The Approach of Winter and the Mystery of Regeneration
The balance of life is between activity – spending our energy, and regeneration – replenishing our supply of energy (so that we can go on being active). The concept is simple: regenerate your energy supply. The mystery is how to do it.
The ancient Chinese approach to regeneration had basic elements: rest, clean air, pure water, energy-rich foods. But beyond these elements there were times of the day and times of the year, which, they thought, presented the optimum conditions for facilitating regeneration.
Within the body there is also the mystery of the bones and the bone marrow, and the mysterious role of the kidneys. All of these were seen as essential to regeneration.
The deep, slow moving energy down inside the bones is a subtle but inexorable source of regeneration. You can use awareness and intention to give that energy full dominion in its natural environment to carry out regeneration of the body.This will be a practical talk about engaging with the approach of Winter. We will look at the cycle of the whole year, and think about what is most natural to pursue in this period of increasing Yin. The talk will include some simple practices like Bone Shaking, and Bone Breathing.
No previous experience or knowledge is needed. Part of the Global Harmony Arts series at Gualala Arts Center
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Karl Danskin is currently teaching small classes on the coast in Trail Walking Meditation, Tai Chi style movement, and other Taoist arts. Karl has been a student of classical Chinese health and healing practices since 1981. He learned Taoist meditation and healing practices from Master Mantak Chia, Taoist spiritual philosophy from Sifu Liu Ming, Taoist medicine theory and application from Taoist Jeffrey Yuen, and Tai Chi and Zhan Zhuang practices from Sifu Fong Ha.
Karl formerly taught Chi Kung and meditation at the Shiatsu Institute in San Francisco, the Acupressure Institute in Berkeley, and at the Center For Living in San Francisco, as well as being Director of the International Healing Tao Video Library, and teaching private classes extensively in the Bay Area.
Karl has been living on the Mendonoma coast since 2001. He taught Tai Chi at the Del Mar center on The Sea Ranch from 2005 to 2010.