Common Ground Taiji and Qigong

Common Ground Taji and Qigong was created by local teachers to support each other and their classes. All of the teachers on this page have been trained by the same master as well as bringing other trainings to the group to be shared with teachers and students alike. We work in what ever way we can to support each other and maintaine a common ground in our approch to teaching Taiji and Qigong.

   Vince Sauter Clear Stream Taiji Qigong

Phone 845-853-4321

Email: vincesauter@gmail.com

Vince Sauter has been studying Qigong and Tai Chi since 1997 at various local classes. Starting in 2010 Vince started to reach deeper in his practice with classes at the  Omega Institute with Michael Craft.

2013  Certified as a Tai Chi Easy  Practice leader 2014  Studied Therapeutic Qigong and Tai Chi

2017 Certified as a Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi Instructor

2017  Certified in The Fundamentals of Rehabilitative Qigong and Tai Chi Level one2018  Studied with Robert Peng and was certified in Qigong Healing

Vince has studied with Michael Reed Gach, Ph.D., Founder of the Acupressure Institute to better understand the role of the meridians and pressure points in the body and how it all interconnects with the healing aspects of Qigong and Tai Chi.

This combination of training  has allowed him to connect with his students on a very different level and has helped him build the type of classes and workshops that he had always looked for but was unable to find on his own healing journey.

In 2014, Vince started working as a faculty instructor at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, N.Y.  In 2016, he taught the first Tai Chi class offered at Dutchess Community College as part of the Phys ED. Department, a program that is still in place today.  Vince tries to focus on keeping the cultivation of Qi accessible to everyone by presenting “Tai Chi Easy” developed by Dr. Jahnke as a foundation for learning.  This form integrates gentle movements with meditation and self-massage that will help to reduce stress, improve balance, and improve overall health and well-being.  This foundation can then be expanded upon so the student can develop a long lasting personal practice of Qigong and Tai Chi.

In 2018 Vince published his first book “Everyday All day” developing your own personal practice. The book explores ways to incorporate Qigong into your everyday life to reap the most benefit from the practice.

More information about Vince’s classes and workshops can be found at the following website: www.clearstreamtaijigong.com.  This website was created to provide free information and practice videos for his students to help them in developing their own personal Qigong and Tai Chi practice.

David Lehman Hudsonvalley Mindful Tai chi and Qigong 

 My love for learning and experiencing Tai Chi began some 30 years ago. Originally drawn to the martial arts, I had the good fortune of meeting and training with several masters in the art!  As training progressed, it became clear to me that Tai Chi is way more than just a martial art.  In 2010 I completed the Integral Institute of Qigong and Tai Chi 200 hour teacher training program that is focused on sharing the profound health and well-being benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong.  Since then I have continued a teaching practice at Dutchess Community College, Omega Institute, Rhinebeck,  Community TCE classes in New Paltz NY, Valley Vista assisted living,  and private lessons/workshops as requested. 
Website:    www.hudsonvalleymindfultaichiandqigong.com. 

Kele Baker  contact@kelebaker.com

Kele is an NQA certified level 2 teacher, a Holden Qigong senior instructor, a leader of Tai Chi Easy, Integral Qigong and Integral Tai Chi, and a certified Alexander Technique teacher.  She is also a Healer Within Foundation board member.

Originally from New York City, Kele lived in London, England for 23 years, where she was the Argentine tango choreographer for Strictly Come Dancing, the UK version of Dancing with the Stars (BBC1).  She wrote Strictly Come Dancing: Step-by-Step Dance Class, a how-to-dance book for the television series (BBC Books).  She created Dance Al Fresco, an annual series of charity, outdoor ballroom and tango events that raised over $100,000 for tree planting in London’s Regent’s Park, and for 11 years Kele was co-director of the Kensington Dance Studio.

When whiplash from a car accident ended Kele’s dance career, she found that the gentle, therapeutic, meditative movement practices of qigong and tai chi helped her recover her flexibility, equilibrium and quality of life.  She went on to train with Lee Holden (Holden Qigong) and Dr. Roger Jahnke (Institute of Integral Qigong & Tai Chi and The Healer Within Foundation), and has been a certified teacher and leader with both teachers for five years.

In London, Kele led award-winning qigong and Tai Chi Easy classes locally, in fitness centres (Nuffield Fitness), and in a cancer care support center (The Mulberry Centre).  She also taught quarterly Tai Chi Easy workshops Parkinson’s UK support groups.

Now living in Dutchess County New York, Kele leads masterclasses and gives one-to-one coaching for Holden Qigong teachers-in-training, and assists on Tai Chi Easy training courses (most recently at the Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY).  She also sits on the board of directors of The Healer Within Foundation, supporting the dissemination of Tai Chi Easy through the training of new leaders across a wide spectrum of populations and institutions. 

Locally, Kele teaches qigong-based meditative movement courses at Vassar College’s Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI), Marist College’s Continuing Life Studies program (CLS), and leads a weekly, drop-in qigong class at St. Martin de Porres Senior Center in Poughkeepsie. 

Learn more about Kele’s online and in-person classes and workshops at www.kelebaker.com.

Steven Michael Pague




Steven Michael Pague is a founding staff member of the Omega Institute of Rhinebeck, NY and has been leading sessions, workshops and hosting their winter programs  for more than 30 years in the U.S., the Virgin Islands and Costa Rica. 

A lifelong student and practitioner of Qigong, Steven is a certified teacher of Chinese movement and healing arts with the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi who teaches workshops and trainings at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY,  in his home area in the Hudson Valley  as well as nationally and internationally. 

His unique style, is a blend, an amalgam of collected forms and practices from a variety of teachers called Waterfall Qigong.  He is staff and teacher of The Arts of Life with The Tracking Project of New Mexico. And Steven is , also, a gifted musician, singer, songwriter, poet, recording artist and performer.

Helen Coyle Bergstein

You can reach Helen at: helen@nestrealtyco.com
or by phone/text at 845.417.7242

Helen Coyle Bergstein has been on a wellness journey most of her life starting in her mid 20’s seeking organic veggies that often took her 75 miles or more north of NYC to find!   Helen was a yoga devotee for many years and after a serendipitous encounter with a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine led her to the path of Qigong. 

 In 2008,  Helen and her family moved to New Paltz, NY full time enabling a daily connection to nature and the many organic (and beyond) farms of our region.   Helen quickly found teachers of Qigong and studied Soaring Crane Qigong with Cornelia Wathen, Six of the 18 Lohan Hands with Pragata, and various classes in Qigong and Tai Chi before becoming Teacher Certified (Levels I II III) by Roger Jahnke, founder of The Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi and The Healer Within.  Helen practices and teaches Qigong and The Healer Within while gently introducing the healing and calming properties of essential oils to enhance the indoor and outdoor class experience. 

Helen currently offers others to practice with her at her home in New Paltz (outdoors in warmer weather), teaches at various senior centers and studios in Ulster County, and Lifetime Learning Institute at SUNY New Paltz (Spring 2020). Helen guides small groups in awe-inspiring hikes and walks of wonder in the Mohonk Preserve, Minnewaska State Park, and Nyquist-Harcourt Wildlife Sanctuary in New Paltz.