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Printed and Digital newsletter with up-to-date news and articles about acupuncture. For professionals and students. www.acupuncturetoday.com/mpacms/at/home.php
Birth Body Wisdom
Do you want more than pain relief? Do you want to grow into your Authentic Self? Using a combination of Biodynamic Osteopathy + Nourishing Life Acupuncture, the BodyMindSpirit harmonizes with the Embryonic Creation Fields/Birth Body Blueprints for your life, the Mid tide and Long tide, and Spirit Points through Dynamic Stillness. I do in person sessions and Long Distance Sessions. www.nourishinglife.info
Bodywork for health and harmony. Mary Jane Pullen, Licensed Massage Therapist, has trained in Shiatsu, Tui-na, medical Qigong and Sound Healing. Sessions are designed to restore, achieve and maintain physical vitality and heart/mind clarity supporting greater ease and joy in daily living. www.shiatsuworks.org
Flow with the Dao Publications
Learning to Flow with the Dao: The 64 Hexagrams of the I Ching, interpretation by Nori Muster. https://surrealist.org/iching/
A bestselling author and a leading expert on eastern philosophy and medicine. He has written numerous books and magazine articles on various aspects of Asian self-health and self-healing practices, and has established an international reputation for the practical efficacy of his traditional approach to modern health problems. Focusing particularly on Chinese medicine and ancient Taoist health and longevity systems. www.danreid.org
Genesee Valley Daoist Hermitage
Founded in 1994. Residential facility. Qigong, sustainable gardening, meditation to refine practice. Chinese herbal medicine, daoist healing skills to harmonize chronic disorders. P.O. Box 9224, Moscow Idaho 83843. Tel: (208) 285-0123. www.gvdaoisthermitage.org
Qigong & Daoist Training Center
Feng Shui Institute
International resource & research center for the promotion of traditional Chinese Feng Shui and Chinese Astrology. www.feng-shui-institute.org
The Hidden Energies Behind Feng Shui
A cutting edge book sure to intrigue. It shows how our thoughts interacting with the subatomic particle field manifest the cures in feng shui. This is the first book to explain how this ancient earth science actually influences us mentally, emotionally and physically to improve our health and prosperity. From White Tiger and Blue Dragon to Sacred Geometry, crop circles, Tesla, ley lines and more. www.quantumfengshui.org
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
What does NCCIH do? We conduct and support research and provide information about complementary health products and practices. www.nccih.nih.gov/health/tai-chi-what-you-need-to-know
Blue Heron Tai Chi
Master Jesse Tsao. News and upcoming events, current classes, blogs, online store. http://blueherontaichi.com
Qigong & Daoist Training Center
Annual qigong and Daoist retreat by Shifu Michael (Lichangdao) in Northern California. Trainings in qigong, circle walking, Daoist Zuowang meditation, tea ceremony and poetry, Daoist priest ordination and other retreat practices. Special topic: interreligious dialogue between Daoism and Catholic mystical tradition. https://qigongdragon.com/
Gentle Qigong for Health (柔和養生氣功)
I have created this site to help my students as they practice the Qigong exercises that are taught in my classes. I have created video clips of the warm-ups and exercise sets and placed them on the following pages of this site. Video recordings of my Qigong and Taiji classes are available on the site. I hope you find them useful. Remember, move slowly, move gently, and breathe. Kevin Siddons, Ed.D. www.gentleqigong.net
National Qigong Association
Since 1996, the NQA is the premier non-profit membership organization for all types of qigong schools and enthusiasts, and offers annual conferences and qigong certification. http://www.nqa.org/
Master Waysun Liao
Master Waysun Liao is the founder of one of the oldest Taichi centers in North America, the Taichi Tao Center. http://Taichitao.tv
Qigong Research & Practice Center
The M.S.C.P.- Mental Screen Conditioning Process
Traditional Wu Yuxiang Family Practice
Redding Tai Chi
Redding Tai Chi teaches Yang family Long Form, Push Hands (Tui shou), and San Shou (two person set). For class information please check our website: www.reddingtaichi.com
Five Element Qigong Class with a focus on cancer recovery and survivorship. Can be done seated if needed. Beginners are welcome and everyone can benefit. Come experience the peaceful, healing energy of Qigong. Register or ask questions here at our website. www.FlowingRiverQigongandYoga.com
We specialize in meditation and tai chi. We look for alternative ways to bring our health coaching to the local area. www.healthywayswithsean.com
Clear Tai Chi
The mission of Clear Tai Chi is to fuel a revolution in Tai Chi Instruction based on the pursuit of function, not choreography, not philosophy. We want principles and methods that produce results, not just more techniques and sets. https://www.cleartaichi.com/
Northern Wu Style Taiji, Qigong and Neigong traditional teachings in Dublin, Ireland. David Marshall is ranked as Chief Instructor in Yin Cheng Taiji and has been teaching and training for 22 years continuing on a lineage of traditional Wu Style Taiji from Grandmaster Jeffrey J Giuffre and Grandmaster Wang Pei Sheng. David was inducted into the Yin Cheng Family in 2012 as Disciple Long Zhan by Master Wang Nai Xiang son of the late Wang Pei Sheng. David is also certified as a Master Qigong practitioner by Monk In Sung Choi of Korea since 2017. https://www.ancientmasters.ie/
Publishing Qi: The Journal of Traditional Chinese Health & Fitness (aka Qi Journal) since 1991. Large online catalog of educational books, videos, herbs, and hand-crafted gifts for Taiji-Qigong-TCM practitioners. www.qi-journal.com
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Insight Publishing has been in business (fully incorporated) since 1989. We are the publishers of "Qi: The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness" (Qi Journal), which is an internationally distributed quarterly magazine addressing the subject of "Qi" and its many related disciplines and cultural connections.
The mail-order catalog portion of our company was expanded into a full-fledged business project in 1996 when it was clear that many of the subscribers of "Qi Journal" did not have access to books, videos, and other instructional materials that they needed in order to further their studies. Although there were many resources available, there was no single source or location where one could find such items... making it virtually impossible to find such resources unless you were well-connected and networked to the qi-community.
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Here are some quick translations and comments on our T-Shirt calligraphy characters. The designs intentionally leave off the English because the translations are often complex and the meanings personal. In our experience, they often start interesting conversations when people ask what they "say". We encourage you to research and explore the deeper, personal meanings which make your character selection special to you.
Pinyin: Qi; (Wades Giles: Ch'i).
Literally translated to air, breath or gas. But in the context of Chinese philosophy or medicine, Qi is most often translated as "intrinsic energy" or "life force". Most importantly, it means many things depending on the context of it's useage. See qi-encyclopedia.com for in-depth research and discussion.
Pinyin: Qigong; (Wades Giles: Ch'i Kung).
The cultivation of Qi or the study of things involving Qi (see above). But in modern times, the term is mostly used to describe various exercises that cultivate Qi for medical, spiritual, or health/longevity purposes.
Pinyin: Dao; (Wades Giles: Tao).
a Chinese concept signifying 'way', 'path', 'route', or sometimes more loosely, 'doctrine' or 'principle'. Within the context of traditional Chinese philosophy and religion, The Dao is the intuitive knowing of "life" that of which cannot be grasped full-heartedly as just a concept but known nonetheless through actual living experience of one's everyday being.
Pinyin: Taiji; (Wades Giles: T'ai Chi).
A Chinese cosmological term for the "Supreme Ultimate" state of undifferentiated absolute and infinite potential, the oneness before duality, from which Yin and Yang originate. The term Taiji and its Wades Giles spelling of T'ai chi are most commonly used in the West to refer to Taijiquan, an internal martial art and health promoting exercise based on the principles of Taiji.
Pinyin: He; (Wades Giles: Ho).
Harmony. The character consists of two parts, 禾 which has given the character its pronunciation and the chracter 口 (kǒu) "mouth". Together, they portray the traditional Chinese ideal of harmony between nature and humankind. This ideal also carries the associated meanings of balance and order, duty and diligence, respect and appreciation, and peaceful coexistence and cooperation.
Pinyin: Wu Wei; (Wades Giles: Wu Wei).
An important concept in Daoism that literally means non-action or non-doing. In the Daodejing, Laozi explains that beings (or phenomena) that are wholly in harmony with the Dao behave in a completely natural, uncontrived way.
Pinyin: Lóng; (Wades Giles: Lung).
Dragon. Unlike castle-burning dragons of Western stories, Chinese dragons are a benevolent symbol in Chinese culture and symbolize potent and auspicious powers. The dragon is also a symbol of strength, and good luck for people who are worthy of it. The Dragon was a symbol of imperial authority.
Pinyin: Jué; (Wades Giles: chüeh).
Intuition: Instinct, subconscious knowledge. An important concept in the Chinese holistic way of thinking. A natural or intuitive way of acting or thinking. The ability to understand something immediately without needing to think about it. It is said the Chinese mind tends to understand reality intuitively rather than logically.
Pinyin: Shou; (Wades Giles: Shou).
Longevity, long life: A combination of age and birthday. Longevity, as defined in the west, means merely the quantity or long duration of life. Longevity or "Chang Shou" in China is used with reverence for someone who enjoys the blessing of living a long time and having a quality of life.
Pinyin: Wǔ; (martial)
"Wu"; means "Martial" and is used in Martial Arts (wǔshu) or a Warrior (wǔshì). It is common to see the Wu character displayed in kungfu studios and signage. Note: This character is different from the Wu character used in dance.
Pinyin: ài; (Love)
The character for Love can also be translated as affection, to cherish, to deeply love, to treasure, etc. Unlike Western culture, it is not expressed often and is reserved for special occasions or spiritual connections. This character for love, comes from deep in the heart—-true love.
Pinyin: Chan; (Zen).
The character for Zen simply means Meditation, but it has become associated with Mahayana Buddhism which emphasizes sitting meditation in its practice. Originating in India and spreading through China as Chan Buddhism (the Chan character in Japanese is pronounced "Zen"), Zen is popular through the world.
Our "Master Calligraphy Series" strives to create a bit of elegance within casual attire with tastefully presented calligraphy by a skilled Chinese artist. A comfortable shirt that can be worn in exercise class or anywhere casual attire is appropriate. The simple, but meaningful characters are positioned over the heart for emphasis.
What happened to the English? Our early versions had English romanizations printed beside the characters, but since the characters are difficult to translate without explanation and the meanings are often personal, we removed it so you can explain what it means to you when people ask.
Our T-shirts are heavyweight (5.3 to 6.0 oz/yard), preshrunk, 100% cotton soft jersey knit. The Sport shirt is a soft heavyweight cotton/polyester blend, unisex classic cut, contoured welt collar, clean finished placket with reinforced bottom box, 3 woodtone buttons, welt cuffs, double-needle bottom hem. The T-shirt is a classic fit Unisex Tee, seamless double-needle 7/8 inch collar, taped neck and shoulders, double-needle sleeves and bottom hem.
The imprint uses an opaque ink that is flexible and soft, yet durable. Designs and printing is done in the USA.
Long Sleeve T-Shirt
Med: A=20", B=29", C=17"
Med: A=20", B=29", C=18.75"
Med: A=20", B=29", C=33.5"
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September 30, 2023
Join us for an informative and experiential day on the 88 acre Inner Strength and Inner Harmony campus to cultivate more Inner Peace in your life. No matter what swirls around you, you can use these various techniques to create more peace within you. This day includes both informational lectures from top experts, as well as experiential events to end the day with a peace-filled heart and mind.
Lectures to include:
Managing the Stress of the 21st century - with Dr. Cibik
Rocks and Crystals to create peace and safety - with LuAnn Cibik
What is Equine Therapy - With Divine Interactions Equine Facilitated Wellness
AND MUCH MORE
For more information: https://inner-strength.com/event/inner-peace-retreat-day/
November 14 – 18, 2023
Chi Energy Healing Certification Workshop - Maryville, TN
In our Chi Kung Energy Healing workshop you will learn Absorbing, Building, Emitting, & Healing with Chi. By the end, you will be able to use these methods to heal someone without even having to touch them. Training includes sensing, interpreting, balancing, and healing specific injuries & illness with Chi. You do not need to take the Advanced Healing Workshop to take the Chi Kung Energy Healing Workshop.
In our Advanced Healing Workshop – Topics To Be Announced. This is an advanced Fa Kung module. You must take the Chi Kung Energy Healing Workshop to sign up for the Advanced Healing Workshop.
Feng shui (Chinese: 風水) also known as Chinese geomancy, is a practice originating from ancient China, which uses energy forces to harmonize individuals with their surrounding environment. The term feng shui literally translates as "wind-water" in English. Feng shui is one of the Five Arts of Chinese Metaphysics, classified as physiognomy (observation of appearances through formulas and calculations). Feng shui practice discusses architecture in terms of an "invisible force" that binds the universe, earth, and humanity together, known as Qi (pronounced as chee).
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Chinese philosophy originates in the Spring and Autumn period and Warring States period, during a period known as the "Hundred Schools of Thought", which was characterized by significant intellectual and cultural developments. Although much of Chinese philosophy begins in the Warring States period, elements of Chinese philosophy have existed for several thousand years; some can be found in the Yi Jing (the Book of Changes), an ancient compendium of divination, which dates back to at least 672 BCE. It was during the Warring States era that what Sima Tan termed the major philosophical schools of China: Confucianism, Legalism, and Daoism (Taoism), arose, along with philosophies that later fell into obscurity, like Agriculturalism, Mohism, Chinese Naturalism, and the Logicians.
Buddhism until the 4th century A.D had little impact on China but in the 4th century its teachings hybridized with those of Daoism. Buddhism brought to China the idea of many hells, where sinners went, but the deceased sinners souls could be saved by pious acts. Since Chinese traditional thought focused more on ethics rather than metaphysics, the merging of Buddhist and Daoist concepts developed several schools distinct from the originating Indian schools.
Chinese culture is one of the world's oldest cultures, originating thousands of years ago. The area over which the culture prevails covers a large geographical region in East Asia and is extremely diverse and varying, with customs and traditions varying greatly between provinces, cities, and even towns as well.
Chinese civilization is historically considered the dominant culture of East Asia. With China being one of the earliest ancient civilizations, Chinese culture exerts profound influence on the philosophy, virtue, etiquette, and traditions of Asia to date. Chinese language, ceramics, architecture, music, dance, literature, martial arts, cuisine, visual arts, philosophy, business etiquette, religion, politics, and history have global influence, while its traditions and festivals are also celebrated, instilled, and practiced by people around the world.
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