I’m writing to you from beautiful Costa Rica, where I’m leading my annual (soon to be bi-annual) retreat. During the retreat, we had a wonderful discussion about what qi really feels like.
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These days, people often assume that what I believe now is the same as what I believed 22 years ago, that I was never skeptical about the qi. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Fatigue is turning into an epidemic in the Western world. Qigong is attracting more and more people because this 4000-year-old art of vital-energy cultivation is an obvious choice for a solution.
“Can you also direct the qi to your feet?” he asked. Mark was a new student in my studio. He told me that he had read a few books on qigong and tai chi. But his first week in the studio was an eye-opener. He was loving the experience.
I thought I understood yin and yang. I’ve been studying the philosophy for 20 years. When I went to acupuncture college, we were constantly tested on the theories of yin and yang. I thought I knew a thing or two. But it turns out I didn’t know squat.
Every week, I receive emails asking me if qigong can help with a particular rare disorder. I’ve never heard of most of them. I do a lot of googling, but I don’t really need to…
On May 31st, I locked up my qigong and tai chi studio for the last time. As I returned the keys to the landlord, my eyes were not dry. For the last 9 years, the Flowing Zen Studio in Gainesville Florida has been my baby, my mission, my everything. With little more than a dream, I somehow managed to build one […]
I was only 33. I was young, fit, and strong. But I felt like I was having a heart attack. Almost as quickly as it had come in, the storm passed, just as I was getting ready to go to the emergency room. It wasn’t a heart attack. I later learned that it was an […]
Like many depressives, I have a secret. It’s terrifies me to do this, but I’m going to share that secret with all of you now. My secret is that I’m depressive. Of course, this isn’t news. The fact that I’ve battled depression is all over my website and the Internet. But you don’t know the […]
If you can’t sense your qi, then you’re just spinning your tires in the mud. The qi (氣, or energy) is everything in qigong and tai chi. It’s the main ingredient. If you want to go somewhere with your qigong and tai chi, if you want to stop spinning your tires, then you absolutely need […]