I have to thank two influences: Stephen Russel and Christian Nix. I’ve listed their respective links below.
I am a LONG time practitioner of Chinese QiGong or Nei Kung, however you prefer. Stephen’s “barefoot doctor”
approach was about using methods ALMOST NEVER taught in the West to deal with modern problems. It was
the Barefoot Doctor who knew the “secrets” of nature, and was able to almost magically ‘heal’ people. Christian’s
approach, is a direct influence of Dr. Frank Yurasek, who I had the great opportunity of doing my medical
assistant externship with. I find Dr. Yurasek, Christian and Stephen to be REVOLUTIONARIES in the field
of REAL MEDICINE.
WHAT IS BAREFOOT QIGONG?
It’s a system of self care/preventative ‘medicine’ that uses the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda
and an amalgam of internal/external exercise.
OK, WHAT MAKES IT “BAREFOOT”?
The idea is to make what was “secret” during imperialist Chinese history part of our Western healthcare. Some
teachers have charged $$$$$$$ for simple techniques, which I feel could benefit EVERYONE if the price tag
wasn’t so high. Barefoot QiGong is powerful, direct and affordable.
WHERE DID YOU GET YOUR TRAINING?
I’ve trained with over 10 teachers in the last decade, each of them having 30+ years in QiGong/Martial Arts. I don’t
teach their systems, out of respect, simply what I’ve picked up and transmuted into my own. I believe this is what
happened over time to all the original systems.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN QIGONG AND YOGA?
In principle? Nothing. In application…everything. Yoga is not purely what is being taught here in the West. There
are many systems that have nothing to do with breath, movement or exercise. QiGong is more of a neologism (new word)
for more specific group of practices that have roots in Martial Arts and the physical Yogas. I would say it can be
practiced ANYWHERE without a lot of space, and NO equipment. Ashtanga, Hatha, and other Yogas require mats and
horizontal space…QiGong can be done while you’re in line at the bank!!!!
IS QIGONG THE SAME AS TAI CHI?
No. Mostly because Taiji or Tai Chi is a philosophy. Tai Chi Chuan is a martial form. You DO NOT need to know Tai Chi
to practice QiGong. There are standing, sitting and reclining exercises. You can also practice Tai Chi with internal
QiGong methods to enhance your power/energy.
DID YOU TRAIN IN CHINA?
Not personally. Many, if not all of my teachers have. Chinese teachers who came to the US have said that people
here were more sensitive to Qi, and possibly easier to teach. I have always studied the Chinese Taoist “Classic’
texts, such as Tao Te Ching to Chang Tzu, the Yellow Emperor’s Book of Internal Medicine, the Nei Jing, and
others. I don’t speak Mandarin or Cantonese, but I am young and have more to learn! I will make my way
to China when the time comes.
WHY SHOULD I LEARN BAREFOOT QIGONG?
Sleep better. Digest better. Feel better. Think clearer. Live longer…none of these are medical claims, but
almost always the reported result!
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