my story


My path has, right down it’s center, visual art.  I’ve been an artist in New York City for 25 years and believe that learning and creativity – whatever form they take – nurture us to the core of our spirit.  I use the power of imagery and metaphor in my practice and my teaching… It’s the visual imagery of Tao practice that first drew me in and it continues to inspire me after 18 years.

Alongside art, I’ve always been drawn to explorations of spirit. In 1972, I happened on a lecture by Alan Watts that pretty much exploded my mind.  I continued to poke around Yoga and Buddhism through the 70s and 80s—without much consistency or discipline—but I would always find myself returning to it.

In the mid-90s I fell in love with a rigorous martial art from Japan and trained in it for 18 years: Amagure no Sato Ryu Ninjutsu.  I retired in 2013, but continue to depend on the discipline, clarity and focus it distilled in me.  In 1999 I sought out other Tao practices to complement my martial training and began learning the Qigong, Neigong and Taiji of Universal Healing Tao.  I found them so transformative that I’ve been using them as my guide ever since.  They healed my chronic back pain and balanced my hormones.  They strengthened and rooted my physical body.  They grounded my emotional life and allowed me to shed tendencies that had obstructed me for years. Most of all, they offered a lens through which I could view my life and the universe… in a way that embraces nature, spirit and our human heart.

After many years learning these methods for myself, I expanded my practice first through teaching, then through energetic healing and medical qigong. In my current practice, healing and teaching are intertwined: I teach classes and courses in Qigong, Neigong and Taiji alongside my one-on-one training and healing practices and my students and clients take advantage of both.

To read more about my training & background:  {click this link}

the story of the tigers

When I first started helping my teacher, Masahiro, organize his classes, one of my tasks was to send email newsletters.  Back then, it was more difficult and tedious than it is now.  So to enjoy it more, I started collecting and including photographs of animals…  I soon narrowed it down to just tigers, because, well, tigers…  At the time, they were very endangered and on a whim I decided that maybe sending photos of them out into the email-ether on a regular basis might move someone to donate or volunteer to help them in ways I could not.  An impossible idea, but then the Tao does encourage us to respect the small as it may lead to the great.

brooklyn new york taichi qigong tiger

From Tao te Ching, Chapter 63:

…See simplicity in the complicated.
Achieve greatness in little things.

In the universe the difficult things are done as if they are easy.
In the universe great acts are made up of small deeds…

{photo of Miranda Maher (c) Michah Saperstein 2017}