What's in the Winter 2020-2021 Issue?
Understanding the Hips and the Waist (final parts)
Continued from part 1 in our Summer 2020 issue and parts 2 & 3 in our Autumn issue: Thoughtful investigation of the practices and writings of the past masters of tàijíquán (太極拳) reveals that success in the art is contingent on correct understanding and employment of the hips and the waist by the taijiquan practitioner. Understanding the hips and the waist is one of most difficult yet most rewarding challenges encountered within taijiquan training.
By Sam Masich
Winter and the Water Element
Winter is a time of year that, after letting go in autumn, we have shed all that is no longer serving us and have gotten back down to our essence. We can look around and see the people and practices we know and love. It is a time of year for reflecting on what is most important to us, a time for slowing down and spending quiet, intentional time with ourselves. By Mindi K. Counts
The Quest for Internal Energy
A detective story about our search for "internal energy." In our search, we will ask questions that pertain to the mind-body energetic force known to the Chinese as qi, to Koreans as gi, and to the Japanese as ki. We will consider scientific research that investigates this phenomenon, and, as good analytical sleuths, we will compare and contrast various methods by which many believe this power—this "life force"—can be accessed. By John Bracy
Qigong is Much More than Life Energy
or Universal Energy
When I was studying Chinese history 40 years ago, I came upon one of the few books on the Oracle Bones in the USA at that time. It was so rare, I had to return to the library daily because they would not lend out the book. But it was worth the effort because not only was it a rare glimpse of the earliest writing of the Chinese. It was the only time I saw an original sketch of the word Qi. By Mark Johnson
For departments, "Meditation Basics" by Corinne Chaves gives us a roadmap of how to begin meditating and what to expect. Melinda Kashuba shares "Building a Taijiquan Community in Challenging Times" which describes how to not only maintain, but to grow a community in even the most difficult times when most teachers and schools are struggling. "Much Ado About Chi" by Terry Dunn looks at the growing fascination with qi (ch'i) in the West and describes some basic concepts to help us understand such an esoteric concept. While everyone is concentrating on the Chinese Spring Festival (Chinese New Year), Steven Luo describes a lesser-known ancient celebration called the "Laba" or "Rice Porridge" festival.
I hope you enjoy this, our 120th issue.
What's in the Spring 2021 Issue?
The Quest for Internal Energy (part 2)
A detective story about our search for "internal energy." In our search, we will ask questions that pertain to the mind-body energetic force known to the Chinese as qi, to Koreans as gi, and to the Japanese as ki. We will consider scientific research that investigates this phenomenon, and, as good analytical sleuths, we will compare and contrast various methods by which many believe this power—this "life force"—can be accessed. This is part 2 of a 2-part article starting in our Winter 2020-21 issue. By John Bracy
Using Medical Qigong Therapy and the Qi of Healing Herbs
Herbal medicine is the historical precursor to modern pharmaceutical medicines. And even today, herbs still provide the source and inspiration for the majority of the pharmaceutical products used in modern Western Medicine. This includes those specific herbs still utilized for the treatment of viral and bacterial diseases, pain, tumor formations, chronic diseases, internal and external tissue regeneration, and many other infirmities. By Professor Jerry Alan Johnson
Living T'ai Chi
The physical health benefits of T'ai Chi (Taiji) are well documented. What is often overlooked, though, is how it creates a healthier, more balanced relationship with the ebb and flow of everyday life, and this focus upon the dynamic aspect of life is absolutely vital to the heart of T'ai Chi Chuan. Or to state it more boldly, it has the potential to illuminate the deeper textures of life, generate best practices for addressing the processes of living, and solidify a richer sense of purpose. By Dr. David Clippinger
Aung Medical Qi Gong: Healing from a Micro-cellular Perspective
Life starts with a single cell and then multiplies into many, creating a larger more complex organism. This more complex organism's cells then work together harmoniously to ensure the survival of the whole. Each cell has its own role; some cells help regenerate and heal, others act as communicators between each cell, and some keep the body, mind, and spirit balanced. To understand how the body controls Qi, one must first understand the basic concepts of the heart, kidneys, chakras, zang-fu organ systems, meridians, and acupoints. By Steven KH Aung, MD, OMD, PhD, FAAFP and Francis HY Green, MBChB, MD
Departments include: "Healthy Eating—A Chinese Medicine Perspective" by Daverick Leggett which lays out some easy dietary recommendations that anyone can follow; "Qingming Festival" by Steven Luo gives us a little more details on the famous festival; "Becoming the Cause of Healing" by Susan Drouilhet with Master Mingtong Gu helps us empower ourselves to become masters of our health and lives; and "Memories of Yang Zhenduo" by Jan Gyomber Ph.D. as he remembers his interactions with the late Grandmaster Yang.
I hope you enjoy this, our 121st issue.