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February 2024 - Qigong and Zero Balancing The Yin and Yang Between Energy and Structure

Program Host: Vicki Dello Joio

February 1st, 2024

8:30 – 9:30 PM Eastern

After receiving my first Zero Balancing touch modality session, I wanted to become a practitioner. When interacting with my first client, I realized that, for me, Zero Balancing is the Tao of healing. In the source, as profound and yet as subtle as Lao Tzu’s 81 chapters of his Tao Te Ching, one reads: “The Tao that can be spoken of is not the real way. That which can be named is only transient. In nothingness you will see its wonders. The Tao is empty. However,if you use it, it can never be exhausted.” This was and is my experience of Zero Balancing.

The underlying similarity between Zero Balancing and Qigong is that both techniques are about balancing the body’s energy field, the constant interplay of Yin and Yang. The distinction between Zero Balancing and Qigong is that the former affects the bones while the latter involves the energy field. Zero Balancing acts on the core of the individual at the densest part of their being, versus influencing one’s own or someone else’s energy field. The Zero Balancing sequence is like a farmer preparing the field before planting the seeds. Although Zero Balancing can stand on its own as a complete system, when Qigong techniques are applied, it moves the session to a more profound level. In my experience, Zero Balancing is the most effective technique to move energy that has been blocked or compromised in the skeleton. Transitioning from a Zero Balancing session into one where Qigong healing techniques are applied, Qigong has the ability to integrate this energy back into the individual’s field.

Karl Ardo

Karl Ardo has been studying several types of Chinese disciplines, including Medical Qigong, Tai Chi, meditation, and energy work since 1974. He started teaching Qigong in Columbia, Maryland in 1984. He became a certified Zero Balancer in 2007, specializing in structural energy balancing sessions. Karl has been a member of the National Qigong Association since 1998 where he is now recognized as a Level III Advanced Qigong Instructor and a Clinical Practitioner. In 1999, Karl was certified as a Medical Qigong instructor by the Qigong Empowerment Association founded by the accomplished authors of Qigong Empowerment: A Guide to Medical, Taoist, Buddhist and Wushu Energy Cultivation, Grandmaster Shou-Yu Liang and Wen Ching Wu.

Over the years, Karl has taught at many venues in and around Columbia, Maryland, such as the Baltimore Center for Wellness, the Kennedy Krieger Institute, the World Martial Art, the Columbia Yoga Center, and the Tai Sophia Institute. He has had the honor and pleasure to host Qigong guest teachers including Professor Zhang Guangde, Lin Lin Choy, Ken Cohen, Mark Johnson, Solala Towler, Daisy Lee, and Damo Mitchell.