Qigong Radio With Dan Kleiman



At Qigong Radio, we believe that cultivating a movement practice that builds your natural life energy, like Tai Chi or qigong, is an ever-unfolding, rewarding process of inner exploration. We talk shop with teachers and practitioners of all levels.


  • Outer Dissolving and the Role of the Mind in Standing Qigong

    30/12/2013 Duração: 39min

    Next month, we'll be starting a new Energy Gates course at Brookline Tai Chi, focused on Outer Dissolving and working through the Gates of the body. When you work on dissolving the gates, you will inevitably be fighting the urge to: visualize instead of feel "chase" energetic releases, untethered from the physical body wonder if you are really feeling anything at all In this episode of Qigong Radio, I'll give my recommendations for avoiding these pitfalls and for setting up the conditions for actual energetic resolution. If you'll indulge me, I'll even share one of my favorite passages from Moby Dick and tell you why I think it's a perfect description of standing qigong. Here we go!

  • Episode 21: Training Xingyi's Five Element with Isaac Kamins

    31/10/2013 Duração: 01h04min

    As you know from other episodes of Qigong Radio and other interviews, I always try to track down authoritative sources when I want to learn more about a subject and share it with you. Now that my teacher Bruce Frantzis is releasing two more DVD sets on Xingyi’s Five Elements, I wanted to talk to someone about these practices. To the best of my knowledge, Isaac Kamins is the only person actively teaching the Energy Arts Xingyi curriculum who also trained with Bruce Frantzis in weekly classes for several years in the Bay Area in the 90′s. Isaac has shared his deep knowledge of the Energy Arts system in past episodes of Qigong Radio and I think you’ll find that he doesn’t hold back on his training insights in this one. We discuss: The unique way Xingyi forges a strong mind-body connection. How the 5 Elements are manifested in the simple, repetitive forms of Xingyi’s 5 Fists — and how this gives you a direct experience of Water, Earth, Metal, Fire, and Wood. What it was like to go through the entire 5 Element cy

  • Episode 20: Chasing Secrets and Shortcuts in Taoist Energy Arts

    23/10/2013 Duração: 55min

    When you set out to learn Taoist Energy Arts like Tai Chi, qigong, or meditation, you come across the lore of masters with supernatural abilities or techniques too deadly to teach openly.   Or more insidious, we grasp after images of unattainable perfection, always slightly beyond reach, unless we just find the right technique or are initiated into a secret practice.   And even if we’ve given up silly kung fu fantasies of flying through the bamboo reeds, on a subtle level we still chase ideas and dreams that only live in the mental realm.   The reality – and I’m not trying to disappoint you, but stay with me because the reality is deeply rewarding, meaningful, and rich too – is that Taoist Energy Arts must be lived-through and practiced-through to be truly discovered. In this episode of Qigong Radio, Paul Cavel and I explore the disconnect you can sometimes feel in the day-to-day of your practice and the idea of where you ought to be in your practice – it’s not because you must be a chosen one or specia

  • Episode 19: The Essential Elements of Tai Chi Balance Training

    18/07/2013 Duração: 51min

    In this episode of Qigong Radio, Don Miller and I explore the essential elements of Tai Chi Balance Training. As you probably know, Tai Chi is being used more and more for falls prevention programs for the elderly and becoming a mainstream part of the Western medical vocabulary. But what are the actual elements that make up a great Tai Chi balance training program? How can you use them for your own well-being? How do you share Tai Chi balance training with your friends and family? Here are our thoughts on: Ways to develop “Root” that make you more stable and relaxed Finding “Central Equilibrium” for more integrated movement The psychological dimensions of Tai Chi practice, and how you can sneak up on them by improving your body awareness The deep satisfaction that comes from literally connecting to the Earth We explore student experiences, roadblocks, and concerns as well as giving you practical tidbits to play with while you listen.

  • Episode 18: The 8 Active Ingredients of Tai Chi with Dr. Peter Wayne

    30/05/2013 Duração: 29min

    In his new book, the Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi, Dr. Peter Wayne lays out the "8 Active Ingredients of Tai Chi" to help us understand the interface between traditional Tai Chi practice and the Western biomedical paradigm. As the Research Director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, jointly based at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and the founder of the Tree of Life Tai Chi Center, Peter blends more than three decades of teaching experience with ongoing inquiry into what makes Tai Chi an effective medical intervention. In this episode of Qigong Radio, we explore the development of the 8 Active Ingredients and how help translate Tai Chi into a Western context The 8 Active Ingredients of Tai Chi are: Awareness, Mindfulness, Focused Attention Intention, Belief, Expectation Dynamic Structural Integration Active Relaxation of Mind and Body Aerobic Exercise, Musculoskeletal Strengthening, and Flexibility Natural, Freer Breathing Social Interaction and Community Embodi

  • Episode 17: Discovering Intrinsic Practice Motivation

    18/04/2013 Duração: 25min

    For the last couple of years, I've been teaching regular workshops in Farmington, Maine. When I went up again last week, I had a fascinating conversation with one of the students. She was telling me how the core group had been coming along and that other people have come in and out of practicing with them. She said, "you know, it's not really for everyone." Now, I don't know if that jumps out at you as a significant statement, but as a Tai Chi teacher, it's something I've been thinking about for years. In this one casual statement, she was really saying that her motivation to practice now comes from inside of herself. Along with a small group of dedicated classmates, she gets everything she needs from the practice itself. That's a remarkable attitude. Every day, we get bombarded by messages that tell us to buy something to become something or fit in with other people. To be able to have a practice that lives inside of you, that's validated by performing it for yourself, and grows because you feed it with ener

  • Episode 16: 3 Layers of Neigong Practice and Taoist Meditation with Paul Cavel

    29/01/2013 Duração: 46min

    In this episode of Qigong Radio, Energy Arts Senior Instructor Paul Cavel explains the 3 different layers of neigong practice: Beginner or Foundational Practices -- Dragon and Tiger, Opening the Energy Gates, and Heaven and Earth Intermediate or Power-Production Practices -- Spiraling Energy Body and Bend the Bow Advanced or Integration Practices -- Gods Playing in the Clouds Paul explains what to focus on at each level and how your learning spiral takes you back through them over time. I found Paul's explanation of the relationships between the sets particularly useful. Specifically, understanding Energy Gates as direct preparation for Spiraling -- first you clear the downward flow of chi, then you strengthen the upward flow. Similarly, in Heaven and Earth you learn to expand the body (through opening/closing the joints and lengthening the soft tissue) before you really go into deep internal compression in Bend the Bow.  As we discussed the meaning of "integration," Paul explained how neigong is the basis

  • Episode 15: Common Sensations That Arise When You Are Developing Chi

    13/01/2013 Duração: 23min

    In this episode of Qigong Radio, I answer some questions about different sensations readers have been experiencing when they practice. In the Dragon and Tiger Medical Qigong Instruction Manual, Bruce Frantzis lays out important guidelines for what kinds of "chi reactions" to expect. I want to show you how to apply these guidelines to your practice. Expect Chi Reactions Dragon and Tiger is a powerful tool for awakening your body on physical, energetic, emotional, mental and spiritual levels. As you practice these movements and begin to move your body in ways that may be different for you, energy and fluids in your body are stirred up and begin to move more vigorously. At some point you may experience reactions that may seem either positive or negative to you. These are called chi reactions: the body’s response to the effects of energy beginning to flow more freely through previously blocked places. These reactions may show up immediately, hours after practicing, or even a day or two later. Although many peopl

  • Episode 14: Bend the Bow Spinal Qigong with Eric Peters

    12/11/2012 Duração: 34min

    In this episode of Qigong Radio, Energy Arts Senior Instructor Eric Peters describes what it's like to work with the energy of the spine, using Bend the Bow Spinal Qigong. Bend the Bow is an advanced qigong set that requires precise alignment and refined sensitivity, but it gives you access to a much deeper level of internal connection and coordination than standard ways of moving your body through space. Once you download or listen to the episode below, you might also want to check out the description of Bend the Bow Spinal Qigong on EnergyArts.com. Be sure to check out Eric's Bend the Bow workshop, December 1 and 2, 2012 at Brookline Tai Chi.

  • Transforming Conflict with Tai Chi

    24/09/2012 Duração: 29min

    At the center of Tai Chi practice, you cultivate your ability to listen — to your own internal state, to the energy of other people, and to the world around you. When it comes to interaction, and intense interaction like conflict, your internal state matters. The very first lesson you learn in Tai Chi Push Hands is that the outcome of an interaction is determined by your reaction, your internal state — whether you manifest tension or relaxation. In this episode of Qigong Radio, we explore the different dimensions of this “law of interaction.” Taking responsibility for the outcome of a situation by owning how you respond is a challenging idea, but the payoff is huge and maybe even transformational.

  • Episode 12: Tai Chi Equipment Training with Don Ethan Miller

    27/08/2012 Duração: 54min

    As you cultivate the mind-body benefits of Tai Chi, you will likely focus on solo training and interactive two-person practices like Pushing Hands. There's a third kind of Tai Chi training, though, that will make the link between the other two stronger, Tai Chi Equipment Training. Using stones, balls, disks, belts, and other objects you find in nature, you can develop important attributes of the Tai Chi body and mind. Renown teacher and multiple-time national Push Hands champion Don Ethan Miller explains how to go about using objects to enhance your training in this episode.

  • Episode 11: What is Your Relationship to Your Qigong Practice

    06/08/2012 Duração: 21min

    I'm posting this episode on my annual summer retreat/vacation/recharge, where I assess my practice and teaching from the past year and plan courses for the coming year. This year, in the midst of big changes at Brookline Tai Chi, I've been wondering a lot about the way qigong practice informs your encounters with change in other areas of your life. Of course, I always like to think that there's a strong connection, but this year everyone at Brookline Tai Chi is truly testing whether the art of smooth change in the classroom manifests itself in real life as well.

  • Episode 10: Moving Your Energy to Soothe Your Mind

    16/07/2012 Duração: 40min

    In this episode of Qigong Radio, I thought I was going to get a report about the Dragon and Tiger instructor training. Yes, the six instructors who joined me for the episode talked about the training. If you missed Maui, you'll get a sense of what it was like. But they also shared some true qigong gems with us, that I think you'll be able to apply to all of your energy practices. Specifically, we discuss: Relaxation in the West vs. Qigong perspective on relaxation The way stagnant chi impacts your mind and how a tense mind freezes up your chi How Dragon and Tiger helps relax the mind into a feeling state as opposed to a thinking state How Dragon and Tiger's emphasis on chi circulation transforms other practices like Tai Chi and Ba Gua

  • Episode 9: On Expectations and Progress

    25/06/2012 Duração: 26min

    We just started summer classes at Brookline Tai Chi this week, which means new students are coming in for the first time and experienced students are coming back after a break. That means there are lots of good questions floating around about getting started, making progress, and the frustrations you encounter along the way. In this episode of Qigong Radio, I hope to address some of those concerns. Specifically, I discuss: What do you think is the ultimate goal of your practice, anyway? Do you have a "listening" practice in your current routine? Where is the gel point in your daily practice?

  • Episode 8: Putting the Mind inside the Body with Cathy Kerr

    11/06/2012 Duração: 57min

    What do we mean when we say we "put our mind inside our body" when we meditate, do qigong, or Tai Chi? Dr. Cathy Kerr helps us understand this question from the perspective of modern neuroscience. In addition to being a Tai Chi practitioner, Cathy is the Director of Translational Neuroscience at Contemplative Studies Initiative and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Brown University. Drawing on a growing body of research from mindfulness meditation, her own work on sensory processes, and ancient texts, Cathy explains these Eastern practices develop your Western brain in areas that span physical health as well as mental and emotional well-being.

  • Episode 7: Spiraling Energy Body Qigong with Isaac Kamins

    28/05/2012 Duração: 53min

    The Spiraling Energy Body Qigong set is one of the toughest in the Energy Arts system, so I asked Energy Arts Instructor Isaac Kamins to tell us about his experiences with this practice. In this episode of Qigong Radio, Isaac explains how as a teenager he came to appreciate the counter-intuitive approach the internal martial arts take to fighting and especially how developing the energetic sensitivity cultivated by Spiraling has influenced how he interacts with other people and the world around him, far beyond the martial arts. Read more about Spiraling Energy Body Qigong.

  • Episode 6: What Should I Practice Today?

    22/05/2012 Duração: 33min

    If you've learned many different meditation, qigong, breathing, and movement practices over the years, you may be faced with the problem of trying to decide what to practice each day. In this episode of Qigong Radio, I'll show you a framework for thinking about your different modes of practice and show you the single most important goal of an energy arts practice, regardless of the mode or specific techniques. Specifically, we'll look at: Your spectrum of practice. Bill Ryan's helpful rule: your mind moves your chi and your chi moves your body and vice versa. The pros and cons of a sitting breathing practice. How to use light movement to prime chi flows. The benefits of looking for larger practice patterns. In this episode, I also recommend that you check out Healing with Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford if you want to learn more about seasonal practice. Read more here.

  • Episode 5: Energy Sensitivity with Bill Ryan

    30/04/2012 Duração: 57min

    When learning qigong or Tai Chi, people are often either more tuned into to energy or to their physical bodies. I asked my first qigong and Tai Chi teacher, Energy Arts Senior Instructor and founder of Brookline Tai Chi, Bill Ryan to explain why this is. More importantly, Bill teaches you how to navigate the experiences of developing your internal energy, regardless of how you first become aware of them. It turns out, you're probably already more tuned in than you think. If you are very sensitive to energy, Bill also has some great advice about how to become more grounded and balanced. Read more about Qigong with Bill Ryan.

  • Episode 4: Following Instructions

    11/04/2012 Duração: 32min

    One thing that's been on my mind since Bruce was here teaching a Push Hands Intensive is what it means to follow instructions in your training. He basically laid out a year or longer curriculum during a week. What do you come away with? What should you practice? How do you reconcile "downloading" a whole curriculum at once vs. really upacking it and learning to use it over the next year. These are interesting problems to have, right? Read more here.

  • Episode 3: Tai Chi Learning Intensives

    04/04/2012 Duração: 55min

    When you spend a month training Tai Chi 10-12 hours a day, what happens when you go home? What does it feel like several months later when your life has returned to normal? Is it a let down? Do you need to be inspired again to continue your training? What have you continued to discover about your practice? How has the intensive training infused your teaching? I sat down with several Energy Arts Tai Chi instructors to discuss these issues for Episode 3 of Qigong Radio. Here’s what they had to say. Since we were all together for a Push Hands training, designed to be a follow-up to the Short Form training, we also talked about the ways we were seeing connections between the two topics. Read more about Tai Chi Intensives.

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