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Thursday, December 18, 2014

2015 Class Registration Now Live

MIT Qigong Club
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Registration opened for our January classes. Please help spread the word to visit the website and sign up!


Note: MIT Qigong members and friends can sign up for classes by checking in as a student.   


 
*Payment can be made with credit card online or by mailing a check to MIT Medical/Wellness!
 
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Qigong Meditation (Mondays 7:00-8:00pm)
Yang Sheng 'Life Nourishing ' Qigong is an extremely powerful tool for bringing out ones natural human potential and optimal fitness. Physical health and mental well being are a direct result of the practice. The core of our training is 'Zhan Zhuang' (Standing Meditation). It is designed to activate 'Zheng Qi' (True or Proper Qi). The effects of this training are rapid with deep therapeutic results producing a unified and balanced 'mind, body and breath'.
Instructed by Jim Roselando
First Class: Monday, January 5, 2015
Class Time: 7:00pm
Last Class: Sunday, February 9, 2014
Number of Classes: 5
Spaces Remaining: 8
Location: E23-297
Cost:
Employee
$70.00
Student
$40.00
MIT Traditional Health Plan/Retiree
$55.00
 








Qigong Meditation (Thursdays 7:00-8:00pm)
Yang Sheng 'Life Nourishing ' Qigong is an extremely powerful tool for bringing out ones natural human potential and optimal fitness. Physical health and mental well being are a direct result of the practice. The core of our training is 'Zhan Zhuang' (Standing Meditation). It is designed to activate 'Zheng Qi' (True or Proper Qi). The effects of this training are rapid with deep therapeutic results producing a unified and balanced 'mind, body and breath'.
Instructed by Jim Roselando
First Class: Thursday, January 8, 2015
Class Time: 7:00pm
Last Class: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Number of Classes: 7
Spaces Remaining: 13
Location: E23-297
Cost:
Employee
$98.00
Student
$56.00
MIT Traditional Health Plan/Retiree
$77.00





Friday, October 17, 2014

Mindfulness & Meditation Classes

MIT Qigong Club


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Registration opened for our November classes. Please help spread the word to visit the website and sign up!

PLEASE NOTE: MIT Qigong members and friends can sign up for classes by checking in as a student.   


7 Week Course - $56- (8- per class)

PLEASE NOTE: MIT Qigong members and friends can sign up for classes by checking in as a student.   

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MINDFULNESS & MEDITATION CLASSES

Qigong (Mondays 7:00-8:00pm)

Yang Sheng 'Life Nourishing ' Qigong is an extremely powerful tool for bringing out ones natural human potential and optimal fitness. Physical health and mental well being are a direct result of the practice. The core of our training is 'Zhan Zhuang' (Standing Meditation). It is designed to activate 'Zheng Qi' (True or Proper Qi). The effects of this training are rapid with deep therapeutic results producing a unified and balanced 'mind, body and breath'.
Instructed by Jim Roselando
First Class: Monday, November 3, 2014
Class Time: 7:00pm
Last Class: Monday, December 15, 2014
Number of Classes: 7
Spaces Remaining: 15
Location: E23-297
Cost:
Employee
$98.00
Student
$56.00
MIT Traditional Health Plan/Retiree
$77.00

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Monday Night Qigong at Harvard University

Harvard Qigong Club
7/21/14
Last night we took over the whole plaza @ Harvard. 20 people all training simple yet powerful Qigong.
Last nights set:

10 Ma Li Tang Breath Tuning
10 Crane Post (L&R)
5 Twisting Dragon
15 Emei Zhan Zhuang
5 Leg Meridian
10 Opera Siu Lin Tao
Seal & Wash

Big thank you for all the support!
Enjoy



Thursday, July 17, 2014

Harvard Qigong with Coach Jim Roselando

Another great qigong session outside Memorial Hall at Harvard University. We miss the good old days of MIT, but the Harvard Qigong Club is already a huge success. 12 standing tonight! Thanks to Coach Jim Roselando as always. And thanks to all the members for their continued support. Join us every Monday (or Thursday when it rains) at Harvard. 

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10min Dr. Ma Li Tang's Gathering
5min Twisting Dragon Post
15min Mr. Fu Emei Heaven Post
5min Gathering Qi
5min Leg Qi
5min Twisting Dragon Post
Siu Lin Tao Form
Seal/Wash



Tuesday, June 17, 2014

MIT Qigong at the Great Dome

More than 20 people standing on June 16th, 2014
Join us next Monday at 7pm!!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Grandmaster Fu Wei Zhong Seminar

This weekend members from the MIT Qigong Club attended a two day seminar with Grandmaster Fu Wei Zhong. Thanks to Coach Jim Roselando for organizing such an incredible event.

Master Fu Level 1 Seminar | Boston, MA | May 2014
 
The future envisioned by Grandmaster Ju Zan centered on a young man named Fu Wei Zhong who began his training on the day he was born in 1949. Driven by an exceptional interest in old texts, he began studying traditional Chinese medicine and reading ancient Chinese philosophies when he was only six years old. By the age of 12, Fu Wei Zhong was treating and healing people with techniques he had learned from his reading and the instruction from his grandfather, a traditional Chinese medical doctor and the emperor’s family doctor.

He began his martial arts training in Shaolin Gongfu at the age of seven. Several years later, he became a student of Luo Xing Wu, an eminent Chinese martial arts grandmaster, from whom he learned many martial arts disciplines, including Xingyi and Bagua Gongfu.

Like many other young people during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, Fu Wei Zhong was sent to the northeast China Heilongjiang province. Because of his training, he was asked to work on a collective farm as a veterinarian. He was 18 years old when he arrived and opened a medical clinic. For eight years, he used traditional Chinese medicinal herbs and treatment techniques, including acupuncture and Chinese massage, to treat multitudes of sick people and animals with great success.

Fu Wei Zhong returned to Beijing in 1976 and taught martial arts at the Beijing Dongcheng District Martial Arts School for a year. He planned to take a master’s degree in religion and was looking for a renowned professor to guide him in the beginning. A friend, Liang Shu Ming, said that he would take him to meet Abbot Ju Zan, the Supreme Abbot of Chinese Buddhism and 12th Lineage Holder of Emei Qigong.

Fu Wei Zhong had had a recurring dream since childhood of a monk who would change his life. He didn’t know who the monk was or why the images were coming to him, but when he saw the face of the Abbot he recognized him as the monk from his dreams. At their meeting, they looked at each other and the Abbot said, “Oh, you’ve finally arrived, it’s time for you to train!” as if they already knew each other.

Fu Wei Zhong was invited to join a distinguished group of men and women chosen to undergo training and a selection process for the position of 13th layman Lineage Holder of Emei Qigong.
After six months of intensive training and testing, Fu Wei Zhong was selected by His Holiness, Grandmaster Ju Zan, to receive further instruction in Buddhism, Daoism, traditional Chinese medicine, Taijiquan, Qigong, Feng Shui, future prediction, and other Dharma methods exclusively transmitted from one Lineage Holder to another within the Emei Qigong system. During this time, Fu Wei Zhong was often in seclusion—studying, cultivating, and integrating the system’s ancient texts into practical forms and easy-to-read language that could be effectively taught to the public.

In 1984, the title of the 13th Lineage Holder was bestowed on Fu Wei Zhong. He received the Emei Qigong sacred book “The Emei Treasured Lotus Canon” and officially assumed the title of Grandmaster as well as the responsibilities of being the Lineage Holder. Grandmaster Ju Zan directed him to begin teaching publicly, “In order to end the pain and suffering of the world and to allow Emei Qigong to bring out humanity to shine like the sun.”

In the spring of 1985, Fu Wei Zhong began teaching Emei Qigong healing techniques throughout China, thereby initiating a national revitalization of the role of Qigong in Chinese medical theory and practice. In 1989, he went into seclusion again to meditate for three years so that he could further develop Emei Qigong techniques so they could be more easily taught to the public in our fast-paced modern society. It was during this period of extended meditation that he was able to achieve the Qigong state necessary to decode the sacred Emei Qigong skills. Fu Wei Zhong was able to decipher this information and now teaches these skills in his lectures, seminars and writings.

Grandmaster Fu believes that only by training thousands of skilled Emei Qigong practitioners will it be possible to restore and preserve the health of millions. He has personally treated, healed and helped thousands of people—the rich and famous as well as orphans and patients considered incurable. China’s late president Deng Xiao Ping was among those helped by Grandmaster Fu. Using the methods of Emei Qigong cultivation, medical qigong and traditional Chinese herbal medicine, Grandmaster Fu has successfully cured tens of thousands of people who have come to him for healing.

At age 36, he was recognized as one of the most prominent grandmasters of Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine. The Chinese have dubbed him “Emei Wizard” and “China’s Medical Buddha," as well as deeming him “The Father of Modern Medical Qigong.” In addition, Fu Wei Zhong has been made lifetime president of two Qigong institutions: The International Medical Qigong Academy and The Emei Linji International Qigong Medical Research Institute, and he holds honorary positions and titles in more than 50 hospitals, medical colleges, Qigong clinics and Qigong associations in China.

Fu Wei Zhong is a learned scholar. Having read thousands of books, both Chinese and foreign, he is well versed in the medical, philosophical and theological theories of different schools, both Eastern and Western. While studying, he took careful notes and wrote down his reflections, which number over three million words. To date, he has published six books and over twenty treatises in China.

Fu Wei Zhong immigrated to the United States in 1995. His goal was to disseminate Emei Qigong’s therapeutic techniques so that its methods could be fused with contemporary western medical techniques. His goal is to alleviate much of the suffering in today’s world. He is determined to transmit the knowledge and skills of Emei Qigong to the American public.

Since his arrival in the United States, Grandmaster Fu has given lectures and workshops in over 30 American cities. He was invited to the University of San Francisco and the University of California at San Diego to lecture on Qigong and was a visiting professor at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, where he taught curriculum-required courses on the Emei methodology of Qi (energy) emission for diagnosis and treatment. In 1996, he participated in an experiment at the Atlantic Tumor Hospital in California that involved the emission of Qi into cancer cells. The initial positive results enabled the experiment to be taken to a bigger scale. In 2001, these encouraging results were published in the magazine, Spirituality and Health.Fu Wei Zhong also participated in an experiment conducted by the California Pacific Medical Center of Complementary Medicine Research Institute to test Qigong and other holistic modalities in the treatment of brain tumors from a distance. The Discovery Channel filmed Grandmaster Fu at theMedical Center and aired the documentary in Canada on a show called “Daily Planet.”

As of 2006, there are many thousands of Emei Qigong students in the United States and 2 million followers of Emei Qigong worldwide. What the world needs now, more than ever, is a heart-centered system like Emei Qigong to bring health, vitality and true kindness to people.
In the fall of 2006, Grandmaster Fu taught the Level IV seminar, the Emei Qigong Level I Teacher’s Training, for the first time. This month-long session was held at Emei Mountain in China, and students stayed at the Emeishan Grand Hotel at the base of the mountain during this time. The training was successful; students emerged from this intensive training with a much deeper and comprehensive undertanding of Emei Qigong, and many will continue their training to become Level I teachers. A second group of prospective Level I teachers took Level IV in 2007.

For the next few years, Grandmaster Fu will concentrate on training the monk who will become the next lineage holder inChina and the students who will become Emei Qigong Level I teachers in North America. 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Coach Jim Roselando leads MIT Qigong Club in Siu Lin Tau


The Art of Siu Lin Tau

Excerpt from an article by Jim Roselando from Wing Chun Illustrated:

There is one thing that is common across all lineages of Wing Chun Kuen.  The universal foundation set of our art, the Siu Lin Tau.  This mother set is preserved in its original platform within the Cho family and also a Siu Lin Tau Kuen Kuit "boxing poetry" which is designed to holistically strengthen and unite the whole body with our Gongfu.  This one long mother set would later be broken or split into three smaller sets during the Red Junk period.  

 
Most Wing Chun lineages state that our art originated from a fusion of Snake and Crane technology.  Research provided by the Cho family and their decedents supports this theory.  Miao Shun's fusion of Ng Mui's White Crane boxing with his own knowledge of Emei internal art (Snake Qigong) resulted in a "Snake" Body with "Crane" Boxing art.  Snake & Crane!  This new hybrid was rooted in two giants of Chinese martial and internal technology, which thus became a new advanced soft style of boxing.   

 
Across the spectrum of Wing Chun lineages,  almost everyone agrees that Wing Chun is a soft style of boxing.  Well, the term soft has specific criteria within internal arts.  This means the body, breath & mind must be cultivated with softness with your Gongfu.  The set directly develops ones physical body by loosening each joint from the tip of the fingers to the foot.  So not only does a practitioner use the Siu Liu Tau technology to develop their combat skills, and concepts, but also to achieve a deeper state of cultivation. Physically the muscles, tendons, joints all are to be targeted and trained.  This will not only loosen the body but also gradually realign the skeletal structure.  The benefits for real life situations are many.  A loose body will have the qualities of heavy and light, enabling it to react and respond dynamically.  A loose body has a greater range of elasticity allowing for maximum open, close, rise & sink which are essential for issuing and receiving force.  


When one begins to study breathing in their Siu Lin Tau practice they must only bring a light awareness to breathing from bellow the belly button.  Our ancestors placed a special importance to this practice.  Commonly known as Som Bai Fut (three prayers to Buddha), this section is known as Kang & Rou (release and load) is specifically performed slowly in order to target your breath with stillness during our boxing.  Why is it important for the reality of fighting?  If the breathing isn't freely flowing then the body immediately tenses up and the body becomes sluggish, clumsy and weak rather than dynamic and spontaneous.  

 
The first stanza in the Siu Lin Tau Kuen Kuit states: "Collect the Yi, Union with the Shen in the Equal stance".  This maxim clearly discusses the third area of discussion in this article regarding basic cultivation: the mind.  First, let’s break down this Kuen Kuit for you.  Collect the Yi is telling us that over-active thoughts must be quieted and then it will Union with the Shen (spirit) or have equilibrium of a relaxed mind, relaxed breath & relaxed body in the Yee Jee Ma or Character "=" Stance.  This equal stance is discussing the concept of neutral power, which allows for stability, strength and movement in any direction.

 
The fundamental purpose of lower abdominal breathing is to gradually quiet the mind over time and this is why is must be isolated and trained faithfully.   The process isn't complicated, but is often neglected by practitioners.  The simple truth is the above knowledge is the basic Gong in Gongfu.  What benefits does this bring us in the reality of the streets?  Emotions are extremely powerful before and during a heated exchange.  The ability to stay calm will cage those emotions allowing your full athletic potential to surface.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Emei Qigong with Mater Fu Weizhong

From: http://www.emeiqigong-buddhistmedicine.com/

Emei Qigong is a great treasure-offering to the world from the Emei Linji Chan Lineage of Chinese Buddhism. Held in secret for almost 800 years, reserved only for the monastic Chan community, this wisdom tradition has been passed down through an unbroken lineage.  Only in the past 10 years, in a historical and revolutionary act of expansive compassion and generosity, have the jewels of understanding in this tradition been revealed to the world’s lay population. It embraces a comprehensive system of teachings and practices particularly relevant to the challenges of the modern world by promoting physical health and healing, emotional balance, and the development of higher levels of awareness to help awaken to one’s True Nature.

Emei Qigong is taught only by Emei Masters and teachers recognized by Grand Master Fu Weizhong, 13th Lineage Head of the Emei Linji Chan School of Chinese Buddhism. It is unique in that it includes all forms of Qigong yet transcends the limits inherent in each of them—Spiritual Qigong, Medical Qigong, Martial Qigong and Performance Qigong. The highest form of Qigong awakens the understanding of how to, first, skillfully and harmoniously journey through the relative, material world and, second, realize our own True Nature and the nature of the universe. The methods of Emei Qigong unleash one’s natural meta-intelligence—that which exists beyond our mundane level of intelligence—to give rise to the expression of our highest human potential.

What specific practices and teachings are offered in Emei Qigong trainings?
- Internal and movement practices to heal and maintain the health of the body, balance the emotions, and expand the mind and our view of self and reality
- Internal and movement practices that delete negative thinking, so that positive thinking can naturally arise
- Internal and movement practices that help us cultivate greater compassion, peace, comfort, and capacity to adapt to changing external conditions
- Methods to skillfully liberate us from the influence of difficult events in the past, and to give rise to good thinking and a more unencumbered, joyful, generous way of interacting with the world
- Practices that balance physiological functions and powerfully transform unhealthy physical patterns
- Teachings and practices to effectively utilize food and food therapy as a basic condition for our health and happiness
- Healing methods that can be easily learned and are highly effective when applied to oneself and or to others
- Practices that balance the influences we are born with that drive physiological patterns and mental habits
- Methods to adjust personal and environmental fengshui to create beneficial internal and external conditions for our life
- Teachings that offer insights into the laws of nature in our universe and demonstrate how to live in harmony with them

Thursday, April 24, 2014

MIT Qigong @ Harvard Business School (4/29/14)

I wanted to highlight a pretty special event coming up at Harvard Business School next week Tuesday: a free meditation clinic to be taught by MIT Qigong instructor, Jim Roselando, right on campus.

To give a little more color: Qigong meditation is standing meditation – similar to both mindfulness meditation and tai-chi. It's extremely easy and accessible and will leave you feeling noticeably more calm and focused and at peace after just 40 minutes.

To get a bit more of a sense for it, check out this video from a session at HBS led by Coach Roselando last year.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Art of Siu Lin Tau

THE ART OF SIU LIN TAU

Over the past few weeks, Coach  Roselando has introduced the MIT Qigong Club to the art of Siu Lin Tau. 

The Cho families preservation of Red Boat actor Yik Kam's 'Baan Jung' Opera Wing Chun system takes us back to a time before the art was split into what later became the three fist sets. 


Their Siu Lin Tau long set is an internal set that had four sections. They also preserve a set of SLT Kuen Kuit as guidelines to not only the practice of their SLT but to be used for ones nei gong cultivation. 

In 2007, Coach Roselando wrote/published an article showing the relationship between the Yik Kam art and the mother systems of Fujian Crane Boxing & Emei Snake Qigong. Today many system can be traced back to Fujian Crane but for Wing Chun the uniqueness is the 'Snake' component. 

There is no question that the 1st generation of our art certainly had a close physical relationship to Emei as well as a close relationship with its poetry.  


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

MIT Qigong with Coach Roselando

Monday Night Qigong: 3/24/14

Warmup
10min Gathering Qi
40min 8 Zhan Zhuang Posts
5min Dr. Ma Li Tang's Gathering Qi
Seal/Wash

Mondays 7-8pm @ MIT

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Monday Qigong with Coach Roselando

March 17th, 2014

Warm-up
10min Dr. Ma Li Tang Gathering
15min Zhang Zhuang #7
5min Left Shi Li
5min Right Shi Li
5min Gathering Qi
10min Leg Qi
Seal/Wash

Happy St. Patrick's Day! 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Monday Night Qigong with Coach Roselando (3/3/14)


March 3, 2014
Warm-up
10min Dr. Ma Li Tang's Gathering Qi
5min Crane left
5min Crane right
10min Hun yun left
10min Hun yun right
10min Natural post
5min Gathering Qi
Seal/Wash

Meditation changes temperatures: Mind controls body in extreme experiments

HARVARD GAZETTE ARCHIVES
By William J. Cromie 
Gazette Staff

In a monastery in northern India, thinly clad Tibetan monks sat quietly in a room where the temperature was a chilly 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Using a yoga technique known as g Tum-mo, they entered a state of deep meditation. Other monks soaked 3-by-6-foot sheets in cold water (49 degrees) and placed them over the meditators' shoulders. For untrained people, such frigid wrappings would produce uncontrolled shivering.
If body temperatures continue to drop under these conditions, death can result. But it was not long before steam began rising from the sheets. As a result of body heat produced by the monks during meditation, the sheets dried in about an hour.

Attendants removed the sheets, then covered the meditators with a second chilled, wet wrapping. Each monk was required to dry three sheets over a period of several hours.

Why would anyone do this? Herbert Benson, who has been studying g Tum-mo for 20 years, answers that "Buddhists feel the reality we live in is not the ultimate one. There's another reality we can tap into that's unaffected by our emotions, by our everyday world. Buddhists believe this state of mind can be achieved by doing good for others and by meditation. The heat they generate during the process is just a by-product of g Tum-mo meditation."

Benson is an associate professor of medicine at the Harvard Medical School and president of the Mind/Body Medical Institute at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He firmly believes that studying advanced forms of meditation "can uncover capacities that will help us to better treat stress-related illnesses."

Benson developed the "relaxation response," which he describes as "a physiological state opposite to stress." It is characterized by decreases in metabolism, breathing rate, heart rate, and blood pressure. He and others have amassed evidence that it can help those suffering from illnesses caused or exacerbated by stress. Benson and colleagues use it to treat anxiety, mild and moderate depression, high blood pressure, heartbeat irregularities, excessive anger, insomnia, and even infertility. His team also uses this type of simple meditation to calm those who have been traumatized by the deaths of others, or by diagnoses of cancer or other painful, life-threatening illnesses.

"More than 60 percent of visits to physicians in the United States are due to stress-related problems, most of which are poorly treated by drugs, surgery, or other medical procedures," Benson maintains.
The Mind/Body Medical Institute is now training people to use the relaxation response to help people working at Ground Zero in New York City, where two airplanes toppled the World Trade Center Towers last Sept. 11. Facilities have been set up at nearby St. Paul's Chapel to aid people still working on clearing wreckage and bodies. Anyone else who feels stressed by those terrible events can also obtain help at the chapel. "We are training the trainers who work there," Benson says.

The relaxation response involves repeating a word, sound, phrase, or short prayer while disregarding intrusive thoughts. "If such an easy-to-master practice can bring about the remarkable changes we observe," Benson notes. "I want to investigate what advanced forms of meditation can do to help the mind control physical processes once thought to be uncontrollable."

Breathtaking results

Some Westerners practice g Tum-mo, but it often takes years to reach states like those achieved by Buddhist monks. In trying to find groups he could study, Benson met Westerners who claimed to have mastered such advanced techniques, but who were, in his words, "fraudulent."

Benson decided that he needed to locate a religious setting, where advanced mediation is traditionally practiced. His opportunity came in 1979 when the Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Tibet, visited Harvard University. "His Holiness agreed to help me," recalls Benson. That visit was the beginning of a long friendship and several expeditions to northern India where many Tibetan monks live in exile.

During visits to remote monasteries in the 1980s, Benson and his team studied monks living in the Himalayan Mountains who could, by g Tum-mo meditation, raise the temperatures of their fingers and toes by as much as 17 degrees. It has yet to be determined how the monks are able to generate such heat.
The researchers also made measurements on practitioners of other forms of advanced meditation in Sikkim, India. They were astonished to find that these monks could lower their metabolism by 64 percent. "It was an astounding, breathtaking [no pun intended] result," Benson exclaims.

To put that decrease in perspective, metabolism, or oxygen consumption, drops only 10-15 percent in sleep and about 17 percent during simple meditation. Benson believes that such a capability could be useful for space travel. Travelers might use meditation to ease stress and oxygen consumption on long flights to other planets.

In 1985, the meditation team made a video of monks drying cold, wet sheets with body heat. They also documented monks spending a winter night on a rocky ledge 15,000 feet high in the Himalayas. The sleep-out took place in February on the night of the winter full moon when temperatures reached zero degrees F. Wearing only woolen or cotton shawls, the monks promptly fell asleep on the rocky ledge, They did not huddle together and the video shows no evidence of shivering. They slept until dawn then walked back to their monastery.

Overcoming obstacles

Working in isolated monasteries in the foothills of the Himalayas proved extremely difficult. Some religious leaders keep their meditative procedures a closely guarded secret. Medical measuring devices require electrical power and wall outlets are not always available. In addition, trying to meditate while strangers attempt to measure your rectal temperature is not something most monks are happy to do.

To avoid these problems, Instructor in Psychology Sara Lazar, a Benson colleague, used functional magnetic resonance imaging to scan the brains of meditators at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The subjects were males, aged 22-45, who had practiced a form of advanced mediation called Kundalini daily for at least four years. In these experiments, the obstacles of cold and isolation were replaced by the difficulties of trying to meditate in a cramped, noisy machine. However, the results, published in the May 15, 2000, issue of the journal NeuroReport, turned out to be significant.

"Lazar found a marked decrease in blood flow to the entire brain," Benson explains. "At the same time, certain areas of the brain became more active, specifically those that control attention and autonomic functions like blood pressure and metabolism. In short, she showed the value of using this method to record changes in the brain's activity during meditation."

The biggest obstruction in further studies, whether in India or Boston, has always been money. Research proceeded slowly and intermittently until February 2001, when Benson's team received a $1.25 million grant from Loel Guinness, via the beer magnate's Kalpa Foundation, established to study extraordinary human capacities.

The funds enabled researchers to bring three monks experienced in g Tum-mo to a Guinness estate in Normandy, France, last July. The monks then practiced for 100 days to reach their full meditative capacity. An eye infection sidelined one of the monks, but the other two proved able to dry frigid, wet sheets while wearing sensors that recorded changes in heat production and metabolism.

Although the team obtained valuable data, Benson concludes that "the room was not cold enough to do the tests properly." His team will try again this coming winter with six monks. They will start practice in late summer and should be ready during the coldest part of winter.


Benson feels sure these attempts to understand advanced mediation will lead to better treatments for stress-related illnesses. "My hope," he says, "is that self-care will stand equal with medical drugs, surgery, and other therapies that are now used to alleviate mental and physical suffering. Along with nutrition and exercise, mind/body approaches can be part of self-care practices that could save millions of dollars annually in medical costs."

Monday, February 17, 2014

Monday Qigong with Coach Roselando (2/17/2014)

February 17, 2014

warmup
10min dr. ma li tang's gathering qi
5min leg qi
5min turning cow
5min tiger shi li (left/right)
5min gathering qi
20min universal post
seal/wash

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Monday Qigong with Coach Roselando

Monday, February 3, 2013

Warm-up
10min Dr. Ma Li Tang Gathering Qi
5min Left Crane
5min Right Crane
20min Natural Post
5 min Gathering Qi
5min Tiger Pose (left/right)
5min Leg Qi
Seal/Wash

Monday, January 27, 2014

Monday Night Qigong: January 27, 2014

MIT Qigong with Coach Roselando

Warmup
10min Dr. Ma Li Tang's Gathering Qi
10min Zhang Zhuang #6
10min Zhang Zhuang #8
5min Gathering Qi
5min Dragon Post Left
5min Dragon Post Right
5min Leg Qi
5min Gathering Qi
Seal/Wash

Warriors of Stillness: Movement not yet released

From Warriors of Stillness 3: http://warriorsofstillness.com
by Jan Diepersloot

Though posture is often thought of as stillness as opposed to movement, actually our posture must be considered a type of movement also. In other words, the stillness we are talking about is not the stillness of death as opposed to the movement of life. It is not the comparative stillness of plants as opposed to the movements of animals. It is not the (relative) stillness of sleep, not the stillness of couch potato TV-watching, not the stillness of paralysis, not the stillness of passed out stupor, nor any other stillness in which the machinery for movement and its controlling mechanism have been fully or partially shut down. No, the stillness we cultivate in our standing (postural) meditation entails readiness, a stillness that is pregnant with possibilities for movement. It is the stillness of a deer ready to bolt and flee, the stillness of the tiger ready to pounce. The stillness we are talking about, in other words is movement not yet released. It is the stillness of potential movement as opposed to actual movement. In this stillness, awareness enables us to respond to the environment rather than react to it. 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Warriors of Stillness 3: Masters of Perception

Over the next weeks, we will be sharing short excerpts from Jan Diepersloot's Warriors of Stillness III. The book can be purchased from: http://warriorsofstillness.com We highly recommend all three books in the series and they can be purchased together as a Trilogy Set for $75 - a great deal. Enjoy!

The primary principles internal martial artists follow to cultivate robust health in the qi state are proper posture, proper breath and proper mindset. In the internal martial arts, the rules of posture are governed by the pivotal concept of zhongding, or central equilibrium, and consist of the optimal re-alignment of the spine in the vertical plane. 

Within this proper postural framework, internal martial artists utilize mindful breathing practices to transform typical (and usually restricted) breathing patterns into full and free natural breathing. As this process unfolds over time, the tensions that stiffen and harden us, both physically and mentally, progressively dissolve. The resulting state of relaxation is called song by the Chinese, and denotes a state of alert relaxation that is ready for immediate action. 

Proper breath and proper posture create the foundation for optimally efficient movement of torso and limbs. The rules for movement, like posture, also are dictated by the constraints of central equilibrium. The fundamental components, or basic grammar, of movement are the horizontal, vertical and rotational movements of the body's central vertical axis in space. These three elemental movements combine to create an infinite number of possible movements. 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Debiasing the Mind Through Meditation

Debiasing the Mind Through Meditation

Mindfulness and the Sunk-Cost Bias

  1. Andrew C. Hafenbrack1
  2. Zoe Kinias1
  3. Sigal G. Barsade2
  1. 1Department of Organisational Behaviour, INSEAD
  2. 2Management Department, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  1. Andrew C. Hafenbrack, Department of Organisational Behaviour, INSEAD, 1 Ayer Rajah Ave., Singapore 138676, Singapore E-mail: andrew.hafenbrack@insead.edu
From: http://pss.sagepub.com/content/early/2013/12/06/0956797613503853

Abstract from The Harvard Business Review:  A Little Meditating Helps You Make Better Business Decisions
Research participants who had spent just 15 minutes in “mindfulness” meditation, focusing on their breathing, were 77% more likely than others to resist what’s known as the “sunk-cost bias,” the tendency to stick with a less-than-optimal strategy merely because a lot of money has been sunk into it, says a team led by Andrew C. Hafenbrack of Insead business school in France. In a fictional scenario, the participants had to decide whether to buy a highly efficient $10,000 machine shortly after spending $200,000 on equipment that was much less efficient (and couldn’t be sold). Meditation’s impact on the sunk-cost bias may have to do with its ability to improve mood and decrease people’s focus on the future and past, the researchers suggest.