Author Archives: Qi Elements Taijiquan & Qigong

About Qi Elements Taijiquan & Qigong

I am the director and chief instructor at Qi Elements Center for Taijiquan and Qigong in Herndon, Virginia. I have been a Taijiquan and Qigong seminar student of Dr. Yang, Jwing Ming since 1996 and am certified by Dr. Yang as a full instructor of YMAA Qigong.

Six Healing Sounds Qìgo̅ng

The following is an excerpt from a document I compiled as a study aid for a class I am currently teaching on-line via Zoom. According to some sources this exercise (Liu Zi Jue) originated in the 6th Century and was … Continue reading

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Yin-Yang Theory Applied in Everyday Life

I tell my students–or at least I used to tell the back in the days before Covid, when we could engage in contact exercises–that what they learn in applying the principles of Yin and Yang from Taijiquan is that what … Continue reading

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Chinese Terms in Taijiquan and Qigong Study

Recently one of my students alerted me to research in medical journals about the use of Qigong against Covid. I was surprised to see that the Qigong routines named in the research articles were identified only in Chinese (Pinyin), even … Continue reading

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Keeping Spirits Up

When I teach Qigong, I often remind people of the damage uncontrolled emotions can do to your health. Sadness, grief, sorrow, and pessimism can damage the lungs, the heart, the immune system, and your spirit, which is so necessary to … Continue reading

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Taiji, Qigong, and Immunity

In today’s Washington Post Health & Science section there is an article titled “Science tackles how immunities decline with age.”  The issue that prompts the article is, of course, the corona virus, and its particularly strong impact on older adults.  … Continue reading

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Keeping Calm in Historic Times

I’ve posted before about the process of functional meditation, which I learned in a seminar with Dr. Yang Yang.  Functional meditation deals with the issues that sometimes make it difficult for people to calm their minds for meditation.  These issues … Continue reading

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Let’s Have a Cup of Tea

The teas listed below are believed to benefit the immune system. While no supplement can prevent or cure disease, supplements along with other healthy lifestyle practices can boost your immune system, your body’s internal defense against disease. Be sure to … Continue reading

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The Rhythm of Our Lives

A cold wet nose in your eye at 7:30 AM.  “No, Sash.  It’s Sunday.  Let me sleep!”  Another gentle nose poke in the eye, accompanied by a whine.  “It’s time to get up, and get moving, Daddy.  Let’s go out … Continue reading

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Mobilize Your Internal Forces against Corona Virus

Feeling at a loss in the current situation with the Corona virus?  Authorities say we won’t have a deployable vaccine against the new virus for at least a year, and then what about the next new virus or unanticipated strain … Continue reading

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Slow Down

Did you watch the half time show during the Super Bowl?  Visual and auditory stimulation from start to finish at who knows how many beats per second.  Rapid fire stimulation is the ethos of the modern, techno age.  You can … Continue reading

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