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Dharma Health Institute (formerly Tai Chi and Yoga Institute) is the result of decades of intense training, study, practical application and sincere commitment of Master Nzazi (Zi) Malonga, a lifelong yogi and martial artist. Master Zi, along with several other talented holistic health care professionals, has manifested the vision of a cohesive, multi-disciplinary, integrative wellness institute. At Dharma Health Institute, each client is seen as an individual and has individual needs. Our system is dynamic and allows clients to customize their own wellness packages to attain the ultimate goal of lifelong good health. All classes taught at Dharma are presented in a classical seminar format that allows each participant a unique opportunity to develop his practical knowledge, skill, and awareness of the body. Our Tai Chi is a traditional Yang Family style with a distinct martial and medicinal structure that is rooted in Taoist philosophy. Our Qi Gong program uses a general iron shirt system as the foundation for a practical skill set and mastery. As you develop your ability, you can readily branch off into other qi gong formulas and interests. Our Yoga program is a complete study of Yoga that goes far beyond the common asana (pose) type practices. The yoga program allows you to develop a complete yoga practice that can be sustained throughout life. Dharma’s studies stress each student to “Be the Practice” and not to merely do the practice.

Practitioners/Instructors

Master Zi

Master Zi has studied Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Traditional Vedic Yoga for over 40 years. He has been regarded as an innovator in the health and wellness field for more than 25 years as well. His interests in martial arts, engineering, and human biology have shaped and influenced his journey.

Anisa Kassim, MPH, LAc, CHES, Licensed Acupuncturist/Health Educator

Anisa Kassim has been in the field of public health for over 10 years. She received her MPH from UNC Chapel Hill in Health Education / Health Behavior, held a position at the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and currently teaches Public Health at three universities.She is also a Yoga Alliance 200 RYT certified Yoga teacher, with specializations in Pre/Post Natal movement. At Dharma Health Institute, she is the Pre/Postnatal Movement teacher and oversees and practices in the acupuncture and herbalist programs.

Master Pauline E. Brooks

Pauline E. Brooks, Ph.D is an independent evaluator and researcher with a passionate interest in cross-cultural bridge building and the elimination of social iniquities and injustices. Master Pauline has studied Tai Chi and Qi Gong for over a decade. She teaches a variety of Tai Chi classes from beginner to advanced levels. She focuses on the access and application of personal gifts toward each student’s infinite potential.

Master Reid Shapiro

Holding both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in International Affairs, Master Reid initially sawa future as a spy, but his path took him to marketing and sales. Master Reid eventually becameone of Master Zi’s first Los Angeles students. He teaches Yoga Asana and Tai Chi fundamentals.

Prefect Rob Hoffman, DAOM, L.Ac.

Master Rob’s interest in Eastern culture and medicine began at an early age. He began training martial arts at the age of 15 with his first teacher, isshin-ryu karate champion Sensei Pattie Booth. After moving to Los Angeles to work in the music industry, he began studying jeet kune do at South Bay JKD, and then hung gar kung fu with Sifu Buck Sam Kong. His desire to study Chinese internal arts led him to Master Zi. Master Rob is the Dean of Doctoral Programs at YoSan University, where he also received his master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. He received his doctorate (DAOM) from Five Branches University in San Jose, and is currently a Ph.D candidate at Zhejiang Chinese Medicine University in Hangzhou, China.

Sifu Diane Griggs-Ross

Diane R. Griggs, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, is an advanced Tai Chi practitioner. As atraditionally trained mental health therapist specializing in trauma, she believes that moldingtraditional and non-traditional approaches can promote a more holistic approach to healing andwellness. She has been using alternative healing practices such as hypnotherapy, astrology, TaiChi, and yoga in her work for many years. In addition to Tai Chi, Sifu Diane has been cultivatingher Yoga Naga practice for several years.

Sifu Joan Greenwald

Sifu Joan’s studies have carried her around the world thanks to her fascination with various cultures and their underlying enduring unity. She has worked with many age groups and populations, stressing the importance of flow and meditation. Since 2002, Joan has studied and practiced Tai Chi’s inspirational work with Master Zi. Sifu Joan has a Master’s in Art and two Bachelor’s degrees in Music and Anthropology. Her creativity is a driving factor in her interests,and in addition to her Tai Chi, she is an active painter and teacher of classical and folk guitar.

Instructor Elena Gonzalez

A licensed psychotherapist with 20 years of experience working with children, families and adults, Elena believes in straightforward insight and developing warmth and love for the self and those around you. She believes everyone has the power to make changes in their lives, but needs some help along the way. Tai Chi and Yoga are two ways of helping.

Sifu Antony Bartlett

Sifu Antony has been an active Tai Chi student and practitioner since 2003. After three years of dedicated work and practice, he began to teach Tai Chi to beginner students, a class he still mans.Outside of Dharma, Antony holds workshops and classes at other locations around the country during his travels. His classes emphasize concepts of self-observance and growth, and he stresses enjoying the life you are able to lead.

Instructor Deviyana Livneh

Devi has been practicing moving meditations for 20 years, starting with Yoga and later finding her way to Qi Gong and Tai Chi. Master Zi’s proficiency in all these modalities has further enhanced her practice and inspired her to teach and pass the arts forward.Devi started working with people as a Marriage and Family therapist. She became fascinated bythe connection of the body and the mind and later her interest to a more somatic approach. This
led her to focus on energy work such as Reiki and Qi Gong. She focuses on the unblocking of obstructions, the flowing of natural energy, and the regulation of the body and the mind to promote physical and mental healing.