Pedram Shojai Pedram Shojai, OMD, is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Urban Monk and The Art of Stopping Time. He is the founder Well.Org, the producer of the movies Vitality, Origins, and Prosperity, and the host of The Urban Monk podcast. An ordained priest of the Yellow Dragon Monastery in China, Shojai is an acclaimed qi gong master, master herbalist, and Doctor of Oriental Medicine. His no-nonsense approach teaches esoteric concepts to Western readers in an easy-to-understand way. Shojai's DVD series, The Alchemy of Qi Gong, received acclaim at the COVR awards, and he is currently involved in a number of philanthropic causes that revolve around public health, fair trade, and education. For more, visit theurbanmonk.com.