Summer Session Newsletter

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Workshop - Taoist Longevity Breathing

June 9th and 16th 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the ability of your breathing to improve the functioning of your internal organs--liver, kidneys, heart, spleen and lungs--is as valuable as increasing oxygen intake. Taoist Longevity Breathing methods transfer the pressure from air coming into the lungs to the internal organs, especially the heart. This provides a gentle yet firm massage for the organs while increasing blood and chi flow that helps to optimize their natural range of movement.

Taoist Longevity Breathing can be practiced 24 hours a day as well as during qigong exercises or meditation. Regular practice can double the breathing capacity, reduce stress, increase energy levels, calm the mind, and release the nerves and internal blockages.

This form of breathing is core to all of our T’ai Chi, qigong and meditation practices. We begin the Taoist Water Method Meditation class spending three months establishing this breath in our bodies. This two-part workshop will give you the basics and allow you to begin developing this important method of breathing. The first session will focus on the diaphragm and breathing into the dantian and sides. The second session will focus on breathing into the lower and upper back, kidneys and heart.

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Workshop - Six Healing Sounds Qigong

July 7th and 21st 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.

The is one of the best known use of sound in Taoist practice also known as the Six-Syllable Secret or the Six Basic Soundless Sounds for Health. Kenneth Cohen says the practice is attributed to a six-century Buddhist hermit. Craig Reid quotes a fifth century description of the system by a famous physician, Tao Hung-jing (perhaps the same as Cohen's hermit?):

One should take air in through the nose and let it out slowly through the mouth... There is one way of drawing breath in and six ways of expelling breath out. The six ways of expelling breath are represented by the syllables hsü, her, hoo, sss, chway, shee.

The benefits described are thus more physical than spiritual per se, but to the extent that the Taoist tradition values balance and physical health, they could be considered a foundational practice for any Taoist energy work such as T’ai Chi, Qigong or meditation. They are an integration of sound and posture intended to drive toxins out of the lungs, heart, liver, spleen, and kidneys and then draw in fresh qi.

The practice taught is one learned from Ken Cohen.

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Workshop - Yang Internal Elements

August 4th and 11th 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.

You do need to know the first eight postures (up through single whip) of the form in order to take this workshop.

In this workshop we will focus on incorporating more internal elements such as more precise body alignments including the “Three Pillars” (Ball of the foot, Setting the Knee, and Sung Kwa).

Bend and Stretch, Lengthening, Twisting, and energy flows along the Yin and Yang surfaces of the body.

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Summer Session News

The Summer Class schedule is up. The senior class schedule is updated. Other special saturday schedules will be updated soon. Check out the classes section for details.