Tom Bowman began his formal Qigong studies in August of 1999 with Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming (YMAA). Was granted a branch school in February of 2001. He received his Qigong certification from Dr. Yang in 2007.
His Medical Qigong training continued with Master Hong Liu (MD-China) and he completed the Advanced Medical Qigong course of studies in June of 2003. His mission is to bring Qigong to the level of acceptance by Western Medicine and to work as partners. He is a professional member of the National Qigong Association (NQA), serves on the Board of Directors, is chairman of the Legislation Committee and is a member of the Certification Committee. He is recognized as a Clinical Qigong Practitioner and a Level III Advanced Qigong Instructor by the NQA. Founder and Director of Qigong of Tulsa where he teaches Qigong and provides Clinical Qigong treatments.
Invited speaker at the 2019 IMTQA Conference at Harvard Medical School and author.
Jan North has been studying Qigong for over 6 yrs. In 2018 she became a certified Qigong instructor.
In addition to her Qigong studies, Jan holds a B.A., and M.S. ED. and is a certified teacher for multi-handicapped elementary school children as well as her Qigong teaching certification. She is the mother of a child with disabilities and understands the potential that Qigong has to offer those with disabilities.
Jan overcame fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid Arthritis along with other illnesses and now teaches others from experience. Jan is a professional member of the National Qigong Association.
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"He should not give way to wishes and desires, but has to develop first of all, a marked attitude of compassion.
He should commit himself firmly to the willingness to make the effort to save every living creature"
The training consists of Qigong theory, practical exercise sets, meditation and self-acupressure and Qigong self-massage.
We offer Assistant Instructor (2 levels) and Instructor certification (3 levels).
We offer Assistant Clinical Practitioner (3 Levels) and Clinical Practitioner certification (4 levels). For Clinical Practitioner certification we require 3 levels of in-depth theoretical and exercise study and a fourth level of clinical specific study and internship.
If you're not interested in becoming a teacher or practitioner you're always welcome to join the school and participate along with us as we learn and practice qigong. This is what Preventive Qigong is all about.
Learning from a qualified instructor will enhance the benefits of your workouts.
Qigong has been around for over 5,000 years. It is an integrated medical system that along with Acupuncture (that came along 1,500 years later) has served the Chinese population as their only means of medical assistance until the end of WW2.
Western medicine came along after WW2 and today both systems work together. Qigong is the oldest chronicalled medical system. Included within the practices of a Qigong Practitioner you can expect them to use TCM/CCM based acupressure, Qigong energy work, Tui Na, Gua Sha, Cupping and herbs. All of the modalities mentioned are based on the practitioner's training curriculum and vary accordingly.
Qigong's path to well-being is based on the whole body principal or approach.
In other words, It incorporates the current physical, mental and emotional state of your body in order to determine your current status and make an assessment.
And finally, the proper flow of Qi (bioelectricity) throughout our body.
There are 4 distinct divisions of Qigong.
1. Preventive or Recreational
2. Medical or Clinical
First you need to determine what your goal is.
If you're interested in health maintenance, then Preventive Qigong is your choice.
If you're recovering from an illness or are Ill, then you would seek Medical/Clinical Qigong.
"Remember to always seek the advise from your primary caregiver before indulging in any exercise or healing program."
If you're a Martial Artist, then martial Qigong is your obvious choice. You'll learn how to strengthen your body from within, help yourself heal from injuries, help to calm you, increase your flexibility and more.
The religious practice is of course, spiritual in nature. This part of Qigong is unique as your focus is on spiritual goals.
If you practice any of the first three Qigong divisions, the focus is on physical strength and well-being.
It is important for your wellbeing to seek a reputable instructor/practitioner. Qigong is not a fad, it is a serious health system and it should be treated as such. In China, there are Qigong specific Hospitals for example.
Today you can find information on Qigong on all social media outlets, some are reputable, and some are not. So before you begin your journey, please check the individual's credentials. It takes 500-1000 hours of training to become a Medical Qigong Practitioner and a minimum of 200 hours to teach Preventive Qigong.
There are various national organizations that certify teachers and practitioners, contact them. I recommend you search through the list of members of the National Qigong Association (NQA) where you can find professional members along with practitioners in your area.
Qi (Chi): Bioelectricity from which we derive our energy. Our life force.
Qigong (Chi Kung): The Study of bioelectricity.
Yin/Yang: Represents a state of being. Yin can be referred to as Receptive where as, Yang as Radiative.
Meridians: Connectors/wires that supply bioelectricity directly to our organs.
Vessels: bioelectricity storage containers that run along our legs and torso supplying and regulating the amount of bioelectricity supplied to the meridians.
Dan Tian: Storage Fields. The are 3, Upper, Middle and Lower also referred to as Internal Elixirs.
Chackras/Gates: Gates (rectifiers), openings from which our body absorbs electricity (AC) from the outside and transforms it for internal use (DC). Front Gates are Receptive, Back Gates are Radiative.
Acupoints: points along the path of a meridian nearest to the skin surface where Qi flow blockages are easily treated and/or accessed. Also used to measure the voltage of the bioelectricity flowing within the meridian and help determine one's health.
Jing - Qi - Shen: Essence - Bioelectricity - Spirit, "The Three Treasures"
The Seven Pathogenic Emotions: Joy - Anger - Worry - Grief - Fear - Shock - Sadness.
The emotions that impact the flow of Qi within our body and affect our health.
Top: Acupoints along and at either side of the spine. Bottom: Acupoints within the ear.