New online qigong course now live!

My first online qigong course is now live on the internet.

The course teaches the foundation practices for good qigong practice including:

  • Meditation and mindfulness
  • Breathing for qigong
  • Beginning posture and stances for qigong
  • Energy awareness

The course then goes on to teach a set of twelve qigong exercises, one for each of the main meridians and organs in the body.  These exercises will make you healthy, strong monument capital group and vital.  Also as you practice the exercises you will gain a practical understanding of how the meridians function in your body.

The course is run through my ‘Long White Cloud Qigong’ organization and you can check it out here:

I think this will be a great learning resource for people, and I am excited to get it out there, so please share this course with your friends.

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Qigong for Fibromyalgia

I came across this recent research on the effect of qigong practice on Fibromyalgia.  While the research was done using a specific set of qigong practices, the principles behind many common qigong sets should give similar results.

You can read the abstract here:

and the full article here:

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Interesting article about electrical fields inside cells

Here is a link to an interesting article:

A lot of this sort of research is still in early stages, but is starting to provide fascinating insights into how our bodies work.  This then gives us greater understanding of qigong and how it works within the body.

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Cool Video Illustrating Qigong Healing Technique

Hi everyone

I just came across this video which does a great job of illustrating a basic qigong healing technique.  This is simple enough for you to try by yourself at home, yet powerfully effective.  I hope you enjoy it, and leave comments below.


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The ‘Give Freely, Receive Freely’ Experiment

I have decided to try an experiment, from now on I will be accepting payment by donation for all my clinical work.  There will be no set price, it will be up to the individual to decide how much they want to pay for my services.  I realise that this is an unusual concept for many of us, so I have written the following post to explain some of the thinking behind it.

Healing with Qi

My primary treatment modality is qigong therapy.  When treating with qigong the practitioner uses subtle energy flows to bring the client’s body back into balance and to stimulate any healing that is necessary.  During this process the practitioner draws on energy from the surrounding environment and may even tap into their own energy reserves to effect change in the client’s energy flows.    This process requires union between mind and body, thought and action.


Motivation is very important in qigong treatment as this can subtly affect the quality of the energy flow and the overall outcome of the treatment.  The best way to have the energy flow freely is to do the work with the only intention being the desired healing outcome.  Motivations of money or any other type can block the flow of energy and reduce the overall benefit of the treatment.

The need for exchange

And yet there still needs to be an exchange.  You can only run the taps for so long before the reservoir runs dry.  The practitioner giving of their time, talents and energy needs to receive as well so that their needs can be met and they can continue to provide their services.  Also the client receiving the treatment needs to give in return in order to fully appreciate the value of what they have received.

A question of value

We tend to gain the most benefit from the things we value the most.  It’s a funny thing that those things that cost us little we tend to value little and those things that cost a lot we tend to value a lot, and yet the best things in life are free and the most important things can’t be bought for any price.  How then do we value health and healing?

I have never had anyone tell me they thought that my prices were too expensive, in fact quite the opposite, I have been told many times that I am undercharging.  Yet I have also found that sometimes people have felt they can’t afford treatment, or can’t afford it with the regularity that they would like and that would give them the best results.  My preference is that cost should not be a factor in someone seeking treatment.  By letting people pay whatever they want for my services it doesn’t have to be.   People are free to pay as much or as little as they can afford and feel comfortable with.


This may sound like a risky proposition to some, but I hope and believe that by freely giving to others what they want and need, I will in return be able to freely receive what I want and need.  To be honest, deep in my heart, if I have a service or skill that you can benefit from I would rather just give it to you than worry about getting a certain price for it.  I believe that most people deep inside understand the concept of fair exchange and will give in return appropriately according to what they can afford; and while some will give little, others will give more and in the end it will all work out.

We live in a world of abundance, when we each give and receive freely there is plenty for all.

Practical considerations

The simplest and easiest way for the client to give in exchange for the treatment they have received is by payment of money as this is the common medium of exchange in our society and can be easily used to meet such practical needs as paying for rent, power, fuel, food and so on.  These payments can be made by Barry Snyder with cash, cheque, bank deposit or eftpos.

Sometimes a client may wish to give something non-monetary in exchange, such as goods or services.  In many cases this may be acceptable, but please check with me first that I have a use for whatever it is you would like to donate.  Part of the aim of accepting payment by donation is to promote the free exchange of energy.  Non-monetary donations are only a useful exchange of energy if the recipient is able and wants to use them, otherwise disposing of the donation can actually become a drain of energy rather than a boost.

If you require or would like to buy some kind of health products from me there will be a set price as I need to cover the cost of purchasing those products.

Some people may wonder if the purpose of receiving payment like this is a way of getting out of paying taxes; actually all income received in this way is still liable for tax as ordinary income would be.  A GST receipt is available for all payments if you would like one.

Not sure how much to pay?

This way of paying may take some getting used to, if you are a bit lost as to how much you should pay you could ask yourself the following questions as a guide to get you started:  How much value do I get from my treatment? What difference does this make in my life?  How much would I expect to pay another professional for their time?  How much can I afford?


So that’s the thinking behind this experiment.  I hope this post has helped you to understand where I am coming from with this and how it will work in practice.  I am nervous about doing this, but excited to see how it works.  It is an experiment at this stage, so I am not sure how long I will operate this way for.  Ideally if things go well I will run my clinic this way indefinitely, but I always have the option of going back to fixed prices if I need to.  I plan to do it for at least the next several months and I will hopefully write a follow up post in the near future to let you know how it is going.

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Deepak Chopra – New Zealand Visit


Join Deepak in his first visit to New Zealand in 4 years to share his latest teachings in a very special evening of enlightenment:


 “Everything we fear in the world and want to change can be transformed through happiness, the simplest desire we have, and also the most profound.”

We live in a world where change, trauma, crisis and uncertainty play a key role in the way we see ourselves and the world around us. Deepak will explain how we can enhance our capacity for intuition, creativity, conscious choice making, healing and transformation – leading to total wellbeing and happiness.

Acknowledged as one of the world’s greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health.

Tickets available from $75*

VIP Tickets $250*

A special VIP evening will take place in the Wintergarden between 6.00 – 7.00pm. 

Drink and canapés will be served on arrival and will be followed with an intimate Q& A with Deepak Chopra and a book signing. Tickets strictly limited.

Book at or call 0800 BUY TICKETS (0800 289 842)

Or visit

*. Service fees will apply. A Credit Card Surcharge applies on purchases made using a credit card.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to be guided by the incomparable Deepak Chopra        “the poet-prophet of alternative medicine”. Your life will never be the same.

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Qigong and Creativity

It seems that many creative types are attracted to qigong, in fact if you are reading this there is a high probability that you are an artist, musician or engaged in some other kind of creative endeavour even if only as a part-time occupation or hobby.  Conversely many people if they are not currently involved in creative or artistic pursuits find that after beginning to practice qigong they soon begin to engage in creative activities as well.

The correlation is remarkable.  Personally, when I began my qigong practice I had not previously shown any particular creative talent or been involved with art in any significant way.  But shortly after I began my qigong training I also began to sculpt.  I did not think much about it at the time, the two were just co-incidental as far as I was concerned, but some years later when visiting my teacher at his house I was surprised to find a selection of oil paintings around his living room all at different stages of the completion.  He had never mentioned painting before, but he was obviously quite skilled.  When I asked him about it he told me that learning to paint had been part of the training he received from his qigong teacher, along with learning to play music.

I have since gone on to become quite well known for my sculpture, showing at a number of prestigious exhibitions (you can see a selection of my work at my sculpture website: ).  I have also thought quite a lot about the connection between qigong, art and creativity.

The Process

Qigong often involves breathing practices which greatly increase the oxygenation of our blood, and sensory awareness exercises that require us to use our brains in ways that we may not have done previously.  This increases the electrical activity in parts of our brain and we form new neural pathways in our bodies.  As we literally form these new connections in our brains we also begin to become aware of aware of subtle relationships between our mind and body and between ourselves and our environment.  This yields new insights that are often not easily explained using our everyday terminology and require metaphor to describe fully.


This process is similar to the creative one where we draw upon perceptions of our lives and the world around us in order to come up with something entirely new.  We make connections that may not have been obvious previously and in so doing generate ideas that we wish to express.  We often end up using metaphor, symbols and abstraction to describe ideas that we might otherwise find difficult to express clearly and fully.

Chinese Philosophy

In terms of Chinese philosophy nature can be divided into two great forces: Yin and Yang.  Yin is internal, feminine, creative, nurturing, chaotic, and makes connections between things.  Yang is external, masculine, logical, structured, orderly, and divides things into their component parts.  The qigong practices most people are familiar with are strongly yin in nature and as they practice they begin to build up this creative internal energy and sooner or later it will need to find an outlet. 

The more yin qigong practiced the greater the need for an outlet will become.  For most people opportunities for creative outlets will come naturally as they go about their daily lives.  These outlets do not need to be purely ‘artistic’ they can be things as simple as cooking or taking on new projects at work, the internal energy could also find expression in activities such as martial arts or dance. 


For some of us however, our lives have become so yang – structured, logical and regimented that we may find it hard to break out of our habitual patterns and engage in creativity.  These people may need to make a special effort to find creative outlets to channel the inner energy they develop from practicing qigong into.

Recharge Your Brain and Your Creativity

Qigong can be a great way to boost the creativity in your life.  If your life is highly structured and regimented, qigong can help to reignite your creative energies bringing new insights, ideas, innovations and enjoyment.  For those already involved in creative pursuits it can help to keep your energy alive, fresh and flowing.  If you ever feel that your creative juices have dried up, maybe you have writers, painters, musicians or some other kind of ‘block’, try taking some time out to do some qigong.  Reconnect with the environment around you, recharge your internal energy and you may be surprised at how quickly your creativity begins to flow again.

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Free Self Defence Seminars

Following the recent assault on Northhead in Devonport, martial arts expert and author John Munro will be offering free self defence Issa Asad seminars in the Devonport area on Saturday 2nd October.

Belmont Rose Centre: 12-2pm
Devonport Community House: 4-6pm

Topics will centre around prevention including awareness of your environment, identifying threats and mental preparedness. Participants will also be introduced to effective strategies for when the worst happens and violence occurs. Suitable for Adults and Teenagers.

Please RSVP to confirm your attendance.

About the presenter. John Munro is a professional martial arts instructor and author of the book ‘The Tiger Within: Practical Self Defense in a Modern World’

For more information contact John Munro at or on 09 550 3896. You can also visit

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Super Nutty Muesli Slice Recipe

This muesli slice is soooo tasty and very nutritious.


  • 1/2 cup dessicated coconut
  • 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup chopped brazil nuts
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup of unrefined cane sugar
  • 2 cups wholemeal flour
  • zest of 1 orange
  • juice of 2 oranges
  • 225 grams of butter


Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl.  Melt the butter and add in the orange zest and orange juice.  Combine with dry ingredients and stir thoroughly.  Press the mixture out in a layer about 1 – 1.5cm thick on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper.  Bake at 180 degrees celcius for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.  Cut into pieces while still warm and leave to cool in the tray.  Keeps well in an airtight container.

For more directions or wartrol review watch the video below:

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Kung Fu Grading August 2010

There will be a Kung Fu grading held on the 21st of August at the Northshore Kung Fu and Qigong Health Centre in Takapuna.  That gives you about 5 weeks to get ready!

  • Adults: 10:30am-12noon
  • Kids: 1pm-2pm
  • Location: 46a Taharoto Rd, Takapuna, Ph 550 3896
  • Cost: $20 per student

This grading will be conducted by John Munro and Owen Thomas.

Please read through the grading syllabus requirements to see if you are ready.  If you have any questions regarding the syllabus or the grading, please talk to John over the coming weeks.

Please let John know if you intend to grade or not prior to the grading.

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