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  • bananaleafcafe 7:25 pm on December 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Taoist Breathing Techniques: Abdominal, Reverse, and Vase 

    by Elizabeth Reninger Updated July 22, 2018

    Have fun exploring these three simple Taoist breathing practices—all of which can be beneficial in numerous ways. There are three things to remember are you explore and practice:

    1. Stay relaxed, particularly through your face, neck, jaw and shoulders. Maintaining a gentle smile—as in the Inner Smile practice—will help with this.
    2. Keep the tip of your tongue in gentle contact with the roof of your mouth, right behind the upper front teeth. This facilitates beneficial communication between the Ren and Du meridians.
    3. Maintain an attitude of patience and curiosity. Do your best to stay gently focused on the practice, but without creating tension. There’s no hurry.

    Abdominal Breathing

    Find a comfortable place to sit, with your spine in an upright position. Close your eyes, and bring your attention to the movement of your breath, simply observing your inhalations and your exhalations, in no way attempting to alter their natural rhythm. Follow the breath in this way for ten rounds.

    Now, place your hands gently on your lower abdomen, with the tips of your thumbs touching each other directly over your navel, and your first fingers gently touching each other several inches below your navel—so that your hands are making a triangle shape over the lower part of your belly, in the area of what in Taoist practice is known as the lower dantian.

    To practice “abdominal breathing,” let this lower portion of your abdomen, beneath your hands, gently expand (lift into your hands) with each inhalation; and let it relax back to its starting position with each exhalation. That’s all—simple. Inhale, expand. Exhale, relax. Repeat for ten rounds of the breath.

    Reverse Breathing

    Once again, let your spine be upright, and follow the natural course of your breath, with eyes closed, for ten rounds, making no effort to change its quality or rhythm in any way.

    Now, to practice “reverse breathing,” once again place your hands, in that triangle shape, over your lower abdomen, with the tips of the thumbs touching, right over the navel. As you inhale, draw the lowest portion of your abdomen—the part that’s beneath the tips of your four fingers (first, middle, ring & pinky)—gently inward, toward your spine, away from your hands. This is the “reverse” of abdominal breathing—hence the name. It might feel like a gentle scooping, inward and upward along the front of your sacrum and spine, as you draw that lowest portion of your belly inward. Just notice that. As you exhale, allow your abdomen to naturally expand outward, back to its starting position. So, once again: Inhale, lowest belly draws inward. Exhale, relax. Repeat for ten rounds of the breath.

    Vase Breathing

    What is called “vase breathing” is mostly a variation of abdominal breathing, with just a touch of reverse breathing added to it, along with a beautiful visualization. Begin in the same way as in the previous two practices, by following your natural breath for ten rounds, and then placing your hands in a triangle shape over your lower belly.

    As with abdominal breathing, allow the lower belly to expand outward into your hands with the inhalation. As you inhale in this way, imagine that your abdomen and in fact your entire torso is like a vase and that the inhalation is like fresh, clean, clear water that you’re pouring into the vase. Like water being poured into a vase, feel that the inhalation fills the bottom of the vase—the bottom of your abdomen – first, and then continues to fill, from the bottom of the vase upward to its very brim—your collarbones.

    As you exhale, allow your abdomen to relax back toward it’s starting-point but—and this is where a touch of reverse breathing is incorporated—instead of letting your belly rebound completely to its starting-point, let it go just 85% or 90% back—maintaining, toward the end of the exhalation, a gently rounded vase-like shape of the lower abdomen. By maintaining this slight vase-like shape of the lower belly, at the very end of the exhalation, we’re more easily able to welcome the next inhalation—the next “pouring” of water into the “vase.” Since vase breathing is a bit more complex than abdominal breathing or reverse breathing, it’s best to start with just two or three or four rounds; then return to your natural breathing cycle for a while, and then come back to vase breathing—until you become more familiar and comfortable with the practice.

    Further Reading

    Meditation Now – A Beginner’s Guide by Elizabeth Reninger. This book offers step-by-step guidance in a number of Taoist Inner Alchemy practices (e.g. the Inner Smile, Walking Meditation, Developing Witness Consciousness & Candle/Flower-Gazing Visualization) along with more general meditation instruction, including how to work skillfully with the breath. An excellent resource!

    Source: https://www.thoughtco.com

     
    • uhtmelanesia 7:30 pm on December 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      The techniques mentioned here are similar to "Breathwork ceremonies" in which there is also abdominal breathing.

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  • bananaleafcafe 7:21 pm on December 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    The Five Taoist Elements: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood 

    In 1998 Feng Shui Journal published an article I wrote about the five Taoist elements. Five elements theory is the basis of traditional Chinese medicine, and is part of feng shui. Applying the five elements to feng shui is easy to remember if you think of each element as a room in your home:

    Fire rules the heart in Chinese medicine so the heart of the home, your living room, is the room of the element Fire. Make this room lively, colorful, and entertaining like the yang element Fire.

    Earth rules the stomach in Chinese medicine so the dining room where we eat and digest is the room of the element Earth. Make this room soft, in golden earth-tone colors, with round or oval tables for this yin element.

    Metal rules the lungs in Chinese medicine so your bedroom, where you rest and breath deeply, is the room of the element Metal. Make this room clean, organized, and in light colors.

    Water rules the kidneys in Chinese medicine so your bathroom is the room of the element Water. Make this yin room quiet, cool, blue, and soothing like the element Metal.

    Wood rules the liver in Chinese medicine. Wood added to a Fire for cooking makes the blaze brighter so the kitchen is the room of the element Wood. You can add the color green, or grow herbs in your kitchen.

    Feng Shui Journal

    Spring 1998, Vol.4, No.1, Pages 22 – 25

    THE FIVE TAOIST ELEMENTS
    Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood

    The four elements of fire, water, air, and earth are the basis of many magical and spiritual systems: the native American medicine wheel, the four corners of pagan European ritual, the four elements of alchemical schools of ancient Egypt, and the four elements of astrology. Even the tarot deck and playing cards are based on these four elements whereby fire is wands (clubs), water is cups (hearts), air is swords (spades), and earth is pentacles (diamonds).

    Another way of dividing the cosmos into elemental energies is the ancient east Indian vedic system of the three doshas: vata (air/space), pitta (fire), and kapha (earth and water). Theses three doshas are used in Ayurvedic medicine in a system as fully developed as traditional Chinese medicine. But Chinese Taoist cosmology is structured on five, not four elements: fire, earth, metal, water, and wood. These five elements are the basis of Chinese metaphysics and philosophy and have practical applications including feng shui, astrology/astronomy, and traditional Chinese medicine.

    Fire

    Each element possesses distinct characteristics. The first element, fire, is the most masculine of the five elements. Therefore, it is considered very yang. Fire’s planet is Mars, the intense red planet. Fire’s season is summer, the time of heat, growth, warmth, and increased light. Fire corresponds to the three earthly branches of summertime: Serpent (May), Horse (June) and Sheep Fire’s direction is south. Fire’s position on the feng shui ba-gua represents fame and illumination. Fire’s tri-gram is two solid lines above and below a broken line. Fire’s symbol is a red Phoenix.

    Although fire is considered a very yang element in general, it can exist in either a yang or a yin state because in Taoism all things have both a yin and a yang expression to create balance. When fire expresses masculine yang energy, its color is red and is symbolized by burning wood. When fire expresses feminine yin energy, its color is purple and is symbolized by the flame of a lamp, small and contained, yet helpful.

    Fire personality traits are love, passion, leadership, spirituality, insight, dynamism, aggression, intuition, reason, and expressiveness. The fire personality is direct-right out front. A fire type succeeds by becoming warm- hearted and generous. Experiences of love, compassion, fun, joy, and pleasure are healing for fire individuals. The challenge for a fire type is to share joy and laughter without thought of reward.

    The emotion associated with fire is happiness. Other heart emotions include joy, vanity, jealousy, frustration, regret, grief from loss of love, and disappointment in relationships.

    In traditional Chinese medicine, fire’s body organs are the heart and small intestines. Therefore a fire personality may have a disposition for heart problems, such as heart attacks, or may experience minor digestive problems in the small intestines. The element wood nurtures the element fire; wood’s body organ is the liver. Fire types must avoid alcoholic beverages that heat (over stimulate) the liver. Liver excess is a false way to empower the heart and causes imbalance between fire and wood. Heart illness and fire imbalance can often be read in the face: a cleft in the nose or a too red complexion.

    Colors: red (yang) and purple (yin)
    Earthly branches and months: Serpent(May), Horse (June), Sheep (July)
    Planet: Mars
    Direction: south
    Climate: hot
    Season: summer
    Emotion: happiness
    Body organs: heart (yin) and small intestines (yang)

    Earth

    The element earth is yin, feminine, like Mother Earth in the West. Earth’s planet is Saturn. Earth corresponds to all twelve earthly branches, and its “season” is the last eighteen days of each of the four seasons, the time of seasonal transition. Earth’s location (direction) is the center.

    Earth’s postion on the feng shui ba-gua represents unity and balance. Earth’s tri-gram is three broken lines because the earth is open and receptive to rain, sun, and other natural forces. Earth’s symbol is the black and white yin/yang.

    Although earth is a yin element, it can exist in either a yang or a yin state. When earth expresses masculine yang energy, its color is yellow and is symbolized by a hill. When earth expresses feminine yin energy, its color is gold and is symbolized by a valley. Earth personality traits are stable, practical, reliable, industrious, empathetic, honest, kind, prudent. Earth types value friendship. Earth individuals do well to meditate and nourish themselves physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

    They must learn to develop clear boundaries and take care of themselves. The challenge for earth types is to honor their sympathetic nature and show great kindness to others.

    The emotion associated with earth is sympathy. Other earth qualities are pensiveness, thoughtfulness, and reflection. Just as one assimilates nutrients through the stomach, one assimilates life experiences through the element earth. A strong earth element helps to digest and accept fate and expand one’s circle of knowledge.

    In traditional Chinese medicine, earth’s body organs are the stomach and spleen (and pancreas). Earth types should avoid foods that antagonize the stomach because they may have a disposition for stomach disorders, such as ulcers or indigestion. A weak spleen can cause immune system problems due to poor assimilation of nutrients. Since the sweet taste is associated with the element earth, earth types can develop a sweet tooth. They must avoid the tendency to indulge in too many sweets and rich desserts. Stomach illness and earth imbalance are indicated as deep sagging facial lines from the base of the nose to the outer corners of the lip.

    Colors: yellow (yang) and gold (yin)
    Earthly branches and months: All twelve branches are earthly. No months are
    earthly.
    Planet: Saturn
    Direction: center
    Climate: damp
    Season: seasonal transition-the last eighteen days of the four seasons
    Emotion: sympathy
    Body organs: stomach (yang) and spleen (yin)

    Metal

    This element is feminine because metal is extracted from the feminine earth, although metal is considered less feminine than earth or water. Metal’s planet is Venus. Metal’s season is autumn, the time of harvest (with a metal scythe), completion, and the beginning of rest. Metal corresponds to the three earthly branches of fall: Monkey (August), Phoenix (September), and Dog (October). Metal’s direction is west. On the feng shui ba-gua metal correlates to children and creativity. Metal’s symbol is a white Tiger.

    Although metal is a lesser yin element, it can exist in either a yang or a yin state. When metal expresses masculine yang energy, its color is white and is symbolized by a weapon. When metal expresses feminine yin energy, its color is silver and is symbolized by a kettle. Metal qualities include strength, independence, focus, intensity, righteousness, and fluency in speech. The metal personality is very determined and powerful. Metal types succeed by being less opinionated, accepting change, and gracefully releasing the past.

    The emotion associated with metal is grief. Other metal emotions are insecurity, inability to achieve parental or spousal expectations, and lack of confidence. The challenge for a metal type is to learn how to express grief and find healing.

    In traditional Chinese medicine, metal’s body organs are the lungs and large intestines (and colon). Metal types must take care of their lungs for they may be susceptible to colds, cough, flu, pneumonia, tuberculosis, and other respiratory problems. Cigarette smoking is extremely harmful for metal types who could also develop intestinal problems that result in constipation or poor bowel function. Intestinal and bowel cleansings are helpful maintaining proper balance.

    A sunken chest or labored breathing are signs of weak metal. Also, lung illness and metal imbalance may result in a pale, sickly complexion.

    Colors: white (yang) and silver (yin)
    Earthly branches and months: Monkey (August), Phoenix (September), Dog (October)
    Planet: Venus
    Direction: west
    Climate: dry
    Season: autumn
    Emotion: grief
    Body organs: lungs (yin) and large intestines (yang)

    Water

    Water is the most feminine of the five elements and therefore is considered very yin. In Taoist cosmology, femininity is not considered weak. On the contrary, water is the most powerful element for it can move around any obstacle in its path without losing its essential nature. Water can, in time, dissolve the hardest mountains.

    Water’s planet is Mercury. The metal Mercury exists in a liquid form, like water. Water’s season is winter and therefore corresponds to the three earthly branches of wintertime: Boar (November), Rat (December), and Ox (January). Water’s direction is north. Water’s postion on the feng shui ba-gua represents career adn the life journey. Water’s tri-gram is two broken lines with a solid line in the center. Water’s symbol is a black Tortoise.

    Although water is a very yin element, it can exist in either a yang or a yin state. When water expresses masculine yang energy, its color is black and is symbolized by a wave. When water expresses feminine yin energy, it color is gray and is symbolized by a brook.

    Water qualities are creativity, sensitivity, reflection, persuasion, effectiveness, and desire for life and sex. Water types value family and social contacts and possess the ability to attract (being receptive, water can attract, rather than pursue). The emotion associated with water is fear. Other water emotions are indecisiveness, vacillation, and uncertainty. Those born in a water year succeed by not allowing fear to block the fullest expression of creativity. The challenge for water types is to overcome their fears and become active participants in life.

    In traditional Chinese medicine, water’s body organs are the kidneys and bladder. Water types may have a disposition for urinary problems, bladder infections in women, or prostate difficulties in men. Coffee drinking weakens the kidneys, and cocaine and marijuana abuse causes irreversible kidney damage. These toxic substances, including alcohol and other drugs, must be avoided.

    Kidney illness and water imbalance are indicated as dark circles or swollen bags under the eyes. Baldness is often another sign of weak water.

    Colors: black (yang) and gray (yin)
    Earthly branches and months: Boar (November), Rat (December), Ox (January)
    Planet: Mercury
    Direction: north
    Climate: cold
    Season: winter
    Emotion: fear
    Body organs: kidneys (yin) and bladder (yang)

    Wood

    The element wood is masculine and considered less yang than fire. Wood’s planet is Jupiter, the largest planet, symbolic of wood’s growth in springtime. Wood’s season is spring, the time of planting seeds, beginnings, and new growth. Wood corresponds to the three earthly branches of springtime: Tiger (February), Hare (March), and Dragon (April). Wood’s direction is east. Wood’s position on the feng shui ba-gua represents ancestors and family relationships. Wood’s symbol is an azure Dragon.

    Although wood is a less yang element, it can exist in either a yang or a yin state. When wood expresses masculine yang energy, its color is green and is symbolized by a pine tree-sturdy, upright, and enduring. When wood expresses feminine yin energy, its color is blue and is symbolized by the flexible bamboo that gently bends with the wind.

    Wood qualities are bold actions, planning, initiating new projects, idealism, imagination, compassion, and competition. Wood types possess decision-making skills and the ability to create change. From an Asian perspective, the go-getter, do-or-die, pioneering spirit of American culture is very wood. The challenge for a wood type is to learn to control anger and channel it into positive work that benefits all people.

    The emotion associated with wood is anger. Other wood emotions are tension, criticism, discouragement, regret, excitement, dislike of self and others, negative judgment, and repressed anger related to thwarted affection.

    In traditional Chinese medicine, wood’s body organs are the liver and gallbladder. Drinking alcohol is like drinking poison for green and blue signs because alcoholic beverages heat (overstimulate) the liver and cause severe wood imbalance. Avoid greasy, fatty foods that antagonize the gallbladder.

    Liver illness and wood imbalance are indicated as furrowed lines at the brow. A single deep furrow between the brows indicates spleen imbalance and correlates to the element earth.

    Colors: green (yang) and blue (yin)
    Earthly branches and months: Tiger (February), Hare (March), Dragon (April)
    Planet: Jupiter
    Direction: east
    Climate: windy
    Season: spring
    Emotion: anger
    Body organs: liver (yin) and gallbladder (yang)

     
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    The Taoist Five Elements 

    by Elizabeth Reninger Updated May 29, 2017

    Yin-Qi & Yang-Qi Give Birth to the Five Elements

    According to Taoist cosmology, Yin-Qi and Yang-Qi – the primordial feminine and masculine energies – produce what are known as the “Five Elements.” The Five Elements, in turn, give birth to the “ten-thousand things,” i.e. all of manifest existence. The Five Elements are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water.

    The Five Elements are Fluid Categories

    To understand the use of the Five Element system in Qigong, Chinese Medicine, and other Taoist practices, it’s important to know that the elements – like Yin and Yang – are fluid rather than static categories. For this reason, they’re often referred to as the “Five Phases” or “Five Transformations” or even “Five Orbs” (of influence).

    The Five Elements Support and Control Each Other

    Everything we find in our external or internal terrain belongs to one of the Five Elements, each of which has supporting and controlling relationships with the other elements. When the Five Elements – within our bodies or external environments – are balanced, we experience health and prosperity. When they’re out of balance – overacting, counteracting, or failing to properly support one another – we experience dis-ease of one sort or another.

    Wood Element Correspondences

    Yin Organ: Liver
    Yang Organ: Gallbladder
    Season: Spring
    Color: Green
    Flavor: Sour
    Sense Organ: Eyes
    Tissue: Tendons
    Odor: Rancid
    Direction: East
    Emotion: Anger
    Virtue: Kindness
    Planet: Jupiter
    Sound: Shouting
    Musical Note: mi
    Heaven Stems: Jia & Yi
    Environment: Wind
    Domestic Animal: Goat/Sheep
    Five Animal Qigong: Tiger
    Developmental Stage: Birth

    Fire Element Correspondences

    Yin Organ: Heart/Pericardium
    Yang Organ: Small Intestine/Triple Burner
    Season: Summer
    Color: Red
    Flavor: Bitter
    Sense Organ: Tongue
    Tissue: Vessels
    Odor: Scorched
    Direction: South
    Emotion: Anxiety
    Virtue: Joy
    Planet: Mars
    Sound: Laughing
    Musical Note: sol
    Heaven Stems: Bing & Ding
    Environment: Heat
    Domestic Animal: Chicken
    Five Animal Qigong: Monkey
    Developmental Stage: Growth

    Earth Element Correspondences

    Yin Organ: Spleen
    Yang Organ: Stomach
    Season: Late Summer
    Color: Yellow
    Flavor: Sweet
    Sense Organ: Mouth
    Tissue: Flesh/Muscle
    Odor: Fragrant
    Direction: Center
    Emotion: Worry/Pensiveness
    Virtue: Equanimity
    Planet: Saturn
    Sound: Singing
    Musical Note: do
    Heaven Stems: Wu & Ji
    Environment: Dampness
    Domestic Animal: Ox
    Five Animal Qigong: Bear
    Developmental Stage: Transformation

    Metal Element Correspondences

    Yin Organ: Lung
    Yang Organ: Large Intestine
    Season: Autumn
    Color: White
    Flavor: Pungent
    Sense Organ: Nose
    Tissue: Skin
    Odor: Rotten
    Direction: West
    Emotion: Grief/Sadness
    Virtue: Courage
    Planet: Venus
    Sound: Crying
    Musical Note: re
    Heaven Stems: Gen & Xin
    Environment: Dryness
    Domestic Animal: Dog
    Five Animal Qigong: Crane
    Developmental Stage: Harvest

    Water Element Correspondences

    Yin Organ: Kidney
    Yang Organ: Urinary Bladder
    Season: Winter
    Color: Blue/Black
    Flavor: Salty
    Sense Organ: Ears
    Tissue: Bones
    Odor: Putrid
    Direction: North
    Emotion: Fear
    Virtue: Wisdom/Awe
    Planet: Mercury
    Sound: Groaning
    Musical Note: la
    Heaven Stems: Ren & Gui
    Environment: Cold
    Domestic Animal: Pig
    Five Animal Qigong: Deer
    Developmental Stage: Storage

    Uses of the Five Element System in Chinese Medicine & Qigong

    Within the practice of Chinese Medicine, Five-Element acupuncturists – as their name implies – use the Five-Element system to diagnose and treat their patients. Chinese herbalists are more likely to make use of an Eight Principles diagnostic framework, though Chinese herbal medicine does rely heavily on the Five-Element “tastes” (sour, salty, bitter, pungent & sweet) – since it is the taste, along with the temperature, of an herb which determines its action within the body.

    The Five Element system shows up in various ways within qigong practice. One simple, powerful practice is to direct our attention (using the “Inner Smile” technique) into the yin organs, in a sequence which follows the Five-Element supporting cycle: Kidney to Liver to Heart to Spleen to Lung, then back to Kidney again. Just becoming familiar with the Five Element Correspondences is a great way to enter into this terrain, and – with time – your intuition will reveal all kinds of ways to benefit from this perceptual framework.

    Of Related Interest

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    • Meditation Now – A Beginner’s Guide by Elizabeth Reninger (your Taoism guide). This book offers step-by-step guidance in a number of Inner Alchemy practices (e.g. the Inner Smile, Walking Meditation & Candle/Flower-Gazing Visualization) along with more general meditation instruction. An excellent resource for practices aimed at balancing the Five Elements of the human body-mind. 

    Source: https://www.thoughtco.com/

     
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    I am Yahoo! Addict, and Hybrid Theme Lover

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    The Hybrid Core Framework is easy to extend to whatever I want. For example, I can add more menus and contents wherever I can, as well as create custom posts and do other things just by adding theme support “add_theme_support();” As I repeatedly say in this blog, the Hybrid Theme Framework is also structured in  a way that elementary theme developer will understand what these framework is doing for the theme.

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    Universal Healing Tao System for Melanesians 

    I am jhon Yonathan Kwano, the first Melanesian to learn from Grandmaster Mantak Chia on various Healing Tao Practices that help individuals to life longer, younger, and happier.

    I hope my existence and my knowledge on UHTS will help many Melanesians to enjoy and simple, longer and joyful life.

     
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    Wewo Kotokay, UHTS and Peace and Harmony among Melanesians 

    THE UHTS Melanesia is presented to Melanesians by Wewo Kotokay, an Associate Instructor of the Universal Healing Tao System established and taught by Grandmaster Mantak Chia based at Tao Garden in Chiang Mai, North Thailand.

    Wewo Kotokay learned UHTS system in 2015 and then in 2017 and right now practices UHTS himself and he would like to teach his fellow Melanesians the UHTS practices to help as many Melanesians as possible to become our own teachers and healers, in order to help us live healthily and in harmony with own self and with each other and with all communities of beings

     
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    Master Chia’s Tao Garden’s Winter & Darkroom Retreats 

    Master Chia’s Tao Garden’s Winter & Darkroom Retreats

    Master Chia will teach the Inner Alchemy Formulas 4, 5, 6 during the Darkness Retreat at the Universal Healing Tao Center and Tao Master School at Tao Garden Health Spa & Resort one time only this year.

    Take advantage of our Darkness Retreat technology here at Tao Garden. Participants stay in the absolute darkness during the full week(s) of their training. This yields the best results due to the natural changes in the biochemistry of the brain, the relaxed atmosphere, enhanced inner focusing and the enriched energetic atmosphere of group meditations led by Master Chia. Share the subdued excitement of experiencing newly discovered realities in an ambience of friendly camaraderie among kindred spirited participants from around the world.

    Master Mantak ChiaDarkroom Retreat 2017 Pi Gu Energy Fasting
    The practices of the Lesser Enlightenment of Kan & Li involves cleansing and rejuvenating the glands and organs using neutral energy (steam) generated by the inverting and coupling of the primal polarities of Fire and Water. The higher Inner Alchemy Formulas, which traditionally were practiced in caves,are taught in a complete darkness environment, which has been specially created to facilitate the teaching and practice of higher level Taoist Alchemical Meditation.
    Week 1: Pi Gu Energy Fasting Lesser Kan & Li – Sun. Feb. 5 – Sat. Feb. 11
    Week 2: Greater Kan & Li – Sun. Feb. 12 – Sat. Feb. 18
    Week 3: Greatest Kan & Li Retreat – Sun. Feb. 19 – Sat. Feb. 25lease click here
    Master Mantak ChiaMaster Mantak Chia Tao Garden Winter Retreat 2017

    Master Chia and all of us at Tao Garden are so happy that this year we had almost 100 people attend the Instructor Training Certification Program and Basic Retreat weeks. Master Chia’s senior instructor team was quite large this season and we are so grateful for the support all the students received through the experience. Some students certify as full instructors, some as associates and some simply attended class to spend time with Master Chia and learn more Tao practices in our beloved Tao Garden.
    Week 3: Fusion I, Tan Tien and Tao Yin – Sun. Jan. 22 – Sat. Jan. 28
    Week 4: Fusion II & III and Tai Chi I – Sun. Jan. 29 – Sat. Feb. 4

    Master Chia’s schedules More information please click here

     
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    Many years ago, Taoist Master, Mantak Chia published the Healing Love Through The Tao books. One, a book which teaches women how to cultivate, refine, circulate and store reproductive energy through controlling menstruation, and the other, a book for men which teaches Taoist techniques to cultivate, refine, circulate, and store their sexual energy through controlling ejaculation. These books were primarily written for Master Mantak Chia’s students and for practitioners of Taoist meditation. The practices described therein require preparation and study with a certified instructor. Then, with the publication of the Multi-orgasmic series of books these teachings came available for all interested in radiant health and improving their sex-life, both physically and mentally.

    In addition to training his certified instructors, Master Mantak Chia currently Offers Courses and treatments at Tao Garden Spa and Resort, in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Retreats in which these Taoist practices are taught, and the foundation is layed for a healthy use of the sexual techniques contained in the books. As part of a general detox and health improving program, special treatments are offered, such as Chi Nei Tsang and Karsei Nei Tsang, both of which contribute to our Sexual Health and well being.

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    UHTS – Regulating Mastrubation 

    By Sarina Stone

    In the Way of the Tao, we know men lose energy (Chi) in ejaculation and women lose energy (Chi) in menstruation.  This is an important point as we focus so much of our intention on cultivating, refining, circulating and conserving Chi to attain and maintain optimal health.

    It is possible for a woman to balance her hormones in a natural way and regulate, at the very least, the unpleasant symptoms prior to and during menstruation.  At the very most, we may choose to conserve eggs and menstruate less often, or for fewer days.  This we know from the experience of thousands of women through history and today.

    Have you ever experienced pre-menstrual Syndrome?  If you have, you have seen how women lose energy before and during menses.  The energy loss pre-menses each month is both physical and mental.  Many pre-menstrual women experience feelings of angst.  As the liver begins to prepare for this process, many women suffer an imbalance in the negative emotion of the liver; anger!  Add to this the crazy imbalance of the more Yang (masculine) hormones, like testosterone and progesterone, and we lose energy by becoming too Yang and emotionally unstable for days prior to menstruation.

    This roller coaster of emotions from the shift in hormones may cause a woman to laugh one minute, cry the next, and then become angry for no reason.  This is taxing on the mind and body and thus women lose precious Chi each month.

    Still others lose their Chi due to cramping, bloating, constipation and other nasty physical effects for 3 to 7 days prior to menstruating.  A symptom of Chi loss is fatigue.

    Out of kindness and respect for you, the reader, we do not offer techniques to regulate menstruation on this website.  For this, you must train under the supervision of a Certified Instructor for your own safety.  We recommend you also read the book Healing Love Through the Tao, Cultivating Female Sexual Energy by Master Mantak Chia, and study the pages “Preparing Your Body” on this site.   You may also come to Tao Garden and take the Basic Retreat or Multi-Orgasmic Retreat in January 2009.  It is very important to learn and practice Universal Tao Basic practices of Inner Smile, Six Healing Sounds, MicroCosmic Orbit, and Iron Shirt Chi Kung prior to attempting to regulate menstruation as the techniques will bring vital Chi out of ovaries and uterus and some of it will be transferred into the major organs.  If the emotional energy in the organs is not balanced when the reproductive (sexual) Chi enters, a woman may grow the emotional imbalance and become very uncomfortable.  It is ultimately important to attain as much physical and energetic balance as possible before attempting to cultivate sexual energy.

    So, in the Tao, we do not place the cart before the horse.  Learn to balance your emotions and circulate your Chi first, then you may safely enter the amazing world of Cultivating Female Sexual Energy.

    This being said, Master Chia wants to relay to you the importance of learning to balance the hormones, and connecting the heart to your mind and sexual organs.  This is especially exciting for postmenopausal women as it may restore femininity and healthy hormone balance.  In the Way of the Tao, of Way of Nature, we choose not to supplement the hormonal system with pills and creams unless it is absolutely necessary.  Instead, we choose to take our mind and our intention inside the body to facilitate balance and radiant health.

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  • bananaleafcafe 11:13 am on December 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Healing Love Through Tao 

    Dual Cultivation for Couples click here!

    Many years ago, Taoist Master, Mantak Chia published the Healing Love Through The Tao books. One, a book which teaches women how to cultivate, refine, circulate and store reproductive energy through controlling menstruation, and the other, a book for men which teaches Taoist techniques to cultivate, refine, circulate, and store their sexual energy through controlling ejaculation. These books were primarily written for Master Mantak Chia’s students and for practitioners of Taoist meditation. The practices described therein require preparation and study with a certified instructor. Then, with the publication of the Multi-orgasmic series of books these teachings came available for all interested in radiant health and improving their sex-life, both physically and mentally.

    In addition to training his certified instructors, Master Mantak Chia currently Offers Courses and treatments at Tao Garden Spa and Resort, in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Retreats in which these Taoist practices are taught, and the foundation is layed for a healthy use of the sexual techniques contained in the books. As part of a general detox and health improving program, special treatments are offered, such as Chi Nei Tsang and Karsei Nei Tsang, both of which contribute to our Sexual Health and well being.

    Through the Universal Healing Tao a most comprehensive collection of written and visual material is made available on the subject of Taoist Sexual Health. We offer to you here a collection of information and free lessons, which may wet your appetite to become a student and ultimately take responsibility for your physical, mental and energetic sexual self.

    We hope this inspires you and we will see you in Tao Garden soon to study these amazing techniques with the master himself.

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