CANG 藏

If you pick up a Chinese language book about Yang Sheng, the knowledge is very often, primarily structured around these five concepts. However, you would be forgiven for never having come across them as they are not emphasised at all in Chinese medicine textbooks. 

After teaching and thinking about these concepts for many years, I had a sudden moment of clarity which led to a profound series of realisations about Yang Sheng and Chinese medicine as a whole. 

This understanding has a wide variety of applications:

  • It clarifies seasonal Yang Sheng and provides a framework for understanding the impact of the seasonal and day-night cycles on body physiology and pathology in a detailed, nuanced and very technical way. 

  • While its primary application is related to the seasons, you will discover that one of the most important core arguments of the Huang Di Nei Jing is that this seasonal cycle is also a metaphor for all physiology and pathology in the body. Hence, it can be applied equally in treatment as well as in self-help.

This way of thinking is not a 'style' or 'lineage' which you have to rigidly adhere to. It can sit comfortably alongside any approach you currently use. It more comes under the category of 'some really cool things I noticed that I'm excited to share with you!'. You will also discover that what I'm teaching is grounded not only in the classics but also confirmed by everyday Yang Sheng, cultural practices and festival customs found in East Asia. 

It also provides a 'middle-ground' of knowledge and understanding where you can apply five phase thinking to any part of the medicine but in a way which does not confuse their many different and often conflicting meanings and dimensions. It will answer many questions like Why those 5 colours? Why that order? Why those 5 flavours? What do the tonifying and draining flavours really mean?

It also fills in many gaps that are not adequately explained elsewhere. It provides a way of thinking that can help you take your Chinese dietary therapy skills to the next level, tapping into the potent 'Gong Fu' level of cooking by clarifying what flavours, natures and cooking methods are tangibly doing to food and drink. 

Finally, this logic serves as an incredibly useful entry point to understanding the Huang Di Nei Jing . I am fluent in Chinese, written and spoken, traditional and simplified, ancient and modern. The course will be full of direct quotes from the Huang Di Nei Jing as well as other Chinese medicine classics with practical real world examples. Both the free webinar and full course will get you off the ground with the classics. 

FREE WEBINAR

I have decided to teach this core logic for FREE with no commitment to taking the full course. The free webinar will be an end in itself and you will be able to apply it straight away. It will take place on December 12th at 10am by zoom. I will be giving out an exclusive super early-bird discount code for the full course at the talk so definitely sign up and  come along!

FULL 5 WEEKEND COURSE IN 2022

 

Booking for the full course will open at 12:30pm on December 12th, directly after the free webinar.

 

If, after you come to the webinar, you would like to learn how to apply this logic  in a tangible way with a wide range of practical applications, you can sign up for the full course where I will also be sharing a huge range of other insights, theories and techniques.


Each weekend will have one day devoted to a season and one day with a crash course in a particular applied skill.

  • Chinese Dietary Therapy

  • Self-Acupressure

  • Medical Qi Gong

  • Herbal Medicine

  • Nourishing Yin and Jing

  • Warming Techniques

 

I can guarantee that for each skill you will not have been taught this way before. They each contain approaches that have either been taught to me by reclusive teachers or are syntheses of many approaches and wide reading that I have undertaken over my career. The course will be jam-packed with techniques and practical applications that you can use right away. 

I teach in a  highly experiential way. For me, if you cannot directly feel or experience a principle of Yang Sheng or the effect of a technique, then it is not real and useful knowledge. This course will enhance your ability to feel and work with the body and with Qi in direct and tangible ways. 

Course dates can be found below as well as a more detailed syllabus and course prices. Booking opens on 12th December at 12:30pm

HYBRID COURSE: IN PERSON or ONLINE

Due to global demand for this course as well as restrictions on travel due to the covid pandemic, this course will be in person at City College of Acupuncture near Old Street station in London. It will also simultaneously be live-streamed. Online participants will get almost the same benefit as in person attendees. The only difference is that you won't get to taste my cooking and I won't be able to show you how the self-acupressure should feel. You will be able to learn the self-acupressure routine but for obvious reasons not get the full benefit from the practical. The online option is slightly cheaper for this reason.

To make sure that online participants are able to have all their questions answered. I will schedule dedicated tutorial online sessions after each weekend, all included in the price. 

All sessions will be recorded and both groups, in person and online will have full access to the recordings for the duration of the course and for 3 months after it finishes. This means that if you miss a session for any reason, you will be able to catch up afterwards.

Sign up for the free webinar or come back to this page on December 12th to find a link to book your place on the full course.

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COURSE DATES



The CITY COLLEGE of ACUPUNCTURE
University House
55 East Road
London N1 6AH

Tree Lined Park

SHENG

Spring Yangsheng

Chinese Dietary Therapy

Saturday

Feb 26th

Sunday

​Feb 27th

Palm Trees and Faded Sky

ZHANG

Summer Yangsheng

Self-Acupressure

Tangible Qi

Saturday

Apr 30th

Sunday

​May 1st

Rice Fields

HUA

Late Summer Yangsheng

Meridian Stretching
Qi Gong

Saturday

Sept 3rd

Sunday

​Sept 4th

Red Maple Leaves

SHOU

Autumn Yangsheng

Culinary Herbs

Teas

Nourishing Yin

Saturday

Sept 24th

Sunday

​Sept 25th

Snow

CANG

Winter

Yangsheng

Cultivating Yang

Warming

Saturday

Nov 5th

Sunday

​Nov 6th

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DID YOU KNOW?

The Chinese traditional calendar (often referred to as the farmer's calendar or lunarsolar calendar) divides the year into 24 JieQi or 'Solar Terms'. Each solar term has a name like 'Insects Stir' or 'Frost Descent'. Each of the 4 seasons has 6 Solar Terms. They can be divided into 3 pairs of 2 terms and so the season can be seen in 3 primary phases. Each solar term is roughly 15 days long and can also be subdivided into 5 day periods called 'hou'. Each 5-day hou has its own Chinese saying which helps us understand its underlying dynamic. This course will discuss all of these divisions, enabling you to locate precisely where you are and what its dynamic should be in a normal year. 

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Detailed Syllabus

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SHENG

Feb 26tH & 27th

SATURDAY: SHENG & SPRING Dynamics

  • Foundations: Chinese Calendar

  • What does releasing the exterior really mean? - THE EXTERIOR RELEASE CHAIN

  • The ascent of Yang, physiology and pathology & practical Yang Sheng techniques

  • Guiding principles and techniques for each 30 day period (jieqi), 15 day period (solar term) and 5 day period (hou).

SUNDAY: Crash Course: DIETARY THERAPY

  • The 4 foundations: ABSORPTION, SWEAT, STOOLS, URINATION

  • The CORE QING DAN DIET

  • Adding in TEMPERATURE (QI)

  • Adding in FLAVOUR (WEI)

  • Adding in COOKING METHOD

  • REGULATING SWEAT & EXTERIOR

  • REGULATING BOWELS & URINATION - INTERIOR

  • Matching Physiology

  • Matching Pathology

  • Matching Seasonal/Climate Dynamic

  • SHENG ZHANG HUA SHOU CANG

ZHANG

APR 30th & May 1st

SATURDAY: ZHANG & SUMMER Dynamics

  • Foundations: Cultivation vs Yang Sheng

  • Emotions, Spirit, Inspiration, Expression

  • Maintaining Qi and Fluids at the exterior & practical yang sheng techniques

  • Cooling vs Extinguishing heat

  • Guiding principles and techniques for each 30 day period (jieqi), 15 day period (solar term) and 5 day period (hou).

SUNDAY: SELF-ACUPRESSURE

  • Learn an incredibly powerful Self-Acupressure sequence that can rebalance the body

  • It is a treatment in itself and can treat or take the edge off almost any symptom

  • It uses the principles of SHENG ZHANG HUA SHOU CANG

  • It only takes 3 minutes once fluent with it

  • It is simple enough to teach patients and empower them to take control of their own health

  • The sequence and techniques can help you develop a deeper appreciation for points, qi sensation, your own Qi and your patients' Qi. It requires no special sensitivity to Qi or energy.

  • Once learned, you can use this sequence throughout the year and feedback your experiences with it to the group to enhance learning.

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​HUA

SEPT 3rd & 4th

SAT: HUA & LATE SUMMER Dynamics

  • Foundations: Different ways to place Earth in annual sequence

  • HUA throughout Chinese Medicine. Centrality of Transformation.

  • The connection between HUA, sweet flavour, Astragalus & Yi - Intention

  • Dietary Therapy focus on HUA

  • Guiding principles and techniques for each 30 day period (jieqi), 15 day period (solar term) and 5 day period (hou).

SUN: MERIDIAN STRETCHING QI GONG

  • Different levels of Qi Gong - Cultivation vs Medical.

  • Different Qi Gong types and their relationship to SHENG, ZHANG, HUA, SHOU, CANG

  • Qi Gong practice phases and relationship to SHENG, ZHANG, HUA, SHOU, CANG

  • Novel way to think about meridians in order to experience them tangibly during meridian stretching routine

  • Learn Meridian Stretching Qi Gong routine

  • It balances qi and gets qi flowing in every meridian so great for self-healing

  • Can teach this sequence to patients for self-help.

SHOU

SEPT 24th & 25th

SATURDAY: SHOU & AUTUMN Dynamics

  • Foundations: Zong and Wei Qi

  • Dryness in the Huang Di Nei Jing - Why dryness in Autumn?

  • Warm dryness vs Cool dryness

  • Descent and Slipperiness

  • Chinese Dietary Therapy techniques

  • The wider meaning of Gathering

  • Guiding principles and techniques for each 30 day period (jieqi), 15 day period (solar term) and 5 day period (hou).

SUNDAY: Crash Course:
HERBAL MEDICINE

  • Foundations of Herbal Medicine from the 'YAO XING ZONG YI'

  • The SHENG ZHANG HUA SHOU CANG of Qi (temperature) and Wei (flavour)

  • Whether you are a herbal medicine practitioner or have never studied it, you will find something new and fresh in this approach to herbs while also finding it easy to follow 

  • You can get going straight away experimenting with everyday culinary herbs

BONUS SESSION: NOURISHING YIN and JING

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CANG

NOV 5TH & 6TH

SATURDAY: CANG & Winter Dynamics

  • Foundations: Yin, Yang, Jing, Marrow

  • Boosting Yang within the body

  • Dealing with cold

  • Managing Yang when it is sealed in the depths

  • Guiding principles and techniques for each 30 day period (jieqi), 15 day period (solar term) and 5 day period (hou).

SUNDAY: WARMING TECHNIQUES & TECH

  • Learn techniques to warm and stimulate YANG

  • Huge range of techniques

  • Learn what new technology is out there

  • Moxa discussion

  • Opportunity to review all skills learned so far and apply them to warming

    • Massage and acupressure​

    • External and internal herbs

    • Dietary therapy - Hotpot!

    • Qi Gong

    • Many more...

GENERAL REVIEW & CONCLUSION

OPTIONAL BONUS: Hotpot Social Evening

TICKET TYPE
PRICE
EARLYBIRD DISCOUNT PRICE - until Jan 15
SUPER EARLYBIRD
REGULAR (In Person)
£1500
£1350
CODE GIVEN AT FREE TALK
REGULAR (Online)
£1400
£1250
CODE GIVEN AT FREE TALK
STUDENT (In Person)
£1400
£1250
CODE GIVEN AT FREE TALK
STUDENT (Online)
£1300
£1150
CODE GIVEN AT FREE TALK

Link to book the full course will be active here on December 12th after the free talk

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About the Speaker

 

Alex Jacobs is a practitioner of Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Tuina, Chinese Dietary Therapy and a Qi Gong and Tai Chi teacher working in North London. He first became interested in Chinese medicine while studying Mandarin in Taiwan 2002-2005. He returned to study and gain his qualifications in the UK and has been in practice for 10 years. He regularly returns to Taiwan and has been studying Yang Sheng in depth over the years. In 2012 he set up the London Chinese Medicine Meetup Group where he teaches monthly classes on Yang Sheng to the general public. He has a particular interest in Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome and is published in the Journal of Chinese Medicine on the subject of its related Chinese disease term, 'Shan disorder'. He organised the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine conference for 8 years and was elected president of the organisation in 2020. He has just taken on a position as a Clinical Supervisor in Acupuncture at the City College of Acupuncture, London.