Exploring Tantra Yoga – 3 Key Lessons

A few days ago, I returned to the world after spending nine days at a Tantra yoga retreat lead by Tantra masters, Ananda Sarita and Niten. It was one of the most powerful and transformational experiences I have ever had. I have always found that retreat style intensive training, offer the greatest opportunity for change and transformation, and this retreat was no exception.

Tantra is often associated and talked about as the yoga of sex, and in a lot of ways, it is. However, sex, as we know it in the West, and the way that is it practiced mostly these days is not the same approach as seen in Tantra. Therefore, while it does have a focus on sexual union, it offers a completely different and refreshing approach to sex.

Here is a free video of me explaining the 3 Key Lessons I learned from my experience.

1. Love, Honor & Respect

The first thing is that there’s no way of going back. There’s no way of going back to bad sex, bad communication, and dishonoring. So, I think that’s the main thing, is that it really teaches you how to treat relationships and sexual union with respect and with honor. Tantra is the science of respect, love and honor of your lover, and also your relationships in general.

2. Don’t Chase!

The second thing is when it does come to sexual union, it’s not about chasing the orgasm. So, I’ve mentioned this before in other courses and in books I’ve written is that one of the keys is not to chase orgasm because this whole thing of chasing orgasm really is a masculine, male-dominated, goal-orientated process. When you go into it with that, it’s like you don’t enjoy the journey. You’re going for the destination and missing so many other magical aspects if you’re chasing orgasm because you’re not in presence. Essentially, when you’re chasing a future outcome, you’re not going to be in presence because you’re just hankering, hankering, hankering. So, it teaches you to enjoy the journey, which is the Yin element and brings more power.

Essentially, when you’re chasing a future outcome, you’re not going to be in presence because you’re just hankering, hankering, hankering. So, it teaches you to enjoy the journey, which is the Yin element and with it, brings more power.

3. Tantra Can be Practiced Without Sex

There are many ways to practice Tantra without sexual union. There are many meditations (look up Osho meditations to get a better idea) that you can do with a friend or a loved one, or even a family member that will help them get in touch with male and female energies in their own body. Tantra is very powerful at helping anyone to become more familiar, more comfortable, more harmonic with male-female polarities.


I hope that helps in some way. More information is available in the free video posted above.

I’ll speak with you again soon. 🙂



Depression Sux: An Oriental Medicine Perspective

It is estimated that at least ten percent of the population in America, Australia and the United Kingdom are depressed and currently taking medications. It is also now estimated that over two million children in the United States alone, aged between four and fourteen are taking medications related to depression. 

If the best of pharmacology, technology and modern medicine was working, why are the numbers of prescriptions and people being diagnosed continuing to rise?

Medical pharmacology in the field psychiatry has only been around since the 1960’s whereas Traditional Chinese medicine has been around for over 2000 years. This makes Traditional Chinese medicine one of the most field-tested medicines on the planet. Because of this, it has a lot to offer in the treatment and understanding mind-body medicine, psychology and depression.

When I began my formal studies in Chinese medicine, light bulbs started to go off in my mind. While I had experienced depression myself for many years beforehand, it was only from studying the medical texts in Chinese medicine did the early signs and effective treatment of mild to moderate depression start to make sense. Since then, I have been on a quest to test, observe, research and now share the core message found in Chinese medicine in relation to depression.

My next book “Depression Sux: Understanding & Clearing Depression Using the Principles of Traditional Oriental Medicine” is set to be released November 2017 on Amazon.

Keep an eye out for it and be sure to sign up and connect to stay informed.


This book brings a new (and old) look into the root causes of mild to moderate depression and how to treat it in a way that is healthy, supportive and holistic.



How to Strengthen the Human Energy Field

The general rule here is to surround yourself with at least 80% of those things that support life into our daily life and reduce or avoid those things that cause stress or harm the human energy field.

To help give you a better understanding of this, I have created a list below that outlines those things that tend to weaken the energy field and those things that support or uplift it.

Harms Life Energy

General Attitudes

I win, you lose.

I want… I deserve….

I am better than…

Us vs. Them

They did this to me.

Why me? Poor me.

I give up. I can’t be bothered.

I could never do that.

Whining, complaining.

Impatient, intolerant, fearful, greedy



Demanding, manipulative, exploitative, disempowering, controlling, violent, abusive, dishonest



Rap, heavy metal, death metal, R&B, most pop music, most club dance music, some electronic



Horror, most action, revenge plots, anything that glorifies crime


TV Shows

Sitcoms, reality TV, commercial TV, news



Boxing, fighting, animal fighting, hunting



Packaged and processed foods, sugars, alcohol


Self Care / Hygiene

Chemical deodorants and perfumes, chemical toothpaste, chemical shampoos, hair spray, home and car deodorizers,



Addictions – gambling, drugs, alcohol, sex, power, drama, talking, food, shopping, video games


Supports Life Energy

General Attitudes

Let’s work together.

How can I help?

We are all different and there is no better than…

Somehow, I created this situation and I will take steps to change it.

There must be a better solution.

Let’s try again.

Appreciation, gratitude

Calm, patient



Supportive, honest, caring, good communication, generous, loving, giving, thoughtful, considerate, appreciative, inspiring



Acoustic, classical, folk, ambient, most easy listening, jazz, world music, happy go lucky



Most drama, nature, some documentaries, musical, comedy, some fantasy, some kids


TV Shows

Inspiring, some comedy, educational, some sports, cooking without competition



Soccer, golf, most martial arts, gym, walking, running, Olympics



Home cooked meals, fruits, vegetables, water, tea


Self Care / Hygiene

Natural soaps, essential oils, organic and natural shampoos, generally least amount of chemicals in products, tea tree, eucalyptus



Able to change and adapt without losing the balance of their mind. Lets go of trying to control others and life


I have seen many people (mainly health fanatics and natural therapists) go into a type of hysteria regarding this as they create so much anxiety and stress around trying to constantly avoid certain environments, foods, or things that may be harmful. The truth is that sometimes these things are unavoidable because we cannot control our environment 100% of the time, so sometimes we will be faced with it. So when we are, don’t lose the balance of your mind by creating stress and anxiety around it. Just accept it for now, keep calm, and when it changes, just move on with a smile. If you lose the balance of the mind and become very anxious about this, often, this causes more stress on your system than the actual environment itself.

Another exception to the general rule is that when any being reaches a highly evolved state of consciousness, they tend to transcend all the negative (and positive) effects of the external environment they are in because it appears that the external world has lost any power over them. Therefore, for these highly evolved beings, eating a McDonald’s Big Mac burger while listening to heavy metal music will probably have no ill effect on them.

The most powerful suggestion from the list that helps build up peoples’ life force is to take up some kind of regular martial arts or yoga practice. The martial arts most recommended are Kung Fu, Karate, Aikido or any martial art that acknowledges the human spirit and the existence of “Qi” or “Ki”. This kind of training will strengthen and ground the body, improve physical and psychological balance, and increase our sensitivity to our life force wisdom. For yoga, I would generally steer away from schools like Bikram and suggest studying less commercialised schools and styles such as Jivamukti, Yin yoga, Sivananda, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Oki-Do, Yoga in Daily life, Hatha, and Kundalini.


Any questions, let me know! 🙂

Silence Is Also Conversation

Silence is one of the best & clearest conversations you can have with anybody.


Speech comes from the head and tends to be clumsy. Yet, when you look someone in the eye, and they hold your gaze and are comfortable being silent with you – this is where true connection and conversation is.

(This is also one of the quickest ways to identify a soul-to-soul connection.)

Today, during one of your many conversations, when the conversation comes to an end or a still point, don’t try to fill it with more speech. Instead, look at them in the eye, be quiet and see what happens. If they relax into being quiet with you, see how long you can be quiet together. 


Silence is also conversation. ~ Ramana Maharshi



It’s OK to Feel Negative Emotions…


It’s OK to feel anger, sadness, fear, anxiety and similar negative feelings from time to time. It’s part of the human condition.

The problems kick in when we prolong the amount of time we spend in these states. In psychology, they call it “rumination.”

Fortunately, as conscious beings, we have the ability to move through and out of these negative states when they have run themselves through. We can use observation without reaction, we can re-frame, distract or move into actions (exercise, hobbies, etc.) that uplift our moods and help us to come out of negative rumination.

Unfortunately, a majority of our social scripts, from news media, TV dramas, and adult conversations are focused on placing continuous attention on these negative states which tend to prolong them into unbalanced and unhealthy psychological territory. (Feeling good and happy doesn’t seem to produce as much drama.)

Overall, it’s ok to feel off every now and then. It’s normal and it’s healthy. However, we must be wise enough to realize that we have the capacity and power to move through and let go of negative states and into more beneficial states when the time comes.

And, it has nothing to do with outside conditions like the state of the Government. If you expect Governments to make you feel better and fix all your problems, it’s never going to happen. Do not give your power away to outside conditions. Own it.


Not only will people around you benefit from your lack of “rumination,” but you yourself will benefit greatly from owning your own shit and consciously, actively, transforming it into Gold.


The Beauty of Morning Practice

Do you have a morning practice?

Why? Why not?

I’ve always been a big fan of mornings. They seem to have a clear and majestic feel to them. And, over the years, I have found that having a morning practice sets the “tone” for the day ahead.

Now, before I explain the details of my morning practice, I want to say 99.999% of humans are morning people, or “diurnal”, which is the fancy biological name for daylight creatures.

We are biologically wired to be daytime creatures – it has little to do with personality or psychology. It has everything to do with biology.

As soon as the sunlight hits our eyes and bounces around our brains, it triggers one of the most powerful glands in our system, the pineal gland, which floods our system with chemistry for awake, conscious, activated living.

These chemical systems trigger rhythms in our physiology. Our brain waves, our heart rate, and our breath respond to daylight and the lack thereof.

If you were to dig into the health of any long-term shift worker and people who stubbornly work against daylight living, I bet they have a smorgasbord of complicated health related conditions from anxiety, to insomnia to blood pressure issues and everything in-between. And most, if not all, of these health related conditions are largely contributed by their going “against the grain” of their natural biological systems.

It is ok to have a late night every now and then or have a phase when you go out of sync for a while; however, I would never advise living a night focused lifestyle for longer than a few months at a time, because after just a few months, things will usually go out of sync.


If one comes to be naturally waking early in the mornings, it is usually a sign of good health, good internal chemistry, and good internal biorhythms.


What happens to us when we sleep is another, somewhat complicated story. However, I will just summarise a few main points here. Each night when we sleep, we leave the body and enter the energetic realms. In these energetic realms, we can travel and receive insights and vast amounts of information. Many sources say we receive a “download” from our soul each night we successfully enter these energy realms.

So, when we come to wake into conscious awareness each morning, we are in a state of transferring the information and insights from the energy world into the physical world and throughout all the cells in our bodies.

Each morning when we wake, we move through an “afterglow” state as we transition from the energetic realms to the physical realms.  This “afterglow” is a similar state that every newborn baby experiences.


And, like a newborn baby, how would we treat it and nurture it as it enters this world?

With news reports of terrorism and homicides? With alcohol and drug use? With loud noises and arguments? Would we thrust a newborn baby into the rush hour of an urban environment first thing out of the womb?

Of course not.

Any sane person would provide a gentle, nurturing and quiet space for a newborn baby to feel safe and at ease. A safe, nurturing and quiet environment allows a new born baby to relax, play, grow and develop at their own pace.

This is the same approach we should take with ourselves each morning when we wake. Be gentle with yourself.  Slowly and caringly welcome yourself into your body and into the new day.

Listen to gentle, loving music. Take your time. Meditate, do yoga stretches, read some inspirational works, use affirmation, and even say a prayer. Treat yourself to a healthy and nutritious breakfast. When eating, eat mindfully. Minimise talking for the first hour and avoid the news or anything that may generate stress or unnecessary tension.

There is plenty of time left in the day for stress if you still crave it, so why burden your mornings with it?


Over the years, I have always had a morning practice that usually involves meditation and listening to music.

This is my current morning practice, which take around 10 minutes:

Current music choice: Snatnum Kaur channel on Pandora.

1. Nadi Shodhana Breathing for 5 minutes (single nostril breathing)


Breathing is, by far, the fastest way to adjust your chemistry and balance the nervous system. Learning to work with breath is essential for anyone interested in enhanced health and wellbeing.

2. Sound work – Chanting “A-O-M” at least 7 times.

Sound is one of the most powerful forces in the universe. A-O-M touches each of the fundamental tones that the universe resonates at. Activating these tones, helps to bring your own vibration into alignment, relaxes tissues in the body, warms up the vocal chords, and enhances the depth of breath. It is also amazing at “nulling” the mind into pure vibration.

3. Hands into prayer – 3 x Thank You

This sets up the energy field of gratitude, which is another powerful vibration to set yourself on.

  • The first thank you is for something very simple – like, thank you for the bed I slept in last night, the shelter over my head, the wind on my face, the warm clothes I have on.
  • The second thank you is for the life force that courses its way through my body and being. I become aware of the blood and energy flowing through my body and system, and I give tanks for such a gift of life.
  • The third thank you is for having such an awesome day. With this thank you, I get into the feeling of having a great day, making new friends, having a good flow of events, and being productive. I give thanks in a way that allows me to feel like it is inevitable.

After that, I bow and relax my posture and practice.


This 3-stage morning practice takes around 10 minutes. I seem to adjust my practice a little every few months as things shift, yet I rarely miss a day, and the average time for this practice can be anywhere from 10-30 minutes.


What does your morning practice look like?



What is E.F.T.?

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E.F.T. (Emotional Freedom Technique) is a form of mind + body + energy psychotherapy.

Traditional psychotherapy focuses on the mental layer and uses talk therapy primarily. Whereas the E.F.T. approach uses talk therapy while also working on the physical and energetic layers at the same time because an E.F.T. therapist sees them as intrinsically connected. We can access the extra layers of the mind, the physical and energy bodies by working with the acupuncture meridian system.

Acupuncture points are little pools of accumulated energy that are located on the meridians that run throughout the body. The meridians are described like rivers that distribute energy and life force around the body. In Chinese medicine they are called meridians, and in the yoga’s of India, they call them nadi’s.

With E.F.T., we can trigger healing by tapping on the acupuncture points which triggers a flush of energy and blood throughout the meridian system.

What makes E.F.T. unique compared to acupuncture or other energy medicine techniques, is that it has a conscious mental/emotional component added. Therefore making it potentially an effective treatment in a counseling and psychological context.

When a stressful state occurs in the body due to a traumatic event, the bodies energy systems can easily become “programmed” into a stressful state. So when the thought of that traumatic even is brought up again in the present, the body returns to that same programmed state. That’s why when we think of a past trauma, we instantly re-live that same stressful feeling.

Talking about a trauma, without addressing the underlying physical and energetic imbalance in the system, is often unfruitful and progress is slow.

However, if we address the physical and energetic imbalance in the meridians that is related to the traumatic event as soon as possible, the emotional intensity of that stressed state tends to dissolve and all associated unpleasant feelings, emotions and negative thoughts tend to disappear very quickly!

How does this happen?

  1. Firstly, we bring to mind a stressful thought or feeling which will quickly trigger an unpleasant energetic state in our body and meridian system.
  2. Then, we acknowledge the unpleasantness, and start to tap on the key acupuncture points.
  3. Then, we use some very focused words and sentences while we tap on the acupuncture points to help dissolve it and clear it from our system. (A trained therapist, like myself, can help you with this.)

What we find is that after following this procedure over a number of minutes, the intensity of stress around the stressful thoughts or the past traumatic event dissipate dramatically. In some cases all emotional intensity around the event dissolve completely, right there and then.

When we tap on the acupuncture points while holding a trauma in mind we are stimulating and re-organizing the meridians system to restore energetic balance, therefore “snapping it out” of its unbalanced, stressful program. After a series of sessions working with the E.F.T. technique, it has been found that same person brings to mind the previous traumatic event, there remains little to no emotional intensity or stress around that event.

This approach has been found to be very effective when working with:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Post Traumatic Stress
  • Body aches and pains that are still present after traditional medical testing and treatment have not provided relief


If you want to see if E.F.T. can help you, please book in a 30min Free Clarity Call with me by clicking here.


Here is a great video about E.F.T.

Speak soon 🙂


My Top 15 Anti-Aging Tips

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Just a quick post for you today.

Here are my TOP 15 anti-aging tips:


1. Don’t watch the news

2. Sit on the floor at least once a day

3. Go outside for a walk every day

4. Laugh often

5. Don’t take yourself (or the world) too seriously

6. Study the words of the mystics

7. Don’t follow the crowd

8. Eat a variety of food and only eat to 80% full

9. Keep learning, reading & trying new things

10. Dance whenever you can

11. When others move you deeply, tell them

12. Wake up early and do some kind of self cultivation practice

13. Don’t waste time arguing or talking to fools

14. Learn to enjoy your own company

15. Say “thank you” from the heart every day


Blessings 🙂


How to Treat Depression Without the Drugs… Let Me Explain

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(Disclaimer: This information is not intended to replace advice from your preferred medical practitioner.)

Depression is spreading throughout the world at an alarming rate. Over 10% of the population in the USA, UK and Australia are now popping anti-depressant medications and the numbers are on the rise.

Current modern medical approaches, primarily using pharmaceutical drugs and counseling methods like cognitive behavioural therapy (C.B.T.), are providing only average results. While treatments seem mostly ineffective or in some cases actually make people worse off, more people are being diagnosed with depression every day.

Indeed, it seems that we have a big problem on our hands… so it’s time to look for new (and old) approaches.

Well, I’m here to break up some myths and drop some serious bombshells about depression. 

I’m here to shine light onto a new approach to understanding mild to moderate depression and how to go about treating it more effectively.

I experienced depression myself for a number of years yet I successfully came out studying and practicing yoga, psychology and traditional Chinese medicine. Now, I come with good news!

I’m here to share with you an approach that is grounded in traditional Oriental medicine. Traditional Oriental medicine is one of the oldest forms of medicine on the planet, which comes with over 2000 years of field-testing experience.

Now, before we get into it, I kindly request that you read the full article before sending me angry messages or posting comments – because I know there are going to be a few. Any new idea that challenges convention tends to cause tension – hey, I get that, however somebody’s got to do it…


The first bombshell ~

Depression has little, or even nothing, to do with a chemical imbalance in the brain.

This is complete nonsense because firstly, there is much more to it than that (from environmental factors, to genetics, to nutrition, to exercise, to inner attitudes, to the energy fields one spends their time in, and more to which require a lot of time or even a book to fully explain) and secondly, most of the dopamine and serotonin they refer to as “the happy chemicals” are actually located in your guts, not your brain!

brain chemistryNow, this whole “chemical imbalance in the brain” was just a loose scientific theory to try to explain what depression was caused by. It’s still just a theory that was never fully proven or confirmed, yet it seems to have stuck, and hence we are now popping more and more chemical pills to try and plug up this so-called chemical imbalance.


The second bombshell ~

Mild to moderate depression is very easy to treat.

Let me first be clear here that we are talking about mild to moderate depression – not severe depression or clinically diagnosed mental illness.

The symptoms of mild to moderate depression I’m talking about are most commonly: moodiness, easy to anger or frustration, lack of energy, feelings of being lost, confusion, boredom, mild to moderate drug abuse and easily putting on weight.

So, how and why is this mild to moderate depression easy to treat?

Because in most cases, mild to moderate depression is usually due to, a word and concept that we never use in western medicine or psychology, “STAGNATION”.

Stagnation is used all throughout traditional Oriental medicine as well as in the field of yoga and Ayurveda. It is mentioned so often in these disciplines that it is one of the leading causes of most diseases.

Ok, great, so what does stagnation actually mean?

Stagnation means that the energy and blood of the body (and mind) has become sluggish, impaired and/or “stuck”. The ideal state for the human being to thrive in health and wellbeing, according to traditional medicines, is when the body and blood flows smoothly and efficiently through the system.

feeling stuckWhenever the flow of energy and blood becomes impaired, it starts to impair the body’s physiology, from blood pressure changes, muscle atrophy and sluggish digestion, right through to mental sluggishness, tiredness and yes, depression.

Could it be that simple? Yes.


The third bombshell ~

Feeling shitty and uncomfortable every now and then is normal and part of the human condition.

I think that mainly through advertising we are often painted a picture of the “ultimate happy and successful person” and told that being surrounded by comfort and pleasure is the sign of success.

Yet in truth, every successful person is successful because they have learned to manage and deal with feelings of being uncomfortable every now and then. There are times when being uncomfortable is just they way it is, for a short while anyway.

Meditation teaches us how to deal with feeling uncomfortable every now and then. Dealing with uncomfortableness is a sign of maturity and life wisdom. I’m not saying here to “put up with feeling like shit” or “shut up and deal with it”, I’m saying that sometimes you will experience feeling crap, and that’s normal as everyone experiences this. The key to moving through those occasional states is to watch it come up and then let it pass. What will tomorrow bring?

However, if these states don’t pass within a day, a few days or even a week, then you are most likely experiencing “stagnation,” and it’s time to get things moving…

A major point I want to make here is:

The sooner you catch onto “stagnation” and go about clearing it, the easier and quicker the body and mind is able to respond to it and clear it from the system.

The longer we ignore the “stagnation” or try and bomb it out with drugs, alcohol or incorrect treatment, the deeper the stagnation gets, and the more complex the depression becomes.

If we leave it for 6-12+ months, the depression will start becoming more complex and harder to treat, and there is the risk of it becoming “severe” depression, which would involve more inclination towards psychosis, clinical-level mental illness, insomnia, heart problems and so on.

Essentially, we want to prevent it getting this far, however if already at this level, we definitely need to seek advice, help and support from the best that both western and eastern medicine has to offer.


So there you have it. I’ve been dropping bombshells all over the place.

How does it feel? Does this approach make sense?


Time for a summery ~

Mild to moderate depression is likely be due to “stagnation” and not due to a chemical imbalance in the brain.

If you are experiencing “stagnation” triggered depression then:


Step 1 –

Exercise more

Find a movement-based exercise you enjoy. It could be yoga classes, tai chi or even dancing the tango. Whatever it is, do it at least 3 times a week to give that stagnation a good kick up the butt. To supercharge your stagnation-busting approach, get 3-10 sessions of acupuncture. This will massively speed up your progress.


Step 2 –

Mentally, intellectually and emotionally challenge yourself

If exercise doesn’t work or you are already doing lots of exercise, then it’s more likely you are experiencing stagnation on the mental (and emotional) level. Are you being challenged mentally and emotionally at your job and in your relationships? Do you feel like you’re growing and expanding the way you want to? Do you feel like the smartest person in the room? If so, maybe it’s time to find another room.

If not, it may be time to read more books, take on a new creative project, find a job that challenges you more or maybe start to reconsider who you are hanging out with. If you have a romantic partner, do you feel like you’re evolving and growing into a better, more aware, person because of it?


Step 3 –

Ask the big questions. Spend time in self inquiry.

If none of those prove helpful, it could be stagnation on the spiritual level. This involves asking yourself bigger questions like, “What is my relationship with God or the universe”, “Who am I?”, or, “What am I designed to do here on earth?” It may also be helpful to seek counsel from spiritual advisors and teachers to help you move your energy in this direction.

If the mild to moderate depression is due to stagnation, and you do go about clearing it with the suggested strategies, you will find that the depression will simply… DISSOLVE. This will result in all associated depressive thoughts and feelings simply disappearing of their own accord.

In fact, any disease triggered by stagnation will naturally dissolve whenever the stagnation is removed… it’s that easy.

Want a Step-By-Step System to Help Clear Your Depression?


If you want more support and guidance, I am offering a FREE 30min Clarity Sessions via Skype.

This 30min Clarity Session will help you identify what area of your life needs attention and what you can do right away to get it going in a more favourable direction.

Click here to learn more.


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Speak soon,

Michael H

5 Lessons From Kung Fu Training

As my final days of training in the Tienmeng Kung Fu academy, in the hills of Shandong, China, come to a close, I’ve been reflecting on some key lessons that  I’ve picked up from my short, yet intense, time here.

And this is what I’ve come up with…

1. If you don’t have strength, use speed

The good news is it is possible to defend yourself against a 6 foot 5 inch monster built like a tank. How? The key is speed. A quick jab or flurry of jabs to the neck or balls, and it’s game over, monster man.

This teaching comes from the Wing Chun school of Kung Fu, which emphasises speed and efficiency over strength, especially in close combat situations. The story of the origins of Wing Chun is somewhat fairytale and epic.

It is said that a group of martial arts masters gathered to work out a super-efficient and effective martial arts style that could be taught quickly to the monks of the temple, because they were increasingly under threat from foreign invaders, local warlords, and bandits. After the local warlord heard of the meeting and new potential threat, he sent in his troops and wiped out all masters, except a female nun, who escaped. She took shelter in a nearby cave, where she continued to work on and develop this new style. After some time, a local village girl discovered this nun and, realizing her background as a martial arts master, sought her help in defeating a terrible man forcing her to marry him. The nun went to the man with a challenge; if this girl with whom he wanted to marry could defeat him in a hand to hand fight, she would not have to marry him. Laughing at the challenge, he accepted.

The nun then trained the girl in effective techniques, and when the time came for the duel, the girl had the man flat on his back in just a few seconds. This girl became the first student in the lineage of Wing Chun Kung Fu, which then got handed down from generation to generation, eventually reaching Bruce Lee many centuries later.

The full story is told in this video I recently recorded – check it out…

A well-trained wing chun martial artist can unleash around 8 punches per second! Wow!


2. Stretch every day

If you want more flexibility, it requires stretching every single day. Unfortunately, there is no shortcut to this.

In a conversation with another student, who is a trained physiotherapist, it was revealed that it’s not the muscle that is tight; it’s the neuro-muscular receptors at the muscle that is registering “stress” and therefore telling the muscle to lock up for protection.

Therefore, the stretching is a way of teaching and re-programming the nervous system that it is “safe” and the muscle can be released.


3. Repetition, repetition, repetition

Whenever you learn a new movement, whatever it may be, there is an engaged mental “learning” process involved, which takes a lot of your attention. Then, after repeating the movement again and again, eventually it will get embedded into your system, and then the mind that was previously occupied with the learning process will be freed up and be able focus on other things.

If you want to get good at anything, repeat, repeat, repeat until it becomes a no-brainer.


4. All kinaesthetic training helps

This refers to the observation that all movement-based training contributes to other movement-based Kung fu in Chinatrainings. When I was 20, I practiced Capoeira for 4 years, yet I haven’t practiced it for 10 years. However, for some Kung Fu kicks, the capoeira training re-emerged without effort and gave my kicks a lot of unexpected power. It is the same with the yoga; some of the yoga training came up in my Qi Gong and so on.

Therefore, all physical, kinaesthetic training overlaps and will benefit all other forms of training. Therefore, training is never wasted, so keep building up your physical movement dynamics – It all helps.


5. A relaxed body helps qi, speed, power, memory, and learning

When you learn new things, if you can relax your body and mind, it’s much easier to pick things up. It also helps your Qi move more easily throughout your body, offering better blood circulation and overall body relaxation. In Kung Fu, you go from hard “active” movements, followed by soft relaxed movements. When both are present, the practice becomes powerful, yet relaxed. Explosive, yet controlled.

In this way, your practice becomes dynamic, yet nurturing. Moving from intensity to relaxation and back again repeatedly is one of the keys to good health and vitality.



I am seeing how this training is already carrying over and expressing itself into my yoga practice. There is a feeling that my yoga will naturally take on a more martial arts dynamic which I think is exciting and is  something that my students will likely see in the coming months!

So, if you are looking for a good “kick up the butt” to gain more flexibility, discipline, and feel more capable of defending yourself if any self-defense situation arose, then consider studying Kung Fu in China.

It’ll rock your world!