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One Day Seminar with Charles Robinson

One Day Seminar

“The entire universe is inside of you.”  — Rumi

Gain a deeper understanding and experience of the Five Elements of Kai Chi Do by studying with Charles Robinson.

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Saturday, June 11th, 2016
9am – 5pm

Bring your own lunch and yoga mat.

Location: Alania’s Healing Studio
12360 66th St. N
Suite Z
Largo, Florida  33773

Program Fee: $100  click to register online

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Kai Chi Do, Breathwork, Lecture and Discussion

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One Day Retreat October 19th 2013

FIND YOUR BALANCE IN THE WORLD
Kai Chi Do, Breathwork, Lecture, and Discussion

One Day Retreat/ The First Element: Root

One Day Retreat October 19th 2013Saturday, October 19th, 2013
9am – 5pm
Bring your own lunch
Bring a yoga mat and pillow

Root represents our Connection to Life Energy, or Source.  This Connection creates safety and security as we navigate our physical world.  Our Root Connection establishes stability and balance. Root grounds us in the present moment, helping us to release our attachments to the past and worries about the future. (What a relief!)

In Kai Chi Do we experience Oneness through connection to the Divine Life Energy that flows in all of us, through appreciation of the Self that is the unique individual manifestation of Life, and through connection with one another, the experience of authentic community.   

We hope you’ll join us!

Location:
Unity of St. Petersburg
Fellowship Center
6168 1st Ave. N.
St. Petersburg  FL 33710

Program fee: $100
Complete the Retreat registration form and fax to us at 800-272-4311
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Root Chakra image © JKerrigan at Dreamstime

 

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Breathing Life

What was said to the rose that made it open was said to me
here in my chest.

—-Rumi

Had a wonderful, intense, delicious Retreat last weekend!  One of the experiences that is very powerful and healing for people is the breathwork. So I thought it might be helpful to give you a little background.

There are many forms of breathwork: integrative breathwork by Jacquelyn Small, rebirthing-breathwork by Leonard Orr and Sondra Ray, holotropic breathwork by Dr Stanislav Grof, vivation by Jim Leonard and Phil Laut.

They each have many features in common, and share similarities to yogic practices such as pranayama.

When Charles and I were first experienced breathwork, introduced to it by a couple who had studied with Leonard Orr, the instructions we received were simple: Pull on the inhale, relax on the exhale, and connect every breath. They also told us to do the process until we were complete and “you’ll know when you’re complete.” Simple enough, right? I mean, we all breathe.

But after a single breathwork experience we knew that how we breathe has an extraordinary impact on our consciousness. We experience this in Kai Chi Do too – The movements and the music are great, but the combination of the breath and the movements brings you into a new, broader state of awareness.

Breathing is literally the way we interact with the world.  When we pull on the inhale, we’re pulling in Life.  When we exhale, we’re releasing the parts we don’t need.  We don’t need to force them away.  We just let them go.  We give and we receive.  Out and in, in and out.  Breathing is an energy exchange.

Some breathwork leaders believe in what’s called cellular memory – the idea that memory isn’t just stored in your brain, it’s stored in the entire body.  Cellular memories  include suppressed emotions held in our bodies, like armor.  The emotions we suppress tend to he the ones that cause us pain, so we walk around with our emotional pain in our bodies, a part of our identity.  We think they’re who we are.  But they’re just emotions, just memories of the past.  We don’t need to hold onto them.  We’ve just locked them up.  One way to let go of the pain of the past, held in our bodies, is through relaxed, connected breaths.  We let Life in with the breath.

When the emotions surface, you just keep breathing, and your body has the wisdom to just let them go.  Your body knows – if you just trust it and don’t let your thinking get in the way of your air.  That’s one of the things I love about breathwork – My nose does all the work and my job is just to get out of the way.

Of course you can’t control it.  You don’t get to choose what you want to breathe about.  As they taught Shanti in kindergarten, “you get what you get and you don’t throw a fit.”  Sometimes breathwork brings up memories.  Sometimes it brings up feelings.  And sometimes it just brings a bright, spacious awareness.  We take what we get, and we trust that it’s what we need.  We sit as the witness to our own experience and keep breathing.  Until the breath brings us into a feeling of completion, a feeling of relief and resolution.  In my very first breathwork session, I forgave my mother.  And I didn’t even know I needed to.

What’s left when you let all the stuff go?  All the stuff that’s not in harmony with Life.  What’s left when you let all that go?

There’s a point, a delicious point in breathwork, when you’re not trying to do the breathing anymore –  It’s the point where you finally let Life breathe you.

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Music to Connect You

Music to Connect You - Monk at gateThe Kai Chi Do Weekend Retreat last weekend was phenomenal!

Every Retreat is different, but we’ve seen time and time again that each group is the perfect combination of people.  We become a community as we own the reflection of ourselves in each other – the struggles that are familiar and resonate in our own experience, the tears that speak for all of us, the authenticity that inspires us all to courage, the kindness and compassion that transforms us, as we love people anyway, as we love ourselves anyway, in spite of our flaws and our missteps, in our joy as well as our terror.

We are powerful beyond our wildest imaginations.  And when we’re a community, that’s when the real magic happens.  Perhaps you can feel it too – in the music.

Root Meditation
The End of Suffering…………..by Gary Malkin and Thich Nhat Hanh
Padmasambhava……………….by k-liv on jamendo.com
Tara………………………………..by k-liv
Kyosui (O-daiko)……………….by Kodo
Mantra – Om Namaha Shivay.by Vyanah. Full CD available on vyanah.com
River Run…………………………by Paul Winter Consort
Om Mani Padme Hum…………by Jonathan Goldman
Glass Idol…………………………by Paul Hoppe and Tim Wheater
Moola Mantra Incantation…..by Deva Premal
Moola Mantra Invocation……by Deva Premal

Saturday Morning Kai Chi Do
The End of Suffering…………..by Gary Malkin and Thich Nhat Hanh
Open Minded Medal…………..by Kellee Maize (I love this!)
This Little Light of Mine……..by Gospel Dream
A Oracao Do Amor…………….by Iras
Everything is in You…………..by Jai Uttal
Amma (Extended Mix)……….by James Asher
Hara Hara Bom…………………by Jai Uttal
All I’m Sayin’…………………….by Spinnaface, on the Free Music Archive
Crazy Beatz………………………by L&M Project
Enur (featuring Natasja)…….by Calabria
House that Body………………..Eddie Thoneick presents Elementis
Rain in the Sun………………….by David Gordon
5 Minute Power Meditation…Music for Meditation and Relaxation
Journey to Shambala………….by Oliver Shanti and Friends
Superhero…………………………by Flooze
Ave Maria…………………………by Icons of R&B
Javanese Lullaby……………….by Cory Alan Carlick

Fire Meditation
Gopala Lullaby…………………..by Jai Uttal and Ben Leinbach
Shakti……………………………….by Wah!
Prayer to the Buddha Maitreya by Jai Uttal and Ben Leinbach
Jai Kali Ma…………………………by Bhagavan Das
Prayer to Shakyamuni………….by Jai Uttal and Ben Leinbach
Om Namo Bhagavate……………by Desert Dwellers
Lilies on the Lake………………..by Michael Hoppe and Tim Wheater
Rain in the Sun……………………by David Gordon
Lotus Call Part 1………………….by Budi Siebert
Mantra………………………………by Krishna Das
Being and Time……………………by Swear and Shake

Sunday morning Kai Chi Do
The End of Suffering…………..by Gary Malkin and Thich Nhat Hanh
Sri Suktam………………………..by Shanti Shanti
African Skies…………………….by African Tribal Orchestra
Kali Maheshwari………………..by Lokah
Amma (Extended Mix)……….by James Asher
Karuna Sagari Ma……………….by C.C. White
Hara Hara Bom…………………by Jai Uttal
Dance Shiva Dance……………..by Jai Uttal
Varanasi…………………………..by Naid
It’s About Love………………….by C.C. White
Kebab Connection………………by dunkelbunt
At Sunrise…………………………by Desert Pearl
The Beauty Way…………………by Douglas Spotted Eagle and James Bilogody
Shanti (Peace Out)………………by MC Yogi
Blessed Be the Rain……………..by Miriam Venus
Psalms 23………………………….by India Arie and MC Lyte
Javanese Lullaby……………….by Cory Alan Carlick

Many Blessings!

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How to do Kai Chi Do: The Basics Part 1

Kai Chi Do is meditation in movement, a kind of aerobic yoga – helping you to connect with yourself, your Source, and others.

In this video, Charles Robinson leads you in some of the Kai Chi Do Basics. He introduces the powerful SA breath to help calm your mind and release resistance, and a few of the basic movements of Kai Chi Do: Chi Circles facing the Earth, Chi Circles facing the sky, Crossovers, Side Strikes, and Thrusts.

The music is “Sacred – Horns and Flutes” by The Beastmaster.

Give it a try and see how you feel! Free the Chi!

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