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Qigong

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We just released The Five Keys to Taoist Energy Arts with Paul Cavel which is a 10-week online course. Learn more here:

CLICK HERE: The Five Keys Course Overview

Here is a short video where Paul tells you about why he created the course:

CLICK HERE: The Five Keys Course Overview

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Congratulations to the new Dragon and Tiger Qigong Instructors. We had a great training in Maui with over 60 people.

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Photo of Iceberg By natalielucier

Dissolving the physical body and relaxing it is not the same thing. Often to explain this, I use the image of going from ice to water.

Relaxation in the West is mostly understood as a mental or an emotional mood change. When we’re going from ice to water in Taoist dissolving practices, we’re talking about the body physically softening as well as your mood softening.

Of course, there is a general emotional sense of relaxation, but more specifically, the tissues of the body are physically relaxing and becoming softer. The blood in the body begins flowing better, which comes from blood vessels being less constricted. Read More

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Bruce teaching Tai Chi in Hawaii

How do you go from Tai Chi student to Tai Chi teacher?

The transition from being a tai chi practitioner to a tai chi teacher or certified instructor can take lots of time and practice. Anything that has any depth usually does.

Add to that the esoteric or spiritual aspect of tai chi, and there are a number of really important considerations that may not figure into the picture with other subjects. When you are teaching something that helps people go inward there are always things that come up both for you and the student. Read More

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Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp Photo by ilkerender

Very often as you learn tai chi chuan or qigong, you may feel as though you have reached a plateau. When this experience happens there often is a sense that practice is boring. The same stuff keeps on happening.

We all want to have tai chi practice breakthroughs moving to higher levels of sensitivity and awareness, but it is important to respect and even embrace the plateaus. Read More

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US Cold Pills in Abundance – Photo by kalleboo

There are many studies that show tai chi and qigong (chi gung) benefit in reducing stress, but what about helping with allergies?

Connecting the dots between stress and allergies and asthma is easy. The most common symptoms of stress are achingly similar to those associated with allergy and asthma: tight chest, shortness of breath, insomnia, fatigue, muscular pain and headaches. Unfortunately, the more run down you get, the more susceptible you become to seasonal illnesses, such as colds, bronchitis, sinusitis and pneumonia.

Moreover, clinical evidence backs up what sufferers know first-hand: tension and anxiety make symptoms worse. It is a bit more difficult to connect improvements in these maladies with the slow, benign-looking, gentle movements of qigong and tai chi, however lets look at the whole picture. Read More

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Chicken Neck‘Chicken Neck’ Photo by zoetnet

It is common these days to see people who have what I call ‘chicken neck’ or what some others affectionately call ‘geek neck’. Make no mistake though, chicken neck is no laughing matter.

Many people are often in front of computer screens for 6-10 hours at a time with poor posture, and a problem can develop with the chin consistently jutting forward. Bill Gates when he was young, for example, had a very prominent geek neck. Read More

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