The Society for Nanlaoshu is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving this ancient Chinese longevity practice. Through meditation and physical movement we pursue health and well-being. This dual cultivation allows us to return to a natural state of balance and harmony.

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COVID restrictions lifted for in-person classes


Weekend NYC Retreat

Join us
October 7 - 8, 2023

Two full days of Nanlaoshu practice and a Saturday night banquet dinner to celebrate Master Koo's birthday. Practitioners, new and old, can benefit from this weekend immersion into the practice, bringing a deeper sense of peacefulness and well-being.

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E-book Now Available

The Art of Hard to Grow Old

A release in e-book format of the original book published in 2012. This collection of thirty-three transcribed lectures given by Master Ham-King Koo offers a rare glimpse into his teachings on the nature of the our practice and self-cultivation. His prescription for attaining physical health, peace and a sense of true balance are clearly articulated.
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Weekly Practices

6:00 - 7:30 pm

Join your fellow practitioners for a weekly group practice at the Center. Free — open to current members.

On the second Thursday of every month, Charlie leads a TEACHER TRAINING SEMINAR. The curriculum will be driven by the needs of those who attend and cover basic theory. Free for current students; $25/class all others.

Weekly Meditation

Morning meditation on Zoom
Thursdays, 8:00 - 9:00 am ET
Start the day with gentle awareness as we connect with ourselves and each other. We calm our hearts to sense a deeper connection to Nature’s Qi for nourishment and healing. Led by Ruby.

Evening meditation on Zoom
Thursdays, 6:00 - 6:45 pm ET
Final Class September 21

This class consists of a Q & A period, the "9 Orifice Breathing" method, head and foot massages as taught by Master Koo, and then a seated or standing meditation period. Led by Carol.

Free to current members

HealthCetera Podcast

Nanlaoshu student and Board member, Eve Adler, is a Health Correspondent for HealthCetera Podcasts. She interviewed Charlie and Elise about Nanlaoshu and healthy aging.

Listen here

Master Koo Anniversary Video

For our 30th anniversary celebration, Barbara Bordnick, long-time Nanlaoshu practitioner and Board member, was inspired to create this loving homage to our practice.

watch here


In the spirit of learning and working together to preserve this precious art, the teachers, students and Board members create a strong sense of community. Our annual celebrations of the Lunar New Year and Master Koo’s birthday are opportunities to share our experiences and reflections of the practice. We also host weekend retreats, day-long workshops and special events.

Here is a sampling of past events

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