Blue Heron Stillness

Instruction in Qigong, Taiji and Meditation, the skills used in the Cultivation of Stillness.

Michael McGrath

Qigong, Taiji & Meditation Instructor

A Taiji practitioner for over 30 years, I have trained with a Master in Boston, and a Daoist Priest at my temple in China – The Five Immortals Temple, on White Horse Mountain, in Hubei Province – where I lived as a monk. I am engaged in a Daoist Longevity Practice of daily Qigong, Taiji, Meditation and devotionals, a vegetarian diet and periodic fasting. My Temple name is Cheng Tong, a name that means “Honest Boy.”

My Abbott and I are standing in front of the entrance to the main Temple complex in this picture.

Trained in Boston and at a Daoist Temple in China

Teaching Since 2006

All classes are individual and open air on a training platform in the midst of a meditation garden

Instruction offered 6 days a week, morning, afternoon and early evening

Available as Guest Lecturer for Business Seminars and Workshops

Instruction In


Slow, soft movements, matched to breathing. Begins by ridding the lungs of stale inhalations, and cleansing the mind and spirit of clutter. Continues with the intake of fresh inhalations and the gathering of energy into the body. Finally, it moves the energy, what we call qi, throughout the body to foster good health, creating a sense of body well being. At the temple, we begin each day with 90 minutes of qigong.


Water Taiji, a soft, smooth and continuous shadow boxing form that includes both defensive and offensive stances and postures.

It is practiced with clear intent, each movement with a specific purpose, to harness the body’s energy, its qi, into a single point for the delivery of that energy to an intended target.

Finding circles, shifting weight, hip turns, a moving meditation, managing and delivering qi.

The Supreme Ultimate.


“Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The cultivation of stillness, cornerstone to a Longevity Practice. As you sit, allow all thoughts to drop off. Let them go and do not attach to them.

The quieter you become, the more you can hear.

As ChuangTzu said: “The universe and I came into being together, and I and everything therein are one.”

Ready to Make a Change?

Learn the temple skills used to cultivate stillness. Schedule a class to see if Taiji is for you.