Archive for July, 2011


Monday, July 25th, 2011

Just back from a week of Tai Chi and Qigong training with my teacher, Roger Jahnke.  It was amazing!  I can’t wait to share some new forms and ideas with folks in my classes.

Here’s a thought I had on the plane ride home: think of Qigong as play rather than work.  Play denotes something that gives us pleasure.  Some of us play golf or tennis because we love to, not because participating in these sports is “good for us.”  Think about what what you would rather do: play your favorite sport or work out at the gym?  Most people would vote for play.

When we cultivate a playful attitude in our practice, it does two things: First, it makes us want to do Qigong more often.  Second, it causes us to relax, which amplifies the mental, physical and spiritual benefits.

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Monday, July 4th, 2011

Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, urged colonial Americans to be self reliant in health as well as politics.

He wrote that “an attention to health should take place over every other object.”

One way to be self reliant about your health is to practice Qigong.  Doing Qigong for just 10 or 15 minutes per day can lower blood pressure, relieve chronic pain, reduce the chance of stroke and heart attack, and boost immune response.  Recent studies done in China and the US provide evidence for these and other important health benefits.

It is also extremely patriotic!  More people practicing Qigong will lead to a healthier population, less strain on our health care system, and ultimately a lower national debt (Tea Party members take note).

So follow the path of Thomas Jefferson: pay close attention to your health–and practice Qigong.