Opening Doors Episode 1: QiGong with William Kaplanidis

In this inaugural episode, Ross practices Qigong for the first time with William J. Kaplanidis, licensed acupuncturist and creator of the Acudragon® Wellness System.

“Somehow this was only my first time practicing Qigong and I’ve already begun incorporating it into my morning routine. William Kaplanidis’s story is such powerful validation that I went in with a hopeful rather than cautious or sometimes even circumspect attitude I may bring to other modalities. Having transitioned my yoga practice in recent years to more breathwork than movement, I really appreciate the breathing + movement flow of Qigong. I’ve also had a lot of injuries that my session with William hit on. At the end, I felt relaxed, soft and very light. I would not recommend the combo of moves we did for the middle of the day as you wouldn’t want to jump right into work. You’re too blissed out. But William said there are many other combos that are more energizing and would be appropriate for other circumstances.” – Ross Guttler

Special Guest:
William J. Kaplanidis

William J. Kaplanidis, LAc, MS, MA, a licensed acupuncturist with 35 years’ experience in several healing and martial arts, developed the Acudragon® Wellness System to rapidly and safely assist people on their path to healing and transformation. He has helped thousands through his individual treatment sessions in his private practice in NYC and his many classes.


Opening Doors is not your standard interview show.

Have you ever wondered how Amazonian indigenous cultures treat the common flu? Have you ever considered hypnotherapy to quit a nasty habit? Have you thought what else might be out there to help you disconnect from a technology-addicted society and reconnect with plants, animals and the earth?

Opening Doors with Ross Guttler, The Open Center’s CEO, is an experiential program with a range of inspiring expert guests who will lead Ross on a journey of discovery.

The Open Center, the longest-running urban holistic center in the nation, has been opening doors for the people of NYC and beyond for over 37 years. Each episode, join Ross for digestible, door-opening curiosity and fun as he seeks to understand–with authenticity–the many paths, practices and traditions that are at the heart of The Open Center’s programming.

Feeding his own insatiable appetite for learning and trying new things, Ross is sure to motivate and move you to approach your own life with a deep curiosity. Tune in and join us. Keep up with what else Ross is learning on Instagram: @rossguttler, and browse other Opening Doors episodes here.

Ross Guttler is Chief Executive Officer of The Open Center. Throughout his time with The Open Center, Guttler has led the evolution of a four decade-old New York City institution into a global changemaker with an engaged audience from more than 180 countries. After a career in wellness real estate, exploring how the built environment makes us healthier, happier, kinder and more creative, Ross found his calling at The Open Center, where wisdom traditions and spiritual practices, balanced with modern-day medical and behavioral science, art and sound, are used to help us live more harmoniously with ourselves, each other and the earth. MORE

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