Benefits of Taiji Quan

Benefits of Taiji Quan

“Taiji can give you the strength of a lumberjack, the pliability of a child, and the peace of mind of a sage.” – Chinese saying Relaxation Benefits of Taiji Quan Taiji Quan (Tai Chi) is often described as “meditation in motion”. As with other mind-body practices, Taiji focuses on movement and breathing, creating a state…

The Witch Healer

At the Daoist Gate Center, there are often Chinese medicine doctors and qigong teachers who come to study with me, and they also help heal people for free. Tatiana B. is one of them. During the Spring of 2021, when the second wave of the pandemic was starting to wane, Tatiana was the fourth student…

Reasons You'll Love Gua Sha

Reasons You’ll Love Gua Sha

Hi Everybody! Henry here once again taking over the Daoist Gate Blog! Today, rather than my usual martial arts topic, I’ll be discussing a topic based on my background as a practitioner of traditional Chinese Medicine. Specifically, we’ll be talking about “Gua Sha.” Some of you out there in reader land may have visited our…

5 Chinese Medicinal Plants You Can Grow At Home

Chinese medicine teaches that the health-promoting compounds in plants can be used to treat imbalance and improve your health.   The Chinese medicine classics chronicle thousands of herbs, teas, and foods known and their healing qualities.  Here are five medicinal plants you can grow in your backyard, a small kitchen garden, or even indoors.  Bitter Melon…

Daoist Masters - Master Lin Reads The Book of Heaven

A Daoist Master Reads The Book of Heaven

During my years as a wandering Daoist, I spent some time at Taiqing Temple on Jiugong Mountain in Hubei Province (湖北省,九宫山,太清宫). It was there I met Master Lin (林道长)。 I had been at the temple for a year when Master Lin arrived. He was from a small temple in Hunan Province and also spending time…

Bigu - Daoist Fasting

Bigu – Daoist Fasting

One of the most interesting things about Daoism is that it does not draw a line between spiritual and physical health. Daoist martial arts, qigong, and meditation all make changes in the body as a form of spiritual practice. One such Daoist art is bigu (辟谷) which means “avoiding grains”. Bigu is a fasting method…

Eating for Winter

Did you know that food can be used as medicine? Knowledge of the effects of different foods can be used to keep your body in balance and prevent illness as the seasons change. In the winter, Yin is dominant over Yang. The days are shorter and colder. All living things slow down. Animals hibernate, and…

Daoist Masters – Doctor Ye

In the spring of 1999, I was 19 years old, and living as a wandering monk. In my travels, I came to the Zhongnan Mountains (钟南山) in Shaanxi Province. I visited Louguantai Temple (楼观台) where it is said that Laozi wrote the Dao De Jing. When a Daoist goes to stay at a new temple,…

Why Taiji

One of the questions I get asked a lot by our students is, “what is your favorite style, Henry?” To which I answer with not a moment’s hesitation, “Taijiquan.” This catches a lot of students off guard since they usually see me coaching our Kung Fu classes and demonstrating the fast and dynamic movements there. …

Standing Meditation for Health and Healing

Please begin by reading  “Standing Meditation for Martial Power” first. The standing meditation practices for health and healing use proper body alignment and relaxation to encourage proper Qi flow and remove physical and emotional blockages. This differs from the martial standing because the whole body is relaxed, with no force or power. Qigong style standing…

The Symbolism of Wudang Sword Forms

Wudang martial arts come from Wudang Mountain in China.  Of all the martial arts we practice on the mountain, Wudang is the most famous for the sword. Some of the Wudang sword forms include the Eight Immortals’ Sword, the Taiyi Daoist sword, and Tai Chi sword.  Mastering the sword is considered the highest achievement in…