Hello Friends,

I’m feeling a renewed love for my practice of TaiChi/QiGong and thought I’d share some thoughts.  I want to do this especially in light of the great opportunity coming up to experience a master level teacher – Michael Vasquez – that we’re hosting in Medford for a one day workshop on May 4th(To see details and to register for the event, click here.)

But first, an invitation and a caution about one day or weekend workshops:  Have you ever been to one?  You know, you see the poster.  It tells you about all the wonderful things you will learn or master in one or two event packed days.  You sign up, full of anticipation that this will finally be it, you go, and it is Awesome.  The presenter really delivers.  You thank your lucky stars that you had the good fortune to attend and you leave high on the experience and high on the certainty that you will put this newfound knowledge or skill to good use in your life.

For a few days or maybe even a week you are diligent and practice your new skills, but the feeling is becoming faded.  Then you miss a day, then two… Two weeks later, that awesome workshop and all you thought you had gained is a frustratingly distant memory.

Sound familiar?  I know that I’ve been through that routine enough that I’m pretty jaded about weekend workshops.  BUT,

There IS a way to benefit from weekend workshops. And don’t get me wrong – the inspiration and potential to break-through to a new level of skill and understanding at a workshop is real. However, you need to find ongoing support – in the form of a class or study group – where you can ground your new-found skills in practice so they can truly take root, develop, and become yours.

This is where the classes offered at People’s Choice Acupuncture come in.  I have been a student of Michael’s for the past seven years, and our class practices, several times a week, the exact material that will be offered at the upcoming workshop.  All that is required is the desire to develop and the willingness to put in the time.  You are not alone!

So, what will be offered:  YiJinJing QiGong (Ee Jin Jing Chee Gong).  This is special QiGong, and to my knowledge, no one else is teaching this anywhere else around these parts. This is the practice that the legendary Bodhidharma gave to the Shaolin monks in China when he took Buddhism to China from India.  He saw that the monks there were frail and weak from inactivity, and this was his gift to them.  (The Shaolin monks are now renown world-wide for their physical prowess and martial acrobatic skills).

This practice is a very yang (dynamic) form of practice that has the effect of dramatically increasing the body’s strength while balancing the joints and making them supple and flexible.  It improves the posture so radically it is sometimes referred to as “bone-straightening QiGong”.  It requires no props or equipment, so once you have it, it’s yours to take and use anywhere, anytime.  While a strong practice, it can be “dialed-in” to any level of fitness.  So whether you’re in top shape or just getting started, this practice can be safely employed.

The second workshop offering will be TaiChi QiGong.  This material will perfectly compliment that of the first section.  It is a very yin (quiet/listening) practice.  It offers at its heart the possibility of “getting on the right side of change” in our lives.  Events that have shaped us, perhaps in a way or ways we don’t like, can be neutralized and the body/mind can be returned, gradually, to its open, original state. 

The practices of TaiChi QiGong are rhythmic and circular, and have been proven to have a positive effect at all levels of body function – from coordination and balance, to blood pressure and hormone regulation.  The mind becomes clear and perceptive.

Please click through to the registration page and give yourself the gift of a practice that will pay you dividends for the rest of your life.  The possibility exists that it only gets better from here, but that possibility needs to be seized.  Take action!

Chad

 

Chinese New Year Open House Invitation

We sincerely hope you can join us next Sunday for what should be a beautiful beginning to a very promising year.

 

Flier invitation to our Chinese new year open house on February 10, this coming Sunday

If you would like to help us at the open house by pouring tea, orienting newcomers, or just being a Good Will Ambassador, please call or stop by the office this week.  We'd Love the help!

Thank you,

Chad

I love qi gong intensives with Michael.  I am even learning to recognize the internal resistance that comes up before these workshops as the friction that builds before a real breakthrough.  This past weekend’s seminar was no different.  I feel like my practice has turned a corner, as always, for the better.

What did I learn? What secret teaching did I glean?  None that has not been presented a hundred times or more over the years that I have practiced, but somehow, on Saturday, it clicked: Less Is More.  It sounds so simple, and it probably is, but for someone like me (who’s probably a lot like you) who has achieved almost everything of note in my life through asserting myself – by applying effort – it took a minor miracle for the message to finally get through.  For all my attempts at softness, relaxation and openness in my qigong practice, there has been an ever present element of striving, of trying, of force.

During the standing meditation, I caught a glimpse of real allowing.  I simply felt what I felt without trying to change it.  The pendulum of experience that has swung so far to one side for all of my lifetime, swung back a bit so that I became aware that another side exists.  I, like most, have so much momentum in the direction of action, of doing, that my sense of its compliment, allowing, has been really only a vague idea.  Sure, I’ve heard (and probably repeated) verbal platitudes about it, but my embodied experience of it has been almost completely lacking.  I literally didn’t know how much I was pushing until I had a moment of true openness to illuminate what might be possible.  It felt Awesome!

So now another phase of work (see, the habit runs deep) begins.  That flash of openness stands almost alone in the face of immense inertia, both personal and cultural, that says to strive is the way.  “Try, and if that fails, try harder.”  It is perhaps an almost impossible task to not try for awhile, yet how refreshing the possibility!  The carrot is dangling squarely in front of my nose.  I want more of That!

- Chadwick Moyer

Everybody knows that exercise is important in order to feel energetic and healthy, right?  But what happens if you’re too tired to exercise?  Or maybe you feel great right after a workout, but spend the next several days completely flat, struggling to recover.  I know these are common cases because my patients confess these dilemmas with me daily.  So what to do?

Enter Tai Chi and Qi Gong.  These gentle, rhythmic, meditative exercises are renowned worldwide for their restorative, strengthening, balancing effects on both mind and body.  Energy levels rise with practice.  High blood pressure recedes, hormones levels and digestion improve, and a hundred other maladies both simple and complex are showing in study after study to be ameliorated by these ancient practices.

Now, more than ever, theses disciplines are demonstrating their relevance and their worth for us moderns and our modern lifestyles.  Anyone, and I mean ANYONE, can practice and benefit from qi gong (for convenience sake, I will refer to both tai chi and qi gong collectively as simply “qi gong”).  I once had a friend who was blind and wheelchair bound from cerebral palsy who noticed definite improvements to his health when he practiced qi gong.  His practice?  To simply visualize the qi gong movements in his mind’s eye as our instructor lead our class.  So I’m serious when I say that nobody is too sick, weak, or tired to benefit from qi gong.

Oh.  And it’s enjoyable too.  I thought I should mention that little fact (opinion, I suppose) because few of us seem to want one more thing we should (or shouldn’t) do “for our health”, whether we like it or not.  I don’t.  But what I find, over and over again – both from my own experience and from those who report it to me – is that qi gong is actually very enjoyable; pleasurable even.

So now I’ll cut to the chase:  People’s Choice is cosponsoring a qi gong workshop on June 22nd and 23rd at the Medford Library.  Friday the 22nd will be an introduction and demonstration followed by two different workshops on Saturday the 23rdPlease follow this link for more details. 

I’m really not much for a hard-sell, so I’ll wrap up with this:  You can’t go wrong by attending this event.  The visiting instructor, Michael Vasquez, has drunk deeply from the qi gong well for three and a half decades and you can’t help but be positively affected by both his words and presence.  Not sure if a workshop is for you?  Come to the free intro Friday night and find out.  Your healthy “Future You” will thank you.

Sincerely,

Chad

Tai Chi – Qi Gong Workshop Feb 24-26

Do-It-Yourself Chinese Medicine?  You Bet!  It’s called Tai Chi or Qi Gong.  Of the varying branches of Chinese Medicine, it is probably the most valuable.  Why?  Because it puts each one of us squarely in the driver’s seat with regard to our own health and well being.

My tai chi instructor, Michael Vasquez will be in Ashland, Feb 24-26 to teach a Wu Tai Chi short form workshop. I will be there and highly recommend the workshop for everyone – from the just curious to the devoted tai chi/ qi gong practitioner.  Michael will also be sharing some phenomenal teas from Taiwan.

I will also be presenting a short talk on Friday night during the free introduction called,  “living in harmony with the seasons according to Chinese medicine 5 element theory”.  It should be fun and informative.  Hope to see you all there!

Please register now by clicking here.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year and Welcome to our blog!

Today marks the one (lunar) year anniversary of our opening in our current center at 1640 Siskiyou Blvd. We LOVE it here and hope that you also find our setting nourishing, relaxing and healing!

At People’s Choice, we are always looking for ways to serve you and we are excited by the addition of the blog. It is a wonderful venue for us to interact and share information.

We plan on making this blog entertaining as well as useful. Check back to learn about eating in harmony with the seasons – including tasty recipes, tips for keeping yourself healthy, DIY Chinese medicine practices such as qigong and moxabustion and more. We want your comments and feedback! Let us know how we’re doing, how You’re doing and please share any stories or info you think we and the others here would appreciate.

To your health and happiness this Year of the Dragon, and beyond,

Leslie Shanai &Chadwick Moyer, Licensed Acupuncturists