Meditation, Qigong and Taiji

Classes in the Northern
Berkshires

Fear and Stillness

“The great Way is easy,Yet people prefer the side paths.Be aware when things are out of balance.Stay centered in the Great Dao."Chapter 53, Dao de Qing, by Laozi   In stillness, we find clarity.  By bringing ourselves into the present moment, we see the universe...

Daily Daoist Practice and Stillness

During a recent class, a student and I were discussing softness.  Over the preceding two classes, we had been investigating the important qualities of a taiji and qigong practice.  Those qualities are slow, soft and smooth. They are integral to an...

Simplicity and Stillness

?If you want to become whole, let yourself be partial. If you want to become straight, let yourself be crooked. If you want to become full, let yourself be empty. If you want to be reborn, let yourself die. If you want to be...

Martial Arts and Stillness

Calm, but alert; Relaxed, but ready; Smooth, but sharp; Humble, but confident. This is martial arts. It is an integral part of our training at the Five Immortals Temple in China, where I lived as a monk. It is part of what I teach today in the Berkshires of western...

Stepping Back and Stillness

Can you deal with the most vital mattersBy letting events take their course?Can you step back from your own mindAnd thus understand all thingsDao de Qing, Ch. 10, from Laozi Things change, always.  What we thought today was so awful will seem less so with each...

The Sacred and Stillness

?The world is sacred. It can?t be improved. If you tamper with it, you will ruin it. If you treat it like an object, you will lose it. The Master sees things as they are, Without trying to control them. He lets them go their own way And resides at the center of the...

Classes for Spring & Summer 2021

Class for the instruction of Qigong and Taiji is offered on weekdays, and on Saturday and Sunday mornings. All teaching is individual, and at the convenience of the student for the fall and winter of 2020. Please use the Contact page to schedule your first class. No prior experience is required. Masks and distance are practiced.

Classes are held at 139 E. Quincy Street, with parking and access off E. Main Street between #384 and #396. A Meditation Garden is under construction at the training center, and the facility is open to the air while the garden is being built.

Classes are 75 minutes in duration, and begin with Qigong to encourage the flow of the body’s Qi. This is followed by one hour of Taiji instruction, with movements taught in sequence. The Water Taiji form is comprised of 33 movements, and in total takes approximately 10 minutes to perform. While that sounds simple, the form will take approximately 20 classes to learn, and then a lifetime to perfect.

I have been a student of Michael McGrath of Blue Heron Stillness since January 2020. In my opinion, Michael is an excellent teacher and is very knowledgeable in Taiji, QiGong, and Meditation. Since I started learning from him, I have noticed improvements in my overall health, focus, and flexibility. I look forward to learning more from him and I am very fortunate to be his student. 

Daniel T.

Qigong and Taiji

Qigong, exercise matched to breathing, circulates qi throughout the body. Taiji, a moving meditation, manages and directs the qi. Together, they are 2/3 of a Daily Daoist Longevity Practice. Shui Taiji, Water Taiji, is soft, slow and fluid, with 33 movements. Qi, developed in the legs, directed by the hips, manifested in the hands. It is the Taiji of the Five Immortals Temple on White Horse Mountain in Hubei Province, China.

Meditation

Meditation. Being both the observer and the observed.??The cultivation of stillness, cornerstone to a Daoist Longevity Practice. Cushions are provided for the open-air teaching. The meditation platform is in the midst of a Meditation Garden under construction that when completed will provide a tranquil and serene setting for instruction and practice. Instruction is offered individually in the meditation room.

Workshops & Lectures

If your business or civic group is looking for a speaker, or interested in a meditation workshop, I am available for engagement. Whether curious about Temple life, or meditation, or Daoism, or a daily practice for the cultivation of stillness, I can offer an entertaining presentation to satisfy curiosity and interest. I’ve spoken to artist and museum groups, as well as private businesses in the health care industry.