Weekly Classes in New York

Weekly Classes in Brooklyn~

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~  Classes on Sunday & Monday in Park Slope

~ Sunday Evenings   ~ Qigong  & Neigong  ~  7:00-8:30pm
~ Monday Evenings ~ Qigong for Qi Strength  ~  8:15-9:15pm

All Classes @ C.A.E.
327 7th Street (below 5th Ave)
Buzzer No. 1/2nd Floor
Park Slope Brooklyn 

Subway:  4th Avenue/9th Street Station : F/G and R lines 

Sunday Evening Qigong ~ 7:00-8:30pm

Scroll down for more details on what we practice in this class.  Generally, we practice a variety of standing sequences for 45 minutes to an hour and seated Neigong practice for the last half hour.  The sequences are excellent for clearing and strengthening your energy system; calming and clarifying your mind and emotions and reconnecting with nature and ‘the universe.’

Sunday Qigong Class dates through the Winter:

November  13, 20, 27
December 4, 11, 18
{Holiday Break}
January 8, 15, 22, 29
February 5, 12, 19, 26
March 5, 12, 19

Monday Evening Qigong ~ 8:15-9:15pm

Scroll down for more details about what we practice in this class.  Generally, this is a shorter class with just standing practices that will cultivate good structure, standing strength and tendon strength.  These same practices increase general resilience and immune strength.

Monday Qigong Class dates through the Winter:

November 14, 21, 28
December 5, 12, 19
{Holiday Break}
January 9, 16*, 22, 29
February 6, 13, 20*, 27
March 6, 13, 20
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Holiday: Class is held with ‘quorum’ of 3 or more RSVPs.

 

New to Class?
We ask that you RSVP by text to: 347-431-5275 (include your name please)
or email: info@TaoZenLife.info

See below for more information about our Qigong Practice…

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Sunday Evening Qigong Classes 

Sunday evenings, we hold a 90 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. 

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 — especially that of our organs.  

We also include Qigong that brings in lovely nature and celestial imagery and Qi/energy circulation.  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.

 

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Monday Evening Classes ~ Qigong for Qi Strength ~

You needn’t be an experienced Qigong practitioner, but we will push ourselves a bit and use longer held postures from Iron Shirt Qigong and breath holding Qigong such as the Cosmic Orbit.  These practice elements are wonderful for increasing stamina, immune strength and qi flow.  Strength in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Tao Practices is viewed differently than in the west.  In Tao Practice, tendons are the source of power and strength (no muscle).  The ability to find your most natural structure and way of moving is thought more important than giving 110%.  As such, “tao strength” is important for all of us, especially as we age.

 

Fees are the same for either class:
Drop in: $18
4 Class Cards: $60

Location: CAE, 327 Seventh Street, No. 2
(near corner of 5th Avenue in Park Slope)
Subway: F/G/R trains to 4th Avenue/9th Street Station

RSVP & Reminder Email List ~ Classes need a minimum number of confirmed attending to be held, so your RSVP is needed to ensure that the class will go forward and to reserve your spot.  However, you can certainly “RSVP – Tentative” until your plans solidify, just let us know.

Reminder Emails ~ If you wish to be put on a direct Qigong Class Reminder email list, let us know using the email below. This list will receive a notice near the end of the week…  Note that this list will receive more emails than our regular list…

To RSVP ~

Use the form on our Calendar Page:
TaoZen Class Calendars

by Email:
Miranda@TaoZenLife.info

By Text (please include your name):
347-431-5275

 

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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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