For description of the courses scroll down on this page. For more information on Women’s Sexual Energy practices, visit the “Ovarian Kung Fu” page… For more information on Inner Alchemy, visit that page as well. Here is a summary of the next Group Classes:
JANUARY 5/JANUARY 12: Next SUNDAY Group Course:
“Emotional Wisdom: Working with the 5 Elements & your Emotional Energies”
Free Intro: January 5 6:00-7:30pm
Course: January 12 – February 16, also 6:00-7:30pm
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Register for the Free Intro Here:
Register for the 7 Week Course Here:
Any questions at all, contact:
327 7th Street, 2nd Floor (Center for Anti-violence Ed.)
Park Slope Brooklyn
Near: 4th Ave & 9th Street F/R/G
DECEMBER 15, 22 and 29/Three Stand-Alone Classes:
During the holidays when schedules are crazy, we’re holding 3 individual classes. Feel free to register for any or all of them.
The variety of Qigong and Inner practices on the Taoist path can be confusing or even off-putting. Join us for three full and varied practices… Each comprehensive and transformative if enjoyed over time. You will also receive handouts and a practice guide to continue your explorations at home.
December 15 – Starting with the Body and moving Inward. Starting with big, physical movements, we will care for our body and release stress and tension; then move more smoothly and mindfully before using breath and awareness to connect with our quieter parts. https://calendly.com/mirandamaher/tao-practice-dec-15
December 29 – Starting with Sound and Moving toward Quiet. Once again, we’ll begin “big” with Qigong bringing sound vibration that releases physical stagnation and stuck emotions, moving to quieter sounding to internal sounds to quiet better felt. https://calendly.com/mirandamaher/tao-practice-dec-29
December 22 – Welcoming Winter Practice
First Winter’s Evening: 90 Minute Practice to Welcome Winter and Care for our Kidneys. Winter Solstice is on December 21st this year. On December 22 we’ll enjoy a 90 minute practice that supports our Water Element, our Kidneys, sleep and quiet: Aspects of the Tao Winter season. We’ll close class with a very special Moon Meditation from Shivani Goodman.https://calendly.com/mirandamaher/winter-solstice-winter-practice
Weekly Group Class Format:
A Free Class to Introduce the Course: (Inner Alchemy courses do not have free intro) Courses are run on an 8 week cycle. Before the course begins, there is a free class to experience the practices… and to learn some important Qigong/Taoist ideas. Registration is needed for these classes.
Courses, Not Drop-In: After the Free Intro, the course will run on the next 7 weeks. We will learn the main practices a step at a time, as we also build skills needed for any Tao Practice. To register, use the links on this page, or you can contact me directly. Pre-payment is needed to register for the course (there are links for that here as well).
This is important: —If there are fewer than 3-4 people registered, the class will not be held, and only those registered will be contacted about any scheduling changes.
Another important thing —If you know you will miss a class or classes at the time of registration, we can pro-rate the tuition for you. Any classes missed after that, we cannot offer refunds, but you are welcome to attend a “make up class” — in the next course or the course taught on another day of the week.
Focused Content for Each Course: Each Course will share a complete practice, based on a facet of the Tao Path. Both movement or body-centric practices and meditative “inner” practices will be included, as well as enough theory or information to give context to your practice. If you only take the one course, you will leave with a solid understanding and enough experience to “own” that practice. And if you continue into the next course, you will continue to build and deepen your understanding and your practice.
Core Lineage: Mantak Chia’s Universal Tao: Every course centers on Universal Tao practice. Along with these accessible, transformational practices, you will learn practices that take the ideas, movements and skills of Universal Tao deeper… as well as body-mind and movement practices that make you feel good, release stress and strengthen your Tao learning. If you’re pursuing Universal Tao certification, all these courses are relevant.
Materials & Home Practice Support: For each course, you will receive a comprehensive practice guide and additional handouts that provide details of certain practices, history or context. When helpful and available, you also receive links to download guided audio of the practices.
Why 7 weeks? After the Free Intro… Seven weeks (7 x 7) is 49 days… an important number in Asian traditional work. It is the period that the spirit stays before moving on into other realms or other lives… It is the period used to truly change a habit: dropping one or taking one up. And it’s said that if you stay with a practice for 49 days, you will work through your resistance and lack of understanding to a place of “ownership” — and can wisely decide whether the practice is aligned with your path.
Emotional Wisdom & the 5 Elements:
This course brings creative, sensitive urbanites who sometimes feel overwhelmed, confused, anxious or stuck in their emotions into a more grounded, spacious inner life so you can enjoy your vibrant feelings rather than managing, medicating or running from them. In 7 weekly classes you learn a deeply different way of understanding, experiencing and digesting emotions using body and mind practices that are accessible, enjoyable, yet deep and transformative.
The SIX HEALING SOUNDS uses simple movements and sounds, along with vibrant visualization to deeply connect with the energies of your emotions to honor them and begin shifting and transforming them. The FIVE YIN ORGAN QIGONG clears stale Qi energy (and emotion) and draws in vitality into your body. Along with these powerful practices we will dig into the nature of the Five Elements and how they manifest in the seasons, directions and our relationships. We will also learn short ‘in the moment’ practices to help daily stresses.
Abundant Balance: Cultivating & Circulating Qi Energy:
New York living is fast-paced and exciting… but it can be “A Lot” …Getting away, getting rest or getting a massage all help… But they do the same thing: Fix the aggravation, overwhelm or exhaustion after the fact: After you’re aggravated, overwhelmed or exhausted. What if we had a strong center, had abundant Qi energy and had a clear and loving mind – all the time? The practices we’ll learn in “Abundant Balance” are from traditional Chinese Medicine and have been around for centuries. So it’s kind of amazing how accessible they are and how deeply they can transform contemporary life –both inner and outer living.
–Getting and staying “Grounded” –connected to the Earth, to your center… and cultivating natural, strong boundaries.
–Cultivating a connection to your life force energy so you can support and vitalize yourself before bigger imbalances grow.
–Avoid losing Qi or getting overwhelmed… Enjoy every day!
–Learning traditional ‘time-tested’ energy practices and tools that change the way you relate to your body, your relationships and the spaces you inhabit.
SHAMANIC SHAKING brings you to your center and connects you to the earth as you release old Qi, stress and negativity, “clearing space” for fresh life force. The MICROCOSMIC ORBIT moves you deep into your inner landscape. By guiding your Qi along internal pathways, you grow your energetic resources, balance your Yin and Yang energies as you settle and center your mind and heart. The fluid movements and nature imagery of KUAN YIN QIGONG move Qi throughout your body, feed your spirit and transform your connection to the natural world and night skies.
Strength & Softness: Iron Shirt Qigong & the Inner Smile:
We often speak about “strength” as both a physical and mental asset. And we often wish we had more… By strengthening our Qi energy we can not only cultivate our physical and mental strength, we increase our Qi (life force). Having strong Qi shows up in so many ways: emotional resilience, mental focus, increased physical capacities, an ability to maintain our center and healthy boundaries. The benefits of strengthening Qi are often subtle, but they are powerfully transformative.
In 7 weekly classes (preceded by a Free Intro) you learn a deeply different way of understanding, experiencing and cultivating your strength. Using the breath practices, postures and movements of IRON SHIRT QIGONG, you can shift and grow. Traditionally used by martial artists to create an “Iron Shirt” to deflect impact and aggression, we practice it to increase our immune system and build emotional, mental and energetic strength. This practice is particularly good in fast, stressful and sometimes crowded city life.
To balance the Yang of Iron Shirt, We will use the gentle depth of the INNER SMILE. The Inner Smile is a powerful visualization that brings us “back to ourselves” and to a place of loving calm. It is very simple, so it can be overlooked. But when you cultivate a clear rich practice, it creates an inner space that is truly your “home”. All this will be supplemented with short ‘in the moment’ practices to help with daily stresses or specific issues.
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