Qigong for Mind and Body Health

Qigong or Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese practice that combines breathing techniques, visualization, body posture, and self-massage to bring the mind and body to a higher state of well-being.  Within the Daoist community, we refer to many of our practices as Dao Yin (導引– guiding and leading energy).  In the Daoist community QiGong practices are done in a spiritual context, and while they are very good for the body, the major goal is not healing, but self-cultivation and a stronger relationship with the Dao.

Daoist Music and Chanting

Daoist Music and Chanting

The Role of Ritual Music It’s 5 o’clock in the morning, the hour of day called “Breaking the Quiet”.  As the sun rises and the people in the temple wake up, the sound of a drum calls them to the main altar where they begin their morning ritual.  They chant sacred texts and prayers for…

  Daoist Lifestyle

With respect to Daoist lifestyle, Daoist clergy follow a variety of paths. Some withdraw from the community to live as hermits or in monasteries. Others live in villages or cities. The work of Daoists in the community is directed towards healing and renewal. In some areas (mostly notably Hong Kong and Taiwan) Daoist priests also…

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…

Four Qigong Practices to Welcome Spring

Qigong Practices to Welcome Spring

Spring Qigong Qigong is a traditional Chinese wellness practice that uses a mixture of mindful body posture, breathing, and visualization to regulate the body’s Qi energy. Qigong stimulates meridians and acupuncture points, improving blood flow and organ function.  One of my personal favorite Daoist Qigong practices is Ling Jianzi’s Four Seasons Qigong. Ling Jianzi 灵剑子…

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…

4 Simple Qigong Exercises to Get You Through the Winter

Qigong is a traditional Chinese wellness practice that combines mindful body posture, breathing, and visualization.  The word “qigong” (气功) is made up of two Chinese characters.  The first character “qi” (气)is the natural energy that gives us life.  In traditional Chinese medicine, your Qi stimulates the flow of blood and ensures that the organs function…

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…