Master Helen Liang
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Embody Tai Chi as a way of life, as you learn postures to cultivate inner and outer strength, flexibility, and mental focus in a world of constant change.
During these uncertain times, many spiritual seekers are turning more deeply inward — to calm and center themselves, gain new perspectives, and become inspired to live differently.
They’re seeking out ancient modalities, timeless mindfulness tools, and deep wisdom systems.
Many seekers are discovering the power of the ancient Chinese martial art Tai Chi (Taiji) — to work with the dynamic interplay of Yin and Yang in any situation so they can calm their minds, reduce stress, lift negative energies, and bring balance back into their lives.
When you move through Tai Chi’s full circular movements, energy circulates throughout your body, feeding and revitalizing your body so you can stay grounded in the moment.
Often described as meditation in motion, Tai Chi moves your Qi (life-force energy) throughout your body, while balancing your Yin and Yang — forces that are opposite yet complementary to one another — to bring your whole being into harmony.
Join us for a new 7-week course with renowned Tai Chi Master Helen Liang to experience the healing, balancing power of Tai Chi through its celebrated 8-Posture Form — a powerful yet easy-to-learn martial arts series.
Each week, you’ll explore new movements in the 8-Posture Form. You’ll begin each session by reviewing the movements and footwork you’ve learned in the previous sessions, delving deeper into the details and practices. After Helen’s repetitions and gentle corrections, you’ll move onto the new posture you’ll be learning that week.
With Helen as your guide, you’ll learn to practice anytime, anywhere. If you have physical limitations, she’ll show you how to modify the practice so it can work for you.
As you’ll discover, each pose requires a change in breathing, concentration, and balance — while helping you cultivate inner peace.
While the movements are slow and gentle, Tai Chi builds muscle strength, flexibility, and balance — and it even includes some aerobic conditioning.
Helen will show you how to apply the principle of Wu Wei in everyday life so you can go with the flow of what each day brings, adapt to change, and let the universe play itself out through you.
Master Helen Liang is the eldest daughter of Grandmaster Liang Shou-Yu, and began training in traditional Wushu at the age of four, under his strict tutelage. At the age of eleven, she was chosen to train with the Sichuan Provincial Wushu School in China and since then, she has won many gold medals in competitions throughout the world. She immigrated to Canada in 1985 and has become one of the most revered experts in North America on Chinese martial arts. Her deep wisdom and compassionate teaching style are grounded not only in her family lineage and extensive training, but also in her personal history of overcoming severe illness.
Join Master Helen and move through the gentle movements of Tai Chi’s 8-Posture Form to cultivate internal and physical strength, flexibility, mental focus, and much more.
In this highly experiential Tai Chi course, you’ll discover:
- Ways to cultivate Qi energy with slow, fluid motions
- How proper body alignment strengthens the legs and joints, releasing tension in the shoulders, chest, spine, lower back, and hips
- How to root yourself by sinking through your feet into the ground — which is essential for maintaining physical balance and centeredness, like a tree with deep roots
- How Taiji teaches the importance of balance and harmony in a world of constant change
- How to correctly move through a Taiji set or form with awareness, embodying physical principles that mirror universal principles of the Tao
- New ways to enhance the joy of your practice
- Methods to relieve tension in your limbs, muscles, and bones as you move through the 8-Posture Form
- Deep abdominal-breathing practices to promote relaxation, activate your parasympathetic nervous system, and strengthen your internal organs
- The classic Taiji notion of Wu Guo Bu Ji , which means not excessive or deficient (you’ll experience this firsthand as you maintain balance by learning how to not overdo or underdo your movements)
- The notion of perfect timing during your practice — and how the whole universe is involved when something happens with perfect timing
- The principle of yielding as the way of the Tao — and using this principle when confronted with opposition or attack
- How to gracefully accomplish more with minimum effort, and maintain inner tranquility in your everyday life when you go with the flow in a state of Wu Wei
What You’ll Discover in These 7 Weeks
In this 7-week course, Master Helen Liang will guide you through the fundamental skills and gentle movements of the ancient martial art of Tai Chi and its Taoist principles to help you cultivate inner and outer strength, flexibility, and mental focus in a world of constant change.
The Power of Live Streaming Video
You’ll connect with Helen and experience her teachings through live streaming video via any connected device. This connection is easy to use and will enhance the impact of Helen’s transmissions. Or you can listen to just the audio by phone.
(Can’t make it live? No worries! After each class, the video and audio recordings will be available for you to download or stream in high-quality format at your convenience.)
Weekly Sessions Wednesdays at 1:00pm Pacific
This course will feature LIVE teachings, interactive training sessions, experiential practices, and Q&A with Helen. Each session will build harmoniously upon the previous ones, so you’ll develop a complete holistic understanding of the practices, tools, and principles you’ll need to embody Tai Chi as a way of life, as you learn postures to cultivate inner and outer strength, flexibility, and mental focus in a world of constant change.
Module 1: Introducing Taiji — Harmonizing the Body, Breath & Mind (October 6)
The practice of Tai Chi is the physical interpretation of the Tao philosophy.
In this opening session, Master Helen will introduce you to the Chinese concept of the Tao, or the Way of the Universe — the source of creation that encompasses everything.
Illness or trouble manifests in the world when something isn’t in harmony with the rhythm of the Tao.
As Helen will explain, you become one with the Tao when you achieve balance and harmony through the interactions of the two polarities of Yin and Yang.
Taiji practice elaborates on the principles of Yin and Yang, of change, and of balance.
Helen will walk you through the three harmonizations essential to Taiji practice: Tiao Shen, Tiao Xi, and Tiao Xin — as well as basic footwork to prepare you for the Taiji 8-Posture Form you’ll be building on each week.
In this first session, you’ll:
- Practice deep abdominal breathing to promote relaxation, activate your parasympathetic nervous system, and strengthen your internal organs
- Learn proper body alignment through Zhan Zhuang (Standing Posture) and important acupuncture points to boost the smooth circulation of Qi — so you can build your reservoir of energy
- Experience the energy of Peng — an outwardly expanding energy that underlies each and every movement of Taiji, acting as the fundamental structural support for your body
- Step gently and gracefully like a cat to train your leg strength, balance, and coordination
- Discover how the principle of Yin and Yang manifests through movements of the waist, hips, and arms
- Practice the first of the 8 postures — Reverse Reeling Forearms — which benefits and strengthens your heart and lungs
Module 2: The Art of Mastering Timing (October 13)
This week, you’ll move onto the second of the eight postures — Brush Knee Push, Left and Right.
Master Helen will share important Taiji principles, including upper and lower following one another, so you’ll better understand how to use your body in an integrated, connected way.
The Brush Knee movement involves turning your waist, stepping, distributing your body weight, extending and lowering your arms, and adjusting the positions of your feet… and as you’ll discover, it can only be perfected with an impeccable sense of timing.
As you practice the movement, you’ll become increasingly aware of the interactions between Yin and Yang — and how it feels when you’re approaching a physical limit or losing balance.
In the process, this movement teaches you how to apply the Taiji principle of not excessive or deficient to your life.
In this session, you’ll:
- Explore how the second posture — Brush Knee Push, Left and Right — builds strong Yang Qi in the body through cultivating the Yang meridians
- Deepen your understanding and practice of T Stance, Empty Stance, and Bow Stance to protect and strengthen your joints while improving stability and balance
- Coordinate upper- and lower-body movements as you practice Brush Knee Push, Left and Right, and learn how strength and power are best generated when the opposite arm and leg are both active
- Explore the classic Taiji notion of Wu Guo Bu Ji, which means not excessive or deficient — and experience it firsthand as you maintain balance by not overdoing or underdoing your movements
- Contemplate the notion of perfect timing during your practice — and explore how the whole universe is involved when something happens with perfect timing
Module 3: Endless Expansion & Contraction (October 20)
This week, you’ll add the third posture to the form — Wild Horse Parts Mane, Left and Right — a movement noted for its open and expansive energy, like clouds of dust raised by the running of a wild horse.
As you twist and open your arms, energy is flowing, stretching out, rising, and expanding. As you round your arms, energy is condensing and contracting. This posture teaches the principles of contraction and expansion — inherent in every Taiji movement to demonstrate the play of Yin and Yang.
As Master Helen will explain, as you go through a Taiji form, your body goes from expansion to contraction to expansion and contraction — from Yang to Yin to Yang to Yin and back again.
This flow mirrors the cyclic nature of the Tao’s endless motion of coming and going, of expansion and contraction. You’ll experience how the concept of Yin and Yang is more than a philosophy — it’s a guideline for healthy living.
Helen will also introduce the essence of Taiji — Ba Men Wu Bu (Eight Gates and Five Steps). Also known as Taiji 13 Postures, it refers to the thirteen foundational skills that make up all of Taiji.
In this session, you’ll:
- Learn about the importance of your torso, including your dantian at the waist area, and mingmen at the back, which act as the pivot points through which every movement passes
- Practice shifting weight in the legs and understand the Taiji principle of distinguishing insubstantial and substantial by distinguishing solid (weight-bearing) and empty (non-weight-bearing)
- Understand how Yin and Yang are constantly changing and transforming into each other — and how your balance is maintained throughout the pulsing of Yin and Yang as you shift your weight
- Explore how contraction is a time for building energy, and expansion is a time for expressing energy, as you fluidly navigate through life’s ups and downs
- Discover 2 energetic skills as part of Ba Men Wu Bu — Peng (building strength in all aspects of your life), and Lie (finding the perfect leverage point in everything you do) — so you can succeed with the least effort
Module 4: The Whole Body Should Be Light, Agile & Linked Together (October 27)
This week, you’ll add the next movement — Waving Hands Like Clouds — to the 8-Posture Form.
Waving Hands is a continuous circular, spiraling movement that promotes the free flow of Qi. You’ll feel how when one part of the body moves, all parts move — no part of the body moves independently from the rest.
Master Helen will guide you to practice this movement in a continuous, smooth, unbroken, and flowing fashion that promotes the healing flow of Qi throughout your body.
You’ll remove blockages, correct imbalances, and enter a contemplative state of wellbeing and mental calm as you nurture your awareness of your body and mind.
You’ll also learn about what it means to use Yi (calm, clear awareness) to direct your movements, instead of Li (a strained mind that manifests as stiffness in the body).
In this session, you’ll:
- Develop awareness of where movements come from and where their energy is going
- Explore the illusion that your arms are moving independently during the 8-Posture Form — and how instead, your legs, waist, and spine move your arms
- Learn the meaning of pulling silk, a phrase that describes Taiji’s slow, gentle, and continuous movements
- Discover how to use mental focus — instead of physical force — to move your body with a continuous motion, so you never break the thread of Qi
- Cultivate inner and outer flexibility so you can adapt to change and meet the challenges of the outside world
- Learn to use the mantra Song to remove tension and relax as you perform the gentle footwork and circular movements of the arms (you’ll receive a bonus video featuring the Song Exercise to enhance your practice)
Module 5: Inner & Outer Balance — Uniting the Internal & External (November 3)
In the Chinese martial arts traditions, birds are renowned and imitated for their ability to stand on one leg in perfect balance.
This week, Master Helen will introduce you to the fifth and sixth movements of the 8-Posture Form — Golden Rooster Standing on One Leg and Right and Left Heel Kick... allowing you to explore the many elements that contribute to the maintenance of balance.
For example, as you take the shape of a golden rooster standing on one leg, you’ll explore the importance of maintaining both physical and internal balance.
Helen will explain how understanding and living out the philosophy of Taiji includes working with the dynamic interplay of Yin and Yang in any situation.
In this session, you’ll:
- Learn the principle of Elevate the Crown and Lift the Spirit — by lifting Bai Hui (the crown of the head), you align the cervical vertebrae and spine, promoting blood flow traveling in and out of the brain
- Learn to deeply relax your upper body and sink your bodyweight through your feet into the ground — to build leg strength, balance, flexibility, and coordination
- Become more aware of how to maintain physical balance through the interactions of Yin and Yang — for example, as you push forward (Yang), you round backward (Yin), and as you kick to the right (Yang), you push to the left (Yin)
- Cultivate focus, concentration, and present-moment awareness by keeping your mind on the Yong Quan point on the soles of your feet and perfect the posture of standing on one leg
- Explore how deep relaxation quiets your mind’s mental chatter, leading to deeper concentration and stillness within
Module 6: Using the Soft to Conquer the Hard — Yielding Is the Way of the Tao (November 10)
This week, Master Helen will guide you to add the seventh movement to the form — Grasping the Sparrow’s Tail, Left and Right — one of the most important movements in all of Taiji.
Grasping the Sparrow’s Tail, Left and Right features four postures that demonstrate the Taoist principles of yielding, softness, centeredness, balance, and rootedness.
Helen will guide you to contemplate one of the profound teachings of Taiji philosophy, using softness to either yield or to overcome hardness. A classic example of this is water — the embodiment of softness, which is also capable of carving through solid stones and rocks.
You’ll explore how the weak and supple can overcome the strong and hard, as Helen helps you apply this principle to your daily life.
In this session, you’ll:
- Learn to direct your internal energy as you move through each posture, rather than just moving your limbs around your body
- Deepen your understanding of Ward-Off — the first and most important energy pattern (Jin) in Taiji
- Discover Lu (Roll Back), a downward and sideways energy used to yield and redirect your opponent’s attack
- Contemplate the principle of yielding as the way of the Tao — and learn to use it when confronted with opposition or attack
- Explore Ji (Press), a penetrative, squeezing energy technique that empowers you to accomplish more in your daily life
- Learn to cultivate peace and harmony with An (Push), a downward, upward, and forward form of energy based on the Taiji principle of Yin Jin Luo Kong
Module 7: Going With the Flow to Be One With the Tao (November 17)
In this final class, you’ll learn the eighth movement, Cross Hands, and the closing posture.
Master Helen will then lead you through a grand review of every movement in the 8-Posture Form you’ve learned throughout your time in this course — as you practice the entire set alongside your (virtual) classmates.
As you’ll discover, the essential feature of flow in Taiji is to balance Yin and Yang — soft and hard energies must work in harmony with the body.
Helen will explain how, as a practitioner, you must be soft yet strong, display flexibility and solidity, and summon both relaxation and concentration.
At this point in the course, you’ll understand how to go with the flow and let the form play out through you — trusting your body's wisdom as you experience the unity of your body, mind, and spirit.
In this closing session, you’ll:
- Review every detail of the entire 8-Posture Form you’ve learned
- Explore new ways to enhance the joy of your practice
- Relieve tension in your limbs, muscles, and bones as you go through the entire 8-Posture Form
- Apply the mantra let go or relax to your everyday life, as you practice yielding and surrendering
- Weave together the essential features of Taiji, as you flow through the form
- Explore how you can move more gracefully, accomplish more with minimum effort, and maintain inner tranquility in your everyday life when you go with the flow in a state of Wu Wei
The Tai Chi 8-Posture Form Bonus Collection
In addition to Helen’s transformative 7-week virtual course, you’ll receive these special bonuses to complement the course and take your understanding and practice to an even deeper level.
Video Teaching From Master Helen Liang
Discover the Song Exercise that Helen recently taught in one of her online Qigong classes. Song is a Chinese word that means relax. By chanting the sound in a specific way, and using the vibration of the sound while traveling through some of your body’s important energy centers, you’ll allow your body to relax deeply. This exercise can help you calm tension from the pressures of work and daily life as you regain a vitality of spirit.
Tai Chi 13 Postures: Ba Men Wu Bu
PDF Teaching From Master Helen Liang
Tai Chi 13 Postures, also known as Ba Men (Eight Doors or Eight Techniques) and Wu Bu (Five Steps), are the essence of Taijiquan (Tai Chi Quan — The First of Tai Chi). In this article, Helen shares how the Tai Chi 13 Postures are the keys that unlock the secret of all Taijiquan. All other skills of Taijiquan come from the different variations and combinations of these 13 skills.
Overview of Different Tai Chi Styles
PDF Teaching From Master Helen Liang
Explore the different styles of Tai Chi and how their varying characteristics and emphasis can help you develop your internal energy and a peaceful mind. Helen also explains how Tai Chi is practiced as a martial art for strengthening the body as well as a health exercise that addresses a range of physical and mental-health issues, including heart health, arthritis, stress, and bone density. You’ll discover foundational ideas about Tai Chi styles and be inspired to further explore the ones that call to you.
What People Are Saying About Master Helen Liang...
“Not only is she a highly accomplished practitioner (as evidenced by her many awards), she also has that rare gift of being an equally talented teacher.”
I am so grateful to have the opportunity to participate in Master Helen’s classes. She is a kind, patient, and exceptionally well-trained instructor. Not only is she a highly accomplished practitioner (as evidenced by her many awards), she also has that rare gift of being an equally talented teacher. Her classes have allowed me to build upon my basic foundation and safely expand my practice and knowledge. Her classes are unique in that the demonstrations are accompanied by detailed lectures: the origin/history of the practice, its associated meridians and organs, how it relates to other wisdom-arts practices, and how it can be incorporated as part of a broader, more integrative self-care practice. Of note is her ability to provide expert verbal instruction on proper alignment and how to transition through the moves. My age-related knee joint pain disappeared halfway through her course! Additional benefits that I have experienced are improvements in balance, flexibility, overall strength/stamina, stress relief, mood elevation, and sleep habits. Physically, the gentle, fluid dynamic of these Chinese wisdom arts has been very healing for my body, while the Taoist meditation has been wonderfully grounding and nurturing for my spirit. These are beautiful, health-promoting, life-enriching practices.
— Renée Christopher, Annapolis, Maryland
“Helen has been my inspiration and guide on my martial arts, Taiji, and Qigong journey for over 15 years.”
Helen has been my inspiration and guide on my martial arts, Tai Chi, and Qigong journey for over 15 years. Her insights and techniques apply not only to my forms and Qigong practice, they have also improved my other fitness activities, posture, work focus, and overall self-awareness. Helen continuously refines and adjusts her teaching so that even review sessions are filled with new perspectives and depth, a reflection of her own continuous self-improvement. She always provides the why behind the what, and challenges her students to not just do, but to always explore and understand why they do it. I look forward to many more years as her student!
— Manny Kiesser, Laguna Hills, California
“I highly recommend her as a teacher and I am so glad if she can help people as she has helped me.”
I’m so grateful to have found Helen Liang and her family as teachers. I am so blessed by these teachings every single day. Helen’s knowledge, wisdom, and excellence as a teacher — I still marvel over every lesson. Even after so many years, there is still so much to learn. I highly recommend her as a teacher and I am so glad if she can help people as she has helped me. Her profound teachings and personal journey are such an inspiration, and also so healing to me that I feel that Helen and her family are all angels and that these practices have saved my life.
— Emily Traynor, Courtenay, Canada
“Helen has an inner energy that is contagious because she’s always so positive and loves to joke around and laugh.”
I met Master Helen Liang in a medical Qigong class that I was taken to in Vancouver. That class was in 2016, and I continue to attend classes with her to this day. Helen has an inner energy that is contagious because she’s always so positive and loves to joke around and laugh. Laughter is good medicine. It’s a quality that the planet needs especially now in our present day and beyond. Helen is a treasure of knowledge with what she loves doing and lives by it daily. She’s definitely someone who walks her talk, and walks it in a humble way.
— Jaime Rosario, Courtenay, Canada
“Helen is a true master and fabulous teacher who draws from a deep and profound understanding of Taiji and Qigong.”
Helen is a true master and fabulous teacher who draws from a deep and profound understanding of Taiji and Qigong. I am amazed at her positive energy and kindhearted spirit. She greets her students with a friendly smile, empathy, and compassion. Those attributes naturally extend to her teachings, which makes learning the exercises much easier. Helen always provides the Traditional Chinese Medicine context so we understand the principles and philosophy behind the Qigong forms we’re learning. I feel more relaxed, calm, and energized. I sleep better and am more productive at work. It is an honor to be her student.
— Matthew Schulte, St. Louis, Missouri
“Attending Helen’s classes has brought me to a deeper understanding of this art and practice.”
Helen’s instructions are clear, concise, and detailed. She clearly demonstrates and verbalizes the movements and also explains why we’re doing them. She is a gentle, encouraging, and supportive instructor. Attending Helen’s classes has brought me to a deeper understanding of this art and practice.
— Faith LeLievre, Hilo, Hawaii
“I highly recommend anyone wishing to learn the beautiful internal arts to study with Helen Liang.”
I have been a Tai Chi practitioner for 32 years, along with other internal forms. I have studied with Helen Liang for 18 years. No matter what form she is teaching, it is done with care and expertise. She is always willing to explain the movement to suit your current ability. Helen is very generous in sharing her wealth of knowledge. Whether you’re a complete beginner or a longtime practitioner, you will always benefit and learn from Helen’s teaching. I highly recommend anyone wishing to learn the beautiful internal arts to study with Helen Liang.
— Susan Holmes Nash, Winnipeg, Canada
“... her compassionate and detail-oriented instructions keep me engaged, inspired, and dedicated to these health practices.”
I have been a student of Master Helen Liang since 2005. Master Helen has shared her great depth of wisdom and knowledge of martial and internal arts over the years. As a person with a serious degenerative spine condition and thyroid disease, the practices I have learned from Helen, especially Liu He Ba Fa, have helped me continue to move with ease and strength. The gentle movements and her compassionate and detail-oriented instructions keep me engaged, inspired, and dedicated to these health practices.
— Tammy Bilodeau, Fort St. John, Canada
Join the Global Community
Tai Chi’s 8-Posture Form to Cultivate Balance, Harmony & Vitality offers some of the most advanced online teachings available, within a thriving, global community of learning and practice.
Join fellow students and practitioners to support and inspire each other as you integrate the teachings and practices Helen Liang will share in this powerful training.
You’ll be part of an international community that’s on the leading edge of a global movement of people manifesting a world grounded in principles of cooperation, harmony, and reverence for all of life.
Here’s What You’ll Receive
Seven 90-Minute Class Sessions With Master Helen Liang
Experience a unique opportunity to be mentored by and learn from the vice president of SYL Wushu Taiji Qigong Institute from the comfort of your own home. Each class session includes a live streaming video option and guides you to discover specific skills and abilities to embody Tai Chi as a way of life, as you learn postures to cultivate inner and outer strength, flexibility, and mental focus in a world of constant change. Course sessions are on Wednesdays at 1:00pm Pacific.
Seven Video Recordings of Class Sessions
After each class, the digital video will be available for you to download or stream in high-quality format. You’ll never have to worry about missing a session, and you can watch anytime and anywhere at your convenience.
Seven Audio Recordings of Class Sessions
After each class, the audio will be available for you to download in high-quality MP3 format. You’ll never have to worry about missing a session, and you can listen anytime and anywhere at your convenience.
Seven Transcripts of Class Sessions
In addition to the high-quality videos and MP3 audios, you’ll also receive the entire class transcription after each session is completed. You can then review, print, and highlight the most important insights and practices you were given.
Interactive Exercises and Questions for Each Lesson
Between class sessions, you’ll have the option of completing related exercises, practicing new tools, and answering questions to accelerate your learning and integrate each week’s lesson.
Our exclusive Facebook online community is the perfect place to continue your discovery process after each class. Here, you can continue the discussion about your course materials and interact with your fellow students to take your exploration to an even deeper level.
The Tai Chi 8-Posture Form Bonus Collection
- Song Exercise
Video Teaching From Master Helen Liang
- Tai Chi 13 Postures: Ba Men Wu Bu
PDF Teaching From Master Helen Liang
- Overview of Different Tai Chi Styles
PDF Teaching From Master Helen Liang
An Unprecedented Opportunity to Join the Tai Chi’s 8-Posture Form to Cultivate Balance, Harmony & Vitality Online Training
We feel honored that Master Helen Liang has chosen to partner with The Shift Network to offer this exclusive LIVE online training. This is a unique opportunity to interact directly with the vice president of SYL Wushu Taiji Qigong Institute whose powerful insights and pioneering work are helping us heal and awaken ourselves and our world.
If you’re serious about embodying Tai Chi as a way of life as you cultivate strength, flexibility, and focus in a world of constant change, then you owe it to yourself, your loved ones, and our world to take this one-of-a-kind training.
If you’re ready to take the next step in evolving yourself, click the register button below to reserve your space now.
More Praise for Master Helen Liang...
“Helen’s skill in the arts, her humble character, and her martial ethics make her a rare wonder in the contemporary Chinese martial arts world.”
Helen was born into a family of Chinese martial arts and Qigong practitioners. Her martial arts ancestry goes back six generations. Helen started Wushu, Taiji, and Qigong training at age four under the tutelage of her father, world-renowned Grandmaster Shouyu Liang. As a Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor and Wushu Qigong practitioner for more than 60 years, I have seen and come in contact with countless practitioners of Chinese martial arts and Qigong. Helen’s skill in the arts, her humble character, and her martial ethics make her a rare wonder in the contemporary Chinese martial arts world. She is the mainstay of the preservation and promotion of Chinese martial arts. I am proud that Helen is imparting her finesse and sharing her great depth of knowledge of these ancient Chinese arts to the world.
— Dr. Wang, OMD, LAc, EAMP, Seattle
“Aside from being a gifted and skilled Taiji, Qigong, and Chinese martial art practitioner and teacher, she is a wonderful person.”
I have known Helen for over 20 years. Even before I met her, her reputation as an exceptional martial arts practitioner and teacher was widely known. She has graced us on our cover for Kung Fu Tai Chi Magazine twice. I personally have learned Taiji 24 Form and Water Style (Liu He Ba Fa) from her, even going as far as traveling to Canada multiple times to partake in seminars. Helen’s instructions are concise, clear, and detailed. She clearly demonstrates and verbalizes the movements and also explains the martial, health, and energetic implications of the movements. Aside from being a gifted and skilled Taiji, Qigong, and Chinese martial art practitioner and teacher, she is a wonderful person. I know her whole family, father, mother, husband, and child, and I feel lucky to call her my friend.
— Gigi Oh, founder and publisher emeritus of Kung Fu Tai Chi Magazine
“Master Helen Liang is one of the most exceptional teachers I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting.”
Master Helen Liang is one of the most exceptional teachers I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. Her profound wisdom and knowledge come from an impeccable bloodline and family of masters, as well as from overcoming her own personal challenges fighting cancer. What’s more, her complete fluency in English and Mandarin gives her a unique advantage when it comes to her ability to communicate sophisticated concepts across cultures. Few practitioners radiate positive energy and good Qi like Helen. She always inspires me with her optimism and enthusiasm for the arts.
— Gene Ching, staff writer for YMAA Publication Center, YMAA.com, publisher of KungFuMagazine.com
“Her understanding of the healing potential inherent in the disciplines has been invaluable to me in dealing with some serious health issues.”
As a student of Qigong and Taiji with Master Helen Liang for a number of years, I feel both honoured and pleased to share about my experience of her caring and deeply informed teaching. I admire the humility, patience, clarity, and diligence with which Helen imparts the knowledge she has acquired through her own lifelong practice as handed down from generations of teachers. Open and responsive to her students’ questions, she provides serious teaching in a light-hearted and friendly manner, making challenging learning engaging and fun. Her understanding of the healing potential inherent in the disciplines has been invaluable to me in dealing with some serious health issues. I certainly intend to continue my learning from Master Helen Liang, whom I consider to be a truly exceptional teacher.
— Jean-Paul Froidevaux, Vancouver, Canada
About Master Helen Liang
Master Helen Liang is a world-renowned Tai Chi, Qigong, and Chinese Martial Art master with more than three decades of teaching experience. She is the vice president of the SYL Wushu Taiji Qigong Institute in Vancouver, Canada.
Helen is the author of numerous videos on Tai Chi, Qigong, Liu He Ba Fa (Water Style), and other internal styles of Chinese Martial Art. Her Tai Chi 24 Form... Beginner Tai Chi for Health... Tai Chi for Women... and Qigong for Cancer are all bestsellers on Amazon. Helen was featured twice on the cover of Kungfu Tai Chi Qigong magazine in the United States. She was also featured in the books Chinese Martial Arts Elites, Contemporary Famous Chinese Martial Artists, Kungfu Elements, and Extraordinary Chinese Martial Artists of the World.
In 2005, Helen and her father, Grandmaster Shou-Yu Liang, together with Channel M, Canada, created a one-of-a-kind instructional Tai Chi television series comprising 130 episodes for Canada’s multicultural community. The show, planned and written entirely by Helen and Grandmaster Liang, and hosted by Helen, has been picked up by stations across Canada and the United States. It was nominated for several Leo Awards, namely Best Lifestyle Series, Best Direction, and Best Host, and won the Best Lifestyle Series Award.
In 2017, Helen hosted another Tai Chi video for Canada’s national telecommunications company, Telus Corporation, to promote wellness to Canada’s diverse multicultural community. She has also been featured by many media companies, including Chinese Central Television (CCTV), Shanghai and Sichuan Provincial television in China, national pay-per-view features in the U.S., CBC, Fairchild Television, and Channel M in Canada, as well as numerous newspapers and magazines in the U.S., Canada, and China.
She was invited to demonstrate in the Opening Ceremony of the 10th World Wushu Championships in Toronto in 2009. In 2013 and 2014 she obtained level 8th degree from both International Wushu Sanshou Dao Association (IWSD) and the World Organization of Wushu Kung Fu Masters. She was also awarded Outstanding Martial Arts Achievements by IWSD.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What’s a virtual course?
A: It’s a great way to engage live and pre-recorded teachings and each other from the comfort of your home! All you need is a computer, mobile device, or telephone. If there’s more than one person in your household taking the course, you’ll each need your own connection. We use Zoom video conferencing to make it just like an in-person event, where you can ask questions and deepen your exploration of the course themes.
There’s no additional charge for connecting to Zoom with your computer or mobile device. Please note that dialing Zoom from your telephone is a toll call; your telephone service provider will charge you according to your existing long-distance calling plan. International access numbers are available.
“I’ve never seen a course so well put together ever...”
I had never participated before in an online course. The packaging, presentation, inclusion, and Facebook postings created a wonderful, safe cocoon within which to participate. I’ve never seen a course so well put together ever — not in all the years of taking college classes — and I had my doubts about doing an online course. The wealth of organization and ease of learning materials and support made this fun as well.
— Claudia F., Medford, Massachusetts
Q: Can I get benefit from the course if I miss the live classes?
A: Absolutely! You can download the recordings and transcripts of all course sessions from our online media archive, so you never need to worry about missing live calls. You can also engage the full community and leaders on our private online community group.
Q: Can you tell me about the private online community group?
A: We’ll have a private online community group for all course participants on Facebook that will support you in making connections with others, sharing insights, engaging in discussions, and completing homework assignments that can supplement your transformational journey. You’ll have the ability to share your experiences, projects, and growth throughout the course.
Q: Are there scholarships available for this training?
A: Yes, we always make a certain percentage of spaces available for partial scholarships, for those who otherwise would not be able to enroll at the regular rate. If you’d like to apply for a scholarship, please review our guidelines, which include a link to our online application form.
Q: What’s your refund policy?
A: Your satisfaction with The Shift Network and this course is our highest priority! We offer a satisfaction guarantee so that you can sample the course risk-free. The deadline to receive a full refund is October 20, 2021. To request a refund, please click on this refund request form and submit your request. Qualifying refunds will be processed within five business days and an email confirming the refund will be sent. However, we’d love to have a chance to address and resolve your concerns first. If there’s something we can assist you with, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to help! (No refund requests accepted after the above date or with scholarship awards.)
Q: How can I reach Customer Support?
A: Please visit our Customer Support Center, where you should be able to find the answer to your question or the solution to your problem. And if you can’t, you can submit an online request form and we’ll get right back to you.