As a child, I developed a secretive practice I would do by myself that always made me feel great and help me out when things were rough. While other kids where playing soccer and other games, I used to go to a quiet place away so no one would see me and do my own practice. I would run energy through my body and connect with the energy all around me and visualize what I like to see in my life. It was very meditative, strengthening and enlivening.
When I was 12 years old my father contracted brain cancer. It was very hard to see my father go through hard treatments until he died two years later. This was when my own secret practice got more developed and became essential to my emotional and physical health and well-being.
Later on in life I graduated from Architecture school and became an architect. Working as an architect long hours in a foreign country I developed a stress condition. This is when I searched for help...
When I met my Qi Gong teacher for the first time I had a big a-ha moment. I felt deeply connected to what he taught and knew from this moment, this is what I need to be doing and sharing with the world. I know this practice!! It was similar to what I used to do as a child.
During that same first Qi Gong workshop, several Qi Gong practitioners came up on stage and were talking about how the healed very quickly, within months from different chronic conditions including cancer and auto-immune disorders. I was intrigued and wanted to learn more.
I read many books about Qi Gong and Chinese Medicine. I went to every Qi Gong workshop, class and retreat in my area! Later on, I sought teachers abroad and flew across the world to see them. I got to learn some very demanding and high level Qi Gong practices. I also went to different meditation retreats, some were silent and weeks long. Some incorporated sitting in darkness for many hours each day.
This is when I got a deep internal knowing about a new direction in my life. I slowly started to share what I've learned from my teachers and from within with my community, here in the Bay Area, California.
Eli brings an array of mind-body energy practices, and a wealth of insight to his teaching of the ancient wisdom practice of Qi Gong. He draws from various powerful Qi Gong schools, Medical Qi Gong, Martial Arts, Tao Yin (Chinese Yoga), as well as Buddhist and Taoist styles of meditation.
Eli studied with master teachers in the USA and abroad for over 10 years, and shares this powerful practice with great enthusiasm and love. Known for his approachable and dynamic style of teaching, He teaches classes and facilitates workshops regularly around the San Francisco Bay Area.
Eli formulates special programs geared toward stress management for organizations like: Google Inc., Stop Aids Project SF, Department of Aging and Adults, City of San Francisco and more. Working with various crowds allows him to develop a flexible practice methodology, with an emphasis on addressing each group’s flow and needs.
Eli may be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more, read Eli's interview with SF Yoga Magazine