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Black Qi Activation http://blackqiactivation.com Coming together as African Americans and Ethnic People to support each other in the consistent practice of Qigong, as well as education, empowerment and efficacy development. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 02:20:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.8 She Toles: Inspiring Minds & Opening Hearts to Just Be http://blackqiactivation.com/2013/09/she-toles-yoga-she/ http://blackqiactivation.com/2013/09/she-toles-yoga-she/#respond Mon, 16 Sep 2013 15:53:40 +0000 http://blackqiactivation.com/?p=428         For me, Qigong is not just a practice; it’s a way of life.   She Toles           I first met Shelethya Toles during a Qigong convention several years ago.  Since then, we have kept in touch and encouraged each other to pursue our respective dreams. She is

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For me, Qigong is not just a practice; it’s a way of life.  

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I first met Shelethya Toles during a Qigong convention several years ago.  Since then, we have kept in touch and encouraged each other to pursue our respective dreams. She is truly a bright light and has much to share with the world.  She is a very dedicated Yoga teacher and has been for many years.   However, in recent years, she discovered something that I once heard Jeff Primack say at his Qigong conference: Qigong and Yoga should be a married couple.  Her story of discovering the power of Qigong is one that I hope many practitioners of other healing styles will come to see.  Qigong is energy and energy is at the essence of all things …

I’ve seen her blossom from a person who wanted to teach to a person who actively teaches both Yoga and Qigong. I know that She is just getting started.  She doesn’t mention it below but she has also shared with me her desire to spread the message of love, empowerment and healing through film.  I look forward the many projects that are in store for her, and I’m thrilled to have her as an integral part of Black Qi Activation.

What inspired you to first start practicing Qigong?

I initially learned Qigong in 2010 and have since become a regular practitioner. When I was first introduced to Qigong, it held no real appeal to me, coming from a Yoga background. I was told that it was calming and relaxing and would not cause me to break a sweat. Wrong! My very first time doing Qigong, I sweated profusely and my body was on fire! A couple of months later, I attended a half-day Qigong class.  Although I still had not found the peace and calm that Qigong promised (it still hurt my body to stand for a full hour in one spot and move my arms in mid-air), that class set in motion my future with Qigong, unbeknownst to me.

Fast forward to April 2011, and I am at my first Qigong conference in Orlando. I kept up with Jeff [founder, Supreme Science Qigong] during every Qigong session he did throughout the four-day conference, my body feeling less pain as it gained strength. I flowed through each Qigong practice with ease as I surrendered to the peace and calm of Qigong. Even though I was a beginner, I could feel my technique grow by leaps and bounds that weekend. I was open and ready to receive, and I was acutely aware of my own energy as well as the energy around me. There’s nothing like the combined Qi of 2500 practitioners moving and breathing as one. After the conference, not only was I inspired to practice Qigong regularly, I was moved to take the Level 1 Qigong Teacher Training and get certified to teach, with the goal of sharing the gift of Qigong with as many minorities as possible.

How do you incorporate Qigong into your everyday life and work?

I do Qigong daily. I do Qigong before going to work, even if it’s something as simple as one quick round of Empty Force; one day a week is dedicated to Breath Empowerment. I also do the Qigong walk, both on and off my treadmill. The calm and peacefulness that I feel after doing Qigong stays with me throughout the day. Also, as a Yoga instructor, I incorporate some Qigong into my Yoga classes. For me, Qigong is not just a practice; it’s a way of life.

Tell us about your work, your latest project (or a project that you are really passionate about)

I currently teach Level 1 Qigong on Tuesdays at a Reiki Shrine in the Tampa area; however, classes are on hiatus for the remainder of the summer and will resume in September. Also this fall, I will be taking the Level 2 Qigong workshop for teacher certification. My goal is to start teaching Level 2 Qigong immediately after, particularly the Qigong 9-breath. My students who are familiar with Qigong 9-breath are eager for me to teach it.

What do you hope will emerge from the expression of your work?

I hope that I inspire others to just be in their Qigong. Once Qigong is learned and practiced regularly, it promotes peace, calm and optimal health. It is about working with one’s Qi. I also hope that I inspire others to keep an open mind and an open heart when doing Qigong, not only in their practice but also in the space where they choose to do it. While I feel that having a good space to practice indoors is good, I jump at every opportunity I get to do and share Qigong outdoors. I highly encourage others to take their Qigong outdoors as well and experience the powerful blend and beauty of Qigong and Nature.

What is the best way for people to contact you (to purchase your products, books, hire your services, etc.)?

I can be reached at one of the following:

Email: yogashe@hotmail.com
Facebook: Yoga She
Twitter: @yogashe1

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Howard Moss: MoVision Productions … WOW! http://blackqiactivation.com/2013/08/howard-moss-producer-director-cameraman-musician-diver-and-movision/ http://blackqiactivation.com/2013/08/howard-moss-producer-director-cameraman-musician-diver-and-movision/#respond Sat, 24 Aug 2013 18:11:07 +0000 http://blackqiactivation.com/?p=356 The goal of all my projects is to present a vision based on a love of learning, travel and respect for life.   It’s not what you look at, it’s what you see. — Howard Moss I first met Howard Moss at the Qigong conference in Orlando.  I was about to walk past him, but then

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The goal of all my projects is to present a vision based on a love of learning, travel and respect for life.  

It’s not what you look at, it’s what you see. — Howard Moss

I first met Howard Moss at the Qigong conference in Orlando.  I was about to walk past him, but then I stopped to say hi. I’m so grateful that I did because Howard Moss is a POWERHOUSE of talent!  All I can say is WOW! Read his profile below and you’ll learn why.  Howard is quite the accomplished producer, director and cameraman.  His still photos have appeared in magazines and textbooks, on calendars and album covers and have been exhibited at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Pratt Institute in New York.

A graduate of WNET-13 Film and Television Training School and New York University Institute of Film and Television, Howard’s work in film and tape have appeared on ABC, NBC and Public TV. Feature film credits include Cease Fire, Nino Graci Films Rome, Italy.  Howard has designed and taught film, still photography and videotape courses for Humanities Upward Bound, Yale State Training Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Staten Island Community College and New York University School of Continuing Education and Arts for Learning Miami.

He was the Co-Producer and Director of Photography for a Cable TV Program entitled HORIZONS, which aired on Channel 17 in Miami. He has been the Cameraman/Director for two series produced for Public Television:  Afro Arts and The Black Entrepreneur on Location. He has filmed Music Videos for Diana Ross and Sade and has shot numerous entertainment segments for BET and Sony Pictures.

Howard contributed his writing skills to the creation of a documentary series for WPBT-TV Channel 2 entitled PROFILES.  He has been a freelance writer for Underwater USA, Scuba Times Magazine, The South Florida Underwater Photo Society, and Detroit Free Press. His latest effort is the publication of his book “Bright Moments In Jazz.”

He’s also a musician and avid diver.  I was so thrilled to learn that he wanted to be a part of Black Qi Activation.  I’m sure you will find his story inspiring.

What inspired you to first start practicing Qigong?
I have studied various forms of martial arts starting with Judo in a YMCA program as a kid. Over the years all of my instructors talked about Qi and the importance of breathing but Qigong was for the most part put into a separate esoteric arena not formally offered as a part of my regular training. Having survived numerous serious injuries and disease I began to look for ways to improve and enhance my life, moving increasingly away from the manic western orientation that we suffer through today. I looked for opportunities to recapture the tranquility and energized power I had found in studying Tai Chi many years ago. I enrolled in a school that offers Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Qigong training in a very integrated manner. I had found a new home and a new path to renewed healing. Being a lung cancer survivor I discussed this with my oncologist who unaware of all my efforts at the time suggested that I look into Qigong and pointed me to a Qigong conference in Orlando, FL. this past spring. LIFE CHANGED!

How do you incorporate Qigong into your everyday life?
The Qigong conference in Orlando reawakened and reinvigorated my sense of direction. Four days of intense training, networking, and camaraderie combined with my return to Tai Chi set me on path toward a renewed sense of purpose, discipline and daily practice which is offering me a more internally peaceful way of being. I currently engage in two days of formal training and a daily meditation routine.

Moss in concert - Caleb Center - Miami 2004

Tell us about your latest project (or a project that you are really passionate about)
Being an eclectic spirit, I have several projects that I am passionate about. However, I think they all somehow fall under the heading of a project I began several years ago titled Windows on the World (WOW).  WOW was conceived as a pilot for a children’s education television program that involves children teaching other children about the world through travel. The pilot for this project was shot in The Galapagos Islands. It is currently undergoing a face lift in various formats and has been integrated into educational workshops that I conduct with a number of educational organizations.

I also have book projects in the works the first of which, Bright Moments In Jazz, was published in 2012.

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What do you hope will emerge from the expression of your work?
The goal of all my projects is to present a vision based on a love of learning, travel and respect for life. It’s not what you look at, it’s what you see.

What is the best way for people to contact you (purchase your books, etc.)?

You can email me at: moss@movision.com  or check out my websites:

www.movision.com (currently under reconstruction – a placeholder page is available)

http://www.blurb.com/books/1861968-bright-moments-in-jazz

 

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Black Qi Elder Robbie Foster: Powerful Being of Love and Light http://blackqiactivation.com/2013/07/319/ http://blackqiactivation.com/2013/07/319/#respond Tue, 23 Jul 2013 16:16:40 +0000 http://blackqiactivation.com/?p=319 I met Robbie Foster when I lived in New Mexico.  Whenever there was an event that was connected to health, healing or spirituality, he would be there.  Robbie was the first practitioner to certify me to teach Qigong.  I’ll never forget my oral exam with Robbie.  In his lively Trinidadian accent, he would scold me

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I met Robbie Foster when I lived in New Mexico.  Whenever there was an event that was connected to health, healing or spirituality, he would be there.  Robbie was the first practitioner to certify me to teach Qigong.  I’ll never forget my oral exam with Robbie.  In his lively Trinidadian accent, he would scold me every moment that I moved an inch out of place in my form and he would say “with long skinny crooked fingers like yours, you had better get your form right because when you teach, everyone can see everything.”  I corrected him and said that only my middle finger was crooked and then he would say “And those long lanky arms of yours will exaggerate errors in your form … ” So I yielded to his instruction, and he was right of course.  He made me precise in my form, and to this day, I continually refine my form to so that I can do the best possible job in representing and teaching Qigong.”

I passed his test and scolded him for his bad bedside manner, but only in teasing.  Robbie is so fun to be around and he really gets the concept of  Black Qi Activation.  I’m so honored to have him as one of our distinguished Black Qi Activation Elders.

What inspired you to first start practicing Qigong?

I hired a massage therapist to do a conference with the American Holistic Medical Assocation and she blew me away doing Qigong instead of eating lunch and had the most energy I had ever seen a hungry person manifest.

How do you incorporate Qigong into your everyday life? 

I do some form of Qigong everyday. It can be just walking and gathering Qi or in Meditation.  After a while it becomes second nature. Qigong brings the Focus and Awareness to the Mindfulness needed to be fully present and effective.  Qigong incorporates me.

Tell us about a project you are working on or a project that you are really passionate about.

I Love what [Black Qi Activation] is about because I would like to see more people of Color become more Aware and Present in the Moment. It is Imperative that we Harness the Abundant Energy that is Everyone’s God-given Birthright.  I remember my teacher saying that, “they say it, (Qigong) started in China but we don’t know for sure.” It’s time that we regain all that was lost with the Separation Consciousness that has been bestowed upon Us. We came from Greatness and it has to be Realized to be Restored.

What do you hope will emerge from the expression of  your work? 

That people will know they are Powerful Beings of Love and Light on this journey in Human form.

What is the best way for people to contact you?

Rubadubird@msn.com

What question would you ask of people who are looking to get on the path and how would you help to guide that path?

Are you ready to take control of your Life?

Then start a Mindful practice that incorporates Qigong, Yoga, Meditation, Healthy Eating habits and Always doing the Right Thing. If you are Kind rather than Right you will Always be Right.

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Marcus Walton: Clarity, Mastery & Transformation http://blackqiactivation.com/2013/07/marcus-walton-clarity-mastery-transformation/ http://blackqiactivation.com/2013/07/marcus-walton-clarity-mastery-transformation/#respond Wed, 17 Jul 2013 00:10:19 +0000 http://blackqiactivation.com/?p=267 Marcus Walton is my true spiritual brother.  We met several years ago during a retreat for the Open Society Foundation’s Campaign for Black Male Achievement Grantees.  It was my first time presenting the foundations of Radiant Health Strategies to this amazing group of people, and I was thrilled to be a part of the retreat.

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Marcus Walton is my true spiritual brother.  We met several years ago during a retreat for the Open Society Foundation’s Campaign for Black Male Achievement Grantees.  It was my first time presenting the foundations of Radiant Health Strategies to this amazing group of people, and I was thrilled to be a part of the retreat.  Qi was definitely in the mix because my first conversation with Marcus was profound. I immediately knew that somehow and in some way we would be working together, but because I couldn’t figure out the “how,” I simply choose to bounce ideas around with him that periodically came to mind.

If you’ll notice the amazing graphic above of the blue energy tornado, you see this connection between the earth and the sky, the colors representing clarity, communication, change, transformation, purity … This circular swirling of Qi is the type of energy that often fuels our conversations, and in the last year it became clear that we were to co-create a series of tools/methodologies that would open/clear/direct pathways back to the SELF. The funniest part of my journey with Marcus is that when we finally shared with each other what we had been creating separately, we realized that we had been separately creating the same types of pathways! From that time on, we’ve been in constant contact, and I started calling Marcus my “Wondertwin.”

Marcus is the COO (Chief Operating Officer) of the Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE), an Ontological Coach, and impassioned writer and more.  If you are looking for inspiration and guidance, you need look no further than his facebook postings from which sage-like wisdom endlessly flows. Read his responses below, and you’ll see what I mean. I’m so thrilled that he is apart of our Black Qi Activation Family. Clarity, Mastery, Transformation and beyond …

When did you first start practicing Qigong?

Qigong was first introduced to me in 2011 when I practiced it during a retreat led by Dr. Phyllis Hubbard. Prior to that experience, I practiced Aikido and karate on and off beginning in my youth.  From my earliest days, I was intrigued by the philosophy of martial arts. Bruce Lee and karate movies came first – I loved the techniques and movements, as well as the stories that illustrated how regular people used discipline, hard work and wit to become masters. And the masters seemed powerful and poised, almost like superheroes. Somehow, I was able to grasp that we can maximize human potential through focused, disciplined practice.

As a result, I studied Eastern philosophy and culture, which quickly connected me to African and Native American spiritual practices. I learned early that each contained an underlying message that human beings are influenced by and directly connected to the universe.  This led me to wonder: who am I, what is my purpose and what is my connection to the universe?  Studying world history in this way grounded me by helping me understand that the world has been and continues to be connected through people exchanging ideas and information. When I came across the Kemetic African people (Egyptians), I felt like I had a new sense of identity. In addition to developing advanced systems of technology, agriculture, cosmology and spiritual development and social governance, they had developed several martial arts and body movement systems, which predate what we know as yoga.  I was proud to learn this, and I became an eager practitioner. Over time, my practice has grown into a lifestyle centered on the question of how do I increase my consciousness, impact and vitality in the world.

How do you incorporate Qigong into your everyday life and work?

A cornerstone philosophy that guides my living is to “start where you are with what you have.” It is the belief that we are each endowed with traits and have encountered experiences throughout life that make us uniquely prepared to lead certain endeavors. Similarly, I believe each situation contains the resources I need to progress toward my vision for life, but since it may exist as unrealized potential, the energy of my presence may be necessary to materialize opportunity or clarify the unknown.  Qi activation is my practice for grounding (awareness and acceptance) and moving into action, as described below.

Steps:
Awareness – I use the deep breathing to increase awareness and create space for what is happening in each moment.

Acceptance – By sitting in silence and breathing into thoughts of openness/vastness/expansion, I make myself a welcome environment for revelation and change.

Action – Once I am centered, I notice whatever comes into my awareness. Then, I use warrior’s breath to internalize a choice, garner courage, energize my body and move into experience.

What inspired you to become a writer?

My personal journey – so many things were changing! There was nothing subtle about what I experienced. Additionally, I wanted to shake things up by reinventing myself and transforming my experience of life.  So I dove in, but the only way I could keep up with all of my new thoughts and experiences was to write them down. Through coaching, I was introduced to the concept of journaling: capturing thoughts and ideas in writing, over time.  At first I wasn’t consistent, but I became more consistent with practice.  Eventually, I noticed my thoughts would go deeper as I began to document them; before I completed a sentence, more would come up.  It became a new discipline for me, to allow revelation to occur, then to name what I noticed or experienced as a result of what was revealed. I continue to experience this process as generative and joyous. Plus, it seems pretty cool to me to be able to do this. As a writer, I am not interested in simply capturing information to get to an end – but also to be in the creative experience.

Tell me about 1 or 2 projects that you are passionate about.

As a leadership and learning coach, I established Marcus Walton Coaching Studios – a space where I work with others to examine their highest aspirations to identify goals, obstacles, passions and preferences, supporting them to create the lifestyle they want to live. The distinction here is that we start with ourselves, including identifying self-defeating beliefs, attitudes and behaviors, replacing them with new ways that empower rather than hold them back. This is a practice of engaging the full self to operate at optimal capacity as an individual or group, tapping into the unlimited resources of one’s enthusiasm to ground oneself, develop action plans and get engaged. I am especially passionate about the African American Coaching initiative and my philanthropic leadership development work, which I describe briefly below.

African American Coaching: Promoting the coaching arts to support change and empowerment within Black communities.

The African American Coaching Initiative (AACI) trains Black leaders in effective strategies and practices that address the effects of long-term institutional racism and discriminatory policy implementation; especially, those which undergird structural inequities within Black communities. The initiative uses Ontological learning (in addition to other forms of coaching) and leadership training to:

Design and deliver culturally-significant professional and personal development experiences for African American and other Black leaders that equip individuals to: a) identify barriers to progress within ecosystems (systems analysis), b) observe and address any behavioral responses to real or perceived obstacles to progress (emotional intelligence), and c) choose a recourse that maximizes the production of desired personal and professional results (decision-making); Develop and connect distinct networks of Black Leaders throughout industry sectors; and Cultivate a network of highly-skilled networks of Black Coaches as a resource pipeline for African American leaders within the public, private, not-for-profit and coaching sectors.

Specifically, the AACI engages a broad audience of people of African descent in coaching activities and other customized leadership development programming to equip leaders with the competency (to employ frameworks and conduct analysis) and awareness (to identify and apply resources and tools) to address the complex issues that face Black communities.

Leadership Development – Working with philanthropic professionals, individual donors and others who want to serve humanity but may benefit from guidance. I’ve found lots of fulfillment in my work around philanthropy – How do you give?  How do you receive?  More than anything, I support others who are interested in making change to via philanthropy.

What do you hope will emerge from the expression of your work?

Essentially, I endeavor to help people connect with the vitality within themselves to achieve ultimate freedom. I dare others to interact from the most authentic, unadulterated aspect of who they are as a human being and make choices/decision making.

As a coach, I am trained to observe and be present – to inhabit a space with a person without boundaries. Essentially, our heightened awareness also allows us to identify and name what we notice. Using techniques such as mirroring, I interact with others from a intimate confidential place to confront resistance and affect change.

I feel fulfilled when I connect with a person without holding back and I elicit the best out of them helping them open up and explore new territory of growth.  It’s like turning on lights, shinning light on the dark places (emotional baggage, trauma) getting free and moving forward!

Why focus on African Americans?

Why not?  Historically, Black people have held a unique place in human, history, populating the globe and positioning the United States as a world leader through generations of free and cheap labor. Despite overt and sometimes inhumane treatment by our own countrymen, we have managed to inspire and move others emotionally with our talents and expressions. Yet, we have not been on the receiving end of our own gifts in the same way.  As a result, I invite us all to dare to be an inspiration to ourselves and each other – in all the ways that we have contributed to American Culture.

How? I believe soul is the key to being inspirational – a concept with deep roots and strong association with African Americans, in particular. However, I have observed that as we have assimilated into the mainstream of American culture, African Americans, at large, have seemed to have distance ourselves from the close connection with soulfulness that we have enjoyed in the past.  Where we once claimed soulfulness as an inherent gift that made us special, we now seem to barely consider its relevance. My assessment is that generations do not understand how ‘soul power’ has enabled us to create and spread culture, restore our own dignity and humanity, overcome significant adversity, and transcend the most dire of circumstances. My aim is reclamation of the soulfulness of African culture, making it cool again to ‘be soulful’ and to use it practically in our personal and professional lives to help us meet and surpass our goals and expectations.

What’s the best way to contact you to learn more about your work?

MW Coaching Studios
Clarity, Mastery & Transformation
“Unleash Your Personal Power!”

COACHING STUDIO SERIES
The African American Coaching Studio (Special Initiative)
The Self-Mastery Studio Series:
*The Aspirational Living Studio – Taking Life To The Next Level *The Audacious Living Studio Series – “Breakthrough Bootcamp” *The Authentic Living Studio Series – Living Each Day w/ Impact

Email :     mfwcoaching@gmail.com
Twitter:     @marcusfwalton
FBook:     @marcusfwalton

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Luis Fuentes: Brilliant Writer, Martial Artist, Health Educator and More! http://blackqiactivation.com/2013/07/luis-fuentes-brilliant-writer-martial-artist-health-educator-and-more/ http://blackqiactivation.com/2013/07/luis-fuentes-brilliant-writer-martial-artist-health-educator-and-more/#respond Tue, 16 Jul 2013 22:17:51 +0000 http://blackqiactivation.com/?p=250 Luis and I go back many years.  I first met Luis in college.  During our Video Production courses, we were put into groups to create various video projects.  My group was full of duds.  I was doing most of the work and was a bit frustrated.  Luis was in a group with two other guys,

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Luis and I go back many years.  I first met Luis in college.  During our Video Production courses, we were put into groups to create various video projects.  My group was full of duds.  I was doing most of the work and was a bit frustrated.  Luis was in a group with two other guys, Tony and Robbie and they were creating really cool projects.  So at the end of the semester I walked up to the guys and boldly declared “I’m in your group next semester!”  That was the beginning of a life long friendship.

We vowed to create movies together but, alas!  Life happened and although we went our separate ways, I always hoped that at some point we would revisit movie making again.  Luis now resides on the beautiful island of Maui where our paths crossed again through another common interest:  Martial Qigong.  Luis has been a diligent student of the martial arts for as long as I’ve known him, but when I became a Naturopath and started studying Qigong and discovered that at the same time he was studying herbology, we had so much more to talk about:  healing the body, the power of movement, etc.

In college, Luis was always writing and dreaming of being a writer.  I always admired his persistence and belief in himself.  His dream has finally become a reality with the publication of his first book The Lantern which you can purchase on Amazon.com and through other sources listed below. So I am thrilled to have him as a part of the Black Qi Activation family.  He’s always been family anyway …

What inspired you to start practicing Qigong?

My introduction to Qigong started many years ago from my introduction into the martial arts. Previously, I had practiced Kodokan Judo, earning the rank of Shodan (First degree Black Belt) while living in Florida. After moving to Las Vegas, I was searching for another dojo to join, but I came across a Tai Chi Chuan class taught by Lohan School Of Shaolin instructor Billie Ann Sabala. I was mesmerized by the slow, flowing movments of Yang Tai Chi Chuan. With a single class, I experienced the warm energy of Chi pulsating throughout my entire body. I was hooked, and I eventually became an instructor with the Lohan School Of Shaolin under the guidance of Sifu Steve Baugh. Together with Billie Ann Sabala, we promoted both Tai Chi and Qigong through Lohan School’s Outreach Community Program. Eventually, I moved to Maui, Hawaii and joined the Maui Chinese Martial Arts Academy under the guidance of Sifu Steven Catugal and his Sifu Andrew Lum.

How do you incorporate Qigong into your everyday life and work?

As Tai Chi is also considered a form of Qigong, it has influenced my body mechanics. I find myself moving in accordance with Tai Chi principles. My breathing is another manner that Qigong has influenced my everyday life as I employ diaphragmatic breathing, which massages the internal organs and slows down the heart. Slowing down the heart, may alleviate the effects of stress and anxiety. Breath work is another tool to center the mind in the present moment and help turn everyday activities into expression of meditation.

Tell us about your latest project(s) or project(s) that you are really passionate about.

I recently published my first novel entitled: The Lantern. Here is the synopsis:

Lucas was on top of the world. His band was on the verge of success, he met the girl of his dreams, and he finally could get away from his father. All was going according to his plan until his grandfather had become ill, forcing his father and Lucas to uproot themselves from Las Vegas to Maui to look after him. When his grandfather wanders away from his home and is almost struck by a car, he is placed in a nursing home. Angry and lost, Lucas visits his grandfather whose mental health is deteriorating. But in his few moments of lucidity, he teaches Lucas lessons that changes the course of his life.

As a Nutritional Consultant and Holistic Health Practitioner, I empower others to approach their health from a mind, body, and spiritual perspective. Through the integration of supplements, diet, and meditative practices, we can become a sanctuary of balance and peace.

My ongoing passion is helping others to discover their potentials so they may live their destiny.

What do you hope will emerge from the expression of your work?

From a single light, many can be lit.

What is the best way for people to contact you to purchase your books, stay in touch, etc.?

The Lantern can be purchased as a Kindle, as well as, an actual book on Amazon.com.

Kindle
http://www.amazon.com/The-Lantern-ebook/dp/B00DJVGY34/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=

Book
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1490490698

Trailer

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Lantern/1382869421929194

You can contact me via FB. Here is my profile page link.
https://www.facebook.com/luis.fuentes.3511

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Patricia Vernon: Aspiring Writer, Dancer and Traveler http://blackqiactivation.com/2013/07/patricia-vernon/ http://blackqiactivation.com/2013/07/patricia-vernon/#respond Sat, 06 Jul 2013 19:28:52 +0000 http://blackqiactivation.com/?p=222 What inspired you to first start practicing Qigong? I went to one of my daughter’s Qigong workshops at the Epic Hotel in downtown Miami in 2010.  I found it to be challenging to do because I had back surgery in 1993 and since then my flexibility and strength had declined.  I also gained weight and

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What inspired you to first start practicing Qigong?

I went to one of my daughter’s Qigong workshops at the Epic Hotel in downtown Miami in 2010.  I found it to be challenging to do because I had back surgery in 1993 and since then my flexibility and strength had declined.  I also gained weight and my eating habits were off balance, not healthy.   When my daughter dragged me to a 4 day long Qigong conference, I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into. I didn’t know what to expect. I was just going with the flow.

From day one of the conference, the entire atmosphere was different, I was inspired to see so many different types of people, of all ages, ethnicities and religious backgrounds.  I was drawn to the music. I found it to be spiritually inspiring, yet I had a sense of relaxation, peace and calm.  I knew that it would be beneficial for me. By the end of the conference I felt like a new person – like I had been on a spiritual retreat.  It opened my mind to a whole new way of living through breathing, exercise and nutrition. Qigong taught me how to breathe. I’m still learning. It’s funny, it’s almost like I was afraid of breathing.   I used to fake it with yoga, because I was afraid of the breathing.  Something about being immersed in Qigong for a few days helped me conquer my fear of breathing.

How do you incorporate Qigong into your everyday life?

Once again, my daughter who is very passionate about Qigong challenged me to do Qigong everyday.  At first I wasn’t consistent at all.  But now, I’m all fired up! It feels like a must for me. It’s part of my daily routine. Before I get out of bed, I’m stretching  and breathing. I am meditating a lot more.  So far, I’ve lost 20 pounds and I’m feeling and looking better.  My energy level, my mobility and stamina has increased.  Right now, I’m doing a combination of Qigong Strength Training and yoga every other day.  On rest days, I try to walk 2-4 miles.

My daughter also challenged me to not eat meat for 3 weeks in a row! Whew!!! That was hard the first time around.  But by the second week into my challenge, I didn’t even think about the meat.  I was drinking smoothies and eating such delicious healthy foods (salads, brown rice, quinoa, curried veggies, fruits, drank lots of water, etc.)  I didn’t miss it. However, at the end of the 3 weeks I was craving chicken big time LOL! I had some chicken and then realized that I could have done with out it.

So now, I’ve decided to go 3 weeks without meat and then take a break and eat meat if I want to, and then repeat the process.  So far, people have been telling me how good I look – especially the weight loss which inspires me to keep going. My goal is to lose 40 pounds and learn more about eating and cooking healthy foods as a way of life.  I’m feeling better than I’ve felt in years.

Tell us about your latest project (or a project that you are really passionate about).

I want to write a children’s book and a book about my life.  The children’s book was inspired by my granddaughter who is an AfroCuban. The purpose of the book is to inspire and empower biracial children to accept and love themselves as they are.   The book about my life is a way for me to work through my own past traumas and life experiences.

I also love to travel, and I’ve always had a passion for dancing and hope to incorporate Qigong into ethnic dancing for women/men over 60.

What do you hope people will learn from your projects?

That it’s never too late to start anything in life.  Age is not a factor. I’ve been wanting to do these things all of my life. Now that I’m retired (so to speak), I finally feel like I have the time to follow my passions.  From dancing, I hope to work with women who have been hurt, abused or stuck in the role of wife, mother or grandmother as their entire identity.  You can be loving in all of these roles as I am, but there is a passion in us all to do more.  I hope to inspire these women to find and express their true passions – to learn to love themselves first.

What is the best way for people to contact you (purchase your books, etc.)?

I’m still writing so I don’t know when I’ll finish the books, but people can contact me by email: patpj25@hotmail.com,  call 786-663-6167 or friend me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/patricia.vernon.52?fref=ts.

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Dr. Phyl: The Path to Radiance http://blackqiactivation.com/2013/07/197/ http://blackqiactivation.com/2013/07/197/#respond Wed, 03 Jul 2013 19:02:57 +0000 http://blackqiactivation.com/?p=197 When did you first start practicing Qigong? I was first introduced to Qigong by my Ayurvedic mentor, colleague and friend DeAnna Batdorf founder of the Dhyana Center in Sebastopol California.  Because I had used Ayurveda to reverse COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), DeAnna wanted me to learn how to breathe properly through teaching Qigong.  I was

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When did you first start practicing Qigong?

I was first introduced to Qigong by my Ayurvedic mentor, colleague and friend DeAnna Batdorf founder of the Dhyana Center in Sebastopol California.  Because I had used Ayurveda to reverse COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), DeAnna wanted me to learn how to breathe properly through teaching Qigong.  I was quite resistant to the idea at first because I was already in school to become a Naturopathic Doctor and massage therapist and I was an Ayurvedic Practitioner. I couldn’t bare the thought of going back to school AGAIN!   However, it didn’t take me too long to realize that even though I healed my body of COPD, my body was weak and I still breathed like an asthmatic person.  I practiced Qigong on and off for about 10 years before I finally said YES and went through the education and training to became a Qigong instructor. I really didn’t realize the awesome power of Qigong until I began to teach it and witness the changes that took place in my body.

What inspired you to become a Naturopathic Doctor?
It started with a desire to create healthy hair care products for Black hair based on Ayurveda.  Then as I began to learn more about Ayurveda, I realized that there were very simple solutions to healing many types of disease, and I was outraged that no one seemed to be educating the masses about natural health options.

Then one of my friends who was a vegetarian was diagnosed with cancer.  She was baffled that she could get cancer because she was a vegetarian.  When I assessed her diet and her perception of what constituted a “healthy food,” I realized that there was a lot of misinformation out there that needed to be corrected.  However, Ayurveda missed the boat a bit on the nutrition side so I needed a modality that would help me fill in the gaps and make my education more complete.  The information that I pieced together from a wide array of modalities under naturopathy gave me the tools I needed to help anyone in any situation.  My friend was able to accomplish her goal: in less than 2 years she reversed cancer without chemotherapy, radiation, surgery or other drugs.  Watching her go through that transformation and being a part of her health team was a profound experience for me. It showed me that I have a true passion for guiding people on their paths to radiant health.

So I found what I was looking for in a Naturopathic doctoral program that had a collection of textbooks and manuals that were awesome! Some of the books were cutting edge research, others were out of print or rare because of having been forced underground around the time of the inception of the pharmaceutical industry as we know it today.  As I went through the doctoral program, I learned that there were so many ways to heal the diseases of today, but those answers involve activities that are hard to charge money for, like breathing, meditation, empowerment, therapeutic nutrition, movement, etc.  It is easier to make people believe that their bodies are weak so that they can be sold drugs or talked into surgery.  So I became a Naturopathic doctor out of my love for the body, and a desire to teach people how to rediscover, EMPOWER and  fall in love with their true selves and live the radiant life.

How do you incorporate Qigong into your everyday life and work?
I begin each day with Qigong and meditation, even if it is just for a few minutes. Whenever I feel stress, I take the time to breathe so that I may connect in with the truest part of myself and make the best decision in that moment.

I teach Qigong, meditation, dance and a variety of breathing techniques regularly.  Right now I teach Qigong/meditation/breathing at Canyon Ranch Resort twice a week.  I also present at and design wellness retreats and programs for corporations and luxury resorts, and I integrate Qigong lifestyle strategies and techniques into my motivational speeches, presentations and monthly newsletter.

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Tell us about your latest project (or a project that you are really passionate about)

Black Qi Activation – I’m really passionate about this idea of connecting Black and Ethnic people in Qigong practice, education and efficacy development.

Designing Wellness Retreats – Many wellness retreats still do not provide the right type of foods, have too many activities or do not go deep enough to focus on the retreat participant’s individual growth and evolution. I’m really excited about the connections I’ve made with luxury retreats who have the resources to help me manifest my vision and also begin the work of community outreach to people who cannot afford a retreat at a luxury spa.

What do you will emerge from the expression of your work?
I developed 3 Truisms that has become a mantra for my life’s work:

  1. You have the choice and the power to change your life.
  2. You have within you the wisdom and ability to achieve and maintain Radiant Health.
  3. There is no bad part of you; only parts of you yearning for love, acceptance, transmutation.

In addition to the truisms, I hope that people will understand that there is no “us” and “them.”  There is only “US” and we are all connected.  I realize that on the surface, this statement may seem like a contradiction considering that I have created a website called “Black” Qi Activation.  I hope that the Black Qi Profiles page explains why I had to begin with Black/Ethnic people.  Although there is no “us” and “them,” our society promotes polarization in every way.  It is so ingrained in our psyche that I find the need to build a bridge — through Qigong and through speaking the “vernacular” of the people so that we can find some common ground upon which to stand, communicate and begin to understand each other.  There has to be a way for us to reach out to each other and connect so that we can come to the realization that at our core, we are one.

I hope that through my work, people will begin to trust and love themselves more and have the courage to be exactly who they are, allowing God to do its great work through each of them in their own unique way.

What is the best way for people to contact you (purchase your books, etc.)?
You can sign up for my monthly newsletter on the home page of my website:  http://www.radianthealthstrategies.com (click on my  “About RHS” tab to contact me for consultations, workshops or view my YouTube videos).

You can also order my Quick Start Guides by going to http://bit.ly/radquick.

Please visit my YouTube video channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/radianthealthstrat.

Stay tuned! More to come!

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Aiesha Brown: Graphic Designer, Natural Health Lover http://blackqiactivation.com/2013/07/aiesha-brown-graphic-designer-natural-health-lover/ http://blackqiactivation.com/2013/07/aiesha-brown-graphic-designer-natural-health-lover/#respond Wed, 03 Jul 2013 17:34:53 +0000 http://blackqiactivation.com/?p=194 Aiesha Brown beautifully demonstrates how Qigong is a way of life, not just a daily exercise or practice. She is a graphics designer with a goal and passion for sharing and spreading information on natural health as only she can. What inspired you to first practice Qigong? The health benefits How do you incorporate Qigong

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Aiesha Brown beautifully demonstrates how Qigong is a way of life, not just a daily exercise or practice. She is a graphics designer with a goal and passion for sharing and spreading information on natural health as only she can.

What inspired you to first practice Qigong?

The health benefits

How do you incorporate Qigong into your everyday life and work?

I use meditation and breathing helps to conquer stress

Tell us about your work or a project that you are really passionate about

Right now its graphic design. I’ve been doing it now for 10 years and now have my own office for just that purpose. In the future I would like to teach or spread knowledge on natural health.

What is the best way for people to contact you to learn more about your work?

Email me at awesomegraphicz@gmail.com or call 321-600-1234

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Black Qi Activation Elder: Dr. George Xavier Love http://blackqiactivation.com/2013/07/black-qi-activation-elder-dr-xavier-love/ http://blackqiactivation.com/2013/07/black-qi-activation-elder-dr-xavier-love/#respond Wed, 03 Jul 2013 17:14:27 +0000 http://blackqiactivation.com/?p=189         Dr. George Xavier Love has been a licensed Acupuncture Physician for over 31 years.  He is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Herbalist, Qigong Master and was the former Dean of Oriental Medicine at Barna College of Health Science in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  He is also the author of nine books, a

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Dr. George Xavier Love has been a licensed Acupuncture Physician for over 31 years.  He is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Herbalist, Qigong Master and was the former Dean of Oriental Medicine at Barna College of Health Science in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  He is also the author of nine books, a lineage holder of Blue Dragon Qigong since 1994, and on our Black Qi Activation Council of Elders.

 

Dr. Love is committed to helping people world-wide and raising the skill levels of other healers by providing Continuing Education courses.  I had the pleasure of meeting him during one of his “Soul Sweat Miami” rejuvenation days at the Russian and Turkish Bath house on Miami Beach.

When did you first start practicing Qigong?
Right after I heard about Guo Lin who used Qigong to cure her virulent form of uterine cancer – 1983

What inspired you to become a doctor of Chinese medicine?
At first I just wanted to learn acupuncture, but after I got into school then I wanted to be a doctor.

How do you incorporate Qigong into your everyday life and work?
Sunrise Qigong, Qigong over needles and Qigong with patients.

What inspired you to become a rapper?
I am too old to rap and I cannot sing. I’m sort of talking about qigong over music.

Tell us about your latest project (or a project that you are really passionate about)
5 Qi transformations is a better explanation [of healing] than 5 element theory. Energy transforms daily in your body.  American lifestyles are anti-life. So I simplified a method to help people get healthy and become whole human being and learn to transform their lives into something in alignment with higher purpose.

What do you hope people will learn from your work?

  • Breathing, meditation and internal exercise to transform emotional stagnation, open their hearts and connect to Divine mind.
  • How to change their lives for the better

What is the best way for people to contact you (purchase your books, etc.)?
www.bocaraton-acupuncture.com or  561-502-6200

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Meet Michelle Britto http://blackqiactivation.com/2013/06/meet-michelle-britto/ http://blackqiactivation.com/2013/06/meet-michelle-britto/#respond Sun, 23 Jun 2013 05:35:37 +0000 http://blackqiactivation.com/?p=66 Michelle Britto Social Worker, Massage Therapist, Reiki II Practitioner, Qigong Practitioner, Author, and Certified in I.E.T. (Integrated Energy Therapy) Qigong is not just a daily practice. It is a way of living and is intended to be integrated into all that we do.  I had the pleasure of getting to know Michelle Britto after the

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Michelle Britto

Social Worker, Massage Therapist, Reiki II Practitioner, Qigong Practitioner, Author, and Certified in I.E.T. (Integrated Energy Therapy)

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Qigong is not just a daily practice. It is a way of living and is intended to be integrated into all that we do.  I had the pleasure of getting to know Michelle Britto after the big Supreme Science Qigong Conference in Orlando (May, 2013).  We quickly became Qi-sistahs as we realized that we were truly kindred spirits.  We are now each other’s accountability partners for Qigong Strength Training and in our dedication to work that serves the highest good of all.  I hope her Black Qi Profile will inspire you to bring forth and manifest your highest potential.  

When did you first start practicing Qigong?

I started doing Qigong while I was in massage school 8 years ago.

How do you incorporate Qigong into your everyday life and work?

I’m a social worker who has private clients and I work in the schools with special education. I practice Qigong daily and with my special education students in my work and in the morning in my home.

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Michael Beckwith is my daughter’s godfather and we talk often about changes I’m trying to incorporate into the schools. If you’ve ever read any of his books, it’s all about feeling and knowing energy. It’s how I came to the realization that our challenged children have some short circuits based on circumstances. I have actually gotten to see some of them almost seizure when they do exercises. It’s “QIGONG” in the raw with our children of color for urban neighborhoods.

What inspired you to become a writer?

What made me want to write is working in the schools and seeing that much of the material wasn’t reaching our children.

Tell us about your new children’s book

The name of my book is  “What’s Below Your Tummy Tum?”  I wrote it to empower and protect children from “secret” abuse. Interestingly enough my next book in the series is called “My Breath.” It’s to teach children to self regulate and feel their own energy, through their Breath.

What do you hope your readers will learn from reading  your book?

What I want parents and children to take away from this book is a sense of  “Empowerment.”

Stay connected to Michelle

To learn more about Michelle’s work or to have a book signing in your town check out her website at http://www.inlightenmebooks.com.

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