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Teacher spotlight: Steve Galloway

Teacher spotlight: Steve Galloway

Please tell us a little about your background in the internal arts  My ex drove me to martial arts when she sold my mountain bike behind my back and bought a trip to France for herself. I could not afford another bike in those days so zero cost Tai Chi worked for me....
Yuan Shen

Yuan Shen

All things arise from Tao. They are nourished by virtue. They are formed from matter. They are shaped by environment. (Lao Tzu, 51) A Taoist rests his or her case for existence on Lao Tzu’s four sentences. There is no flowery language. There is no ambiguity. It is...
History in a Daoist Nutshell

History in a Daoist Nutshell

The difficulty with Chinese history is that there always seems to be another version, and the older the history, the more stories there are. So it is with Taoism’s long tradition. Fortunately, there is a concensus: whatever knowledge predated the composition of a...
Cantong Qi – The Triplex Unity

Cantong Qi – The Triplex Unity

In their research, contemporary internal arts (nei dan) students frequently find their way to the commentaries of the 18th Century Liu I-Ming (Inner Teachings of Taoism, Understanding Reality, in turn written by the 11th Century Zhang Boduan). The genesis of written...
The Nature of Taijiquan

The Nature of Taijiquan

Taoist concepts like taiji, wuji, and yin yang are important components of Taoist creation theory and are often misunderstood. This essay, written by Steve Galloway in 2011, explores the vocabulary of Taoist creation theory: wuji, taiji, and yin/yang. You can skip to...