As part of the Qigong Institute's effort educate the public on self-initiated health practices, we have recorded some podcasts. Click on the 'QI PODCASTS' logo or listen to Qigong Institute podcasts .
Introduction to Qigong - Part I and Part 2: An interview with Tom Rogers, President, Qigong Institute - includes physical and psychological benefits of Qigong; western medical prespective on Qigong and alternative medicine; scientific research results explaining how Qigong works; Qigong's acceptance and integration into western medical practice and teaching; qigong for chronic health issues, prevention and stress reduction; the shortcomings of western medical research and practice; contributions from neuroscience to the understanding of the psycho-physiological mechanism of Qigong and meditation; the National Expert Meeting on Qigong and Tai Chi; Qigong as a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine; and a Qigong Institute website overview, including the Qigong and Energy Medicine Database™.
An Interview with the Founder of the Qigong Institute Qigong Institute Founder and CEO Ken Sancier discusses the history of the Qigong Institute and the many health benefits of Qigong. Ken Sancier was the first honorary member of the National Qigong Association in 1997 for his work in promoting the health benefits of Qigong by establishing www.QigongInstitute.org.
The Philosophy and Practice of Qigong: This podcast by Francesco Garripoli was originally recorded at a seminar at Omega Institute as part of a National Qigong Association annual conference. Francesco spent two years studying and filming in China while creating the Qigong documentary "Ancient Chinese Healing for the 21st Century" which has been airing for years on PBS. He's an Emmy Award winner and current president of the Qigong Institute. Francesco is the author of Qigong - Essence of the Healing Dance and Tao of the Ride - Motorcycles and the Mechanics of the Soul. Francesco's website Wuji productions contains information about China and Thailand Qigoing study trips, the Breathe Deep Newsletter, QigongTracker™, and more.
Francesco has a rare gift of being able to put the ineffable into words. His insight and perspective comes from thirty years of teaching and practicing Qigong and is just as relevant for people who have never done Qigong as those who have been doing it for years. He talks about how to take a more simple approach to the practice of Qigong and how it fits into your life. The core of Qigong practice involves the redefinition of self and re-patterning of your relation with the world -- allowing the inherent intelligence in your being to take over -- without you getting in the way. The repatterning process occurs in the brain, which neuroscientists are proving can learn new tricks and change its structure -- even into old age. An interesting overview article in Time magazine discusses How the Brain Rewires Itself. Discover a free and profound way to reduce stress and avoid giving away your Qi by anxiety over the future or dwelling on the past. This podcast will be especially interesting for people who have begun practicing Qigong and started questioning what's really going on.
An Overview - Medical Qigong in the 21st Century: Dr. Teb Cibik, one of a handful of Doctors of Medical Qigong in North America, outlines how ancient Chinese Medical practices, specifically Medical Qigong, can be blended with western medicine to provide healing from western medical diagnosis previously thought uncorrectable. This will be of special interest to people with chronic illness where Western medical treatment is ineffective, non-existent, or simply gives up. Medical Qigong is the alternative that looks at the body energetically. Dr. Cibik finishes with a very simple, yet powerful Qigong practice. Dr. Cibik can be reached at Inner Strength.
Qi and the Healer Within: This Podcast is by Dr. Roger Jahnke, a doctor of Oriental Medicine. This program is condensed from its original presentation at Omega Institute. People don't realize that they can heal themselves for free. Cultures that we consider "primitive" knew this. The medical intervention that we are used to is not healthcare. Rather, healthcare is self-care, self-healing, and health promotion, not intervention. Medicine is produced in your body. Listen to Dr. Jahnke explain this profound, fascinating, and yet mysterious force that maintains our health. Dr Jahnke has been at the forefront of promoting qigong and tai chi for over 30 years. For more information on Dr. Jahnke and his programs, see the description in the next Podcast (International Tai Chi Chuan Symposium).
International Tai Chi Chuan Symposium: Interview with Dr. Roger Jahnke on his impressions of the 1st International Tai Chi Chuan Symposium on Health, Education and Cultural Exchange held outside of China. Grandmasters of the five traditional Tai Chi Chuan styles — Chen (Chen Zhenglei), Yang (Yang Zhenduo), Wu/Hao (Wu Wenhan), Wu (Ma Hailong), Sun (Sun Yongtian), — taught daily workshops on their styles. Topics covered during the symposium included biomechanics, kinesthetics, meditation, physical and mental health benefits, therapeutic value, the nature of chi and more. Presenters were from institutions around the world, including Harvard Medical School, Center for Cognitive Therapy, University of Missouri, National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, University of Illinois, University of California, Beijing Sports University (China) and the Mayo Clinic.
Having studied and practiced Qigong and Tai Chi for over thirty years, Dr. Jahnke has a unique perspective on the field. He talks about the traditions and development of Tai Chi and Qigong through the millennia; integral Qigong, which modifies Tai Chi for practical applications based on principles; how to live well for as long as possible; the current state of Qigong /Tai Chi science and research; and the impact of the adoption of new, short Tai Chi forms upon traditional Tai Chi practice. Dr. Jahnke felt this is "one of the most profound experiences I have ever had in my professional life, given the fact that my profession is Qigong." He is a co-founder of the National Qigong Association, a licensed Oriental Medical doctor, author of several texts on Qigong and self-healing practices, Director of the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi, and an international lecturer. For more information on seminars and training offered by Dr. Jahnke, visit his websites, iiqtc.org, feeltheqi.com, and taichieasy.org. His trainings will be of special interest to those who would like to change careers to be a part of the health care revolution, such as yoga teachers who want to be certified in Qigong and Tai Chi.
An updated introduction to Qigong by Qigong Institute President Tom Rogers: This podcast describes the fundamentals of Qigong and Tai Chi, their similarities and differences, why Qigong is so important for both individuals and our society, the scientific basis of Qigong and Tai Chi with a summary of important research from the last few years from the fields of neuroscience, cell biology, and physics, and a personal note on reasons for practicing Qigong.
Professional Qigong and Tai Chi Teacher Certification: A Discussion with Dr. Roger Jahnke: This podcast discusses what it takes to achieve professional certification as a Qigong and Tai Chi Teacher and the content of the training. However, many topics are discussed, including limitations of the current healthcare system; how to teach Qigong and Tai Chi based on fundamental principles; the National Expert Meeting on Qi Gong and Tai Chi and the Consensus Report; accessing the power to heal yourself; introduction to nei-gong and internal alchemy; the qualities of a good teacher; the role of Qigong and Tai Chi in your life and healthy longevity; and the personal effects of a mind-body practice.
Primordial Qigong : A Discussion with Dr. Roger Jahnke: Primordial (or wuji) Qigong is a portal to discovering and exploring your relationship with your true self. Included in this podcast is a discussion of the different types of Qigong; what constitutes the foundation of Qigong practice and mind-body energetics; what is our "true nature" and how do we connect with it; and what happens at a Primordial Qigong 5-day retreat.