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At Qigong Radio, we believe that cultivating a movement practice that builds your natural life energy, like Tai Chi or qigong, is an ever-unfolding, rewarding process of inner exploration. We talk shop with teachers and practitioners of all levels.

Qigong Radio with Dan Kleiman info@dankleiman.com (info@dankleiman.com)

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At Qigong Radio, we believe that cultivating a movement practice that builds your natural life energy, like Tai Chi or qigong, is an ever-unfolding, rewarding process of inner exploration. We talk shop with teachers and practitioners of all levels.

    Outer Dissolving and the Role of the Mind in Standing Qigong

    Outer Dissolving and the Role of the Mind in Standing Qigong

    Next month, we'll be starting a new Energy Gates course at Brookline Tai Chi, focused on Outer Dissolving and working through the Gates of the body.

    When you work on dissolving the gates, you will inevitably be fighting the urge to:


    visualize instead of feel
    "chase" energetic releases, untethered from the physical body
    wonder if you are really feeling anything at all

    In this episode of Qigong Radio, I'll give my recommendations for avoiding these pitfalls and for setting up the conditions for actual energetic resolution.

    If you'll indulge me, I'll even share one of my favorite passages from Moby Dick and tell you why I think it's a perfect description of standing qigong.

    Here we go!

    • 39 min
    Episode 21: Training Xingyi's Five Element with Isaac Kamins

    Episode 21: Training Xingyi's Five Element with Isaac Kamins

    As you know from other episodes of Qigong Radio and other interviews, I always try to track down authoritative sources when I want to learn more about a subject and share it with you.

    Now that my teacher Bruce Frantzis is releasing two more DVD sets on Xingyi’s Five Elements, I wanted to talk to someone about these practices.

    To the best of my knowledge, Isaac Kamins is the only person actively teaching the Energy Arts Xingyi curriculum who also trained with Bruce Frantzis in weekly classes for several years in the Bay Area in the 90′s.

    Isaac has shared his deep knowledge of the Energy Arts system in past episodes of Qigong Radio and I think you’ll find that he doesn’t hold back on his training insights in this one.

    We discuss:


    The unique way Xingyi forges a strong mind-body connection.
    How the 5 Elements are manifested in the simple, repetitive forms of Xingyi’s 5 Fists — and how this gives you a direct experience of Water, Earth, Metal, Fire, and Wood.
    What it was like to go through the entire 5 Element cycle with Bruce three different times, each time over a two-year period.
    How, even if you don’t “major” in Xingyi, you can gain insight into Tai Chi, Bagua, or even qigong, with the direct, experiential quality of 5 element practice.

    Be sure to visit http://dankleiman.com/?p=4959 for a free Xingyi practice download!

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 20: Chasing Secrets and Shortcuts in Taoist Energy Arts

    Episode 20: Chasing Secrets and Shortcuts in Taoist Energy Arts

    When you set out to learn Taoist Energy Arts like Tai Chi, qigong, or meditation, you come across the lore of masters with supernatural abilities or techniques too deadly to teach openly.

     

    Or more insidious, we grasp after images of unattainable perfection, always slightly beyond reach, unless we just find the right technique or are initiated into a secret practice.

     

    And even if we’ve given up silly kung fu fantasies of flying through the bamboo reeds, on a subtle level we still chase ideas and dreams that only live in the mental realm.

     

    The reality – and I’m not trying to disappoint you, but stay with me because the reality is deeply rewarding, meaningful, and rich too – is that Taoist Energy Arts must be lived-through and practiced-through to be truly discovered.



    In this episode of Qigong Radio, Paul Cavel and I explore the disconnect you can sometimes feel in the day-to-day of your practice and the idea of where you ought to be in your practice – it’s not because you must be a chosen one or special to get it, but rather, because you can't directly perceive or experience energy when you operate solely on the mental realm.

    We’ll give you some guidelines for how to recognize when you slip back into the mental realm of fantasy practice and talk about the struggles, as a student and as a teacher, of communicating your practice experience.

    Paul also shares specific neigong techniques that will keep you present, engaged, and help you cultivate a direct experience of your natural internal energy, that can be applied to any energy practice.

    Enjoy!

    • 55 min
    Episode 19: The Essential Elements of Tai Chi Balance Training

    Episode 19: The Essential Elements of Tai Chi Balance Training

    In this episode of Qigong Radio, Don Miller and I explore the essential elements of Tai Chi Balance Training.

    As you probably know, Tai Chi is being used more and more for falls prevention programs for the elderly and becoming a mainstream part of the Western medical vocabulary.

    But what are the actual elements that make up a great Tai Chi balance training program?

    How can you use them for your own well-being?

    How do you share Tai Chi balance training with your friends and family?

    Here are our thoughts on:


    Ways to develop “Root” that make you more stable and relaxed
    Finding “Central Equilibrium” for more integrated movement
    The psychological dimensions of Tai Chi practice, and how you can sneak up on them by improving your body awareness
    The deep satisfaction that comes from literally connecting to the Earth

    We explore student experiences, roadblocks, and concerns as well as giving you practical tidbits to play with while you listen.

    • 51 min
    Episode 18: The 8 Active Ingredients of Tai Chi with Dr. Peter Wayne

    Episode 18: The 8 Active Ingredients of Tai Chi with Dr. Peter Wayne

    In his new book, the Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi, Dr. Peter Wayne lays out the "8 Active Ingredients of Tai Chi" to help us understand the interface between traditional Tai Chi practice and the Western biomedical paradigm.

    As the Research Director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, jointly based at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and the founder of the Tree of Life Tai Chi Center, Peter blends more than three decades of teaching experience with ongoing inquiry into what makes Tai Chi an effective medical intervention.

    In this episode of Qigong Radio, we explore the development of the 8 Active Ingredients and how help translate Tai Chi into a Western context

    The 8 Active Ingredients of Tai Chi are:


    Awareness, Mindfulness, Focused Attention
    Intention, Belief, Expectation
    Dynamic Structural Integration
    Active Relaxation of Mind and Body
    Aerobic Exercise, Musculoskeletal Strengthening, and Flexibility
    Natural, Freer Breathing
    Social Interaction and Community
    Embodied Spirituality, Philosophy, and Ritual

    • 29 min
    Episode 17: Discovering Intrinsic Practice Motivation

    Episode 17: Discovering Intrinsic Practice Motivation

    For the last couple of years, I've been teaching regular workshops in Farmington, Maine. When I went up again last week, I had a fascinating conversation with one of the students. She was telling me how the core group had been coming along and that other people have come in and out of practicing with them. She said, "you know, it's not really for everyone."

    Now, I don't know if that jumps out at you as a significant statement, but as a Tai Chi teacher, it's something I've been thinking about for years.

    In this one casual statement, she was really saying that her motivation to practice now comes from inside of herself. Along with a small group of dedicated classmates, she gets everything she needs from the practice itself.

    That's a remarkable attitude. Every day, we get bombarded by messages that tell us to buy something to become something or fit in with other people. To be able to have a practice that lives inside of you, that's validated by performing it for yourself, and grows because you feed it with energy and time, is really incredible.

    In this episode of Qigong Radio, we're going to talk about how you discover your intrinsic motivation to practice.

    Let me know what you think!

    • 25 min

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