Approach to Teaching
One aspect of my practice of Chinese medicine is teaching, sharing and supporting people to take care of their own health, physically and energetically. This provides options beyond relying on others, professionals, to “fix us.” Individual sessions and small group classes are available.
My approach to teaching has evolved over the years. At first, I thought I was teaching people a correct and effective way of meditation, chi kung, or whatever. Now I view teaching in a more general and open way: we all learn from each other.
When we gather together to genuinely explore some common interest, say tai chi, the energy of the group facilitates a natural learning process. This is not an "expert teaches unknowing student" approach. It is based on the observable experience that we all possess the natural way within us. In a supportive context and with simple attention and awareness, this natural way arises and leads us to learn whatever subject may be before us.
Listening, following, supporting this natural learning and teaching each other process is often more effective, fun and enjoyable than a lecturing, expert, “this is right” approach. For more information about this approach to teaching, click on Teaching Others.
Most of the classes I teach are within the general area of meditation and chi kung. I use these terms interchangeably, referring to practices that cultivate attention, awareness of chi (energy) and internal energetic processes.
There are many kinds and approaches to these practices. Mine is a Taoist approach, following the philosophy that there is a natural way to each and every thing. In the most broad sense, these practices help us to explore what that natural way is by exploring the physical body, like the organs - liver, lungs, brain - or the bone structure. We can also explore the emotional body: joy, anger, sadness or grief. In addition, these practices may be used to explore the spiritual body, whatever that may mean to you. These internal explorations complement and are mutually supported by our exploration of the external environment: the Earth, the sky, the cosmos.
Below are some brief descriptions of the classes I teach within the Healing Tao (Universal Tao) system taught by Mantak Chia. I've been a certified instructor within this system for over 20 years. More information about Mantak Chia and his system may be found on the Resources page.
Healing Tao Class Descriptions
See Current Class Schedule for dates. Pre-registration is required one week prior to each class. Monday classes are 7-8:30 pm.
Introduction to the Healing Tao, A Free presentation about the Taoist Chi Kung/Meditation practices. Overview of practices and demonstration.
Six Healing Sounds are simple sitting postures and a sound vibration that help us connect with the internal organ systems utilized by Chinese medicine: lungs, kidneys, liver, heart and triple warmer. They are gentle and effective ways to release tension & stress and bring positive, nourishing energy to the body, mind and spirit.
Inner Smile & Chi Self Massage focus on bringing the natural healing and energizing qualities of our smile to internal organs and the spine. We often share our smiling energy with others; this practice brings that same energy to ourselves.
Microcosmic Orbit describes a circulation of energy through the body, flowing up the spine and down the frontline, following acupuncture meridians. This general flow connect with all of the organ meridians, providing chi and nourishment. Pre-requiste: six healing sounds & inner smile.
Iron Shirt I includes standing meditations to develop rooting, structure and the ability to ground body energy with the earth. Standing Iron Shirt postures provide a context to learn about the interplay between physical and energetic structure.
Alignment of bones and joints, relaxation of muscles, spiraling of tendons and ligaments all support internal energetic movement and balance.
When physical structure is in natural alignment and rooted to the earth, internal energetics occur easily and naturally. Without this, the internal aspects take much effort, which interferes with the natural process.
Healing Love includes the Taoist practices related to creative energy which can then be applied to other areas of our lives. Taoist practices bring awareness and attention to the energetic qualities of creative chi .
Creative chi may be cultivated and applied to many aspects of our lives: art, music, relationships, parenting, jobs, healing work with others and ourselves, spiritual growth, community, gardening, writing, singing…the list is endless. This potent chi can energize whatever creative impulse or direction we are drawn to.
In the context of Taoist meditation and chi kung, creative chi can be cultivated and applied to support any other practice. Creative chi brought to moving forms greatly facilitates smooth and consistent flow. Combined with standing postures, it supports strengthening structure and natural rootedness in the earth. The internal energetic dynamics and functions of sitting practices are all empowered by creative chi. During practice, all of this happens without effort.
When there is an available reservoir of creative chi it naturally flows to whatever we are doing, adding pure, powerful creative qualities to the process. Taoist practices focus on cultivating and bringing awareness to the creative chi process so that it is accessible.
Tao Yin uses floor exercises and movements which help relax, open, and strengthen tendons, spine, and the psoas muscle. The class involves a series of floor exercises, stretches, and movement – something like a cross between hatha yoga and tai chi. These exercises are performed on the floor rather than standing. Lying and sitting positions make unique benefits possible.
Conditioning can be achieved that improves chi flow and structural alignment. This strengthens movements and postures in standing and sitting positions. The principles of Tao Yin are essentially the same as in Iron Shirt and Tai Chi. This allows the three forms of exercise to mutually support each other.
Tai Chi Chi Kung I includes a simple 13 step form based on the structural integrity learned in Iron Shirt I, applied to a moving form. Within the Healing Tao chi kung system there are sitting, standing and moving practices. Tai chi is used as a way to incorporate the stillness of sitting and rootedness of standing into flowing movement.
In essence it is meditation in motion. Practicing meditation in motion - playing tai chi- allows an exploration and learning of how to accomplish the same thing through while moving through daily life.
One may choose to play tai chi for many different reasons: physical exercise, body energetics, calming the mind, following the breath, balancing yin and yang. The beauty of this practice is adaptability that provides any of these aspects to each person based on their interests.
Fusion of the Five Elements I is an advanced form of the Microcosmic Orbit. Focus is on transforming chi to a higher quality and circulating it through the body.
Fusion is Sitting Stillness. It is for those who have experience with the Microcosmic Orbit. It is a process of gathering chi from the organs, and elsewhere, then condensing it into a higher quantity and denser quality.
The refinement of this chi can then be circulated through various meridians, organs and physical structures. This refined chi is also a basis of cultivating an energy and a spirit body.
The Microcosmic Orbit class is a pre-requisite and it is useful to have some form of basic, personal practice.
Chi Nei Tsang I includes using our hands and meditations to facilitate healing in ourselves and others by direct application to the abdomen, including the major organs and body systems.
Chi Nei Tsang (CNT) is an abdominal and organ bodywork process from Mantak Chia's Healing Tao meditation and chi kung system. I feel it is 50% massage technique and 50% chi kung, which provides for a very unique and powerful way to support and nourish body, mind and spirit. There are many and diverse bodywork styles and techniques out there; this one is quite special. Accessing the sophisticated and intricate energetic system of Chinese medicine through hands-on touch of abdominal organs feels elegant, simple and often magical. This class is for anyone, whether you are a professional bodyworker or just love to explore the natural way of these marvelous human bodies. The focus is very experiential; most of each class will be devoted to trading treatments.
A prerequisite for CNT is the Microcosmic Orbit class. Any and all of the other chi kung/meditation classes are highly encouraged to cultivate internal and energetic aspects, allowing them a natural presence during CNT sessions.
Class will be three hours, once a week for 10 weeks. The day and time will be determined according to participant's schedules. Class fee: $450; ½ price to review. LMT's can receive 30 CEU hours (plus 16 hours for the Microcosmic Orbit.)
This class happens whenever enough people express interest, usually every 2-3 years. 10 week class.
Weekly Group Meditation - will be scheduled when enough people have taken the basic practices & there is interest in meeting weekly. Format of the class will evolve over time and input from those attending. The intention is to provide a place for people to practice together and integrate the various Tao practices.
Monday evening classes: $40 for one month
Chi Nei Tsang: $450 for 10 weeks
Review any class: 50% off
Individual teaching sessions may be arranged outside of the regular class schedule. Subjects, length of sessions and frequency may be arranged to fit each person's needs.
Some people like to supplement small group classes with individually focused sessions. Private instruction may also be used prior to joining a regularly scheduled class. Fee: $60/hr.
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