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Yo San University Students Learn Taoism from Celebrated Acupuncturist Dr. Dao


Thirty-eight generations of wisdom shape a groundbreaking event for future healers of Yo San University. The Ni brothers founded Yo San University almost two decades ago based on the principles of their own family’s healthcare knowledge that has been passed down from 38 generations. Celebrated acupuncturists Dr. Daoshing Ni and Dr. Maoshing Ni, shared their wisdom with students at Yo San University’s first Founders’ Seminar June 7 and 8.

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The two-day seminar was tailored toward Yo San graduate students who would become the 39th generation of healers in the Ni family tradition, and both the significance and celebration of this honor permeated the weekend. To learn more about the legacy and history of the Ni Brothers, visit

Dr. Mao recently celebrated the release of his newest book, “Secrets of Healing,” and Dr. Dao’s long-awaited book, “The Tao of Fertility” is now on bookshelves across the nation. Both co-founders run the busy acupuncture center in Santa Monica, Tao of Wellness, yet they continue to set aside time every year to support and assist the next generation of healers.

Dr. Dao guided the students on Saturday, focusing on practical applications of Taoism for aspiring healers. His patient manner and easy logic in applying abstract concepts to daily life captivated students throughout the eight-hour day. Students participated in a Dao-In walking meditation along with other Qigong practices. They were asked to contemplate the disparity between the values they aspire to and the actions that define their everyday life.

Throughout the day Dr. Dao offered interactive, practical insights from his own experiences as a gifted healer. He provided Yo San students with concepts and practices for cultivating the self and the spirit. Dr. Dao offered an informal, yet traditional tea ceremony in order to invite conversation and questions at the end of the day. With his brilliant presence he conveyed valuable guiding principals centered on “becoming the medicine” through self-cultivation and self-nurturing.

On Sunday, Dr. Mao offered insight into the history of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He highlighted the wisdom of great sages from thousands of years ago who continue to inspire practitioners to this day before going more specifically into his own family’s healing tradition. Students participated in exercises to strengthen their intuition. Pairs of students practiced the art of being present, refining observation skills in order to enhance their diagnostic abilities.

To end the day, Dr. Mao selected a volunteer and allowed students to diagnose her based solely on observations of her skin and posture. He hardly needed a moment to choose more than a dozen acupuncture points before deftly and precisely placing needles. His accurate and swift treatment left students awestruck.

“We are privileged to be able to offer our co-founders’ wealth of wisdom, knowledge, and experience to our graduate students,” said Yo San University President, Johnathan Heywood. “The seminar with Dr. Dao and Dr. Mao will help students grow as healers and feel more connected to the medicine, the university, and its tradition.”

Yo San University plans to make the Founder’s Seminar a semi-annual event that will serve as an inspiration to these future healers.

About Yo San University
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine is a professional graduate school offering a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Founded in 1989 by Dr. Maoshing Ni and Dr. Daoshing Ni, the University encompasses a deep, rich heritage of sage practitioners. Bringing ancient wisdom to modern medicine, Yo San University celebrates the Ni family legacy of healing traditions and wisdom. This includes techniques of Qi (chi) cultivation for strengthening and refining one’s physical, mental and spiritual energies, a practice so necessary for effective healing. The University operates a low-cost community clinic at its campus in Los Angeles, California.

Yo San University
13315 West Washington Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90066
(310) 577-3000


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