Program Host: Vicki Dello Joio
8:30 - 9:30 PM Eastern
This talk will introduce the teachings of Master Hu Yaozhen (1887-1973), a medical qigong doctor and teacher. His qigong was characterized by Stillness in Movement and Movement in Stillness. His primary teachings centered on ‘Keeping the Mind On’ practices. These are quiescent practices that are equivalent to our modern mindfulness practices. Kevin will provide several definitions of mindfulness meditation and descriptions of different kinds of mindfulness practices: mindfulness of breathing, physical movement, and qi/energy movement.
Master Hu’s mindfulness practices focus on the dantians. Kevin will compare the modern locations with the locations that Master Hu identified. Master Hu also applied quiescent or deep relaxation practices which we will explore. Finally, we will explore Master Hu’s three mindfulness practices: Mindfulness of the Middle Dantian, the Mingmen, and the Lower Dantian. If time allows, we will practice Master Hu’s Mindfulness of the Middle Dantian technique.
Kevin Siddons, Ed.D. is presently retired.During his career he was an epidemiologist with the Lehigh Valley Hospital Health Studies Department (2.5 years), and Supervisor of Outcome Studies and Research at Kidspeace (5 years) in Pennsylvania where he also briefly taught at Temple University’s Department of Health Education.
Kevin began practicing qigong in 2011 and teaching in 2015. He teaches the 15Taiji Movements Qigong of Master Jiao Guorui, the 5 Animal Frolics of Master Jiao, Hunyuan Qigong of Master Feng Zhiqiang, Yi Jin Jing, 18 Buddha Hands, andan adaptation of Master Chen Xiang’s 13 Postures Taiji form.
To make old Chinese books on Qigong and Taiji availablein English, Kevin collaborates with a translator. He is presently working onMaster Dai Yetao’s 5 Animal Frolics and preparing to begin teaching them. Kevin has already written one book on Master Jiao’s 5 Animal Frolics Qigong and iswriting a second one on Master Jiao’s 15 Taiji Movement Qigong.
In recent years, Kevin has been studying with Dr. Henry McCann, an acupuncturist in New Jersey. Dr. McCann is a 12th generation lineage holding disciple of Chen Style Taijiquan, a 3rd generation lineage disciple of Hunyuan Chen Style Taijiquan and a disciple of a Qigong lineage transmitted by Hu Yaozhen that originated with the Daoist Immortal Chen Tuan. Dr. McCannhas worked with Kevin to revive the qigong forms and teachings that he has had translated. Now, with several texts translated, Kevin finds it very exciting to realize that there is so much more to learn and practice. Qigong and Taijiquanare arts that one can practice for a lifetime and always discover something new about oneself and the outer world.
Since 2018, Kevin teaches at several locations in Bethlehem PA in person andvia Zoom. https://www.gentleqigong.net/