Qi Gong is a form of yoga. Some refer to it as “Taoist Yoga” or “Chinese Yoga.” Regardless of the name, Qi Gong clearly shares much in common with the Hatha Yoga practices of India. I’m very grateful to one of my yoga teachers, Simon Borg-Olivier, for helping me to understand this connection and for leading me to the practice of Qi Gong. Here is an article from my Qi Gong teacher, Tevia Feng, on the similarities and differences between Qi Gong and Yoga. Personally, I find that Qi Gong is a great supplement to my own yoga practice, as well as a wonderful practice in its own right. Having a greater variety of practices allows me to select a practice that is appropriate for me at that particular time.
There are over 3,000 different kinds of Qi Gong. White Tiger Qi Gong, and its founder, Tevia Feng, is the school under which I study. White Tiger Qi Gong draws on a handful of these ancient practices, all of which are a form of Medical Qi Gong–a synthesis of Qi Gong and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Thus, health and longevity is the primary focus of the Medical Qi Gong that I practice and teach. Notably, a desire to cultivate maximum human potential underpins all forms of Qi Gong. When we learn to quiet the mind, develop our concentration, and listen to our intuition we plant the seeds for human flourishing.
White Tiger Qi Gong is an innovative school of Medical Qi Gong in that it integrates Medical Qi Gong with the latest research from Western Science and Medicine. Specifically, it draws upon fascia research, sports science, and western anatomy & physiology to help modern practitioners understand the practice and benefits of an ancient art form.
Recently, I completed my teacher training in a very old form of Medical Qi Gong known as “The Five Animals.” I’m currently in the final stages of completing my certification to teach levels 1 and 2 of the Five Animals Qi Gong. I look forward to sharing these powerful practices with others in the near future.