John Aguilar, Jr., L.Ac., R.Y.T., M.S.TCM

Licensed AcupuncturistChinese Medical HerbalistYoga and Tai Chi Instructor

Training and Licensing

My training has been a combination of formal education and intensive personal study.

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Formal Oriental Medical Studies

*** In Progress...

Currently pursuing a postgraduate, clinical Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) through the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.

The program is over sixty credit hours (two academic years), follows on the four years of master's degree training required for licensure, emphasizes study of the Chinese medical classics, includes training in Western biomedicine and clinical research, and an advanced course of study with a specialization in Family Medicine.

Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, CO
            three and a half years of graduate study in Traditional Chinese Medicine,  M.S.

Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture, CO
             six months of study in Classical Five Element Acupuncture

Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, CA
            one year of graduate study in Traditional Chinese Medicine
Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing, CA
             six month program in acupressure and Tui Na (Oriental medical massage)
            Jin Shin Jyutsu, CA and CO
             multiple 'practitioner training' seminars in this style of acupressure

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Formal Yoga Training

Completed a ten month, 265 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Program at PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala, studying directly under Karin Bustamante, E-RYT500. This program is from the Kripalu tradition and was created by Hansa Knox, E-RYT500, LMT, Certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher. (PranaYoga, and this program, are registered with Yoga Alliance, and approved and regulated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Private Occupational School Board, whose mission is to "provide standards for and to foster and improve private occupational schools and their educational services, and to protect the citizens of this state against fraudulent or substandard private occupational schools.")

This program well exceeded the necessary two hundred hours for certification and covered the full gamut of yoga philosophy and practices, including asana (postures), pranayama, meditation, mudra, mantra, the cosmology of yoga and the study of yogic scriptures (Patanjali's Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita).


January 2011, will be attending an advanced, five month, 140 hour training module on "Cakra, Tantra, and Esoteric Anatomy" at PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala, with Hansa Knox, E-RYT500, LMT.

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National Board Certifications

Upon graduating from CSTCM, I sat for and passed the National Board exams conducted by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) in Acupuncture (Dipl.Ac.) and Chinese Herbal Medicine (Dipl.CH).

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I currently hold an active license to practice Acupuncture in Colorado (license #919). (My license status can be verified through Colorado's Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), Department of Registrations -

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Professional Lectures, Positions, and Papers

I have lectured on acupuncture and Oriental medicine, theory and practice, to both students of Oriental medicine at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, as well as traditional Western medical and nursing students at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

I have held the position of Assistant Clinic Director and Assistant Clinic Supervisor at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

I have had numerous papers published in the journal of the state acupuncture association, covering numerous topics on the theory and clinical practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. 

As an extension of my private practice, I offer seminars on diet, exercise, meditation, etc. as a way of empowering my patients to attain, maintain, and maximize their personal health and experience of life.

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Formal non-Oriental medicine related studies include

University of Maryland, European Division - A.A.

Metropolitan State College of Denver - ongoing, currently 126 credits towards B.A. in

Emergency medical training (1995-1997) - Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification, Advanced
        Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification, Basic Life Support (BLS) Instructor

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Informal (personal) studies

The following are passions to which I dedicate a considerable amount of time and energy. Their inclusion here reflects the profound influence they have on my practice and ongoing study and understanding of acupuncture and Oriental medicine.

Taoist theory and practices - Specifically those of the 'Complete Reality' school and the teachings of Lao Tzu, Chuang Tzu, Lu Tung-bin, Chang Po-tuan, and Liu I-ming

Traditional Shaolin Kung fu and Tai Chi Chuan, theory and practice

The lay study of modern physics - Specifically quantum mechanics, theoretical physics, particle physics, and the scientific revolution occurring in the 20th century.

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Physical Training

The effective practice of acupuncture and Chinese medicine is largely dependent upon the practitioner's overall health and, specifically, their personal 'qi practice', or daily training regimen. As the practice of this medicine is rooted in sensing, interpreting, and manipulating qi, it is important the practitioner trains their own qi every day.

My studies and training in traditional Chinese exercises (qi gong, Tai Chi, kung fu, etc.), began in 1993. I studied qi gong as part of the curriculum at Yo San University and the Institute for Psycho-Structural Balancing, in California. While in California, I also had the honor of receiving qi training from the Dragon Gate sect of Taoism.

In Colorado, I studied qi gong and Tai Chi at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine. I studied Pa Kua Chang with Marcus Brinkman and qi gong with Master Hong Liu. I have studied Tai Chi at the Taoist Tai Chi Society and, most recently, I have studied traditional Shaolin kung fu under the instruction of Elder Masters David and Sharon Soard, at the Chinese Shaolin Center . (The Chinese Shaolin Center curriculum incorporates an incredibly diverse collection of qi practices, including several 'internal' arts that focus specifically on the cultivation of qi.) I have also studied Aikido at Nippon Kan under Gaku Homma Sensei, the last uchideshi (live-in student) of the founder Morihei Ueshiba.

My studies and training in yoga began in 2003, as part of conditioning for kung fu. My sadhana has primarily been a daily home practice of asana, pranayama, and meditation.

Along with the above physical training, I have spent hundreds of hours in intense study of the foundational classics of qi arts and yoga.

My daily practice includes meditation, yoga, and Tai Chi practice, usually over multiple sessions.

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For specific information on setting up an appointment, please visit my private practice page or simply contact me.

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