“Dao (or Tao) follows what is natural.” 道法自然 (From Dao-de Jing, 《道德经》, Chapter 25)
Without knowing how to be natural and be at ease 自在, one cannot glimpse the “Dao”– the “Way”: harmony with the natural and balanced order of the universe. One must first experience harmony and balance within oneself to live in harmony with the outside world.
Only in a calm and clear state can we live in the present moment with joy and make better decisions. In this course, participants will learn to practice calm-abiding meditation, starting with body relaxation and gradually letting go of any subtle holding in the body and mind. Participants will also train to rest their minds for clarity through practice of various focal points. Throughout the course, a special form of Qigong (气功), the Eight Pieces of Silk Brocade (Baduanjin 八段錦) will be taught. It is a set of medical Qigong with eight movements designed to improve overall health. These movements will work on internal organs and meridians in the entire body. The instruction will focus on enhancing spinal fluidity and the silken quality of the motion to create a greater flow of Qi (energy, 气). In addition, Standing Qigong (Zhan Zhuang 站桩) & basic Taichi movements will be introduced as well. This course develops harmony and balance within oneself for people of all ages. Continuing to take this course will deepen your understanding and help integrate the practices into your daily life for the best result.
Thursday, 6:30 – 7:30 PM
January 11 – February 29
8 sessions (8 hours)
$260 member / $300 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)
Maximum Number of Students: 10
Awarded “Outstanding Educator of the Year 2017”, Ms. Chen is a devoted practitioner and teacher of TaiChi and Spirituality. She has trained with leading instructors in the United States and Asia, including Master Ping Zhen Cheng (founder of Taichizen -“Enlightened Living”), Master Alex Dong (fourth generation of the renowned Dong family of Taichiquan), Grandmaster Dr. Ye Rui-Chun (disciple of YeDa Mi-founder of Ye style Taichi) and Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang (the nineteenth-generation standard-bearer of the Chen Family Taichiquan.)
Ms. Chen has also studied meditation with Tibetan Master Tsoknyi Rinpoche and received holistic well-being training from numerous institutions. In so doing, she has developed a unique approach to the teaching and practice of these disciplines, integrating key elements of various traditions and creating space to apply them within our fast-paced modern lives. She believes that a peaceful mind, a compassionate heart, and a healthy body are the keys to a fulfilling life.
"Thank you so much for your kind and comprehensive instruction. The holistic nature of our classes has been particularily appreciated and has given a far deeper understanding of our practices. I have experienced tangible benefits from the course. Your wisdom and deep knowledge have shone through "
— Ken Berrie (Spring 2022)