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 […]
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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.
If I hear one more person say that it’s “just the placebo effect,” I’m going to kick them right in the placebo. For example: “How does qigong work? Is it just the placebo effect?” It’s the word “just” that gets me angry.
[Note: This is part 3 in a series on chronic pain. Click here for part 1, or here for part 3.] “Maybe you just imagined that your pain was gone,” he said. He was messing with me, and I knew it. Craig, a 60-something man with a disheveled, grey pony tail had stopped at my booth. This was at a local health […]
In this edition: How long does it take to feel qi? What diet do you recommend for qi cultivation? Can I learn qigong basics on my own? Which bourbon is the best?….