Saturday, August 13, 2011

Amma Tour, Acupuncture, and Medical Qigong Courses

Greetings everyone,

In this update:

*** Amma Tour Reflections
*** Acupuncture Treatments
*** Upcoming Events

*** Amma Tour Reflections

This summer, I've once again had the incredible grace and fortune to travel with Amma, the great Indian saint who has dedicated her life to humanitarian work and spiritual upliftment. Tirelessly, for over 30 years, she has traveled around the world giving darshan, seeding and managing countless humanitarian projects and helping people from all walks of life, regardless of religion, color, or background. To be in the presence of this remarkable woman, is like stepping into a river of love and compassion. 

Amma's simple message of love, compassion and service has been a guiding light to me for many years now, and I continue to feel truly grounded in her work. In a world that is so often lacking of true open heart communication and relating, having her presence always reminds me of what is important in life, and that is to risk living with an open heart and with dedication to the simple values that she represents and embodies in her actions. Other than that, words can't even begin to describe the kind of transformation that happens on tour. It is a total immersion in another plane of reality, where different principles and truths seem to operate, or perhaps we see the truth more clearly that is so obstructed in regular life. Either way, she truly brings out the best in all of us.

*** Acupuncture Treatments

As many of you know, I've been practicing medical qigong for about 12 years now. However, to supplement my medical qigong practice, 3 years ago I entered a four year Chinese herbology and acupuncture training program, and over the next year I will be completing my clinical internship training in these two new areas of study. To fulfill my training, I will be offering acupuncture treatments at the Five Branches clinic in San Jose. I will be available in the clinic starting August 23rd, every Wednesday from 9 am to 4 pm, and Thursdays from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm. Appointments can be made by calling the clinic at (408) 260-8868.

I will be able to combine medical qigong with acupuncture (and herbs if necessary) during these treatment sessions, and I really look forward to blending these medicines! Cost wise, this will turn out great for people, because not only are internship clinic treatments very affordable, but the school is also offering a special to all new patients for the first three treatments. Please contact me for details about the new patient discount.

*** Upcoming Events

Medical Qigong Levels 1 & 2 at Five Branches University San Jose campus (32 CEUs each):

Level 1
Interested in directing body movement, breath and the mind to facilitate self healing? Medical qigong level 1 offers ample opportunity to learn a powerful self healing practice, while also diving into some of the ideas behind Daoist energetic medicine. This is an experiential and theoretical course that fully explores Daoist self cultivation practices for health and well being.
Sundays Aug 28, Sept 11 & 25, Oct 9; 9 am - 6 pm (32 hours/CEUs)

Level 2
Powerful Daoist meditations are taught to unveil one's intuitive capacities and direct them towards energetic healing. This course is a mix of experiential and theoretical knowledge and wisdom directed towards applying qigong for healing self and others.
Sundays Oct 23, Nov 6 & 13, Dec 4; 9 am - 6 pm (32 hours/CEUs)

For registration contact Five Branches Extension program at
MTCM students register with Gina Huang.

Insight Meditation South Bay (IMSB)
With Tom Leichardt and Shaila Catherine
Both retreats will be held on Saturdays, from 9:30 am – 5 pm
* Nov 12, 2011
* Feb 11, 2012
For more information:

I generally like to write more during these updates, but for the life of me I'm just not in a writing space. Hopefully next time I can put together some delightful insights about energetic practices. I've been feeling many new directions over the summer but it is still too soon to write about them. What I am really learning is that when you get the inside right, the outside comes together in a most beautiful way.

Wishing you all the best!

Tom (Yogeshwar)

Where there is Love, there is no effort. 

Tom Leichardt, DMQ (China)