National Qigong Association

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Over the weekend of August 17 – 22, I attended the NQA’s annual conference. I had a great time and met some very interesting people.

I was also installed as a member of their board of directors and became a member of their education and research committee. On that Saturday, I gave a workshop on developing the right structure to optimize the flow of your Qi. It was well received and was given high marks from all who attended.

Swami Buaji

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My Guru, Yogiraj Swami Buaji, M.H.Y., left his body yesterday in a hospital near Bangalore, India. He was one of the greatest exponents of Hatha Yoga. He received his title of Maharajah of Hatha Yoga from Swami Sivananda, himself in the early 1950’s for demonstrating what many consider the highest level of advancement in Hatha Yoga, Kechari Mudra.

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