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Classes at White Crane Healing Arts, Ft Lauderdale, FL

White Crane Healing Arts - Holistic Family Healthcare - Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Herbal Therapy, Qigong Classes, Self Cultivation Practices & NutritionHello Students and Friends,

I hope the energy of spring is bringing you renewed interest and enthusiasm for practicing qigong on a daily basis and for attending classes to build on what you know. Spring energy, which symbolizes growth, outward movement, healing energy and new beginnings, is the perfect time to develop a consistent cultivation practice, or to more deeply explore the benefits of communicating with your inner world.

For some, new beginnings will come in the form of shock, like thunder, breaking through the dark clouds. This is the awakening energy in the spring that the I Ching speaks of. In ancient times thunder was a phenomenon that brought fear to some and a deep message from nature to others. This message was to be aware of complacency. Remove stagnant energy, clear the stuck places and allow change to take hold, so that you can accomplish what needs to get done.

This energy emanates from the East direction, and its spiritual guide is the green dragon. You can absorb this energy and gain assistance from nature if you do your movement practices, quiet sitting or meditation facing East, especially in the early morning hours. Breath from your nose into your belly and “see” the green hued energy entering your body as you practice.

Following is information for late spring and early summer classes at the center.

  • The on-going Saturday morning classes will continue. “Opening The Energy Gates” is the entrance into the entire Nei Gong Qigong system. Class begins at 9:00 AM.
  • The short form Wu Style Tai Chi begins at 10:00 AM. The 27 sequential movements are a beautiful, flowing, mind/body practice. Wu style tai chi heals the physical body, calms stress and strengthens your capacity to be more aware of your inner and outer world, in a way that conventional practices and movement, such as calisthenics, is not able to accomplish.
  • The next several TAO Quiet Sitting Classes will be on Tuesday, April 21st, Tuesday, May 5th, and possibly on May 19th.(this date will be confirmed at a later time), from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM. Combined breathing and dissolving can resolve congested and frozen energy throughout the mind/body continuum that prevents growth.
  • A New Sunday Series will begin on Sunday, April 19th thru Sunday, May 17th. There will be 5 classes in this series. Each 2 hour class will introduce you to the Taoist version of yoga, which is a highly internalized system that is very yin in nature. This practice gently stretches the body and integrates the various physical systems and multiple layers of energy. I’ve taught this yoga to students and patients to help repair very recalcitrant injuries with good results, and to discover the areas where chronic imbalances reside deep within the being.

Energy Gates & Wu Style Tai Chi
Saturdays, on-going
$10.00 individual class
$15.00 both classes – same day

Quiet Sitting
$10.00 a class

Sunday TAO Yoga
$25.00 a class

The White Crane Healing Arts Center is located in Broward County, Florida
7071 W. Commercial Blvd. Suite 2C, Tamarac, FL 33319
Phone 954.721.7252
http://www.whitecranehealingarts.com/

 

Spring Equinox & Quiet Sitting Class at White Crane

White Crane Healing Arts - Holistic Family Healthcare - Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Herbal Therapy, Qigong Classes, Self Cultivation Practices & NutritionHello Friends and Students,

The next Taoist Quiet Sitting Class is on Tuesday, March 24th from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. We will continue to explore the energies of sinking (descending) and how to move these energies with great discernment into the dissolving process. Most of us find that when we start to observe, our minds are jumbled up into a mixture of thoughts, emotions and sensations; but we lack the skill to calm and integrate these experiences. Without clear discernment and the ability to feel the quality of energy that is occupying your mind at any given moment, it becomes increasingly difficult to quiet your being and deepen the experience of true inner space.

We will also begin a conversation about fear. The energy of fear creates one of the most fundamental blockages that can be encountered. Discussion will focus on the nature of fear and how it limits our growth at every level.

Beginners Welcome!

Location: White Crane Healing Arts Center, 7071 W. Commercial Blvd. 2C, Tamarac, FL 33319

Date & Time: Tuesday, March 24th  7:00 – 8:30 PM

Cost: $10.00

phone: 954-721-7252
email: whitecrane.iborra@gmail.com

Website:  http://www.whitecranehealingarts.com

PS – Friday, March 20th is the spring equinox. The new moon will prevail and in that will be the energy of new beginnings. Day and Night will be equal; and therefore yin and yang will also be equal. The sun will rise directly in the east and set directly in the west. In Taoist cosmology, the equinox is considered a high energy day.

If desired, you can acknowledge this energy with incense, candles and/or invocations. The idea is to raise your consciousness and purify your energy; especially on the subtle spiritual plane. Other suggestions include meditation, prayer, a reading of something that inspires you deeply, spending time in nature watching a sunrise or sunset, visiting a beach, forest or mountain. Whatever you choose, it should be done with clear intent – you get the idea!

Good Journey,

Frank

Quiet Sitting Meditation – White Crane Healing Arts

White Crane Healing Arts - Holistic Family Healthcare - Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Herbal Therapy, Qigong Classes, Self Cultivation Practices & NutritionFriends & Students,

We had a great turnout for the last quiet sitting class. For those of you interested in going deeper into the nei gong practices, quiet sitting meditation is a necessary component. There are three prerequisites that are essential to developing skills. They are becoming present, Taoist Longevity breathing, and the dissolving process. In my experience I’ve noticed that sitting quietly for a length of time is the most difficult skill to develop for most students.

As I’ve mentioned repeatedly, our culture emphasizes activity, which activates the thinking process. Extreme activity creates rumination or over thinking, which, over time creates an imbalance in the digestive organs. Our ability to nourish ourselves then becomes greatly compromised. These practices are about observing the relationship between our inner world with the outer world; and discovering how to reconcile the imbalances we see to create greater harmony.

Most of us, since birth, have been conditioned to think and view things in a linear fashion; but when we delve into our inner worlds, which requires a shift to how our minds function, we discover a subtle infinite universe. If we look at a metaphor of waves above the ocean, we see the waves as the obvious observable experiences of life, but these waves are generated by currents of energy below the surface, and these currents are influenced by even more subtle and deeper currents.

This is why in our practices we try to feel below and behind the obvious. The descending flow of energy that permeates our world (earth) is the primary energy we want to recognize and stabilize within, especially in the beginning. Sinking energy deeply into the body helps to heal by cleansing and purifying what our body is unable to process; and most importantly, it repairs the nervous system.

Dropping the energy of the brain into the lower dan tien (belly area) initializes a sense of the inner currents that are pushing various body functions into stress mode. Within this process of sinking the various energies, we will try to make clear distinctions inside for the purpose of releasing, integrating and recognizing what truly nourishes us.

Good Journey,
Frank

Where: White Crane Healing Arts Center
7071 W. Commercial Blvd. Ste. 2C, Tamarac, FL 33319
When: Tues. Feb. 24th.
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Cost: $10.00

PH. 954-721-7252 or 954-815-1235

Summer Qigong Classes & Explorations in TAO

SAMSUNGThis summer we will be doing the most comprehensive study to date. Qigong Classes will combine Taoist longevity breathing with TAO Yoga. Breath awareness is fundamental to enhancing the ability to feel inside and increase efficiency and functionality of the body’s internal systems. In this class we will bring to awareness all the potential physical mechanics of breath until they are consistently engaged and integrated; as well as progressively lengthened.

Ancient Taoists observed that this quality of breath could be sustained while doing practices, chores or any activity. As this skill is practiced and developed throughout the day, it can lead to profound life altering shifts within one’s being. Wisdom from ancient Taoist culture tells us that being deeply quiet in the mist of disorder or chaos reveals the nature of healing for mind and body.

Five yoga postures will be introduced as the gateway to whole body breathing. Tao Yoga is a form of qigong. All qigong is “energy work”, for developing the power to heal.

How does TAO Yoga differ from Hatha Yoga?

Hatha yoga uses postures or asanas and breath control (pranayama), to energize subtle channels (nadis). Tao Yoga uses gentle movement and breath to move and balance chi. In Hatha Yoga you stretch to relax; whereas in TAO Yoga you relax to loosen, expand and relax the body. You find a comfortable point, which is around 70% of your physical extension or range of motion, then release and relax the body. When the body becomes deeply relaxed, the mind becomes quieter and spirit is engaged.

TAO Yoga can improve Hatha or any yoga practice because the internal training tunes the body through the different postures which transform the physical and emotional layers. The emphasis, which is on moderation and softening, allows the nerves to release the muscles so that the body gains the flexibility needed to get into the postures. The goal is to progressively incorporate all the principles of internal qigong (nei gong) with each posture.

I’ve found within my 45 years of exploring mind/body practices that the combination of Taoist longevity breathing and TAO Yoga is the least complicated way of achieving the “rhythm of stillness”. Developing the skill to feel discomfort, energy flows, or imbalances, increases your ability to affect your vibration or frequency. This knowledge is not gained through the intellect, but through a kinetic sense of who you are. Understand, this is an entirely different paradigm that overrides linear thinking and conditioning.

Explorations in TAO – 4 classes

Discussion, experience and exploration, from a Taoist perspective in this class, will encompass the vast expanse of scientific and spiritual knowledge that comes from the wisdom and sacred traditions of the TAO. Inherent in Taoist tradition and arts is the reality that everything exists on multiple levels of energy; everything is energetically connected and energy is in constant transformation.

Topics will include: understanding cyclic energy transformations, I Ching consulting and mapping, nutrition, diet & food preparation, astrology, meditation, spiritual practices and other related material. Readings from Taoist literature and other spiritual classics will be a part of each class, as well as experiential lessons to enhance right brain intuition to create a balance of linear thinking and analog understanding.

Our purpose will be to inspire, increase individual awareness, develop creativity, and contribute positively to the collective whole of the group and planet. Everyone is encouraged to contribute, ask questions and share their own experience and wisdom with the group.

Summer Schedule

Classes this summer will be taught in four modules. Each module will consist of three weeks of movement and one week of Explorations in TAO, for a total of 12 movement classes and 4 Exploration classes. Each class will include review as well as new material. You’re welcome to attend any number of classes in any combination you choose; however, the more consistent your attendance and practice, the easier it will be to integrate your knowledge at a deeper level.

First Session
Qigong
Sunday, May 11th. 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Sunday, May 25th. 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Sunday, June 1st. 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

TAO Explorations
Sunday, June 8th. 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Class Fees:
Individuals – $25.00 per class

Couples – $40.00 per class

Sunday Classes will continue throughout August with one week off.
Date will be announced along with the rest of the schedule in May
.thumbnailThe White Crane Healing Arts Center
7071 W. Commercial Blvd. Suite 2C, Tamarac, FL 33319
Phone 954.721.7252
http://www.whitecranehealingarts.com/

BOXING Conditioning Classes – Vagner Rocha Martial Arts

The Vagner Rocha Martial Arts Center teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Mixed Martial Arts in Pembroke Pines, FloridaBy VAGNER ROCHA MARTIAL ARTS

”Boxing is not just about using the fists. It is a science of strategy, defense, diversions, and instinct.”

The Boxing Conditioning classes at Vagner Martial Arts are extremely informative, hands on, fun, upbeat, and open to both men and women, ages 14 and up. There should be no concerns regarding age or fitness level as each individual will train and excel at their own pace.
Boxing Conditioning  -  Vagner Rocha Martial ArtsBoxing Conditioning offers a popular form of boxing, known as aerobic or cardiovascular (cardio) boxing, which combines elements of boxing and aerobics to provide overall physical conditioning and toning. Unlike other types of boxing, cardio boxing does not involve physical contact between competitors – it’s a cardiovascular workout that’s done because of its many benefits to the body.

The Boxing Conditioning classes are usually comprised of 10 to 15 minutes of warm-ups, which may include stretching and traditional exercises, followed by a 40-minute shadow boxing without a partner, using combinations  of jabs, uppercuts, and punches demonstrated by the instructor.  After this, at least 5 minutes should be devoted to cooling down, stretching and muscle conditioning. Stretching is really important, it helps relax muscles and prevent injury.

Boxing Conditioning classes at Vagner Martial Arts are extremely informative, hands on, fun, upbeat, and open to both men and women, ages 14 and up.

Besides keeping your body fit, boxing has tons of other benefits:

  • Increase Upper & Lower Body Strength
  • Improved Concentration
  • Mental Conditioning
  • Superior Core Training
  • Rhythm
  • Increased Speed
  • Balance
  • Endurance
  • Footwork & Conditioning
  • Flexibility
  • Coordination
  • Defensive Maneuvers
  • Punching Self-Defense Techniques

Try a class beforehand to see whether it’s right for you. Click here to set up an Intro Boxing Conditioning Class

Wear loose, comfortable clothing that allows your arms and legs to move easily in all directions. Gloves or hand wraps are used during classes – you will be able to borrow these for your free trial class and buy your own when you enroll from our store.
Drink plenty of fluids before, during, and after your class to quench your thirst and keep yourself hydrated and don’t eat a least one hour before your class.

Let’s jab and punch your way to fitness!!!

About Vagner Rocha BJJ & Martial Arts

The Vagner Rocha Martial Arts Center was founded by Master Vagner Rocha. Master Rocha’s success includes winning the Pan Am gold as well as becoming a world medalist at the Mundials. His list of accomplishments also include many absolute pro division titles and NAGA championships. Master Rocha is regarded as one of the top competitors on the pro circuit in Florida and beyond.

Our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing/Muay Thai, and Mixed Martial Arts programs transform a student into a disciplined and well-rounded individual. Students will improve their physical shape and stamina with the confidence to defend themselves in real-world situations.

For further information about our programs contact us at:
VAGNER ROCHA CENTER
8904 Taft Street, Pembroke Pines, Florida 33024
Phone: 954-432-8788
http://www.vagnerrochamartialarts.com