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Dec
15
Fri
2017
Taoist Meditation Retreat
Dec 15 @ 9:00 am – Dec 17 @ 4:00 pm

Taoist Meditation Retreat

 

2007121501004Instructor: Harrison Moretz

 December 15th – Dec 17th

Taoist Meditation combines spiritual cultivation and the nourishment of physical health and vitality.

The juxtaposition of these two aspects results in a potent system of practice.

This retreat will include detailed instruction in Taoist meditation and supplementary practices.

Daily practice will include ~

Daoist sitting meditation and instruction

Dao-yin self massage

Study of Taoist meditation texts

Eight Sections of Brocade Qigong practice (Sitting)

Meditation Retreat


New Class…Snake & Turtle
Dec 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am

Snake & Turtle

Instructor: Shoko Zama

The snake is known for its cultivation of qi and the turtle for its longevity.

This set is based on the movements and breathing of the snake and turtle. By imitating the slow long breathing of the turtle, and the flexibility of the snake, people can live long and well. This set is an especially good practice during the winter season.

This is a 12 week course and single class attendance are always welcomed.

Testimonial

As a child, I was diagnosed with scoliosis and intractable back pain. I spent my life seeking help from various healers. Chiropractors looked at my x-ray and refused to work with me, physical therapists would shrug and give me ineffective exercises, and I was even excused from the physical education courses in my school. I stood at quite a crooked angle that created muscular imbalances throughout my body, and one side of my back was 2 inches higher than the other.

I was fortunate enough to hear about master teacher Shoko, and her spinal qigong method called snake and turtle. I traveled across The states to receive her generous instruction, and then proceeded to practice diligently along with several other friends with spinal problems.

The results did not come quickly, they were incredibly profound! Over the following weeks and months my pain waxed and waned as things became unfrozen, enlivened, and joints that were once numb became filled with sensation. However, after a year or two of consistent exploration of the form, the doctors were amazed with the changes they saw. My spinal scoliosis essentially disappeared, the musculature in my back became completely balanced, and my back pain  vanished along with the headaches from extreme neck and shoulder tension.

As a practitioner of medicine, I have prescribed this form to hundreds of patients over the years; and have seen it treat everything from sciatica to obesity. I cannot recommend it enough!
-John Blue, MAOM


10 Week course



Dec
16
Sat
2017
Bagua Zhang
Dec 16 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Bagua zhang is an internal system of martial arts similar to Taiji quan. The hallmarks of Bagua are its circular stepping and its marvelous development and utilization of special awareness both within and outside of the body.

Bagua zhang, like Taiji quan, is comprised of a comprehensive system of internal martial arts and meditative practices. Bagua zhang is philosophically related to the Yijing, or “Book of Changes”. In its basic practice, special stepping techniques are used to walk a circle, while various coiling methods are used to change direction around the circle. Bagua zhang is as challenging to learn as it is beautiful.

Hunyuan Gong
Dec 16 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

The Hunyuan Gong set combines Taoist internal alchemy and martial Qigong methods in an extremely effective and elegant system. This set is designed to combine prenatal and postnatal qi to supplement the essential qi of the body.

The most important of the Gong methods, Hunyuan Gong is designed to accumulate qi from the environment and use it to augment our prenatal qi (our genetic inheritance). This opens the qi-meridians of the body, forms the middle dantian (where qi is stored in the body) and thus promotes health, prolongs life, deepens stillness, and increases power.

Chen-style Xinyi Hunyuan Taijiquan
Dec 16 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

The hallmarks of Chen Style Taijiquan are variation in speed, alternating soft and explosive movements, and a kind of spiraling movement known as Chansi jin (silk reeling energy). Emphasizing lower stances and a more energetic performance, Chen Style has forms suited for both beginning and advanced practitioners.

The Chen-style Xinyi Hunyuan Taijiquan system 陳式心意混元太極拳 (abbrev. Hunyuan Taiji) was developed by grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang 馮志強 and integrates Taoist internal training, qigong, Chen-style Taijiquan, and Xinyi quan (mind-intent boxing) into a comprehensive system. The Hunyuan Taiji system 混元太極 is set apart from other systems of Taiji by its emphases on nourishing the body and the use of mind-intent as fundamental to successful practice. It is both extremely practical and rooted in spiritual insight.

Push Hands
Dec 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Push hands is a system of two person exercises that develop “listening” ability and continue to develop the internal energies cultivated in the Taijiquan form. These skills, developed in the solo forms, are expanded in push hands to include another person. Push hands is the basic training for martial application in Taijiquan.

Push hands is by permission only

Dec
18
Mon
2017
Chansi Gong
Dec 18 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

The Chansi Gong set specifically develops silk reeling energy, a kind of spiral movement connecting through the entire body. Chansi Gong builds internal power and cultivates the eight energies. In addition to promoting good health, these movements all have practical martial applications.

Chansi or “silk-reeling” Gong is a set of exercises that train the spiraling movements unique to the Chen-style Taiji system. This set also includes joint opening exercises. When the dantian qi is full and the joints are open, the spiraling movements of silk-reeling convey qi throughout the channels to connect all of the eighteen joints of the body together as one. This generates the tremendous power and fluidity of movement that is the hallmark of Chen style.

This class is also available on Tuesdays 6pm, Thursdays 7pm.

Chen-style Xinyi Hunyuan Taijiquan
Dec 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

The hallmarks of Chen Style Taijiquan are variation in speed, alternating soft and explosive movements, and a kind of spiraling movement known as Chansi jin (silk reeling energy). Emphasizing lower stances and a more energetic performance, Chen Style has forms suited for both beginning and advanced practitioners.

The Chen-style Xinyi Hunyuan Taijiquan system 陳式心意混元太極拳 (abbrev. Hunyuan Taiji) was developed by grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang 馮志強 and integrates Taoist internal training, qigong, Chen-style Taijiquan, and Xinyi quan (mind-intent boxing) into a comprehensive system. The Hunyuan Taiji system 混元太極 is set apart from other systems of Taiji by its emphases on nourishing the body and the use of mind-intent as fundamental to successful practice. It is both extremely practical and rooted in spiritual insight.

This class also available on Monday 6pm, Thursday 10am, Thursday 8pm, Saturday 10am.

Taiji 13
Dec 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
This form is a potent way to practice both internal cultivation and martial ability.
The Tai Chi 13 Form is comprised of the eight energies and five steps expressing the essence of Tai Chi Chuan.
Beginning Tai Chi
Dec 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The hallmarks of Chen Style Taijiquan are variation in speed, alternating soft and explosive movements, and a kind of spiraling movement known as Chansi jin (silk reeling energy). Emphasizing lower stances and a more energetic performance, Chen Style has forms suited for both beginning and advanced practitioners.

The Chen-style Xinyi Hunyuan Taijiquan system 陳式心意混元太極拳 (abbrev. Hunyuan Taiji) was developed by grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang 馮志強 and integrates Taoist internal training, qigong, Chen-style Taijiquan, and Xinyi quan (mind-intent boxing) into a comprehensive system. The Hunyuan Taiji system 混元太極 is set apart from other systems of Taiji by its emphases on nourishing the body and the use of mind-intent as fundamental to successful practice. It is both extremely practical and rooted in spiritual insight.

Bagua Zhang
Dec 18 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

What is Bagua Zhang? 八卦掌

Bagua zhang is an internal system of martial arts similar to Taiji quan. The hallmarks of Bagua are its circular stepping and its marvelous development and utilization of special awareness both within and outside of the body.

Bagua zhang, like Taiji quan, is comprised of a comprehensive system of internal martial arts and meditative practices. Bagua zhang is philosophically related to the Yijing, or “Book of Changes”. In its basic practice, special stepping techniques are used to walk a circle, while various coiling methods are used to change direction around the circle. Bagua zhang is as challenging to learn as it is beautiful.

This class also available on Wednesday 9am, Saturday 8am.

Dec
19
Tue
2017
Hunyuan Gong
Dec 19 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

The Hunyuan Gong set combines Taoist internal alchemy and martial Qigong methods in an extremely effective and elegant system. This set is designed to combine prenatal and postnatal qi to supplement the essential qi of the body.

The most important of the Gong methods, Hunyuan Gong is designed to accumulate qi from the environment and use it to augment our prenatal qi (our genetic inheritance). This opens the qi-meridians of the body, forms the middle dantian (where qi is stored in the body) and thus promotes health, prolongs life, deepens stillness, and increases power.

Beginning Tai Chi
Dec 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

The hallmarks of Chen Style Taijiquan are variation in speed, alternating soft and explosive movements, and a kind of spiraling movement known as Chansi jin (silk reeling energy). Emphasizing lower stances and a more energetic performance, Chen Style has forms suited for both beginning and advanced practitioners.

The Chen-style Xinyi Hunyuan Taijiquan system 陳式心意混元太極拳 (abbrev. Hunyuan Taiji) was developed by grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang 馮志強 and integrates Taoist internal training, qigong, Chen-style Taijiquan, and Xinyi quan (mind-intent boxing) into a comprehensive system. The Hunyuan Taiji system 混元太極 is set apart from other systems of Taiji by its emphases on nourishing the body and the use of mind-intent as fundamental to successful practice. It is both extremely practical and rooted in spiritual insight.

Chansi Gong
Dec 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Chansi Gong set specifically develops silk reeling energy, a kind of spiral movement connecting through the entire body. Chansi Gong builds internal power and cultivates the eight energies. In addition to promoting good health, these movements all have practical martial applications.

Chansi or “silk-reeling” Gong is a set of exercises that train the spiraling movements unique to the Chen-style Taiji system. This set also includes joint opening exercises. When the dantian qi is full and the joints are open, the spiraling movements of silk-reeling convey qi throughout the channels to connect all of the eighteen joints of the body together as one. This generates the tremendous power and fluidity of movement that is the hallmark of Chen style.

Chen Taiji Quan
Dec 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The hallmarks of Chen Style Taijiquan are variation in speed, alternating soft and explosive movements, and a kind of spiraling movement known as Chansi jin (silk reeling energy). Emphasizing lower stances and a more energetic performance, Chen Style has forms suited for both beginning and advanced practitioners.

The Chen-style Xinyi Hunyuan Taijiquan system 陳式心意混元太極拳 (abbrev. Hunyuan Taiji) was developed by grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang 馮志強 and integrates Taoist internal training, qigong, Chen-style Taijiquan, and Xinyi quan (mind-intent boxing) into a comprehensive system. The Hunyuan Taiji system 混元太極 is set apart from other systems of Taiji by its emphases on nourishing the body and the use of mind-intent as fundamental to successful practice. It is both extremely practical and rooted in spiritual insight.

Push Hands
Dec 19 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Push hands is a system of two person exercises that develop “listening” ability and continue to develop the internal energies cultivated in the Taijiquan form. These skills, developed in the solo forms, are expanded in push hands to include another person. Push hands is the basic training for martial application in Taijiquan.

Push hands is by permission only

Dec
20
Wed
2017
Fang Song Gong
Dec 20 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Fang Song Gong

 

Fang Song Song– Releasing into Suppleness Gong – is one of the fundamental gong sets in the Hun Yuan System.

These seemingly simple movements are suitable for beginners and advanced practitioners alike. Fang Song Gong, originally a secret method, is regarded as the most advanced of the three primary gong sets.

New Class….Eight Sections of Brocade (Standing)
Dec 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

 Eight Sections of Brocade (Standing)

Eight sections of brocade is a traditional qigong set practiced by Taoists and martial artists

 This qigong set is an excellent exercise for promoting health.

A somewhat rigorous method, it is especially good at developing proper postural relationships and increasing strength.

Over time the set has developed many variations. The method that will be presented in this class is effective and comprehensive, incorporating layers of practice from the physically direct to the energetically subtle.

This is suitable for practitioners of any level.

 

Xin Yi Quan
Dec 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Xin Yi Quan

心意五行連環拳

Wednesday 6:00pm- 7:00pm

This set is profoundly effective at nourishing, gathering, and stabilizing qi in the dan tian.

The five element linked set strengthens the tendons, bones, skin and muscle. It develops an integrated flow between the elemental movements and nourishes the internal organs.

This is a short set that can be learned relatively easily.

Chen style Hunyuan Taiji Yilu 83 form
Dec 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Chen style Hunyuan Taiji Yilu 83 form

 陳式混元太極拳一路

Chen style Hunyuan Taiji Yilu is the traditional first form from which the hunyuan  24 and 48 forms were developed. The longer form includes variations and additional techniques as well as increased repetition of many movements. Practice of yilu  builds on the foundation of the shorter forms providing a continuous unbroken cultivation to deepen internal an eternal skill.

 

Prerequisite Hun yuan Taiji 48 form or permission.

Spear
Dec 20 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Spear

槍術

The spear is known as the King of weapons.  Practice of the spear unifies the body, strengthens the sinews, bones, skin, and muscle; increases internal strength; and helps develop the ability to issue.

Internal martial arts; Taiji, xinyi, and bagua all utilize spear training to develop internal strength and the ability to express it. Xinyi quan empty hand methods were developed from the spear. “化拳”

((Fundamentals of spear training will be taught in this workshop. ))

Prerequisite Hun yuan Taiji 48 form or permission.

 

Dec
21
Thu
2017
Swimming Dragon
Dec 21 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Swimming Dragon

Instructor: Shoko Zama

Every Thursday  from 9am till 10 am

Swimming Dragon is an elegantly designed Taoist qigong method from Hua Mountain.

As well as nourishing the qi and opening the channels it is especially good for the spine, the endocrine and lymphatic systems. With regular practice it strengthens the kidneys, promotes organ health, nourishes the skin and regulates weight.


Chen-style Xinyi Hunyuan Taijiquan (Beginning)
Dec 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Chen Style Taiji quan is both extremely practical and rooted in spiritual insight.

The hallmarks of Chen Style Taiji quan are variation in speed, alternating soft and explosive movements, and a kind of spiraling movement known as Chansi jin (silk reeling energy). Emphasizing lower stances and a more energetic performance, Chen Style has forms suited for both beginning and advanced practitioners.

The Chen-style Xinyi Hunyuan Taijiquan system 陳式心意混元太極拳 (abbrev. Hunyuan Taiji) was developed by grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang 馮志強 and integrates Taoist internal training, qigong, Chen-style Taijiquan, and Xinyi quan (mind-intent boxing) into a comprehensive system. The Hunyuan Taiji system 混元太極 is set apart from other systems of Taiji by its emphases on nourishing the body and the use of mind-intent as fundamental to successful practice.

Hunyuan Gong
Dec 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Hunyuan Gong set combines Taoist internal alchemy and martial Qigong methods in an extremely effective and elegant system. This set is designed to combine prenatal and postnatal qi to supplement the essential qi of the body.

The most important of the Gong methods, Hunyuan Gong is designed to accumulate qi from the environment and use it to augment our prenatal qi (our genetic inheritance). This opens the qi-meridians of the body, forms the middle dantian (where qi is stored in the body) and thus promotes health, prolongs life, deepens stillness, and increases power.

Chansi Gong
Dec 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Chansi Gong set specifically develops silk reeling energy, a kind of spiral movement connecting through the entire body.

Chansi Gong builds internal power and cultivates the eight energies. In addition to promoting good health, these movements all have practical martial applications.

Chansi or “silk-reeling” Gong is a set of exercises that train the spiraling movements unique to the Chen-style Taiji system.

This set also includes joint opening exercises. When the dantian qi is full and the joints are open, the spiraling movements of silk-reeling convey qi throughout the channels to connect all of the eighteen joints of the body together as one. This generates the tremendous power and fluidity of movement that is the hallmark of Chen style.