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CHRISTOPHER ANDERL

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Christopher Anderl’s approach to teaching Tai Chi and Qigong is unique in many ways. He combines a great deal of formal academic training with practical experience in body, mind, and spirit healing and integration techniques. Chris attended Whitman College, Stanford University, and the California Institute of Integral Studies while completing degrees in Psychology and Asian-Comparative Philosophy and Literature. He has done extensive research in cross-cultural perspectives on Healing, Nature, and Ecology. He teaches from the perspective that we humans are Nature attempting to know itself, and that Tai Chi and Qigong are some of the most effective means of doing so. To describe his evolutionary and revolutionary approach to natural health, growth, and awareness, Chris coined the term Embodied Ecology. It stands for centered awareness and integration of the many frequencies of energy we call Body, Mind, and Spirit, and their harmonious interplay with our surroundings. It refers to the wisdom beyond thinking and worrying about our health and the state of the world, and into a grounded presence of our being. From this place of centeredness, we are better able to take effective action, or no action, as the case may be. Chris likes to quote the ancient sages, who said that in order to know the world, one must first know oneself; therefore, before attempting to govern the world, we need to demonstrate our ability to govern our own bodies, minds, and spirits first. The disharmony in the world today are the result of humans wielding powers beyond their abilities. He encourages us to "begin with ourselves in bringing harmony to ourselves and the world."

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