Ovarian Kung Fu Course -In Depth

Women’s Sexual Energy Practices
Healing Love & Ovarian Kung Fu

October 4 – 25 -Course Full

January –  Course
6 Wednesdays or Thursdays (TBD)
Park Slope Brooklyn

Taoist practices, at their heart, are about bringing us back to Nature: 

Living in the flow of her rhythms, flourishing from the support, nurturing and power that such alignment offers.

But even though we are part of nature, our emotions, ego and culture can separate us from Nature’s flow. We so often feel cut off from the natural world and our own inner nature… not because of concrete and skyscrapers, but because we are always rushing and distracted and disconnected from our core… our heart…

Because the desires and goals we’re attached to don’t come from our essence, heart and wisdom, we each have our own mix of challenges.  Perhaps….

—You spend too much time on autopilot without awareness or appreciation… or you rush “forward” without a strong connection to your desires.  Maybe it’s been too long since you really checked in with your deep heart to know what they are…

—You’re doing okay, except when your cycle hits its rough spot:  Maybe PMS dumps you into lethargy and depression (or insomnia, tears and anxiety).  Or maybe your period pain and other hormonal imbalances force you to put the rest of your life on hold.

—You try, but still don’t “get” that body-mind connection feeling… Your body feels distant, something to be managed or changed.  Maybe health issues make you feel like you have to “fix” it, or cultural images make you feel yours isn’t the right shape.

—You wish pleasure was a bigger part of your life… Maybe it’s “low libido” so often written about, or maybe you’d like your sexual pleasure to be stronger, easier or more varied.  Perhaps pleasure is missing from other parts of life:  You’re not able to relax and enjoy food, friends, love… enjoy your life!

—And maybe, as you negotiate your various habits and hurdles, you feel a loss of connection to spirit—to your spirit—to your heart and to Nature (with a capital N).

We don’t need to live in a tree to feel connected to Nature and the energies of the Earth and Sky. 

Taoist practices are flexible, adaptable, responsive and beautiful.  Yes. There is a learning curve. But if you invest a little time and effort, they open and vitalize your energy, body and path.

Sexual energy practices, in particular, directly shift your body and emotions, cultivating strength, balance and enjoyment.

Wouldn’t it be lovely to…

–Feel centered and integrated—body, heart and mind—everywhere, not just on the yoga mat or meditation cushion…

–Feel grounded and empowered from your belly up… At ease with your strength and your value, independent of passing slights, insults or compliments…

–Have clear, healthy boundaries that arise when needed and fall away when you wish.  You don’t feel invaded or put upon, but you also don’t feel stuck or armored.

–Enjoy the pleasure of pleasure and of play:  Knowing what you desire and what pleases you: in the bedroom, at work or with friends. Knowing what you need and how to care for yourself so your energy and emotions are healthy and vital.

–Have abundant creativity and be able have fun while you create, whether it’s by yourself or in collaboration… For your work or play.

This is a special offering to share special transformational practices.  They are quite old, but we need them so much now.

They are getting a lot of attention for that very reason, but they are not always complete or accessible without a context of cultivated self-inquiry, related foundation practices and the guidance and relationship of a teacher.

It’s not just about memorizing the steps of another practice. 

It’s about connecting with your body as a gift from Nature (and connecting with the world and our life)… It’s about connecting with our own, deeper nature emotionally and energetically… to our core, to our desires and our own path through life… And it’s about connecting (or reconnecting) with Nature—through meditative imagery and the natural world: whether it’s forests and oceans, the Earth and Sky, or the stars and moon of the cosmos.

In the Sexual Energy practices, we go inward, into our body, and work with the energy of life

The same energy that creates life over the Earth is available to us—in us.  But we also work with the inner landscape of our emotions, thoughts and habits.  We will get more clarity about how we stay separate or go into “autopilot” and learn lots of tools—big and small—to help.

There is a Tao idea that, “to go upward, we must first go downward.”  These internal practices are enriched and empowered by going outward to connect with the aliveness of Earth: trees, oceans, mountains or volcanoes; when we reach further, to connect with the planet and the sky, and further to the Sun, Moon and Stars.

One of my central passions is how to share these practices so that women take them in deeply and “own them” and to use them to enrich their whole life – like they have enriched mine.  That is my mission and this course is an important part of my path.  Just teaching the practice step-by-step and letting you lose just doesn’t work.  So I am calling in Mother Nature, the Moon and some pretty amazing Inner-and-Outer Tao practices to help!

…And after your immersion in this course, you have an opportunity to join my “Ovarian Kung Fu Circle” and attend the 2 hour practice meetings where we will practice together and learn refinements, applications and additional practices.

 

January course will have Six classes… the revised curriculum will be posted soon)… In the meantime, here is the 4-class curriculum from October:

We will meet and have four rich classes together over one cycle of the Moon.    

Our first class is with the Full Moon, the moment that the Moon begins to release, and let go, we will learn about the power of Yin and letting go.

Our last class is with the New Moon, when the Moon begins gathering and growing again.  It’s the moment of new beginnings and declarations… Our completion of the four classes is the beginning of your supporting and shifting your daily life with powerful ancient methods.

You will learn ancient practices that are so transformative to our contemporary lives and bodies: 

–With simple, short meditations and writings on questions in class, you clarify where you are and what keeps you from feeling aligned and in your flow.  You find out how you—specifically you—can use the practices and blend them into your current and ideal life….

–With recordings of  guided meditations, you won’t have to worry about memorizing the steps. Recordings will be sent after each class so you can deepen your energetics and practice  between classes.

–With two powerful Ovarian Kung Fu practices: the Gentle TaoZen Ovarian Breathing and the deeper Healing Love from Mantak Chia that includes circulating sexual energy and using the Jade Egg.

–With essential supporting practices: Grounding, Heart Opening, Breast Massage and Centering, among others.

–And with practices that help you connect with Nature and the Universe The Sun and Moon… The Ocean and Earth’s Center… with Saturn, the North Star and the Big Dipper.

October 4 ~ Week one: 

Full Moon: Honoring YIN… The power of softening, listening and resting and vulnerability.
–getting in touch with the Circle(s) that surround and support us
–getting clearer on where we are, what we need, and what we want
–Softening with the Inner Smile & Deep Yin Ovarian Breathing
–Shivani’s Full Moon Meditation
–Coming back with Grounding and releasing.

Recordings for this week:
{Perineum Breathing}

  {Soft Ovarian Breathing}
  {Grounding: “One through Four”}

October 11 ~ Week Two:

The Deep Transformative Power of Our Nurturing.
–Our Nurturing Breast energy – then to now…meditation
–Breast Massage, energetic, lymph and playful
–Breast + Heart Energy/adding Love to the nurturing
–Intro to Healing Love

Recordings for this week:
  {Nurturing Breasts Meditation}
  {Breast + Heart Energy meditation}

October 18 ~ Week Three:

Bringing in our Power:  Ovarian Energy
–Deeper Grounding Practices to Prepare
–Healing Love/Ovarian Kung Fu practice Circulating Jing
–Introduction to Jade Egg

Recording for this week:
{Ovarian Jing Circulation}

 October 25 ~ Week Four:

New Moon: Review, Clarifying, Anchoring and Beginning our own Practice
–Shadow Goddess: The parts of me I wish to reclaim
–Pulling our power into our whole self:  More depth with Healing Love
–Jade Egg, Dual Practice and Weight Lifting: variations, applications and next practices

Recording for this week:      
  {Essence + Desire meditation}
  {Shivani’s Moon Meditation}

If you come with your curiosity, heart and mind, you will leave with a deeper understanding of your energetic body, your emotional landscape and your core desires.  You will own these deep, central practices and supporting practices that can support you through life.  Things will feel shifted and will continue to shift. You will feel better connected to your body, to Nature and the Tao.

Location:
327 7th Street at C.A.E.
2nd Floor, Buzzer 1
@ 5th Avenue

Time/Dates:
October 4, 11, 18 and 25
7:00-9:00pm

Course Fee:
TBD

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