Anamarta’s Shamanic Healing

For the ladies or women in your life, Anamarta’s Invitation To:

This coming weekend, the 16th and 17th February, is Crystal Shamanic Healing
Stone People, ancient allies and healing tools.
My dearest and great Teachers, the stone people, with whom I have been working and learning for more than 15 years!
You will LEARN crystal healing to your Womb and your Heart beyond the scope of the Jade Egg – and why?
Because they have the power to conduct and transform energy!  They have an energetic structure!  They can absorb minerals – and some can even absorb oxygen and water!

The following Friday, 22nd February evening, is Hawaiian Shamanic Healing
The Aloha Circle, the way to heal yourself through Love!
Everything is a gift and a blessing, for everything is Love, and gratitude and thanks must be given even for hurt and pain.  Then harmony can be restored between soul and body.
You will experience Hula Dance, part of the Hawaiian Shamanic Healing, and Huna Healing, with Healing Affirmations and the Karmic Map meditation.  When you can forgive the unforgivable then you are truly free!

And then on the weekend of 23rd and 24th February, Taoist Shamanic Healing
Stepping lightly in all realms.
The Shamaness became the Healer in the community and, particularly in the Taoist Tradition, is known only to the community, unknown in the outer world.  This secrecy stems from the days of persecution!
As Healing Warrior the Shamaness mediates with, or combats, Spirit, by taking into herself the energies, to heal and to seal.

Where and When?
Each weekend workshop is £167, and the evening one is £27.
We offer a saving when booking the three together of £297 for the 4.5 days.
3 Holmes Road, Kentish Town. NW5 2AX.
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Tai Chi Journey from a Woman’s Perspective

My Tai Chi journey took an interesting turn after an incident in India. I was with my partner Kris, from whom I just had started learning the Taoist Arts, inclusive Tai Chi, a few months before. Two men attacked us! One went to him and another went to me. He tried to grab me by the arm to pull me off the mountain path we were walking. I cannot tell if this took a few seconds or a few minutes, but I can just say that my instant reaction towards this man, double my size in height and weight, was a Tai Chi application. I twisted his arm in such a manner that he lost his strength!  If he didn’t run away the arm would be broken. I was blinded and suddenly became a warrior ready to fight.  Yet I’m totally pacifist and never been involved in a fight in my adult life, and I’m absolutely against violence.

Now my concern was, ‘Is Kris ok?’  And there he was, standing like nothing had happened. His attacker ‘flew away’ without return. These two men thought that an apparently old man and young girl would be an easy target, but got a surprise from a Martial Arts master and student. I got quite nervous as I was still trying to figure out “how did I manage to do this?”  As I cooled down I just said to Kris, ‘I’m happy you didn’t start anything’. I mean an ugly fight, that action of a man protecting a woman. He answered with this serene look in his face, ‘I won’t start it, but I will finish it.’  The awareness of a well-trained martial artist has of their own power, which can seriously injure or even kill a person.

What I learned from this experience was cellular memory. Even if you think you are not learning something, actually it’s going in. I had learned informally for a few months: perhaps the most intense training was on a beach in Thailand doing it every day for about two months, which was more fun than anything else, but never really took it seriously. That just happened after this attack, oh yes, after that the real training began! The other thing I learned or perhaps knew already, but experienced in a real situation was the inner warrior that is inside us that gives the power to handle any situation and to act instead of react.

Looking back twelve years ago when I start learning Tai Chi, I was definitely not good at it!
You learn the Qigong along with Tai Chi, which for me was easy. I become good at it very quickly: I had found some similarities with Yoga which I had done before.  Qigong was also known as ‘Tao Yoga’, but Tai Chi took me a few good years to grasp… And to start with, I just pursued it as it was a pre-requisite for my Taoist qualification as a Practitioner. Thinking, ‘Ok, let’s strengthen the character by doing something that’s difficult for me’.

After all, what really appealed to me in the Taoist Training was working in the body. Coming from a spiritual family, I was actually looking for something to give me grounding, which definitely deepened, even more, my connection with the Divine.  Nowadays I say: Rooted you are higher you fly (with no danger of feeling overwhelmed or spaced out), something that cultivated the health of my body, which lots of spiritual systems missed out, including the one of my lineage.

When I heard about Tai Chi for the first time, my immediate thought was, “Ha, the gentle movements you see old people doing in the park in China?” This was until I experienced it, and the profound effect of the movements in the body, the inner and outer strength of it, the calmness and sharpness they bring to the mind: and the boost of confidence, the deep connection with the Universe around you, a raising of the spirit.

Qigong and Tai Chi, beside the precise exercises which address and open specific parts of the body, contribute flexibility, suppleness, a deep sense of wellbeing, activating the meridians, the energy-flow channels in our body, feeding the organs that sustain our life, and enabling the bio-electro-magnetic force, Qi or Chi, to come on full charge.

But what is the difference between Qigong and Tai Chi?

Qigong is an internal martial art with the main focus on health and grounding, cultivating the qi/chi/energy, developing inner strength. There are hospitals in China using it as medical Qigong to support the healing of various conditions. The West also is taking interest in the matter and have done various studies proving the health benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi in the body and mind.
Tai Chi is originally a fighting art – Tai Chi Chuan. This internal martial art focuses on the self-defence movements which can be used in a fight, or in slow motion during the Tai Chi form.
Imagine a ballerina, her stage performance is the Tai Chi, and Qigong is the bar work, all the drills and body preparation.
So you can do Qigong without Tai Chi, but you don’t do Tai Chi without Qigong (I call this Tofu!), this is the warm-up and indeed the rooting which gives power to the Tai Chi movements, in which you blend the grounding and the flexibility.

Why Goddesses Do Martial Arts?
In Ancient China traditionally a Taoist Practitioner is one who does it all: meditations, sacred sexual practices “art of bedchamber”, shamanic practices, including healing, and the Martial Arts. For me Tai Chi, which means Ultimate Force, is the greatest Meditation in Motion, uniting us in perfect harmony with Earth below and Heaven above, yin and yang, with benefits on body, mind and spirit!  Tai Chi is the essence of Feminine Empowerment, connecting with higher and lower forces on the spiritual path, for self-defence or simply to harmonise with the environment and alleviate the effects of stress. 

 Sometimes I was asked with surprise: are you a Tai Chi Teacher? 
Tai Chi was part of my Taoist Training, which I was initiated and followed in a traditional and fully holistic way. I ended up wholeheartedly dedicated to it and naturally it became a way of life.
Martial Artists/ dedicated students of the Taoist Arts, seem surprised by the sacred sexual practices (‘sexual’ here goes beyond sex, it’s our creative force which manifests in the different aspects of our life). So not all Taoist schools cover this aspect of the ancient and so rich Taoist Arts, with its 4000 years of refinement.

The spiritual aspect in the graceful spirals of the Tai Chi form took my connection with nature, the Universe beyond the visible, and even the mundane world, to a higher level of perception, contributing for a sense of harmony and ease, to looking outwards for answers and delving inwards. This comes along with my Jade Egg Holistic Practice.  Learn Tai Chi as shamanic theatre! The Way of the Hidden Masters gives a sense of reality to this ancient art as we emulate the heroes of then, the warriors, the fighting nuns (and monks), and priestesses (and priests).

“The sun rose on a grace, a flow, on faces as serene as at prayer as they stepped and spun, spiralled and thrust: Shamanic theatre enacted under the trees, celestial combat, rooted in Earth and played in the human dimension. Yang advances, Yin withdraws, Harmony prevails.” by Kris Deva North.

 Another episode to reinforce that Goddesses Do Martial Arts
Once I was teaching a workshop for women. Another workshop for men was happening next door. Returning from my lunch break I was asked if I could do a “push hands” demonstration with an experienced and strong martial artist. Fine, there I was in my mini skirt, half of his size and definitely much lighter. In a few seconds we stood, and then I pushed him across the room; and off I go, left the room and went back to my workshop.
Why did I share this? Here the answer: ‘Size is never a true indication of muscular power and efficiency… The smaller usually makes up for the balance of power by his great agility, flexibility, and speed action.’ Adapted from Bruce Lee in his book The Tao of Gong Fu.
Bruce Lee had a daring and controversial approach, but the embodiment of his art proves him right. I found in him an inspiration, studying his teachings and applying it to my practice and sharing of it. He emphasises the importance of the yin as the yang in a fight “…the principle of gentleness – the art of neutralizing an opponent’s effort and minimizing the expenditure of one’s energy.”

 The thing to add to the above in the specific “push hands” exercise is: when you really develop your center and rooting, open your perception to multiple realities (which comes along with higher meditations), and can be fully present in the moment, nothing can move you.  When I started I was the ‘Miss Butterfly’: you could move me with one finger. But when I understood, felt and embody the grounding and flexibility, my feet became roots, and the interesting aspect of it was that it became not only about holding a physical push but reflected in all levels of my life: as holding an emotional, financial or spiritual push; and holding them like bamboo in the strong wind:  it bends but doesn’t break, and when the wind ceases, the bamboo springs back stronger than before.

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If you would like to learn more about this fine Taoist Art, for those in London we are starting the Tai Chi 7-week Winter (and only this year) Course for Women, or can be taken as random classes.  We always go back to the basics, which is fundamental to a new or advanced student, mastery of the basics in every discipline (I talk from my experience in martial arts, dance, and former player of competition volleyball), gives the springboard to develop and refine your own practice, and as a teacher I’ll be addressing the different adjustments to each level.
And this Summer: Kuan Yin Qigong Teacher Training in Portugal, a new retreat I’m launching with my creation, which besides grounding and centering, offers gentle, but profound exercises for the whole body, including the pelvis, hormonal balance and addressing specific women’s needs for radiant health, supporting their Tao of Feminine Empowerment.

 

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Enjoying the Pace of Life…the Leisure!

As I sit here looking out over the bay I feel I’m in my element!  Just lots of sun, sea, sand and…leisure!  Now I do know I’ll be back to Tai Chi in January and Chi Nei Tsang in April, and whatever comes up in the meantime.  But I am here enjoying life with Anamarta, who is busy keeping the Jade Circle updated and informed of all the goings-on…why, last night trying to pay by travelers cheque the restaurant said ‘No, we don’t take them – have you got anything else?’  Well, just as I said I have a card, the people behind me waved a card and said ‘Merry Christmas!’  And that was just the beginning of the night’s adventures.

A few moments later, sitting ploughing into some local fish, a man came in and said ‘Hello, you look like you’ve been here for a while.’  It was one of the Seven Brothers who owned the restaurant and we had a long and amusing conversation ranging from what would you like to do in London (watch fooftball), to what will you do in Hawaii?  This led to a recommendation to…go to the Mormon Temple!  He wasn’t quite so upfront about it, leading through various ifs and buts, but the sensation was certainly there.  And, who knows, maybe we will.

And this morning, when we went to renew our booking, the helpful lady found us, at first a three day Vehicle Only with a Tent – space for the three days ending on the eve before New Year, and then, well, and then found us a large place, suitable for a big family, but charged us only for the two of us!  What a blessing!  So we piled into the car, drove to the shops and there bought her a present – Anamarta’s loving gift to one who puts helping others first!

That’s all for  now, folks.  Let’s talk again soon!

 

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On my Retirement

Having taught the Tao for thirty years I am now retiring.
I intend to continue privately with Tai Chi and Qigong, and with Chi Nei Tsang, including treatments.

I could not wish anyone to be in better hands than with my partner Anamarta.  She is the person who in these three decades I witnessed the biggest and and most heartfelt commitment to the Tao.  The integrity she brings to her teachings and life, and the development of something that never existed before: launching an exciting new programme for her Jade Circle® – Tao of Feminine Empowerment.
I am proud to leave a female lineage, powerful women, yet with a compassionate heart.  Besides Anamarta who became a Taoist Master Trainer, we have Liz Kendall, completing soon her Taoist Trainer.  She is already a qualified advanced Tai Chi and Qigong Teacher, who will be able to teach the Taoist Practice, and her aim is to do it for the mixed group.

We’ll keep you on the loop of what is on.

Please accept my best wishes to you all.

Kris Deva North.

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Birthdays!

Birthdays come and birthdays go, but this one is quite unique.

The coming weekend, Foundations Step1 on 24th and 25th November, and the following weekend of Healing Love on 1st and 2nd December, are the last I will be teaching.

So come along, if you’ve been meaning to and even if you haven’t, to 3 Holmes Road, Kentish Town NW5 3AA from 10am to 4.30pm. £197 for one weekend, or £354.60 for the both.

I’m looking forward to seeing you and to sharing these practices that have made such a huge difference to my life!

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The First Step into the Tao

MORE ENERGY, LESS STRESS

The first Step of Taoist Practice, into the first Inner World, turning stress into vitality with Iron Shirt Chi Kung power-breathing, Inner Smile,Six Healing Sounds, and preparation for the Microcosmic Orbit. Enjoy authentic training with experts.

WHAT WE WILL SHARE:

Chi Self Massage Exercises to transform stress into vitality

Meditation of the Six Healing Sounds

Meditation of the Inner Smile

Both meditations cleanse the organs, recycle negativity and the effects of stress.

Introduction to and preparation for the Microcosmic Orbit the foundation for the threefold path of Self-development, Healing, and Meditation.
Awakening the universal (yang), earth (yin), and human-dimension (chi) energies develops and circulates increased life-force within your Self.

The basic structures of Iron Shirt Chi Kung (QiGong) for rooting, centering and body-awareness.
Embracing the Tree
Turtle
Buffalo
Iron Bridge
Golden Urn
Golden Phoenix
The effects are increased vitality, stamina, enhanced ability to fight disease and greater protection from injury, whether physical, emotional or spiritual.

Taoist Breathing for intense energy-development and internal power

A look at some simple Tai Chi movements: whereas Chi Kung develops rooting and grounding, Tai Chi offers flexibility and adaptibility.
The combination offers the means to cope with day-to-day life and more, to live life to the full

Many students have learned to awaken the universal (yang), earth (yin), and human-dimension (chi) energies, to develop and circulate increased life-force. Develop a form of daily practice suitable for you, to integrate with your own personal life-situation.

Step 1 Foundations Weekend is an ideal introduction for both women and men, singles and couples, young and old, and is a pre-requisite for Step 2 – Healing Love.

24th and 25th November, 10am to 4.30pm, @ 3 Holmes Road, Kentish Town, London NW5 3AA.  £197 – or pay £354.60 to combine with Step 2 the following weekend.

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Kris Deva North teaches Chi Nei Tsang

In this hands-on weekend you can learn enough to integrate the principles and techniques with your own practice, or simply spend an enjoyable weekend meeting new people, making new friends, and learning a highly effective and practical new skill you can use to help friends, family – and yourself! Yes, the CNT self-massage can show as many benefits as doing it on others.
You don’t have to be ill to feel better!

Your training is facilitated by myself, Kris Deva North, Mantak Chia co-author, Senior Teacher and Founder of the London Chi Nei Tsang Institute in 1992.  I have shared this wonderful therapy with people like you, Healers, Martial Artists, Health Professionals including nurses and midwives at the University of Greenwich School of Midwifery, and the Zita West Clinic. During my time at Tao Garden and on subsequent visits I was chosen to give CNT treatments to Mantak Chia and family.

Next LONDON Introductory Training Weekend:
October 27th and 28th, 10am to 4.30pm
At 3 Holmes Road, Kentish Town, London NW5 3AA
Click on the link or image above for full details, video and…

…Book Your Place Now!

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