2021 Class and Workshop Schedule

NEW CLASSES Beginning in Fall of 2021 (Online Only)

 

All new classes are kept small so that everyone will get individual attention and feedback, and so I can get to everyone's questions during class. Class recordings will be made available to you for download soon after the end of each class, for your future reference.

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Preserving Original Essence:

A Special Winter Workshop to Fortify and Nourish the Kidneys

 

Winter is almost here, a time when the Water element flourishes and the energy of the season aligns with and supports the energy of the kidneys. Now is when the yin kidneys, along with their yang counterpart, the urinary bladder, may be most advantageously addressed to improve health and optimize their many functions and attributes.

 

One quality of Water is storage, a gathering of all the preceding energetic phases of growth and development occurring throughout the year and throughout the arc of our life. It requires a quiet, still inward focus to most fully absorb and store, replenishing us at the deepest levels of our being, while preparing us for the next cycle of growth beginning with the emerging energy of Spring.

 

Storage also refers to the kidneys’ storage of our original, pre-birth essence, kidney jing (a yin substance that contains the energy of yang qi). Inherited from our parents, we have a finite amount of original essence. It can be depleted either quickly, causing more rapid aging with associated health problems, or slowly, allowing us to age gracefully, with abundant energy and few ailments. Depletion of kidney essence directly causes all of the common signs and symptoms of aging. Some of these include:

 

• brittle bones and dental problems (teeth are an extension of bones in Chinese medicine)

• problems with memory and concentration

• reduced hearing

• infertility, reduced sexual energy; reduced overall vitality

• incontinence, other urogenital concerns; prostate problems

• back and/or knee pain

• dry, thinning, and prematurely gray hair

• dry skin

• a tendency to be more fearful

 

Conserving original essence and fortifying it with acquired (post-natal) essence is a good idea if you want to slow the aging process, increase vitality and extend the healthy years of your life.

 

Another quality of Water element energy is flow. In nature, even when the surface of a lake, river or ocean freezes into its most condensed ice state, just below the surface it’s still liquid, flowing and moving freely to support all the life contained within it. Similarly, even when--or especially when--we might get “jammed up”, frozen, stuck or restricted physically, emotionally or mentally, we want to utilize our Water energy to access and mobilize all the fluids within us and keep them flowing freely. These fluids nourish and nurture all of our body’s tissues while breaking down and removing the toxic accumulation of metabolic waste. This is necessary for optimal physical, energetic, emotional, and mental health at any age.

 

In this half-day online workshop, you’ll learn four separate, interrelated Daoist life cultivation approaches to conserve original jing and replenish post-natal jing, strengthen kidney functions, open the kidney and urinary bladder meridians to enhance internal Water element qi flows, and generate internal stillness with a focus on storage in the kidneys. When combined, in addition to improving physical and energetic health, these practices smooth and harmonize the energies of your emotional and mental bodies. They will also lower your level of stress, one of the most common ways jing and qi are depleted on a daily basis.

 

(Note: If you’d like to learn more about the kidneys and Jing essence, read the kidney section in Chapter Five of my book, Chinese Holistic Medicine In Your Daily Life.)

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Part 1. Chinese Self-Care and Meridian Exercises

These address the more exterior part of kidney health, opening up the kidney and urinary bladder muscle-tendon meridians to allow for the free flow of qi through the more superficial parts of our body. This releases physical restrictions and sets the stage for fuller access to deeper qi flows.

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Part 2. Herbal Formulas Supporting Kidney Yin, Yang, and Essence

Yin and Essence are substances, and in order to effectively nourish them quickly and easily, supportive herbal nutrition should be included daily as a sort of “super food” for Kidney health. While most herbal formulas need to be prescribed medically on an individual basis, some provide general benefit when used by anyone. These common tonifying formulas are readily available in tablet or capsule forms.

 

2A. Special Topic For Women: Nutrition for Osteoporosis

Everything supportive of kidney health will benefit your bones, which are governed by the kidneys. I’ve had numerous requests to teach an osteoporosis workshop, so I’m including specific nutrition to address that here. I’ll provide additional tips for osteoporosis during other segments of this workshop. While discussed in the workshop, the list of supplements with suggested dosages will be emailed to all participants.

 

2B. Special Topic For Men: Nutrition for Prostate Health

Everything supportive of kidney health will benefit your prostate, part of the urogenital system regulated by the kidneys. I’ll present supplements that are particularly beneficial to the prostate, and will include tips for prostate health throughout other segments of this workshop. While discussed in the workshop, the list of supplements with suggested dosages will be emailed to all participants.

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Part 3. Nourishing Original Essence: A three-phase daoyin/qigong practice to guide qi to the kidneys and urinary bladder, through their related meridians.

 

Phase 1: The Qi Body. Learn to contact your qi body (etheric field) and create external qi flows that interact with the kidneys, urinary bladder, and connecting pathways through the daimai.

 

Phase 2: Opening and Closing. Pulsing joint and body cavities to bring qi into the body, initiating and amplifying internal qi flows.

 

Phase 3: Directing qi through the Kidney and Bladder Meridians. As the deepest medical qigong aspect of this practice, you’ll learn to feel and move qi exactly through the kidney and bladder acupuncture meridians, and directly into the kidneys and urinary bladder, to maximize organ health and functionality.

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Part 4. Kidney Healing Meditation

This profoundly restful and restorative meditation unifies everything learned in the first three parts of today’s workshop. Aligning with the quiet stillness of the Winter seasonal energy, you will progressively quiet your mind, gradually awakening the deeper qualities of your inner senses introduced in Parts 1 and 3. Using breath and the vibrations of sound (mantra) and light (visualization) to help you get a clear tangible felt sense of your kidneys, you’ll guide the previously-activated Water element energy there, replenishing and enriching Kidney jing, qi, yin and yang.

Date:

Saturday, Dec. 11

 

Time:

1-5:30 PM EST

 

Tuition:

$180

Discounted to $165 if paid by Nov. 27.

 

To Enroll:

Contact me for enrollment instructions. Please use the Contact Form link at the bottom of this page.

The workshop will be held online via Zoom. A couple of short breaks are scheduled to give you a little downtime during the workshop. I’ll send you the Zoom invitation link about one week before the workshop date.

 

All participants will get a downloadable link to a recording of the full workshop within 24 hours (usually within 4 hours) of completion.

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Dragon & Tiger Qigong for Beginners

Dragon and Tiger Qigong is one of the most popular qigong practices in the world. As a medical qigong, it has far-reaching health benefits. It’s relatively easy to do, fun to practice, and readily modifiable to accommodate people with physical or other health restrictions so everyone can enjoy and benefit from it. It’s a great entry level qigong, yet becomes a very powerful practice as one advances in it over time. This class will take you from the very beginning of Dragon & Tiger, with careful, step-by-step guidance throughout your training.

Learn more about Dragon & Tiger Medical Qigong here

Tuition:
$130 monthly for each three-hour class.

This class does not yet have a specific start date. If you’re interested in attending, please let me know, and include days and times (Eastern Time) you are available to attend. I’ll put you on the wait list for the class. We’ll begin as soon as there are at least six interested people available on the same day and time. I have open hours on most week days, Saturdays, and some Sundays between 1 PM and 10 PM.

CONTINUING CLASSES, September through December (Online)

The continuing classes are open only to students with some experience in these qigongs. They will remain in session at least through the end of 2021. If you would like to join, please contact me as soon as possible to be included on the class roster. Tuition is expected no later than one week prior to each class.

All continuing classes are kept small so that everyone will get individual attention and feedback, and so I can get to everyone's questions during class. Class recordings will be made available to you for download soon after the end of each class, for your future reference.

Dragon and Tiger, Energetics/Level One

 

This class has completed all seven movements of the Dragon & Tiger Qigong set, including Daoist breathing, the breathing pattern(s) for each movement, and linking movements. In May, we began addressing the energetics of the form, tracing Dragon & Tiger lines in detail, sensitizing to and moving qi within the qi body/etheric field, and projecting qi from the hands, while continuing to refine the physical movements.

This ongoing class has been in session since July 5, 2020. It is best suited for current continuing students, and for those with Dragon & Tiger experience who want review and personal guidance in their practice.

Learn more about Dragon & Tiger Medical Qigong here.

Date and Time:

The first Sunday of each month, 2-5 PM.

Tuition:

$130 monthly for each three-hour class.

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Dragon and Tiger, Level Two/Three

This class completed Level 2 energetics in March. In April, we began incorporating Level 3 energetics, starting with Openings and Closings within Dragon & Tiger.


This ongoing class has been in session for about three years, with some students having many more years of training and experience. It is best suited for current continuing students, and for those very experienced in Dragon & Tiger who are ready to take their practice to the highest level currently available in this form.

Date and Time:

This class meets on the fourth Sunday of each month, 2-5 PM.

Tuition:

$130 monthly for each three-hour class.

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Energy Gates Qigong, Intermediate/Advanced

The focus of this class will remain on developing Standing (zhan zhuang), Cloud Hands (Yun Shou), the First and Second Arm Swings, and the Daoist Spine Stretch. Since April of 2020 in this online class, Cloud Hands has provided the template for numerous moving neigong components. We will add some of that neigong to the Arm Swings, appropriate to each swing. (Note, the Third Arm Swing can potentially damage the knees, hips and back unless taught carefully in person, so that will not be covered online.) Since April, we’ve moved from intermediate to more advanced course work with the addition of some Spiraling Energy Body material (“Energy Gates Part 2”).

This ongoing class has been in session for about three years, with some students having many more years of training and experience. It is best suited for current continuing students, and for those with at least a few years of experience in Energy Gates Qigong (or with other intermediate-level qigong training) who are ready to deepen their Energy Gates practice.

Learn more about Energy Gates Qigong here.

Date and Time:

This class meets on the second Sunday of each month, 2-5 PM.

Tuition:

$130 monthly for each three-hour class.

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The Marriage of Heaven and Earth Qigong

 

This  3,000 year old two-movement Wood Element qigong nourishes the liver, tendons and ligaments, and is used to help heal back, neck, shoulder, and neuromuscular problems. Its many internal processes (neigong) include the stretching of muscles, tendons, and ligaments, the bending and bowing of the spine, the opening and closing of joints and body cavities without engaging muscles, and increasing the ability to absorb and emit qi through the hands. It is the most extensive qigong set for learning Opening and Closing (kai he), a necessary component of all qigong longevity practices.

 

By working with both the Microcosmic and Macrocosmic Orbits, it helps coordinate the terrestrial and celestial ascending and descending qi flows and harmonizes the Yin and Yang energies within the body. Other special characteristics include pulling stuck qi out from the brain to promote clear thinking and mental focus, and infusing healthy qi into each organ while releasing any qi that may be bound there, for improved organ functioning. This core longevity practice dramatically increases qi throughout the entire body.

This ongoing class began in October, 2021. While this is an intermediate-level qigong practice, we’re starting from the very beginning of the form to make sure everyone has a stable foundation on which to grow in this robust and richly detailed qigong/neigong practice. It’s suitable for beginners and experienced students alike. If you have at least some experience in The Marriage of Heaven and Earth and would like to join us, please contact me.

DATE: Online classes meet on the third Sunday of each month.

 

TIME: 2-5 PM, ET

 

TUITION: $130 for each monthly workshop.

 

Any questions? Let me know, and I’ll get back to you usually within 24 hours.