Every Wednesday 5:30 - 6:30 Location: Gualala Community Center Every Thursday 5:30 - 6:30 Location: Horicon School, Annapolis
Instructor: Karl Danskin Info: 415-264-0957 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tai Chi expresses the root of Chinese medicine and spirituality through the practice of meditative movement. When you move in the slow, soft, harmonious rhythm of Tai Chi, great benefits accumulate for your joints, your circulation, the functioning of your internal organs, and your sense of balance and equilibrium. Tai Chi is a very practical and enjoyable cultivation and can be started and practiced at any age.
In this class, we will utilize just a few very simple, natural movements – focusing on the quality of the movement – and exploring breathing, balance, gentleness and fluidity. Our aim is to feel comfortable and natural, and to experience rejuvenation through relaxed movement.No previous experience or knowledge is needed.
Taoist Walking Meditation
Meditation practice for walking on trails
Three 90 minute sessions, once a week for three weeks (class), or by private arrangement
Instructor: Karl Danskin Call for details Info: 415-264-0957 email@example.com
Use a walk along a trail as an opportunity to enter into deep meditation. This practice takes traditional Taoist meditation techniques and explores the effects of doing these techniques while walking leisurely along a nature trail.
Walking meditation is a wonderful complement to your seated meditation practice, and it can also be very helpful for people who would like to begin a meditation practice, since it can be easier to start with. Unlike seated meditation, when walking your eyes are open, your body is moving, and you feel the presence of nature all around you. Because the body is moving, it is easier to be mindful of the body sensations and anchored in the present moment; for this reason, many people find walking meditation easier than seated meditation.
Each week we will meet at a local trailhead and as we walk the trail I will lead you through a guided awareness sequence that is used to enter meditation. Once you learn it, anytime you want to go into meditation, you will be able to just go out on a trail and do the practice.
A Taoist Perspective on the Beginning of Spring
Staying Healthy with the Seasons series 5:30 - 7:00pm Tuesday Feb 4 Location: Gualala Arts Center By donation Info: 415-264-0957 firstname.lastname@example.org
This will be a talk about engaging with the energies of Spring. We will look at the cycle of the whole year, and think about what is most natural to pursue in this time of surging Yang. And we will explore a simple practice for transforming emotional energy. No previous experience or knowledge is needed.
As Spring arrives all of Nature is full of vitality - growing, expanding, moving upward. Within us, vision is becoming clearer and plans are developing. Things are starting to move.
As young shoots come up through the ground, they lack the rigidity that they will have as they mature into plants. For now they are supple, flexible and malleable. And they offer an example for us. As the Yang energy builds within us and propels us along our course, we too need to be flexible and yielding. The natural push forward will certainly bring us up against obstacles, and if we don’t want to crash against them, we will need to soften and flow around them – maintaining our momentum and our focus on the our longer vision.
Within ourselves can we nurture our momentum and yet stay flexible enough to smoothly slide by the obstacles that arise? How can we be appropriate in the Spring season? What does the traditional Chinese Taoist perspective suggest about working with the emotions and energies of this time of year? Can we transform our anger into kindness and forgiveness?
Part of the Global Harmony Arts series at Gualala Arts Center