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 Mind/Body Tools for Peak Performance: Choosing your Path: How Can I Find and Select a Teacher?  

As you can imagine this question has numerous responses. China and all the Asian cultures have ancient histories and Asia claims an immense portion of the human story. The birth Qigong (Ch'i Kung) is estimated to have been between over 5000 years ago. And Taiji (T'ai Chi), a modern development is just a baby, born in the 14th century, only 600 years ago. Such huge chunks of human history are the source for multitudes of philosophies, opinions and traditions.

It is a traditional guideline that one must choose and then remain devoted to a teacher. The teacher-disciple relationship has long been revered as the only path to advanced skill in both Qigong and Taiji.

It has been found, however, particularly related to health and self healing, that a motivated individual can grasp and utilize enough of certain Qigong practices to improve their health through personal practice alone.

When looking for a teacher there is a really practical set of steps that will help you to sustain a certain freedom for personal growth while leading to higher and higher levels of skill.

Ask around to find the teacher that people like the most. Study with that individual with the idea that you will learn some things, get your curiosity satisfied (or stimulated) and improve your skill. Try other teachers and compare. Practice, read, discuss, practice. Before very long you will become an expert on what feels right to you.

Remember that it is typical for the great teachers to say "the Qi is the teacher" and "the practice is the teacher". You will likely want to find a teacher who reflects these ideas.

For some people a certified teacher who has been qualified to teach by a master teacher within a recognized lineage is necessary. We are fortunate to have many Taiji and Qigong teachers who have such credentials available. Some are of Asian descent others are vigilant and serious non-Asians.

If your goal is to penetrate to the deepest most authentic lineage teaching, finding a teacher will be more complex. However, your devotion and perseverance in the process will eventually carry you into the presence of the perfect teaching. If your goal is to learn some health sustaining practices you will find teachers easily at the YMCA, local hospital or community education program. This may be the best place to start. Eventually you will be exposed to master teachers.

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Roger Jahnke OMDRoger Jahnke has been in the health field since 1967 beginning with body therapies, herbal medicine, Tai Chi, Yoga and meditation. He turned his attention seriously to Oriental medicine in 1972 with study at the North......more
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