Weekly Classes in Brooklyn New York

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Sunday Morning at Abhaya Yoga
~beginning Sunday, November 5~
~ Qigong : 9:00-9:50am ~

A Gentle, Morning practice to warm up before Yoga or to ease into your day…

43D 9th Street, Brooklyn
{Smith & 9th Street Station: F/G Lines}
{9th Street/4th Avenue Station: F/G/R Lines}

Register on Abhaya’s website: 
http://abhayayoga.com/gowanus/schedule/

 

Sunday Evening in Park Slope
~beginning Sunday, November 5~

Universal Tao Basic Practices:  6:00 – 7:15pm
{note the earlier start time!}

Taiji & Qigong 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 Tao, Qigong and Taiji learning.

Series Class Dates:

November 5, 12, 19
{No Class Thanksgiving weekend}
December 3, 10, 17
{No classes Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve}

Interim Classes: October 22 & 29:  Drop in for lower Series fee – $20

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!

“I may 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…

“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. Drop in fee is $25.

Scroll down for Registration form…

 

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:
November  5, 12, 19
December 3, 10, 17

Universal Healing Tao – Foundation Practices~ 6:00pm – 7:15pm

Mantak Chia describes his lineage as “Inner-Alchemy-Just-Practice Taoist.” It embraces any knowledge and any method from the Tao that are effective to refine the states of inner experience and consciousness that are the birthright of all humans and that are accessible by all, without unnecessary rituals. After having inherited the complete Taoist internal spiritual cultivation system from his master, Yi Eng, Chia followed the master’s instruction to teach the “Nine Formulas” to others.

We will begin learning the practices of “Inner Smile” “6 Healing Sounds” and “Microcosmic Orbit” as well as “Simple Qigong” and “Qi (Chi) Self-Massage”  It takes longer than six weeks to learn all of these.  But we will start and begin to build our familiarity and skill.

More information on “the Nine Formulas” can be found here:

tiger-heart-tao.com/universal-healing-tao

 

Second Class:  Taiji Fundamentals  ~ 7:30-8:30pm

Our focus for this class will depend on Student Interest:

We can continue with the 13 movement “Taichi Chi Kung” form of Yang style Taiji.

Taiji Practice:  

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 Practice:

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.

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.

Dao-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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