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Meet Chris Shelton of Morning Crane DBA Shelton Qigong

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chris Shelton.

Hi Chris, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Taking the plunge and starting my business in 2001 was one of the scariest things I’ve done in my life. At that time, I was a full-time butcher, ‘working for the man,’ a single father of two and a martial artist.

But I persevered and despite nay-sayers, I refused to give up! Even when family members and mentors told me I would not succeed, I ignored them.

In the beginning, and still to this day, I would utilize the principals of Qigong to co-create what I want in my life and my career. The third pillar of Qigong is mind-intent, which I would use to visualization specific desired outcomes.

Through this process, I received many opportunities to be of service and help many different people. In 2010, I teamed up with my wife and now business partner. With the two of us, plus our small team, we were able to expand into the government sector, Special Olympics, and corporate landscape.

In 2012 we started servicing the LA area. That’s when Hollywood Physique Expert, Eric the Trainer, said to me “Chris, no one is doing what you’re doing down here.” He encouraged us to move to Hollywood/Burbank. He has been such a friend and business mentor, referring many of his high-profile celebrity clientele.

In 2016, we opened our office in Burbank where I provide hands-on healing sessions and trainings, classes and workshops. Our clientele includes people of all ages and backgrounds, athletes, and celebrities.

In 2017 we created the Qigong Teacher Training course, which certifies Qigong teachers through online learning and weekend workshops.

In 2020 The Qi Club emerged as a biproduct of the pandemic and offers an opportunity for people from all around the world to practice Qigong live with us. The Qi Club has been a shining star for many during a dark period of time.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?

It has not always been a smooth road for me. I recovered from a severe back injury and health problems to become a martial arts champion, to a successful health-care-provider and business owner in about 20 years. It’s been quite an adventure!

Before I could get where I am today, I struggled. I struggled with mental health, self-limiting beliefs, destructive thoughts and negative programming.

However, my belief in the powers of Qigong, which is rooted in first-hand experience, is what guided me through those rocky roads. I had two heart attacks when I was young and suffered from a devastating back injury that left me in constant pain and barely able to walk, but Qigong and Chinese medicine is what got me to the other side.

When I first started my business, I got an offer to join a practice in a small office in Los Gatos. Out of self-doubt, I was going to say no because at the time, I was a single father of two kids and I was a meat-manager for a large grocery store.

I didn’t know how I was going to go from managing a group of rough guys and cutting up dead cows all day to helping people feel better. I was barely making ends meet and didn’t have extra cash to burn. Plus, I had gone through some relationship troubles (divorce and dysfunction) so it all seemed so overwhelming. I could see where I wanted to go, but I had trouble wrapping my mind around how I was going to get there.

Fortunately, I didn’t say no that day and in turn changed the whole trajectory of my life. I was able to build a wonderful business that I love and where I get to help people every day. I was able to break the patterns of dysfunction after I did deeper work on myself. By the grace of God, I was able to uncover the root of my pain and suffering, change the family patterns and allow for freedom and abundance to flow into my life.

As you know, we’re big fans of Morning Crane DBA Shelton Qigong. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
We help natural remedy seekers relieve pain, reduce stress, and access higher levels of well-being. We offer private healing sessions, group classes, teacher certification courses, and an online class membership.

We work with all types of conditions ranging from chronic pain and disease, things like depression, to the common cold and flu. We’ve helped thousands of people reclaim their health and enjoy their lives again. We’ve also worked with Special Olympics teams, professional athletes and celebrities.

We are on a mission to raise the consciousness of all people. We teach simple practices with profound results; movement, breath and mind focus techniques that improve health, happiness and self-healing.

So maybe we end on discussing what matters most to you and why?
What matters to me most is being able to empower individuals to know that they can improve their health and state of well-being themselves. In this time and space, where there are so many unknowns, it seems that many people have lost sight. Your body and mind is more powerful than what you may realize.

We seem to have gotten caught up in fear and tend to rely on other people’s opinions of what we should do with our own bodies. For most of us, if we can separate ourselves from the noise, our own intuition of what is good and what is not guides us to health.

We want people to understand how chronic pain and disease show up in the body when our emotions are out of balance and/or when our diet is poor. Our environment also plays a role on us physically and mentally. Even things like paying attention to eating what’s in season can make a difference.

My goal is to teach people how to strengthen their minds, internal systems and immune function. I want you to know that you have the power within yourself to be healthy. Your DNA wants to be healthy and vibrant!

Our bodies don’t need to suffer until the day we die. We have this one lifetime, so why not live it to its fullest?


  • $36/ month for The Qi Club
  • $360/ year for The Qi Club
  • $2000 for Qigong Teacher Training

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