Late Summer-Fall 2013 Newsletter

Late Summer-Fall 2013 Newsletter

Moon and Lotus
Kamala Quale, MSOM, LAc
(541) 345-2220

IN THIS ISSUE:

 

Greetings to Everyone,

As summer moves into fall, I hope your days are filled with the fullness of harvest, and the love that only summer helps to blossom.

I feel grateful for all of you. Please join me for any of the activities this fall that call to you. They will be a mix of fun and deeper learning.

–Kamala

 

Two Chances to Learn About the Meridians

When I teach about the meridians and the theory behind Chinese medicine, I am usually teaching health care professionals. This fall and winter I would like to expand my offerings to anyone who is interested in learning more about the physical, emotional and archetypal functions of the meridians. You will begin to recognize these mindbody patterns in yourself, and learn how to give yourself energy balancing treatments.

The first opportunity will be an enjoyable, self-nurturing acupressure facial workshop. The six yang meridians of the body start in the face. By stimulating these meridians you can not only ease signs of aging, but also help the brain, and balance the functioning of the nervous, circulatory, and digestive systems. Learn how your face reflects your constitution, and the health of your inner organs and emotions. See the classes section for details.

Qi character for the vitality of life.
Qi - the vitality of life

The second opportunity is explained in the article below. Please read on, and I look forward to seeing you soon.

Who Am I?

Recently I’ve been enjoying a weekly podcast, called True Nature Radio, where the hosts give some insights on this and other interesting questions. The show is hosted by my Chinese medicine mentor, Heiner Fruehauf, Ph.d, LAc., and the dean of the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM), Laurie Reagan, ND.

Heiner is a scholar of Chinese cosmology and medicine. Through an in depth study and translation of ancient characters and symbols in classic texts, he has compiled information about how this ancient wisdom tradition correlates the inner nature of human beings with the outer events of the cosmos. The understanding of the microcosm (us) as a reflection of the macrocosm is at the heart of classical Chinese medicine, and Taoist yoga-qigong practice.

Last year Heiner and Laurie did a series on the classical correlations for the physical, emotional and archetypal functions of the twelve main meridian systems of the body according to Chinese medicine. Each meridian network paints a picture that you can recognize in yourself and others. Each reveals how we can transform our struggles and physical problems by expanding our perspective, and aligning ourselves with the natural flow of the cosmos. When taken together, we begin to see how the sages of the past understood what it meant to be truly human.

I want to share this information with you. So from October through January, I am offering a twelve week qigong class, where you will hear a 30 minute talk by Heiner (via podcast) about one of the meridian systems. In conjunction with that, we will practice Taoist yoga-qigong forms, meridian tapping techniques and meditations that stimulate and balance these networks for increased health and vitality. Please see the classes section for details.

 

Classes:

To register for classes, please email Kamala at kquale@moonandlotus.com or call (541) 345-2220

 

Morning Qi Walking Group – Free to All

Thursdays: 8:30 am – 9:30 am in September

Meditative walking in the morning can set the tone for your whole day. Join me for a group walk in the park. Qigong walking in the Jin Jing Gong style increases your flexibility and coordination. It also relaxes and focuses the mind and spirit. There is a covered area if it rains. Dress for the weather.

Location: Wayne Morse Ranch, off Crest Drive in South Eugene, between Lincoln and Story Blvd.

Free to All – If you plan to come let me know: kquale@moonandlotus.com or call (541) 345-2220.

 

Love Your Face – Self-Care Acupressure Facial

Smiling Flower

Saturday: September 21, 2013. 10 am – noon

Learn to refresh your face and bring a glow to your complexion and body with an easy, nurturing self-care acupressure facial tapping technique. By relaxing and stimulating your face you not only ease signs of aging, but also benefit your entire body. The six yang meridians of the face also extend through the body. As we stimulate them, you will be vitalizing your brain, calming your nervous system, opening your breath, and improving circulation and digestion.

After this workshop you will know how to:

  • Ease eye strain and bring the sparkle back
  • Release head and neck tension that leads to headaches
  • Calm emotional tension
  • Clear sinus congestion
  • Relieve jaw tension
  • Improve digestion
  • Learn how each energy channel of the face is part of a mind-body network that characterizes you and influences your physical health and emotional balance

Location: 966 Lorane Hwy near Friendly St. (Kamala’s Office)

Fee: $25. Early bird fee if paid by September 15, or $30 after.

 

Walking, Breathing and Moving with Qi

Fall-Winter Qigong Class Series

When: 12 weeks, Thursdays, October 10 – Jan 16 (Excludes: Oct. 31/Halloween, Nov. 28/Thanksgiving & Dec. 26)

Time: 6pm – 8pm

In this unique Taoist yoga-qigong class series, you will practice revitalizing movement forms, and learn about the foundation of qigong practice: the functions of the energy channels (meridians) of the body.

This class can provide you with new inspiration for your practice, and increased calm and flexibility in body and psyche. You can also relax in the simple joy of knowing why moving and breathing in specific ways can have such a profound effect on you.

Kamala Qigong

Each class will include information on the physical, emotional and archetypal functions of one of the twelve main organ meridian networks. You will hear a 30 minute talk by Heiner Fruehauf, Ph.d., LAc (via podcast - see Who Am I? article). We will then practice related qigong movements, meridian tapping, and meditation. Class will include some group discussion.

Everyone is welcome and no prior experience is necessary.

Location: Willow Tree Yoga Center, 1840 Willamette, Suite 208

Fee: $65/mo or $240 if paid in full by Sept. 25 – Call me if you need a sliding scale.

Register Early: Email: kquale@moonandlotus.com or call (541) 345-2220

 

 

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Tips for Self Care

Palming the Eyes

Sore, strained or red eyes can be caused by external influences like allergies to pollen, smoke in the air etc. However, much of the time they are caused by staring for hours into the computer screen, burning the midnight oil, thinking too much and general stress that affects our nervous system.

My Love Your Face class (see schedule) will go into depth about how you can care for your eyes. In this article I want to share one piece of that which is palming your eyes.

Most often we do this quite automatically when our eyes are strained or tired. Here is a way you can do it more intentionally.

Shake out your hands, arms and shoulders to stimulate circulation in your palms and fingers. Then rub your palms together until they are energized and warm. Lay on your back if possible (sitting is ok too) and cup your eyes with your palms. First take a couple of deep, cleansing breaths. Then allow your eyes to sink back in the socket and enjoy the pressure and contact from your palms. Give your eyes the message that they have nothing to do right now.

Turn the corners of your mouth slightly upward until you feel the energy of a smile and let that smile radiate to your eyes. Enjoy the feeling of the smile with your whole body. Notice how the muscles of your eyes and face let go with this small gesture. A smile signals your brain that stress is over and it can relax its activity.

When you are ready, rotate your eyes in circles to the right six to nine times, and then to the left. It is often easier in one direction than it is in the other. Some parts of the circular movement will be smooth and other parts may be jerky. With practice your eye circles will smooth out. Circling the eyes in this way may have a balancing effect on the right and left hemispheres of the brain, and even improve your eyesight over time.

After circling your eyes, rest them and go back to your smile. Take another cleansing breath and imagine returning to the task at hand with soft eyes and a fresh perspective.

 

Tips for Meditation

Here is an interesting article for an active heart opening practice. It comes from an unusual source and is bound to make you smile.

From The New York Times:

THE 6TH FLOOR BLOG: George Saunders’s Advice to Graduates

George Saunders shared with us his notes for a speech he gave at Syracuse University, in which he shares how one of his biggest regrets sprang from something very small.

Read here: http://nyti.ms/14DN0yv

–SpiderMan

 

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