Taoist Longevity Breathing

White Crane Healing Arts - Holistic Family Healthcare - Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Herbal Therapy, Qigong Classes, Self Cultivation Practices & NutritionThis is the first class and introduction to the 9 week Qigong series that Frank Iborra will be teaching online and is FREE. Frank chose this practice because of its foundational nature to all other practices, including Tai Chi, Tao Yoga, Ba Gua, Opening the Energy Gates and other practices from this system. Frank is a licensed acupuncturist with more than 47 years experience in martial arts and internal body practices. You can view his bio on our website at: www.whitecranehealingarts.com

Taoist breathing is the gateway to unambiguously feeling and awakening everything inside of you. The breath is bridge between body and mind. Fundamentally, all illnesses have an underlying disconnect between body and mind, therefore, developing awareness of the breath helps to facilitate the reintegration of the body, mind and spirit. As you develop the skill to go deeper into the integration process, you experience greater balance, healing and the potential for whole being.

Following are some benchmarks to take note of in the Longevity Breathing practice:

  • Facilitating the increase of oxygen and balancing oxygen and carbon dioxide in your body
  • Retraining the nervous system to deeply relax and awaken
  • Improving and repairing the functionality of the internal organ systems
  • Increasing and integrating the various levels of Qi which include meridian qi, wei qi, right and left channels and the central channel qi. (Qi can be understood as a combination of energy plus consciousness plus information systems)
  • Linking the energy of your breath directly to the fluids and nerves of your body which allows your mind to penetrate deeper into your being
  • Establishing the foundation of good health and peace of mind
  • Using breath as the stepping stone for Taoist meditation

Five TAO yoga postures will be included in class to support your understanding of how the breathing practice functions. Some aspects of “Opening the Energy Gates” including body alignments will also be included.

  • First Class FREE – Introduction – March 26, 2017 – 11:00 am
  • Followed by 8 weekly classes, Sundays at 11:00 AM – 50 minutes each class
  • Cost: All 8 classes prepaid -$75.00 or each Individual class – $12.00
  • Classes will be live streamed and available as recordings afterwards for review
    or for those not able to attend all 8 classes.
  • To Register: call: 954-721-7252
  • (Visa, Mastercard, Discover & Amex accepted)
  • Instructions for online participation in the class will be sent when registration is completed

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260 Dula Springs Road, Weaverville, North Carolina 28787
Phone 954.721.7252

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
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7071 W. Commercial Blvd. Suite 2C, Tamarac, FL 33319
Phone 954.721.7252
http://www.whitecranehealingarts.com/