Teaching Points BLOG

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Click here to learn about the neuroscience and physiology behind your body's "set points," that vacilate within a range of about 10 pounds, that unfortunatlly go UP, but rarely come down. And learn about how "Mindful Eating" can be a much more effecdtive method for weight loss and establishing...
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Students who participate in both the active and passive arts of qigong already have first-hand experience, knowing about the effects of meditation on our attention and how we feel.  It's always nice to see science validateing what we know, however.  So click this link if you want see what...
photo, Dr. Bill Black. Courtesy of CPMC
Holiday activities just tend to promote overeating. Studies have shown that distractions such as socializing tend to make us eat more and prefer sweeter - higher- calorie - foods.  Click here to see Dr. Bill Black's "Tips for Minimizing Weight Gain Over the Holidays," published on Dec 10th, in...
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        In summer we absorb external heat easily through lots of exhuberant outdoor activities. Now in winter, it is the time when we consolidate all of that yang qi within us to create hot coals in the Lower Dantien. Winter is a time of year for "storing qi," nurturing and preserving the kidneys...
Everyone at Wen Wu School was thrilled to see Shifu Chiang walking through the crowd of attendees with Grandmaster Hui Liu, ready to participate in this year’s Teacher’s Day Ceremony. And what a special honor it was to see our own highly esteemed Masters stand, kneel, and bow, with head on the...
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When encouraging students to practice, Bett Martinez, who teaches with Peggy Dey at the Church on the Corner, in Albany, on Tuesday mornings, likes to share this story about world reknowned violinist, Jascha Heifietz (Feb 2, 1901–Dec 10, 1987). Sometime in the spring of 1985, a reporter came to...
Here's some great news for those of us who worry about Aging & Memory Loss. Click below to find out how we actually get smarter as we age, in this online,  August 15, 2013 "TIME Ideas" article by Annie Murphy Paul. BRILLIANT: THE SCIENCE OF SMART, "10 Ways We Get Smarter as We Age...
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Many thanks to David Wei for sharing this link to Ginger Garner's article correlating good nutrition & exercise with longevity.  Click here to read her article.  Ginger Garner MPT, ATC — is an educator and subject matter expert in medical therapeutic yoga and women’s health. As a published...
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If you've ever wondered how to align the points in Rinse Waist, Form #23 in your textbook, here is an explanation.  The Hegu point (LI 4) of the right hand is aligned with the Yintang (EX 2) point (a.k.a., the "3rd Eye"), while the fingers of the left palm send qi to the right heel and the left...
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One of the joys of teaching qigong is seeing how happy students are to be in class. Not too long ago, a student shared why she loved coming to class. "I love coming to class because everybody has a common purpose. We are all moving to feel better."   Submitted by Jerri Miner

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