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.
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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 […]
In this edition: gallbladder surgery and qigong; healing tinnitus with qigong; practicing qigong on an airplane; learning tai chi forms; building strength and flexibility for tai chi; feeling qi all day long; mixing fitness and tai chi training; seasonal allergies and qigong.
Four years ago, one of my tai chi students asked me a question that really made me think. “I’ve got $1500 to spend on my health. Should I go to your retreat in Costa Rica, or sign up for a year of unlimited classes in your studio?” It’s tempting to assume that a full year […]
The good news is that it’s entirely possible to start healing your eyes — without surgery — so that you no longer need glasses. Now here’s the bad news: It takes work. A lot of work.
“If I could smile from the heart, then I wouldn’t be so !@#$%& depressed!” I didn’t say it out loud, but I thought it really loud. I had traveled thousands of miles to learn from a world-renowned qigong master, and I was desperate to feel better.