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LINDA GERSON

Linda Gerson has been a practitioner of Tai Chi and Chi Gong since 1992. She is a Certified Tai Chi Instructor through the American Tai Chi and Qi Gong Association (ATCQA). Linda is a Licensed Massage Therapist and holds a BA in Alternative Education from Bennington College, Bennington, VT.

Training in Tai Chi and Chi Gong

1992 to 1994: A two year intensive study and practice of Tai Chi Yang Style Short Form, with Sifu Tom Bailey, a direct disciple of Master Chen Man Ch'ing.
1994 to Present: Ongoing intensive study with Master Chungliang Al Huang, founder of Living Tao Foundation. Studies in Tai Chi movement, Chi Gong, Eastern Philosophy, and Calligraphy.
1998 to 2003: Taught Tai Chi and Chi Gong at The Oceanway Center For The Healing Arts, and the Senior Center, in Gold Beach, Oregon.
2013 to Present: Ongoing, intensive study and practice of Bajiquan, Tai Chi, Chi Gong, and Meditation, under the guidance of Master Deng Ming-Dao.
Licensed Massage Therapist since 1993: Linda has completed over 1500 hours of course study in Therapeutic Deep Tissue Massage, Reflexology, Shiatsu, Acupressure, Tai Chi Body Mechanics and Anatomy. She is a also a Reiki Practitioner.

Linda has a deep desire to assist others in their health and well-being, and has absolute conviction in the healing benefits of daily Tai Chi and Chi Gong practice. She is focused and highly energetic in her approach to learning and teaching. Most of her time is now spent in Santa Cruz County, offering group classes. She is available for seminars, workshops, and private lessons.

Linda's Mentors

Chungliang Al Huang, internationally acclaimed Taijiquan master and educator, teaches Tai Chi philosophy, East/West synthesis, and the art of Tai Chi movement. He is the founder-president of the Living Tao Foundation and director of Lan Ting Institute in the Sacred Mountains of China. Throughout his career, Master Huang established many close friendships with highly regarded philosophers and scholars of our time. Notably, his colleague and collaborator, Alan Watts, mythologist Joseph Campbell, and John Blofeld. He is the bestselling author of numerous books on mind/body/spirit integration, including 'Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain' and 'Tao: The Watercourse Way', coauthored with Alan Watts. Chungliang Al Huang offers Tai Chi workshops year round.
His teaching schedule can be viewed at www.livingtao.org

Deng Ming-Dao is an author, artist, philosopher, teacher and martial artist. He is known nationally and internationally for nine books, including 365 Tao, Everyday Tao, Scholar Warrior, and Chronicles of Tao. His books have been translated into sixteen languages. Deng Ming-Dao has trained with five teachers in Taijiquan, Xingyiquan and Baguazhang, qigong, weapons practice, philosophy, and meditation.
Learn more about Deng Ming-Dao at www.dengmingdao.com.
His teaching schedule can be viewed at www.ruyistudio.com. and
www.orovillechurch.org.