Weekly Classes in Brooklyn New York

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New Classes & New Format – Fall classes begin Sunday, August 27~

Sunday Evening Qigong:  6:00 – 7:15pm
{note the earlier start time!}

Taiji Fundamentals:  7:30-8:30pm
{scroll down for more information on both classes}

Location:
C.A.E./Center for AntiViolence Education
327 7th Street (@5th Avenue in Park Slope Brooklyn)
Buzzer 1 / 2nd Floor

Nearest Subway Station:
F/G/R 9th Street & 4th Avenue

New Class Format:  

Course of 6 classes: We are organizing the classes as courses.  This will ensure that our space rental expenses are met and will nudge students to commit a bit more to their Qigong and Taiji learning.

This autumn, we will have 2 Course Series:

August 27 – October 16 (6 Classes)
and
October 22 – December 3 (6 Classes)

How it Works:

Minimum Registration Required: If we do not have a modest minimum number registered, we will not hold class… So register early and invite your friends!

If you will miss a couple of classes in the Course:  You will be able to make up the classes in the next course series… As long as enough people register for the full course… We will also have two additional December classes for drop-in and make up.

But I can only drop in once in a while:  As long as there are enough course registrants to go forward with the classes, drop ins are still welcome.  Please rsvp as before.

Special New Student Offer:  First Class $10 ~
If you register for the course after trying the class,
receive additional $10 off the course fee.
(New Students registering for First Course only).

Dates:

First Course Series:
August 27
September 3
{break: Miranda in Italy on TaoZen Retreat}
September 24
October 1, 8, 15
Second Course Series:
October 22, 29
November  5, 12, 19
December 3
Drop in & Make Up Classes:
December 10, 17

Sunday Evening Qigong ~ 6:00pm – 7:15pm

Sunday evenings, we hold a 75 minute class that offers a combination of sequences from Shamanic, Traditional and Contemporary Qigong. The last part of the class focuses on quieter seated practices… referred to as Neigong… that winds us down for a good sleep and a new week. 

The first Course Series will present a new curriculum!  

— Shamanic Shaking – Heart Drumming:  A traditional Qigong practice from Mt. Emei using movement, seed syllable mantra and intention to clear old stale emotions and energy, to soften all the tissues and to connect deeply with Earth and Heaven.

— EBQ Qigong: from Center for Taiji & Qigong Studies (Yang Yang) is a collection of 5 standing Qigong that gather Qi into your body, use Silk Reeling to work your tendons, open and lubricate the joints {strengthening the  muscle, bone, tendon structures of the body}.

— 6 Healing Sounds: Seated or Standing, this internal practice using breath, imagery and uttered sound is transformative. With the Sounds you Digest and elevate the emotional energies and support your organ health.

— Kuan Yin Qigong:  We will close with this lovely, fluid contemporary Qigong ending our class with nature imagery of the night.

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These classes are small and the space is quiet with opportunity to receive personal attention with specific issues or interests.  The pace is moderate and our focus is on purging, then tonifying and refining our qi… It is appropriate for beginners or advanced practitioners.  Plenty of background information and instruction is available to support anyone trying Qigong for the first time.  This class is also great for anyone exploring Qigong to work with stress or a physical issue.

 

Taiji  Fundamentals-Beginning Forms 7:30-8:30pm

— First Form: Too busy to practice Taiji?  This short form has only 7 sequence/movements drawn from the Chen 48 form.  Like all Chen taiji, the movements are large and beautiful.  They work with all the fundamental facets, and build better balance, energy, cognition and movement.  This form was designed to be used in Taiji health-benefit studies, but is a fun and rich practice for everyone.  from Yang Yang’s Center for Taiji & Qigong Studies.

— Second Form:  Memory too short for the 108, 36 or even the 24 Yang form?  This form “Yang 13” or “Tai Chi Chi Kung” from Mantak Chia is only 13 unique movements, repeated to create a longer form (about 78).  It is a beautiful sequence that moves you in a circle, around the Bagua, and is the only body-symmetric Taiji form around.

We will lay foundation with the large movements of the Chen form.  As you progress, we will apply those fundamentals to the Yang 13… This may take a few weeks or a few months.  Class will progress at a reasonable pace for the students attending. Our goal is to know both forms and to add depth to both through learning how they contrast and intersect.

Registration Information:

Next Course is August 27-October 15 (6 classes, September 10 & 17 are skipped).  A minimum number of people is needed to go forward.  (So register early to ensure your class happens!).  Check the Calendar Page for precise dates and to confirm classes.

Registration & Payment:  Please use the form below to register.  Payment via Paypal Invoice is preferred (you don’t need an account — you use any debit or credit card).  If Paypal is not feasible:  use the contact form and then email me.

Tentative registration is an option: if you’re not sure you can attend, register and email me.

     ~Special New Student Offer:  First Class $10~
If you register for the course after trying the class,
receive another $10 off the course fee.
(New Students registering for First Course only).

 

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General Class Descriptions ~

These are descriptions of Universal Tao and TaoZen practices that we draw on in classes.  Some may not be on the schedule at the moment, but will be offered again in the future…

Qigong ~ The varied practice brings together a selection of different sequences and styles. Shaking/Heart Drumming; Standing 6 Healing Sounds; Iron Shirt; TaoZen Gyo are just some… We almost always end with Li Jun Feng’s beautiful and fluid Kuan Yin Qigong.  Come and kick off our shoes; spend time with a beautiful sequence of traditional and contemporary qigong and depart with a fresh perspective and renewed energy.

Tai Chi-Chi Kung ~  In this class we will, in a non-competitive, peaceful and fun environment, learn a short form that is simple to learn but is a gateway to deep understanding and awareness. Our focus will be on correct bodily alignment, relaxed breathing and a clear and solid understanding of the movements. But most of all, we will focus on being in a Taichi Flow with joy. This traditional form was developed by Mantak Chia and has become a signature of the Healing Tao System. It is short (about 7 minutes), and is gentle to your body yet very effective and healing.

Six Healing Sounds and Inner Smile Meditation ~ The Six Healing Sounds work with the internal organs and emotions. Through simple movements and images of sound and light, we change our relationship to our inner self. This traditional method, also referred to as the six-word practice, is easy to understand and use, yet its benefits are profound. We will also learn the meditation technique which leads to awareness and deep relaxation: the Inner Smile.

Tao Inner Arts ~ Universal Tao Basics/Foundations   All the foundation aspects of Universal Tao and TaoZen are shared, including the Inner Smile, Microcosmic Orbit and the 6 Healing Sounds. We also learn supportive Qigong, breathing and meditation methods. These traditional practices are easy to learn, yet offer a deep and transformative practice for our contemporary lives.

Moon Meditations ~ There are so many beautiful, simple and powerful practices that connect us to the Moon. Come spend an evening in Brooklyn with us and the Moon! We meet once a month, on the Wednesday nearest the full moon, to explore and enjoy some of the lovely moon-focused qigong and meditations from Universal Tao and TaoZen. These gentle and contemplative practices support any age and physique. They can stand alone or be integrated into other traditions and offer a richness to both beginners and experienced practitioners. One evening each month, on the Wednesday nearest the full moon.

Energetic Circulations ~ This is a longer class or workshop that allows us to spend time with several routes within our body that we can cultivate to strengthen and balance our Chi and our minds. We begin with a Microcosmic Orbit practice and move into circulating through the Belt Channels and the Thrusting Channels. All are supported by grounding and rooting methods that keep us present and centered.

Deepening your Microcosmic Orbit ~ Much of modern living consists of unnatural diet, stressful work patterns and sedentary entertainment resulting in the gradual accumulation of blockages to the natural circulation of our Qi (life force energy). The Micro Cosmic Orbit is a powerful transformative practice that flows along a major Qi (Chi) route in our body and affects us physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. To master the many aspects of the Orbit takes years of practice. But each opportunity we have to practice furthers us on our path –especially in a group of friends with an experienced teacher.

Tenshin Ranman Taichi ~ Tenshin Ranman Taichi is a very beautiful authentic Taichi form. After many years of polishing, Masahiro and Li Jung Feng (one of the most respected Taichi teachers of our time) have perfected this form. It contains all the traditional Taichi movements but only requires 7 minutes and a 2 x 2 meter area, so it can be practiced anywhere and anytime once you learn it. It is a powerful practice that integrates mind, body and spirit, developing mental and physical grounding and centering. But more than anything, it is fun and joyful. You can learn and practice Tenshin Ranman Taichi at any age and with any physical conditioning~ whether you are a seasoned athlete or in need of strengthening and recovery. {See a video of this form on our “Videos” page}

Healing Love ~ Healing Love is the Taoist ways of cultivating our fundamental life energy; sexual energy or Jing. Being happy, balanced, trusting and passionate with this vital energy is one of the most important issues in life. This is crucial for our physical, emotional, spiritual and social wellness and growth. Masahiro has developed a powerful daily practice, including breathing, qigong, and meditation. Historically the practice called Ovarian/Testicle breathing was only available to selected, usually royal, practitioners. TaoZen teaches them clearly and simply with authenticity. It helps to rebuild a deeper relationship with our own sexuality, fundamental life force and empower it with meditation and qigong.

Kuan Yin Qigong ~ Kuan Yin Qigong (named after the goddess of compassion) is a particularly beautiful practice that not only fortifies overall health, mental clarity and emotional equilibrium but also opens the heart to the deep expression of unconditional love. This qigong is consists of 11 graceful, fluid, natural movements. When practicing it with joy and openness, you will touch its deeper stories and teachings easily. Once you learn this form, it takes only 7 minutes, no tools, and needs very little space. Without complicated thinking and explanations, it opens the heart and deepens the feeling of unconditional love. Kuan Yin Qigong was developed by Li Jung Feng (Sheng Zhen Gong), one of the most highly respected Wushu teachers of our time.

Microcosmic Orbit Meditation ~ Much of modern living consists of unnatural diet, stressful work patterns and sedentary entertainment resulting in the gradual accumulation of blockages to the natural circulation of our Qi (life force energy). In this traditional Taoist meditation, we use our internal focus to move energy in a simple orbit through our body. The “Opening of the Orbit” is an important and tangible form of self-healing that can reverse much of the wear and tear from living and prevent many problems thought of as inevitable. It is also a strong foundation for other Tao internal practices and Qigong.

Fusion of the Five Elements ~ Wood, Metal, Fire, Water and Earth… The Five Elements move in cycles and interact with each other in nature and in us. Fusion of the Five Elements meditation is a foundation practice of Taoist Inner Alchemy which works with the flow of the body’s emotional, mental, and physical energies to dissolve trapped or turbid energies. It draws on the outer senses, the major emotions and the major virtues to transform our inner landscape. When the body is cleared of trapped energy, universal chi can flow more freely, nourishing both body and soul. This series of meditations brings harmony to our emotions, transforming the negative and affirming the positive — the heart of spiritual work.

Iron Shirt Qigong ~ Iron Shirt offers many benefits: Improving posture; strengthening tendons muscle and the immune system; fortifying internal organs by packing ‘chi’ around them. It also helps establish roots into the earth’s energy and unifies physical, mental, and spiritual health. We will practice the core group of Iron Shirt practices working with proper form and attitude to receive the most benefit from these traditional practices.

Tao of Breathing ~ Breathing is a key element in nearly all healing, meditative and martial disciplines. This is especially true in the Taoist tradition, in practices such as Qigong and T’ai chi, but there can be a great deal of confusion surrounding breathing techniques among practitioners of these arts. In this class, we clarify the crucial role of breathing in these practices and practice a wide range of breathing techniques used for different purposes. These will include methods for centering (“ocean,” “turtle” and “palm and sole” breathing), for energizing (“dantien,” “spinal cord” and “tiger and dragon” breathing), to enhance healing (“skin and bone” and “Tao sexual” breathing) or awareness (“go-qi”), or to balance emotions (“Buddha laughing” and “Kuan Yin crying”). Come discover how you can enhance all your pursuits with a more deeply informed approach to the breath.

TaoZen Meditation ~ Meditation is the key practice for all Eastern mind, body and spirit traditions. It is not just used to relax, it is employed to deeply listen and get in touch with our real selves. It cultivates true balance within us, with others, and with the universe. This class is perfect for beginning and intermediate students. All the basic elements of meditation are addressed, including posture and internal methods. Breathing methods will be taught along with the TaoZen meditations to support and enhance the practice.

Do-In Self Massage ~  Do-In (Dao Yin) is a self-rejuvenation, healing technique which has been practiced in Asia for thousands of years. In this workshop we will learn the basics of this massage system that uses touch, tapping and subtle energy to move Chi (vital force) to clear blockages and harmonize the body. We will learn how to rejuvenate our sense organs, glands, tendons and joints, and how to accumulate Chi in our body’s center. Come discover this easy to learn yet highly effective, time-tested self-healing method.

Miranda Maher teaches Qigong in Brooklyn New York

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