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Theory of Taiji Ball Qigong (太極球氣功之理論)

David W. Grantham, Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, November 12, 2018

The theoretical foundation of taiji ball qigong is based on the theory and philosophy of taiji (太極). From this theory, practices were developed. In order to understand the root of taiji ball qigong training, you must first understand the meaning of taiji in taiji ball qigong. More >>

The Value of Differentiated Movement

John Loupos, M.S., H.S.E., November 5, 2018

Your ability to move in a differentiated manner is truly a measure of how freely you can live in your own body. Differentiated movement is a foundational concern to all tai chi and martial arts practitioners and is important, as well, to many other sports and movement disciplines. More >>

Doing Nothing—Be Nature

Translated and Interpreted by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, October 29, 2018

For those who wish to take over the world and act upon it, I can see that they cannot succeed. The world is a sacred vessel, it cannot be acted upon it and cannot be controlled. Those who act upon it will fail; and those who control it will lose. More >>

Combining Eastern and Western Medicine in the Treatment of Headaches - Part 2

Catherine Kurosu, MD, LAc, October 22, 2018

Other non-pharmacologic methods of treating chronic headaches have been recommended by the American Academy of Neurology. These include relaxation training, thermal biofeedback combined with relaxation training, or cognitive-behavioral training. All of these methods strive to decrease muscle tension that may contribute to the onset of the headache. This tension is usually found in the upper back and neck. More >>

Combining Eastern and Western Medicine in the Treatment of Headaches - Part 1

Catherine Kurosu, MD, LAc, October 15, 2018

Twenty-three years ago, when Louise was pregnant for the first time, her truck was broadsided and jettisoned over an embankment. The force of the crash caused a severe neck injury and sent Louise into preterm labor. Her daughter was born eight weeks early, but grew from a sweet baby into a beautiful young woman, as though the accident had never happened. More >>

Thoughts on Eastern and Western Medicine for Optimal Health

Catherine Kurosu, MD, LAc and Aihan Kuhn, CMD, OBT, October 8, 2018

When people think of Chinese medicine, they most commonly think of acupuncture. When they think of acupuncture, they instantly think of back pain. It is true that back pain is the first ailment for which Western countries accepted Eastern solutions. However, there is a vast array of different conditions for which all components of Eastern medicine can be used. More >>

The Beauty of Simplicity

Dr. Aihan Kuhn, CMD, OBT, October 1, 2018

We live in a very complex world. Many of us are overloaded with information, technology, apps, consumer goods, foods, clothing, stuff, activities, and events. Because of this, many of us feel overwhelmed, and don’t remember how to breathe anymore. Others may even feel they need to acquire more. More >>

Essential Elements of Metarobics and Tai Chi for Therapy

Peter Anthony Griffin, PhD., September 17, 2018

Tai chi is fast becoming a popular exercise, resulting in a wide range of teaching methods. Some changes are beneficial, but others may reduce or even eliminate the unique benefits of tai chi. This chapter provides a brief overview of the development of tai chi for health and discusses what to look for when choosing a class to maximize the benefits of tai chi from a Metarobic and structural perspective. More >>

Self-Nourishment—Commonality Translated and Interpreted Dr.Yang, Jwing-Ming

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, September 10, 2018

Humans have defined what beauty is and what it is not. We also defined what is good and what is bad. In doing this, we set up an emotional matrix and dogma in human society. Once we have these concepts, there exists having or not having, difficulty or ease, and other ideas in comparison to one another. Consequently, competitiveness arises and different classes are discriminated. Du, Guang-Ting (杜光庭) said: "What are beauty and goodness? They are initiated from xin (i.e., emotional mind). More >>

Qi, the Dao, and Cell Biology

Catherine Kurosu, MD, LAc and Aihan Kuhn, CMD, OBT., September 3, 2018

Both Western and Eastern medical traditions base their definition of health on the correct functioning of bodily systems. In the Western paradigm, this is considered optimal cellular metabolism. In the Eastern model, this is considered the smooth flow of qi. Which concept is correct? They both are. More >>

Qigong Interpretation: Dao De Jing

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, August 27, 2018

In qigong practice, through a few thousand years of pondering and practice, the Chinese people have been trying to understand the grand universe (da tian di, 大天地), the small universe (xiao tian di, 小天地), and their mutual relationship. From this understanding, they hope to live long and to comprehend the meaning of life. Since The Book of Changes (Yi Jing, 《易經》), the Chinese have believed there are two dimensions coexisting in this universe. More >>

Metarobics and Tai Chi: How a Student with Cancer Changed My Understanding of Exercise

Peter Anthony Gryffin, August 20, 2018

My awareness of how the body responds to certain kinds of movement occurred over a period of several years, and quite by accident. It was a gradual process. It began with the first student who came to me convinced that tai chi had cured her cancer. Over time, I came to realize that a large variety of chronic diseases shared a common element—an element directly affected by tai chi and similar exercises, which have unique and measurable effects on blood oxygen saturation and diffusion. More >>

Discovering Ancient Secrets for Modern Life

Lee Holden, August 13, 2018

During college my greatest teachers were not professors, and the greatest lessons were not revealed in the classroom. The University of California at Berkeley, which I attended, was home to more than 20 Nobel Prize winning teachers, had an unprecedented research reputation, and was the number one public university in the country. Still, the wisdom I discovered came from teachers without doctorates who taught in a small building across town that I would never have known existed if I had not been lead there. More >>

Calibrating the Moral Compass

James V. Morganelli, August 6, 2018

The value of life involves two distinct aspects: the physical—life itself or the actual human “being” of aliveness—and the metaphysical in orbit around it that is everything we consider worthwhile in life—our loves, ambitions, and desires, including our sense of oughtness referenced within morals, ethics, justice, and rights. More >>

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