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Bi Gu (辟谷) – Giving Up Food…

Bi Gu (辟谷) – Giving Up Food…

An important aspect of Daoist alchemical practice is Bi Gu (辟谷) or ‘abstaining from grains’. The term often appears within books on the internal arts but there is rarely anything in the way of further discussion of what the term actually means. In many cases the term...
Teacher spotlight: Linda Hallett

Teacher spotlight: Linda Hallett

Please tell us a little about your background in the internal arts. I am a late-comer to martial arts. My background is nursing as a lifelong profession and horses (breeding, training and competing) as a total obsession. I came across the Daoist martial arts when I...
The practice of commitment

The practice of commitment

Fall has arrived and, with its inward draw, I have the opportunity to reflect upon this year and my time as a student of Lotus Nei Gong. Along with the rest of the students on the American Qi Gong certificate, I recently completed the third training for this year and,...
The real purpose of training

The real purpose of training

Look— You won’t see it. Listen— You won’t hear it. Use it— You will never use it up. [1]   Most animals seem to function primarily on instinct. Deep intellectual or philosophical reflection (as we understand it, at least) does not appear to be part of their...