Yang Fire Monkey Year by White Crane Healing Arts

by Miki on February 6, 2016

The Chinese new year which begins on the second new moon after the winter solstice will be on Monday, February 8th at 9: am. The rising moon will usher in the year of the Yang Fire Monkey and If I had to describe the year in one word it would be dynamic. I’ll explain why, but first, a brief description of how the Chinese astrological system works for those not acquainted with it.

Every year is either Yin or Yang. This cycle repeats itself continuously each hour, day, week, month and year. Last year was yin, therefore, this year is yang and next year will be yin, etc. Another cycle, known as the 5 elements, which is a system of corresponding energies, is used in Chinese astrology in two different cycles, known as the Earthly Branches and the Heavenly Stems. A branch and stem is ascribed to each year and if you understand their symbolic meaning, you can gain insight about yearly expectations and how to interpret what that year’s potential influence will be.
Earthly branches rotate in a 12 year cycle. One of the twelve animals (rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, boar) is used to describe each year in the cycle and this animal represents a certain quality of energy. Each animal is either Yin or Yang and has a fixed element. For example, every monkey is yang and has a fixed element of metal. So all monkeys, regardless of what year they’re born in will have some attributes of metal (negative positive) such as being composed or scattered, devoted, candid, trustworthy, combative, withdrawn, etc.
Each year is also influenced by the Heavenly stems cycle. This is a cycle of the five elements in their yin and yang stages which creates a cycle of ten years. This cycle rotates like this: yang earth – yin earth, yang metal – yin metal, yang water- yin water, yang wood – yin wood, yang fire – yin fire and then it starts again.

Read more about the new year at:
http://www.whitecranehealingarts.com/2016/02/yang-fire-monkey-year/

Gong Hey Fat Choy – Happy New Year

Pass the New Year Well!

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
Providing Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, Herbal Therapy, Chi Gung, Massage and Nutrition services to the South Florida communities of Broward and Palm Beach Counties

Broward Acupuncture by White Crane Healing Arts

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine that is used to alleviate pain and/or to treat various physical, mental, and emotional conditions by using small needles to stimulate points on the human body. Originating in ancient China, acupuncture is now widely practiced in the West.

Acupuncture is over 5000 years old and is a time tested healing modality originating from the far East.  Each individual will experience acupuncture on a personal level and what one feels depends on their own state of being and level of sensitivity.  It’s common to feel a sensation of warmth, tingling or traveling Qi (energy) when the needles are inserted; and many experience a profound sense of relaxation and well being or possibly increased energy.  Acupuncture treats the whole being which includes body, mind, emotions and spirit.

Acupuncture points are located in the small depressions or hollows in the skin called gates.  Thru these gates, one can access the internal streams and rivers of energy that transport Qi and blood.  Qi and blood give sustenance to the interaction and cohesion of mind, body and spirit.  Fundamentally, illness manifests when Qi, Blood and Fluids are either blocked, depleted or imbalanced, which diminishes its healthy coherence to the point of dysfunction or eventually illness. Acupuncture can reorganize this dynamic by opening, closing or harmonizing the flows within the rivers and streams (channels).

Some examples would be, helping individuals to manifest their potential in the real world; helping someone that is experiencing an emotional situation (good or bad), to feel or express it  and one more example would be helping someone that is constantly discharging energy to store energy in order to have a sense of cohesion.  Our inner world of feelings and emotions are constantly challenged in an increasingly complicated world which prevents our neurological system from processing the incoming data that seems to be coming at us at an increasingly faster pace.

All hygienic precautions are observed and only sterilized disposable needles are used.

http://www.whitecranehealingarts.com/chinese-medicine/acupuncture/

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 Fax 954.721.7242

Providing Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, Herbal Therapy, Chi Gung, Massage and Nutrition services to the South Florida communities of Broward and Palm Beach Counties of: Boca Raton, Coral Springs, Davie, Deerfield Beach, Delray Beach, Ft Lauderdale, Hollywood, Lauderhill, Pembroke Pines, Oakland Park, Plantation, Pompano Beach, Sunrise, Tamarac, Margate, Coconut Creek, North Lauderdale, Wilton Manors, and Lighthouse Point

Reflections on Earth Days Past and Present by White Crane Healing Arts

White Crane Healing Arts of Broward, FloridaBy Micki Iborra

Wednesday, April 22nd. Is Earth day and one holiday I can really relate to. The first Earth Day celebration I remember was at a food co-op that Frank and I were members of in the  early 1980’s. Robert, one of the co-op founders constructed a rudimentary solar oven which we set up on the sidewalk in front of the co-op. Within a very short time, the oven  was successfully cooking and we were serving free samples of solar cooked food to passers by. This demonstration generated a lot of interest and also educated people; myself included, about sustainability and natural resources. Thinking of that day, I became curious about Earth Day’s history, so I searched the web and here’s what I learned.

The seed was planted during President Kennedy’s administration. A senator, Gaylord Nelson, suggested a five day conservation tour around the country as a way to bring awareness of environmental issues to the general public. Kennedy subsequently did the tour, but, apparently, not a lot of attention was given to this event and it seemed that not much would come from it. However 7 years later, in 1970, the slowly germinating seed flowered into the first bona fide Earth Day celebration. At that time there were massive demonstrations against the Viet Nam war, which often included teach-ins. These teach-ins evolved to include environmental issues which resonated with a large segment of the population. As earth awareness grew, people like John Gardner, who was then the head of Common Cause, a grass roots organization and other grass roots organizations became involved. The movement took on a momentum of its own and continues to grow.

As Earth day approaches, there are now worldwide observances and celebrations. Schools, corporations, retailers and governments all participate, and some certainly cash in on earth day. While I am grateful for any progress, even superficial demonstrations, towards recognizing the challenges for humanity and our home, I believe there is something more profound beneath the surface occurring. To many of us, a mountain top removal or toxic ocean has become personal. It’s difficult to ignore the abuse and disrespect of the planet, or ludicrous to think that the environment has little effect on our health and well-being. We are the earth and the earth is us.

Inherent in Taoist tradition is the concept of self cultivation. Tai Chi, Yoga, meditation and the I Ching are among the disciplines that people are attracted to generally with the purpose of creating a healthier body and mind. When practiced consistently, these disciplines can improve health and well being; but as they become integrated and habitual, they become a true catalyst for change. As change takes hold, awareness grows and every action and breath one takes becomes nourishment for the seed of evolution that resides within. You still eat, sleep, work and play, but how you navigate comes from a deeper more connected understanding, and as understanding grows, each awakened individual becomes a catalyst for change within the collective consciousness and soul.

The greater number of us that pursue an enlightened path, the better the chances are for creating a balanced existence. A planet where people help more than hurt each other, respect each other and have reverence for nature and all that is seen and unseen. Master Ni once told our group to “watch comedy“. I didn’t realize how profound that simple statement was at the time, but I now know that what we hold in our minds and thoughts manifests into reality. If the majority of humans believe some terrible catastrophe of biblical proportions is going to occur or some natural disaster will wipe out humanity, then it’s possible it could manifest as a self fulfilling prophecy.

So, what could any of us do? Have clear intention to grow in awareness. Surround yourself with what nurtures you, and don’t let inertia, stubbornness or excuses deter you from moving more, eating better, sharing good thoughts, helping others or watching comedy. There are two creative primal forces in the universe, yin and yang. They sometimes oppose each other, but at other times they complement and support each other. Will we be able to work together collectively to create positive change for ourselves and the earth? Will enough of us reach critical mass in time to bring earth back into balance? I have no answers or facts, but I see human potential as infinite. Yin and Yang will always be, but even if some of the dire predictions for our future manifest, it will simply be a detour because the human spirit is indestructible.

By the way, I am proudly proclaiming to be a tree hugger, but hey, I’ll take wisdom where I can get it. I wish all my fellow tree huggers a healthy planet with many more Earth Days to come!

In TAO,
Miki

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

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/

 

Sunday Qigong Classes Starting Again at White Crane Healing Arts

Connecting to the lower dan tien (Field of Elixir)

FrankIborra 150x150 Sunday Qigong Classes Starting Again at White Crane Healing Arts*“The forces of Autumn create dryness in Heaven and metal on earth; they create the lung organ and the skin upon the body. . . And the nose, the white color, and pungent flavor. . . The emotion of grief, and the ability to make a weeping sound.”

Inner Classics (400 BCE – 260 CE) *

Fall is the season of harvest, a time to sink inward, to gather and store as the deep stillness approaches. A time to let go of all our attachments; like the leaves falling gently to the earth. In ancient China, the concept of time was understood differently than in this present day. Today, we view things in accordance to small linear fragments of time, such as seconds, minutes, hours, days etc. We’ve lost the sensitivity to relate to the whole. Ancients related to the rhythms and cycles of stars, planets, the sun and moon. Their observations revealed the interdependence between humans and the cosmos.

You can observe this interdependence as well. For example, last month the sun crossed the celestial equator; the imaginary line in the sky above the earth’s equator, from north to south. This is a sign that yin is increasing and yang is decreasing. I know that what happens in the heavens, also happens within, so I make adjustments in my daily activities to sync with the flow of this seasonal change. Also, I’m writing this between the hours of 1:00-3:00 pm. My training as an oriental doctor, taught me that this time corresponds to the flow of qi and blood within the small intestine channel and organ system. The meaning here is that this is an ideal time to address imbalances within this organ system. You can learn to ride the flow of energies that surround and influence us to deepen your life experience.

In Taoist tradition, there is a strong emphasis in living life in harmony and balance. The relationship of the primal forces known as yin and yang can be arranged to reflect the balance in each situation and context. Equilibrium and balance does not mean 50/50; rather it requires an awareness and skill to find the balance in each moment. This awareness can be skillfully developed. Increasing awareness in the Taoist tradition begins by cultivating our energies on a daily basis. Using practices such as Longevity breathing, clear intention and connecting our feeling awareness deep within our bodies is a process that has many steps and levels of understanding.

One such step is the development of a clear path and connection to the lower dan tien, also known as the field of elixir. The lower dan tien relates to the first to the third chakras in the Hindu system and is located 1/3 the distance between the naval and top of the pubic bone. This energy vortex controls all things related to physical capacity. “According to research conducted by Dr. Michael Gerson, a professor of anatomy and cell biology of Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, the lower dan tien sends and receives impulses, records experiences, and responds to emotions. Its nerve cells are bathed in, and influenced by the same neurotransmitters as the brain. The lower dan tien’s “brain”, known as the enteric (intestinal) nervous system is a network of 100 million neurons, neurotransmitters (more than the spinal cord contains) and proteins that act independently of the body’s brain and can send messages, learn, remember and produce feelings.” Dr. Gerson’s research results provide scientific verification of what Eastern wisdom has taught for millenia, verifying that centers of consciousness exist in the body besides the brain; and that the abdomen is one of the body’s major centers of awareness.

It is through this awakening and reconnecting to this primal field of energy that we regain our lost inheritance to our deepest selves and the realization that we are the children of the universe. Feeling our way into reality has nothing to do with philosophy or belief. It is simply coming back to basics. Accessing and stabilizing awareness in the lower dan tien creates the ability to establish a foundation of whole health, which can then expand to other aspects of our being. This is also how we can experience the subtle resonance of celestial bodies dancing thru the universe, weaving their universal rhythms and patterns into being to reawaken us to the interconnectedness of everything.

Starting in November, Sunday Qigong classes will be exploring the “kinetic communication” of the lower dan tien. We will be using and refining many of the practices you have learned in previous classes, or if new, I will be teaching basic techniques so that you will have the material to move forward. The Taoist longevity breathing will be important and also taught in combination with the dissolving process. The dissolving practice’s potential sinking qualities will be included and refined for the more experienced students. Standing and sitting practices, cloud hands and Taoist yoga will be explored as part of this process.

Class Schedule for November December, 2014

Sunday, Nov. 16th.

Sunday, Nov. 23rd.

Sunday, Dec. 7th.

Sunday, Dec. 14th.

Sunday, Dec. 21st.

Sunday class times 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Cost: $25.00 individuals per class $40.00 couples per class

Beginners and practitioners of other traditions welcome.

Note to NSEV Practitioners: This process of feeling our way into the lower dan tien is a kinetic way to experience the primal oceans. Each layer of releasing brings one into the origin of our body, the chong. This process is one of the ways to merge yourself back into your true self.

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/

Year of the Yang White Tiger – White Crane Healing Arts

It’s 4708 – Year of the Yang White Tiger

Hello Everyone and Gung Hoy Fat choy (Happy Chinese New Year)! from Frank, Miki and Ray,
The Tiger is the third animal in the Chinese 12 year zodiac cycle.   In this year of the White (metal) Tiger which began on Feb. 14th. 2010 and will end on Feb. 2nd 2011 there is much to be aware of.  Tiger years are generally dramatic, associated with massive changes, social upheaval and the potential to become dangerous or destructive.  Politics could be adversarial (what’s new?) and even the weather may bring hurricanes or typhoons of unusual severity.  Both world wars began in tiger years and war in general is associated with metal.  Metal also corresponds to money and my interpretation of that is to be careful, don’t gamble or speculate this year.    If you spent a good part of last year planning a project, laying a foundation or researching and gathering info for a future activity, you should see it all come into play this year. Read more on the blog at:
http://.whitecranehealingarts.com

Do You Have an Herb for?

The Chinese Medicine pharmacopeia has thousands of herbs for specific conditions.  Herbs are categorized according to function.  For example, in the Chinese Herbal Materia Medica by Bensky and Gamble, there are about 30 herbs in the “Herbs That Release the Exterior” Category.  Within this category are the sub categories of warm, acrid herbs and cool, acrid herbs.  All the exterior releasing herbs address disorders of a superficial nature, such as a wind cold invasion commonly known as a cold.  “They are mostly diaphoretic, i.e. they release or expel the external pathogenic influence through sweating.”

In the sub categories each herbs comparative functions are further defined.  This means that even though both cinnamon (gui zhi) and magnolia flower (xin yi hua) are in the warm, acrid, release exterior category, they are used differently.  Cinnamon has the ability to disperse wind or prevent the onset of a cold, while magnolia is used exclusively for nasal problems.

Herbs are rarely used alone.  Most of the time, they are combined in a synergistic formula.  The purpose of this is to increase the effect or function of the formula, address accompanying symptoms or alleviate any possible side effects.  Chinese herbs are combined in teas (decoctions), powders, liquid extracts, pills, capsules and even as plasters, patches or creams for external use.

Furthermore, each individual’s unique pattern is addressed.  Let’s say three people come in with a wind invasion (common cold),  they will be questioned about their symptoms, health history and any other information that may needed to prescribe the appropriate formula for their specific need.

The reason I bring this up is to illustrate the complexity of this 5000 year old herbal system.  It’s become common in western society to market a single herb as a cure or as beneficial in healing many illnesses.  This is, for the most part, misleading because while the herb may at times provide some measure of relief, it’s often used in a way that limits its full capacity to assist in the healing process.  So, when asked if we have an herb for? The answer is invariably always yes, but there’s more to understand.

Coming in April, May and June; three workshops on Chinese Herbs.  The April workshop will mainly deal with external remedies for such things as trauma & injury, burns, arthritic inflammation, cuts, bruises, eczema and more.  The focus in May will be on immunity and include herbal remedies for colds & flu, allergies, rhinitis, sinus problems, coughs, sore throats, etc. . In the June workshop we will introduce herbal remedies for many common discomforts and symptoms, such as digestive problems, gastritis, women’s & men’s problems, headaches, heartburn, sugar imbalances, food poisioning and much more.

Please check the White Crane blog www.whitecranehealingarts.com for a detailed description of each workshop and other information.  We are also creating a catalog of the herbs as well as an on-line store.  We’ll keep you posted.

Qi Happens

Greetings students and friends!  In China’s 3000 year old self healing system, there are many treasures and valuable practices to be learned.  In future editions of this newsletter, we will be including some of that wisdom, along with information derived from our experience over the past forty years studying directly with masters of the Taoist traditions.     The very nature of Qi and Qigong will be topics of discussion and will include the many benefits and effectiveness of Qigong practices.

I will also respond to one or two questions in each edition.  Questions can relate to the practices themselves, the principles, personal health issues, self healing issues or anything else related.  Please take some time to consider what your personal goals are for studying Qigong.

  • relaxation and stress reduction
  • health, wellness & longevity
  • joy of movement, entertainment and community/socialization
  • Unifying body, mind & spirit – spiritual evolution
  • increasing Qi (energy) in your practice and daily life
  • Personal growth
Please check out White Crane’s blog for the current class schedule and detailed descriptions on the classes.  www.whitecranehealingarts.com

Food Corner

In Chinese nutrition, the energy of food is considered along with the nutrients that the food provides.  Food quality is also determined by the environment and season it is grown in, color, taste, preparation and also by the person preparing the food.   In future newsletters I’ll feature a food, food group or some other relevant topic.  The purpose of this column will be to make the reader aware of their food choices so that he/she can begin to think more holistically about food and diet and how profoundly we are affected by those choices.  I’ll also address one or two questions a month related to personal situations.  Email me at:  miki@whitecranehalingarts.com.   Next edition I’ll talk about sour foods and what corresponds to sour foods energetically

The White Crane Healing Arts Center
7071 W. Commercial Blvd. Suite 2C
Tamarac, FL 33319
Phone (954) 721-7252

http://www.whitecranehealingarts.com/

Broward Acupuncture Treatments

Frank Iborra, AP, Dipl. Ac. is a state licensed and nationally certified (NCCAOM) acupuncture physician and herbalist in South Florida.

Acupuncture is over 5000 years old and is a time tested healing modality originating from the far East.

Acupuncture’s success in treating pain, immune deficiency diseases, degenerative and pathogenic diseases and all levels of imbalance and stress within the human body is relatively well known and continues to gain recognition in the west. Recent efficacy studies conducted by the National Institute of Health have led many HMO’s, hospitals, and clinics to include Oriental Medicine in their systems.

All hygienic precautions are observed in the clinic and only disposable sterilized needles are used.

Frank’s private practice is at White Crane Healing Arts in Broward County and is the senior instructor for the Qigong program at the center.  Frank specializes in Asian bodywork and has studied the Asian healing and movement arts for over 35 years  including:

  • Qigong Energy Movement
  • Tai Chi
  • Chinese Tao Yoga
  • Medical Qigong

FRANK IBORRA, AP, Dipl. Ac.

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

Phone (954) 721-7252
http://www.whitecranehealingarts.com

White Crane Healing Arts News

Season’s Greetings Everyone
The winter solstice on Dec. 21st, is the first day of winter, but it is also recognized as the return of light in many different cultures . Although the earth is farthest from the sun this time of year, the solstice marks the halfway point when the earth starts to tilt towards the sun and the days become longer. In the Taoist tradition this is considered the light within the darkness (yang within yin). It’s helpful to remember that even though there are times when it seems the darkness in the world is determined to envelop us, the seed of light is always present. Also, just as yin cannot exist without yang, darkness cannot exist without light. In your travels this holiday season, take note of the decorative lights as a symbolic reminder to keep the light within. The more we collectively nurture our inner light, the brighter our existence on the earth will be.

We have some great activities in December and the New Year. See event listings below! Also, in this newsletter, we are highlighting some of the items in our Earth Shop.

Mention this email for a 10% discount on your next herb purchase. (Customized Herbal prescriptions not included)

EARTH SHOP SPECIALS
December 09 & January, 2010

Shoyeido Incense
This 300 year old family owned company makes some of the highest quality incense we’ve found. All natural ingredients that have been masterfully blended for twelve generations. There are no fragrances added and the subtle scents are perfect for meditation, a spiritual corner or special observance.

Mycoherb -Mushroom Extracts

  • The number of mushroom species is currently estimated at 140,000, with only 14,000 named as a species, and known to science. Mushrooms provide a link for us with the Taoist sages of ancient China who leaned on Reishi-carved staffs and shared the same magnetic attraction to those medicinal fungi. The sages revered these herbs because they protected their health and increased their longevity.
  • Extracts of Reishi, Shitake, Tremella and other single or combined formulas for enhancing immunity, improving respiratory functioning, enhancing endurance and stamina and other healing qualities are available. Some by special order only!

Cold & Flu Season – over the counter Chinese herbal remedies
Yin Qiao, Gan Mao Ling – Great first aid remedies for the initial signs & symptoms of a cold or flu such as: mild chills or no chills, low grade fever, aversion to wind, body aches, scratchy or sore throat, fatigue, headache, thirst, nasal congestion, sneezing. In Chinese medicine this is considered wind heat or wind cold invasion.

Digestive Aid
Bao He Wan eliminates food stagnation, moves qi and harmonizes the stomach. This remedy is indicated for abdominal bloating, sensation that food is “stuck” and cannot move through the digestive track, hyperacidity

Dec. Review Classes & New January Sessions

Qigong & Yoga

December 17, 2009 6:30-8:00 pm
GOD’S PLAYING IN THE CLOUDS – qigong review class
Experienced and New Students Welcome. Class Fee: $10.00

NEW! 10 week session begins Thursday, January 14th. 2010
God’s Playing in the Clouds is one of the most valuable practices for longevity and aging with energy. It is an advanced nei gung practice consisting of six simple movements with internal mind-body interactions and physical bio-mechanical connections that are subtle and sophisticated. This practice was the only chi gung set practiced by Grandmaster Liu Hung Chieh in his eighties. He was a lineage disciple of the founder of Wu style tai chi and teacher of Bruce Frantzis.

This is a beginning and foundational class. Emphasis will be on understanding the mechanics of the movement and depending on the class experience, appropriate components of nei gung principles. One aspect of this movement is the development of foundational skills for meditative practice.
$15.00 per class

Instructor Frank Iborra has over 38 yrs. experience in the Asian movement arts, is a licensed and certified acupuncture physician, certified movement instructor, and Taoist student & mentor

No pre-requisite or prior experience is necessary.

TAO YOGA Review Class – Sunday, December 20th 10:30 – 12:30
In this session, Frank will give specific guidance and instruction relative to sinking, scanning and dissolving energy for chronic conditions, traumas and severe stress.
Class Fee: $15.00

TAO Yoga – NEW 10 week Session begins Sunday, January 17th. 2010
Tao Yoga is a form of Chi Gung. All chi gung forms are basically energy work for developing the power to heal. The practices taught at White Crane come from a 3000 yr. old Taoist system and are simple to learn yet sophisticated in their application.

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 movements and breath to move and balance chi. In Hatha yoga you stretch in order to relax, whereas in TAO yoga, you relax in order to stretch. You find the point that is around 70% of your physical extension or range of motion, then relax the body, mind and spirit.

TAO Yoga chi gung can improve hatha or any yoga practice because the internal training tunes the body to feel how the different poses are affecting the deep physical and emotional layers. Chi Gung’s emphasis on moderation and softening give the nerves the ability to release the muscles so that the body gains the flexibility needed to get into and hold the yoga postures. Awareness of chi movement or prana energy is also increased to prevent overstretching which can lead to injuries.

The goal of is to progressively incorporate all the principles of internal Chi Gung (nei gung) within each posture. This includes releasing blocked energy at points within the channels, pulsing the fluids in your joints, internal organs and spinal vertebrae; and manipulating the energy within your etheric field or aura. As always, the emphasis in Taoist practice is towards the spiritual.

This series of classes will be taught in two levels for beginners and those with some experience in TAO yoga. The class will also explore healing with sound, chanting, singing bowls and tuning forks.

Class Fee: $15.00 a class
To Register: 954/721-7252

Reiki Sessions
Every Tues. evening at 7pm Call Laura for details – 954-673-6667

Holiday Gathering

Saturday, Dec. 26th. 9:30 am

MEET US IN THE PARK – weather permitting, for some holiday Qigong!!!
NOTE: in case of rain, we’ll meet at the center as usual. Class will be held at Heritage Park on Peters Rd. in Plantation. Call us if you need directions at 954-721-7252.

From all of us at White Crane, we wish you a joyous holiday and a new year full of vibrant health and good fortune!

White Crane Healing Arts Center
7071 W. Commercial Blvd. Suite 2C
Tamarac, FL 33319
Phone (954) 721-7252

http://www.whitecranhealingarts.com

God’s Playing in the Clouds – Qigong practice

By White Crane Healing Arts

God’s Playing in the Clouds is one of the most valuable practices for longevity and aging with energy.  This advanced nei gung practice consists of six simple movements with internal mind-body interactions and physical bio-mechanical connections that are subtle and sophisticated.

This is a foundational class.  Emphasis will be on understanding the mechanics of the movement and the components of nei gung principles.  One aspect of this movement is the development of foundational skills for meditative practice.

Thursday, Nov. 19th.  & Dec. 20th. 6:30 -8:00 pm.
No prior experience necessary
Class Fee:  $10.00
Location:  7071 W. Commercial Blvd. Suite 2C, Tamarac, FL 33319

New 6 week class – CEU’s approved for Florida Acupuncturists
Beginning January 7th, 2010
4 week review class

TAO YOGA
Sunday, Nov. 22th. & Dec. 20th. 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Location:  7071 W. Commercial Blvd. Suite 2C, Tamarac, FL 3331

In the next three months, prior to the next 10 week TAO Yoga session, I will teach one 2 hr. class each month to review material taught in previous classes.  The interim class will also emphasize other aspects of the nei gong system.  You will learn yoga postures to bring body awareness to particular areas to activate, enhance and lengthen breath, known as longevity breathing –

This is the first time I will be teaching these postures.

We will also go through the basic energy gates locations.  This process of letting go of obstruction within our inner world is what the Taoists call the outer dissolving process.  Emphasis will be to gain access more clearly into the interior as a way to resolve blockages and gain vitality.

Beginners Welcome
Class Fee: $15.00
Questions or Info:  (954) 721-7252

January, 2010 – Next 10 week series begins!!

Info, directions etc. – Call White Crane Healing Arts at   (954) 721-7252

Location:  7071 W. Commercial Blvd. Suite 2C, Tamarac, FL 3331

www. whitecranehealingarts.com